Fitness and Mental Health
Mar
21
10:30 AM10:30

Fitness and Mental Health

With so much talk about mental wellbeing these days we felt it was time to look at how fitness professionals can do more to understand and help those who suffer.

Our guest line-up includes…

Katie Butler - A young woman with an incredible story

In the early hours of the 24th February 2016 Katie Butler (then aged 16) tried to take her own life by jumping off a bridge onto a railway track. 

She failed in her suicide attempt and severed her spinal cord.

Katie is now confined to a wheelchair and has found a remarkable new purpose in life. Her mission is to help others who find themselves in a similar situation.

I’ll be interviewing Katie at LFX on 21 March to find out how important her fitness routine is for her mental wellbeing.

Katie Butler

Katie Butler

Garry Banford - Former Sergeant Major leader with UK Special Forces

Garry began his career, post college, in the Royal Marines. After 6 years of service he was successful in completing joint U.K. Special Forces Selection (SAS and SBS) in 2003. He subsequently continued in this for 15 years through arguably the busiest sustained period of UKSF Operational activity in its history, reaching the rank of Warrant Officer (Sergeant Major). This equates to senior management... with some decent stories of experience! 

in his final years Garry was involved in the recruitment, preparation, coaching and mentoring of all volunteers to UKSF.  

Garry is now a family man, who feels the time is right to diversify his leadership experience to a wider audience. He believes that all the traits that are required to be successful in UKSF are translatable to business. A growth mindset, the right tools and the correct motivation is all anybody really needs.

At our event Garry will discuss ways in which a sense of purpose can help people overcome some mental health problems and how regular exercise helps him and his colleagues to deal with everyday problems.

Garry Banford

Garry Banford

Joe Townsend - British Paratriathlete

Former Royal Marine Commando Joe Townsend got into triathlon when he completed the Ironman UK triathlon in Bolton in July 2011. 

He has since competed at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, where he finished second in the disability category in a time of 11:35:52 (2012) and has established himself as one of the best PT1 para-triatheltes in the world. 

He competed for Paralympics GB in Rio in September 2016. Joe also carried the Paralympic Flame into the London 2012 stadium as part of the opening ceremony. 

He was suspended by wires and made a dramatic overhead entrance to the arena, even though he is actually scared of heights. 

Gold Coast 2018 was Joe’s Commonwealth Games debut and he won gold in the men's para-triathlon.

Joe will be joining us for the second time and will discuss how fitness operators can do more to help the mental wellbeing of ex-service personnel thorough the creation of active communities.

Joe Townsend - Sponsored by Matrix Fitness

Joe Townsend - Sponsored by Matrix Fitness

John Heritage - Chief Operating Officer for North West Boroughs Healthcare

John joined the North West Boroughs Healthcare Trust Board as Director of Transformation and Partnership in July 2018 and had responsibility for new business, strategic partnerships to support the delivery of new models of care and service delivery, and our estates function. 

In October 2018, NWBHC changed it’s governance and operations functions and John became the Trust's Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for Operational Services, Business Development and Estates. As Chief Operating Officer, John works closely with the Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Quality and Governance and the Medical Director to ensure we deliver safe and effective services.

Prior to joining NWBHC John was Director of Operations for England at one of England's largest third sector mental health, learning disability and older people's charities, Community Integrated Care.

John is also a trustee of Making Space, a registered national charity providing health and social care services in the heart of local communities.

At our event John will be talking to me about the multitude of mental health conditions and the ways in which LFX members can collaborate with partners from the health/medical sector.

John Heritage

John Heritage

Dr Phil Cooper MBE

Another fantastic addition to our guest list for Thursday 21 March is Dr Phil Cooper MBE.

In 2010, he co-founded State of Mind (a mental health campaign formed within the Rugby League community) with Ernie Benbow and Malcolm Rae after reading articles by the pair on Terry Newton's death.

Dr Phil was nominated for his MBE by his colleague Steve Hull, deputy director of nursing and quality at North West Boroughs.

At the time Steve said: "Phil has always been a huge inspiration to me and so many others both at work and in the community, and I felt he deserved formal recognition for everything he's achieved.

"Phil has championed important issues like men's mental health and suicide awareness, and he's touched so many people lives - empowering people to open up and speak out about their mental health."

Phil will be discussing the roots of State of Mind and the way in which it has reached hundreds of young men over recent years.

Dr Phil Cooper MBE

Dr Phil Cooper MBE

Lindsay Mifsud - Crossfitter and Mental Health Advocate

Lindsay is the type of person who trains in your gym. By day she’s a Senior Team Leader with Vodafone but at night she’s a Crossfit athlete….

Lindsay Mifsud has suffered with anxiety since the age of 15, mainly as a result of bullying in High School. This contributed low self-esteem and very little self-worth.

The anxiety continued in to her early 20’s and eventually (coupled with a stressful lifestyle) contributed to a mental breakdown. Anxiety attacks were a regular occurrence and Lindsay was prescribed anti-depressants, which she took for 2 years.

Eventually, Lindsay decided something needed to change. She no longer wanted to flood her body and brain with chemicals. Whilst the tablets helped her in day to day life, she knew there was something deeper she needed to work on. Herself.

She told me that she needed to sort out what was going on inside, not mask it.

So Lindsay started running…a lot! She ran five 10ks, four half-marathons, a full marathon, and completed a Tough Mudder. Lindsay says it gave her a buzz, an adrenalin rush and she felt free. No one could tell her she wasn’t good enough because it made me feel like she was. It made her feel unstoppable.

Lindsay then started Crossfit and it was a real turning point for her as she ditched the anti-depressants.

“I strongly believe, to this day, that if I hadn’t found CrossFit when I did, I would still be on the anti depressants”

Exercise for Lindsay, is not just about having a better physique. “It is not just about body confidence (which it can give you in abundance) it’s what it does for your mind. It’s what it does for your self-belief, your self-worth, and what it does for your mind”.

Lindsay wants to help people to understand that prescription drugs are not the only answer to mental health issues. Looking after yourself, training for HEALTH and not just vanity, having a more self-love is the way forward!

I think you will all enjoy listening to Lindsay’s frank opinions on fitness and mental health!

Lindsay Mifsud

Lindsay Mifsud

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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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LFX Scotland 1
Sep
13
10:00 AM10:00

LFX Scotland 1

Season 10 Starts Here!

Back in Scotland for the start of Season 10 we will cover the following topics...

Managing and Monitoring Standards - Gillian Twell - Director at Right Directions
Gill will discuss ways in which we can monitor standards using mystery visits and telephone call programmes.

Managing Group Exercise - Matt Adey - Director of Business Development at Les Mills UK. How to make your group exercise programme more effective and profitable.

Managing and Retaining Freelance Instructors - Jen Wilson and Lisa Wallace. A hot topic delivered by two of Scotland's leading fitness professionals.

 

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LFX North 4
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

LFX North 4

'How Technology is Helping Our Industry' will be our management focus for the final event of Season Nine. Fitness delegates will enjoy a mix of theoretical and practical components with a full day on 'Delivering Fantastic Outdoor Workouts'.

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