Fitness and Mental Health
Nov
12
10:30 AM10:30

Fitness and Mental Health

In this intimate, interactive event we will be looking at myths, facts and key statistics as well as discussing the stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental health and wellbeing.

The session will also feature a one-hour workshop on defining mental health disorders and how fitness industry professionals can play a key role in preventing a crisis in terms of mental ill-health.

Our guest line-up includes…

Karen Spence - Head of Public Health, Wiltshire Council

Karen is Head of Service for Public Health at Wiltshire Council. In her previous position as Public Health Specialist with a remit for mental health and wellbeing she was responsible for raising awareness about mental health and improving understanding about the things we can all do to look after our own emotional wellbeing… in the same way we would our physical health.  

Outside of work, Karen is a carer for her husband (a former member of the armed forces and professional rugby player) who suffered a stroke 10 years ago at the age of 38.   

All of this leaves limited time for hobbies and interests but Karen loves the theatre and has previously been known to appear in amateur productions. She also regularly participates in the Saturday morning Parkrun in the park behind her house. 

Lynn Wilson - Health & Fitness Manager at Volair

Lynn is a respected, experienced leader and practitioner in health and fitness both in the commercial and schools sector. With significant experience in school delivery she has a particular interest in the way in which physical activity benefits the mental wellbeing of children.
In addition to heading up health and fitness for a leisure trust Lynn is a director and founder of MAD Fitness. In that role she works with schools to shape and structure health/fitness intervention programmes.

Clare Webb - Health and Activity Manager, Wiltshire Council

With a background in Sports Development Clare holds a Degree in Leisure Management and a Post Graduate Degree in Sport and Physical Activity. Currently studying for a Chartered Institute of Management Diploma in Leadership and Management, Clare will discuss her work around loneliness and isolation.

As a netball plater Clare knows the physical and mental benefits of an active lifestyle and when she’s not playing her favourite sport she runs, enjoys a good spin class and loves lifting weights!

Lynne Coward - Walking Group Member

Lynne had moved to Shrewton from Eltham in November 2015 with her husband Len but sadly Len passed away in April 2016 leaving Lynne feeling lost and very isolated.

Lynne joined the “Get Wiltshire Walking” Shrewton group in 2016 having read about the new “Stroller Walk” in the local parish magazine.

The first encounter with the group was not a huge success as the walk was too slow and too short for Lynne but a further chance encounter with one of the few people she had come to know in the village led to her attending the ‘Strider’ walk the following week….

We will let Lynne tell the rest of her inspirational story!

Lynne Briggs - Head of the LFX Academy

With a background in fitness industry education Lynne now delivers the two-day Mental Health Awareness programme that was recently accredited by ActiveIQ.

Delivering a one-hour workshop to close the day, Lynne will help delegates to understand how they can identify certain problems and carefully signpost clients to specialist services. This will be an interactive session with tasks, challenges and lots to take away.

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LFX Fitness 2 - New Year, New Members!
Nov
26
10:00 AM10:00

LFX Fitness 2 - New Year, New Members!

As the new year approaches we will be looking at how we should be interacting with new members as they make the brave decision to join a gym or attend classes.

Sometimes we forget how difficult it can be for a person to look at themselves in the mirror and decide it’s time to join a gym. “I’m not fit enough” is the thing we often hear but we perhaps need to accept that many of the barriers to exercise are in the mind, not the body.

So with expert guidance we will generate ideas and actions designed to improve the experience of new members, particularly those who are terrified when they first walk in!

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LFX Fitness 3 - Summer Bootcamps
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

LFX Fitness 3 - Summer Bootcamps

As we plan for the summer how should we structure our bootcamps? What should they include? How will people pay for them? Are they part of the membership?

These questions and more will be discussed at this session with the aim of leaving delegates equipped to launch something new or revitalised during the summer months.

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LFX Fitness 4 - Meal Prep
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

LFX Fitness 4 - Meal Prep

We all know that preparing meals foe the week or days ahead is now pretty common-place amongst the fitness community but how do we know what to put in to a meal to ensure it is balanced in accordance with our goals?

This session will feature a step-by-step guide to meal prepping and is aimed at LFX fitness members who work directly with fitness consumers.

