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Cutting edge exercise research and science shared at FitEx
The busiest weekend in the New Zealand exercise industry’s calendar not only saw the presentation of the Exercise Industry Awards but also featured over 100 presentations and workshops on the latest in science and trends at the 2015 FitEx conference.
Held on 21st and 22nd November in Auckland, the event was attended by over 700 facility managers, personal trainers, exercise consultants and group exercise instructors who joined together to get the latest from close to 50 presenters, educators and academics from across the world.
Research presented at the FitEx conference this year included:
• The continuing development of functional and natural movement
• Exercise specialisation for groups that are often not featured in mainstream exercise
• Understanding that client care goes beyond just an effective exercise programme.
Commenting on the success of FitEx, Exercise Association of New Zealand Award (ExerciseNZ) Chief Executive Richard Beddie (pictured below) stated “science and trends in exercise, fitness and health are regularly changing.
“It’s part of what makes exercise and fitness so exciting, knowing that there are going to be new exercises and programmes that will keep you motivated and improve your gains.
“When new developments and research occur, exercise professionals are not afraid to embrace the new facts, and then pass on this knowledge to their clients and members.
“While the FitEx conference was aimed at exercise professionals, the knowledge gained, and the biggest benefits will be for clients and members of exercise facilities and studios.
“This is through improvements to your health and workouts over the next year, as our country’s professionals introduce you to the latest in exercise and wellness methods.
“For those who exercise and fitness consumers, it can be difficult to separate the un-researched fads from the real developments that will make positive change to your health. If you are serious about improving your health, it is important to make sure you work with an exercise professional who takes their role seriously, and attends important industry events like FitEx to keep up to date, and maintain high standards.”
The FItEx conference is run by the ExerciseNZ, whose mission is to grow participation in exercise through quality industry standards.
The event is also supported by the NZ Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) - the standard body and quality mark for exercise professionals.
REPs recognises exercise professionals who attend FitEx by awarding professional development points which all registered exercise professionals are required to undertake on a regular basis. REPs is an independent non profit organisation administrating the New Zealand exercise professionals register to ensure that the public receive safe and effective exercise advice. REPs is affiliated globally to other national exercise professional registers representing over 210,000 exercise professionals through the International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs).
Top image shows Vision Personal Training Takapuna - named Supreme Exercise Facility of the Year at the 2015 New Zealand Exercise Industry Awards.
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