Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

FITREC’s Dennis Hosking slams ‘cavalier and irresponsible approach’ of Fitness Australia in promoting continuation of outdoor training services

FITREC’s Dennis Hosking slams ‘cavalier and irresponsible approach’ of Fitness Australia in promoting continuation of outdoor training services
March 24, 2020

FITREC Managing Director, Dennis Hosking has slammed Fitness Australia for its promotion of outdoor training services in the wake of the Federal Government's announcement that gyms and fitness centres should close.

In a communication to FITREC stakeholders about resources being made available to aid fitness businesses with remote training options, Hosking stated "we understand that Fitness Australia, since the announcement of gym closures, has been promoting the continuation of all outdoor training services. We are disappointed by this cavalier and irresponsible approach.

"This directive suggests a failure to grasp the enormity of the problem facing the world's population.

"It's putting a short term gain ahead of potentially fatal consequences for clients and their families."

FITREC, which was created as a privately-owned alternative to Fitness Australia and Physical Activity Australia for registration by personal trainers and fitness instructor, has long been critical of Fitness Australia's activities.

With Government forcing the lock-down of all gyms and studios in the fight to contain the spread of Coronavirus, to assist clubs and studios through this difficult period, FITREC is bringing together a suite of experienced online and remote training service providers to help encourage the continuation of membership income.

FITREC Managing Director, Dennis Hosking advised "we're working to provide fitness businesses a means to justify the continuation of fitness memberships via the provision of alternative services. These services could include the provision of group sessions, nutritional advice, home strength workouts, home cardio sessions, mindfulness sessions (and the like).

"Our aim is to make these services available to participating businesses for only a fraction of their normal membership dues. Fees charged will go directly to the service provider (with) no financial benefit to FITREC.

"We see this as a win for the members - they have access to programs that suit their needs, a win for the club - memberships and the resulting income are maintained, and a win for the industry's professionals that have set up and run these programs.

"There are challenging times ahead for our industry and we must begin thinking differently. We need to focus on solutions that help move the industry forward. It's to the advantage of all fitness businesses, large and small to put aside what was and look to what is and what could be.

"We strongly advise all outdoor trainers to join us in the provision of alternative training solutions. Let clients know that you want them and their families to stay safe, to be fit and to remain healthy. At this time, this means encouraging them to stay home and avoid any unnecessary contact with others.

"As to whether outdoor group sessions should continue, FITREC would like to clarify for all professionals and fitness businesses that we are facing a pandemic that is unprecedented in our times. Make no mistake, the government is taking dramatic action to prevent person to person transmission. Their use of the word 'gym' should be taken as general in nature. Do not assume that boot-camps and other outdoor training training formats are immune from transmission - irrespective of cleaning and distancing protocols.

"Now, more than ever, we need to flex our creative muscles to find solutions to the current challenge. We encourage all fitness businesses to get in touch with FITREC to begin the process of delivering new remote training opportunities for members. Similarly, we would like to hear from any professionals that have experience, and an established platform for delivering remote training and coaching programs."

For more information go to fitrec.org

Related Articles

23rd March 2020 - Fitness Australia calls for urgent government clarification around gym closures

23rd March 2020 - Marketing leaders to host online workshop to help businesses thrive in tough times

23rd March 2020 - Fitness Australia flags outdoor exercise as an alternative to imminent gym closures

22nd March 2020 - Coronavirus Update: Crown Casino, Fitness Australia, LIWA Aquatics and gyms and theatres closed in the UK - 22nd March

19th March 2020 - Government issues Coronavirus guidelines for community sport, stating fitness centres and swimming pools need not close

18th March 2020 - Fitness Australia’s Barrie Elvish says ‘gyms do not need to close’

17th March 2020 - Fitness First highlights gym hygiene measures

11th March 2020 - Fitness Australia releases advice on Coronavirus

9th March 2020 - Hygiene essential in fitness facilities reassuring members over Coronavirus fears

13th December 2019 - Healthy Ageing Institute and FITREC partner to expand opportunities for professionals

7th October 2019 - FITREC eases path to fitness employment for exercise and sport students

15th May 2019 - FITREC announces Foundation Registration for Singapore fitness professionals

29th March 2019 - FITREC announces new registration options

27th September 2018 - FITREC names Mel Tempest as Global Ambassador

13th August 2018 - FITREC introduces transparency and accountability feature for registered professionals


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

DEBITSUCCESS

Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…

read more

Billing / Finance / Fitness / Golf / Recreation

 
 

REGUPOL

Regupol Australia Pty Ltd offers a comprehensive range of recycled rubber fitness and leisure flooring surfaces. Their range of products include everroll rubber flooring, Regupol elastic…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces

 
 

Sportybots

We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness

 
 
 

Crystal Pools

Crystal Pools has a solid history of performance on a wide variety of government and commercial projects and is the name behind many of Australia’s most innovative and ambitious aquatic…

read more

Aquatics / Design

 
 

AUSTRALIAN WATERSLIDES AND LEISURE

A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Play / Waterparks

 
 

SENtag

Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

HRMWEB

At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business