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LFX Fitness - Targeting Niche Markets
Oct
15
10:00 AM10:00

LFX Fitness - Targeting Niche Markets

Aimed at fitness professionals of all levels this session looks at a variety of audiences including:

  • Pre and Post Natal

  • Older Populations

  • Illness Rehabilitation (Physical and Mental)

  • High Performance (Members/clients who compete in various sports and activities)

There are obviously many more specialist groups to consider and the above list is by no means exhaustive. The session will give delegates the chance to raise and discuss other topics with our experts on the day.

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LFX13 Event 1 - Technology in the Fitness Industry
Sep
26
10:30 AM10:30

LFX13 Event 1 - Technology in the Fitness Industry

We launch our new season with a look at technology and the way it is impacting on the world of fitness.

Featuring expert guests and fitness tech users this event will examine the way in which current technology is utilised and what the future holds.

Tech in Management…

David Monkhouse

David is a popular industry figure and is Co-owner and Director at Leisure-net Solutions, a company which brings together sector insight and customer experience measurement along with much more. Leisure-net also manage the Sport England National Benchmarking Services contract.

David will discuss the future of the customer journey and how we can embrace technology whilst maintaining some of the key soft skills that have served our industry so well in the past.

Ian Mullane

In 2008, after eighteen years working for some of the biggest names in Fintech such as Thomson Financial and SS&C, Ian finished corporate life as Chief Operating Officer of Sungard's Asia Pacific business. Since then he has established and grown a number of businesses including Locowise.com and Vanda.fit.

Ian’s current mission is to help health and fitness businesses improve the 50% annual member attrition rate the industry suffers from through the use of our Keepme AI-powered membership retention tool.

Along with Dave Monkhouse and Albino Ferro, I an will discuss the ways in which managers can embrace technology to help their businesses become more efficient and effective.

Albino Ferro

The ever-popular Albino (Albi) from Harlands will join us to contribute to the management discussion with David and Ian.

Albi is a well-practiced professional who has helped clients increase their income, add value & become more efficient through improved membership management, embracing technology and focusing on the customer.

Tech in Fitness…

Phillip Walker

Phillip is a Key Account Manager for Firstbeat Technologies.

Firstbeat are well known in the Elite Sports industry with current clients such as, Manchester City, Manchester Utd, Arsenal FC and Tottenham FC and are now using the same technology to impact everyone by transforming HRV (Heart Rate Variability) in to personalised feedback on stress, exercise, activity, recovery and rest levels. Its our mission to help clients make a huge impact in how they feel.

Phil Horton

Phil is Country Director with miha bodytec EMS and prior to bringing the latest in exercise technology to the UK, Phil worked for UK Active and The Spire Health Group at St George’s Park.

There he headed up a team of health and sports medicine professionals at The FA's NationalFootball Centre. Delivering Sport Science, Sport Medicine, Physiotherapy, Rehabilitation and Wellbeing services to Elite Sport, Corporate, Schools and the general public.

Phil will sit alongside Phillip to discuss the ways in which technology is likely to become more firmly established in gyms and studios.

Looking to the Future…

Joseph Robinson

Joe is an experienced Creative Director with experience in creative roles in the retail and fitness sectors. Now a co-Director at Flareform, Joe will talk about the future in terms of fitness environments.

What might the studio and gym of the future look like? What kind of atmosphere will we be able to create both inside and out?

Jack Connors

Jack is Innovation Programme Manager at UK Active, working with diverse organisations to get more people active through technology. Ranging from multinational corporates, to governmental departments and national governing bodies.

As part of his role Jack also heads the 'ActiveLab Accelerator Programme - the global launchpad for innovation in physical activity. Scaling innovative FitTech and SportTech businesses in the UK and beyond to get more people, more active, more often.

Jack will sit alongside Joe to talk about the future of tech in our industry.

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Mental Health Awareness Level 2
Jun
12
to Jun 13

Mental Health Awareness Level 2

LFX Academy courses are additional to our members events calendar and can be accessed by non-members.

Together with training providers ’Trained Academy’ we are delighted to announce that we will be hosting our very first two-day course in June.

Active IQ level 2 Award in Mental Health Awareness
(Day 1 Mental Health Awareness
Day 2 Mental Health First Aid)

This is the only course of its kind that is currently assessed and is suitable for all members of staff.

Venue location: Warrington.
Date:12th/13th June 19
Times: 9.45-16.00
Cost £250 per head for LFX members 
£295.00 for non-members.

For booking details, please contact lynne@mylfx.com

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LFX Midlands 2
May
17
11:00 AM11:00

LFX Midlands 2

The Management of Swimming

Swimming has long been our ‘bread and butter’ but with ever-increasing choice with regard to physical activities operators are having to work smart in order to maintain attractive pool programmes. At our midlands event on 17th May we will talk to a number of experienced experts and examine everything from learn to swim to elite level programmes.

We will also look at a marketing and communications plan that was developed and employed in Blackpool to encourage more people to participate in swimming. To round everything off we will enjoy a sneak preview of SWIMWOD, a new and unique programme that involves pool-based workouts.

This event will provide a great opportunity for our members to engage with fellow operators who are setting the highest standards in terms of their management of swimming.

Lisa Arnold

Lisa is Leisure Services Manager with Blackpool Council and spins numerous plates during her day. One of her key areas is swimming and several years ago Lisa and her colleagues developed a fantastic programme called Liquid Assets. Lisa will discuss this along with their Learn to Swim programme which has been a big focus for Lisa and her team over the last eighteen months.

Julie Bennett

Julie is the Borough Swimming Manager for Life Leisure and we first met back in 1993 when we both worked at the newly-built Grand Central Pools facility in Stockport. It was obvious from my early days with Julie that she was a true professional who knew her stuff and in her role Julie has trebled the size of the Stockport Metro swimming programme and attracted ‘National Centre for Swimming’ status between 2008 - 2012.

Julie will join us to discuss the challenges of organising and growing a swimming development programme.

Emma Gage

I first came across Emma Gage at a Crossfit gym in Manchester where she is employed as a coach. Emma’s background in swimming is hugely impressive. At our midlands event Emma will discuss her background as a swimmer, her progression into becoming a Crossfit coach and her new SWIMWOD programme.

Sean Kelly

Sean is the Director of Performance at Life Leisure and has coached some of Great Britain’s most successful swimmers. Sean will discuss his approach to coaching and the importance of a building a World Class reputation for your programme and brand.

If you would like to attend please drop me a line: graeme@mylfx.com

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LFX Marketing 2
Mar
29
10:00 AM10:00

LFX Marketing 2

Duncan Green is a respected and experienced figure in the UK Health and Fitness Industry and at our forthcoming LFX Marketing event he will share some of his tactics for making your business more profitable. Duncan is no stranger to fitness clubs. He's been running his own or delivering invaluable consults to fitness operators since 1987.

In terms of the volume of clubs he's worked, Duncan is among Europe’s top five most experienced fitness consultants. He speaks with authority, not just on what to do to be successful, but on how to knit together sophisticated programmes of ideas to deliver something very special for members – and even more profitable for clubs.

Now the culmination of Duncan's extraordinary experience is compiled and formatted into a blueprint for the perfect, highly profitable fitness club.

Join us on the 29th March to learn more from Duncan and fellow LFX members.

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LFX North 3
Mar
19
10:00 AM10:00

LFX North 3

Women in Fitness

We've all read the 2018 fitness predictions, particularly those from 'industry stalwarts' and large organisations. But what about those who are actively inspiring others? The bloggers, the gym owners and the entrepreneurial trainers.

In particular we will focus on women and how we attract, engage and retain female participants.

Attendees will leave this event brimming with ideas and new contacts.

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LFX North 2
Nov
30
10:00 AM10:00

LFX North 2

For our second event in the North we visit Total Fitness Wilmslow, a 15000 member club with a fantastic range of facilities.

Our management focus for the day is leadership and we have two top level speakers scheduled to stimulate thought and debate.

The target audience for the management stream is any person who manages people!

Our fitness stream will feature a brand new Les Mills presentation ‘Good to Great’ which has been designed to help operators to engage a new generation of instructors. This will be the first time that the seminar has been presented to an audience of operators, so please get involved and be prepared to take notes! 

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LFX Midlands 1
Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

LFX Midlands 1

A foolow-on from our recent LFX marketing event. Here we focus on how we use the data we hold - an insightful look at what we do (and don't do) with our data.

This event features presentations from Chris Phillips of 4Global and Gary Lacey, former Head of Telesales at 3UK.

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LFX North 4
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

LFX North 4

Making More from Outdoor Spaces

For our final event of Season 10 our management stream focus will be on ways of making the best use of outdoor spaces...from bootcamps to obstacle course racing.

Our fitness focus features a coaching masterclass (theory and practical) and both streams will enjoy an outdoor team challenge!
 

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LFX Scotland 2
Mar
21
10:30 AM10:30

LFX Scotland 2

  • Edinburgh Napier University, Sighthill Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Revenue Generation

Agenda

A fantastic session which will include the following topics:

  • Tried and Tested Social Media - Jon Winkle
  • The OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) Opportunity - Emma Waring/MacTuff
  • Sustainable Programming for Children - Justine Williams

Use our contact form if you are interested in attending. 
 

 

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LFX North 3
Mar
9
10:00 AM10:00

LFX North 3

Inspiring and Leading

This event is aimed at Managers and Fitness Professionals and will feature both groups working together for part of the day.

Speakers include a range of highly-respected individuals, all of whom have a story to tell. Each has been asked to share the people and things that have motivated them throughout their lives.

Use our contact form if you are interested in attending.

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LFX North 2
Nov
24
10:00 AM10:00

LFX North 2

Children - Are We Getting it Right?

Management
Childhood health programmes and initiatives...what are we offering and are we doing it right?
Programming for Kids Activities - Key Components

Fitness
Indoor Cycling - a full day of theory and programming based on Wattbike, Stages Cycling and Les Mills Sprint.

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LFX Midlands at The Matrix International Show
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

LFX Midlands at The Matrix International Show

Back in the Midlands

After two successful events during Season 9 we return to the Midlands at the fantastic Matrix International Show.

Discussion topics include...

Facilities
Monitoring standards and performance.

The benefits of mystery visits and telephone calls programmes.

Managing Group Exercise - How to make your group exercise programme more effective and profitable.

Group Debate - Fighting Obesity - What are we doing now and how can we halt the crisis in the future?

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LFX at Les Mills Live
Sep
30
10:00 AM10:00

LFX at Les Mills Live

We Are 10

To celebrate our tenth birthday we have teamed up with our friends at Les Mills UK and will hold our joint event at Manchester Central on Friday 30th September.

Our management focus will be on public health partnerships and our guest speakers include Dr Steve Mann, Research Director at UK Active.

Our fitness sessions include 'Good to Great' which helps instructors realise their potential.

More details to follow...

#weare10

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LFX South West 1
Sep
27
10:00 AM10:00

LFX South West 1

New Region - New Faces!

Our FIRST-EVER South West event takes place at The Springfield Academy, Horsham, Wiltshire.

Agenda

10.00am - 10.30am      Arrival and morning networking

10.30am - 10.45am      Welcome to LFX South West - Graeme Hinde - Founder of LFX                                 Graeme will provide some background as to how LFX has grown since its inception in 2007. 

10.45am - 12.00pm     Monitoring Standards - Caroline Constantine - Right Directions                                                  In addition to running the Quest scheme across the UK, Caroline and her team at             Right Directions offer a wide range of services designed to help operators monitor             and manage performance. 

Using her vast experience Caroline will discuss ways in which LFX delegates can             monitor customer service standards.

12.00pm - 1.00pm     Lunch and Networking                                                                                                      Networking is the foundation on which LFX has grown so please use this time to chat to people you haven't met before or haven't seen in a while!

1.00pm - 2.00pm     Managing Your Group Exercise Programme - Blake Fletcher - Les Mills UK                 With tremendous experience in our industry with Holmes Place, Fitness First and Life Fitness, Blake will explain how your group exercise programme is one of the most important elements of a modern fitness business.

2.00pm - 2.45pm     Public Health and Leisure - Making it Work - John Goodall                                  John is a Consultant in Public Health for Public Health Wiltshire and will explain the vision his organisation has for delivering sports and leisure provision across the county. 

2.45pm    Summary and Action Points                                                                                  After discussions on standards, group ex and public health delivery what will you take back to your business?                

3.00pm…        Event Close

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