Do you want to become a BCRPA Supervisor of Fitness Leaders (SFL)?

Do you want to become a Supervisor of Fitness Leaders (SFL)?

SFLs are fitness professionals who are responsible for overseeing a team of Fitness Leaders. They are often fitness programmers or managers at fitness facilities and are in a position to hire Fitness Leaders for their facilities.

One of the best parts about becoming a Supervisor of Fitness Leaders (SFL) is expanding your far-reaching impact on the health and well-being of others.

As an SFL:

  1. Inspire individuals and guide them on their journey toward better health and wellness.
  2. Feel immense satisfaction in empowering others with your skillset and your expertise.
  3. Build connections. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a SFL is the relationships you form with your clients, communities and peers.
  4. Continue to grow in the dynamic and ever-evolving field of fitness and are presented with endless learning opportunities.
  5. Support change by expanding your knowledge, refining your skills, adapting to new trends and developments, and ensuring that you can provide the best possible guidance to those you serve.
  6. Increase your monetary opportunities by creating meaningful workshops and evaluating new fitness leaders.

Start your journey to becoming an SFL by exploring the BCRPA website.

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Age requirement to become a BCRPA instructor

I reached out to BCRPA recently and here is the reply I received regarding age, insurance and BCRPA:

“You can work as a group fitness/weight room when you are 16. You have to be 18 to be a PT.”

There you have it!  Your journey starts here:

Classroom Courses: click here

Correspondence Courses: click here

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A simple test of balance to predict mortality…

Very interesting study.

  • A team of researchers wanted to see whether a simple test of balance could predict mortality.
  • Adults ages 51 to 75 who were unable to balance on one foot for ten seconds had an 84% higher risk of death than their peers who could, even after adjusting for age and health variables.
  • See image to the right for technique.

Click here for the full article:

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Acronyms on Results for BCRPA Fitness Theory Exam

Received an email for your results on the BCRPA Fitness Theory exam, but unsure what the acronyms mean?  This should help:

    • HRB – Health-Related Benefits of Physical Activity
    • HPA – Holistic Approach to Physical Activity and Lifestyle
    • A – Anatomy
    • MM – Movement Mechanics
    • P – Physiology
    • PC – Principles of Conditioning
    • EAR – Exercise Analysis and Risk Management
    • NBC – Basic Nutrition/Body Composition
    • PP – Program Planning
    • LS – Leadership Skills

So, if your email looked like this and you want to know where to focus your study, use the above list:

Full Name: Test Taker
Points: 45
Score: 75.00%
Pass: No
A – Points: 6. Score: 66.67%
EAR – Points: 3. Score: 50.00%
HPA – Points: 2. Score: 100.00%
HRB – Points: 2. Score: 100.00%
LS – Points: 1. Score: 100.00%
MM – Points: 13. Score: 86.67%
NBC – Points: 3. Score: 75.00%
P – Points: 4. Score: 50.00%
PC – Points: 9. Score: 90.00%
PP – Points: 2. Score: 66.67%

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What are the dangers of the sweetener ERYTHRITOL? 

What are the dangers of the sweetener erythritol?

  • Long been known to cause digestive issues for some people
  • Closely associated with risk for “major adverse cardiovascular events.” (with high blood levels of erythritol, more prone to heart attacks, strokes and even death

The researchers studied the blood of more than 4,000 people in the U.S. and Europe. They were looking for common threads that could indicate an increased risk for heart conditions. What they found was that people who had more erythritol in their blood were at elevated risk for major heart problems.

Found the article especially interesting because many ‘fitness’ protein bars and protein supplements use this sweetener (and many ‘keto’ friendly foods) to keep the carbs down.

Here is a link to the full article:  Article

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What are Muscle Knots? An Exercise Physiologist Explains…

Researchers are still trying to figure out exactly what happens within muscle to create knots.

They are also known as myofascial trigger points.

Here is an article on a few ways you can avoid or alleviate them:  ARTICLE

Summary about muscle knots:

  • Can be annoying
  • Nothing to worry about
  • Be consistent with exercise habits and moving throughout the day to prevent knots from developing in the first place
  • Noticing muscle knots,  simply stretch at the end of the day or perform self-myofascial release techniques
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BCRPA Certification with Kinesiology Degree

Have a kinesiology degree? Want to become BCRPA certified Personal Trainer?

With a Kinesiology degree (or equivalent) you can apply to bypass the Fitness Theory Course and the Weight Training Specialty Course.  However, all other steps need to be complete and you will have to complete this form ( in order to apply to bypass the course.

The Course Bypass Form will require copies of transcripts and syllabi for the relevant courses taken, so these applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

For more information and detailed steps about the process, click here  (

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Great Summary Article on Trigger Points

A summary of the scientific paper criticizing the conventional wisdom about trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome.  Click here for the full article.

“…trigger points remain an idea on the fringes of health care, despite their alleged importance. There is a conventional wisdom about them, but it’s certainly not mainstream, and the scientific argument about it is even more obscure. This topic is not in any spotlight.”

“Although medical history is peppered with competing theories and debate about the nature of sore spots, MPS, and TrPs, direct criticism of the modern conventional wisdom is rare. Almost everyone not only uncritically accepts the conventional wisdom, but treats patients as though it were an established fact and a firm foundation for expensive therapy.”



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Great Video – Movements of Synovial Joints

Check this video out – very well done!

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How much sugar should a person eat per day?

The American Heart Association says men should eat no more than 37.5 grams of sugar a day and women should eat no more than 25 grams per day.

The World Health Organization now says even those allowances are too high, suggesting both men and women should eat 25 grams or fewer each day. The average American currently eats 126 grams of sugar a day – though most do not realize. The majority of the 126 grams comes from the refined sugars added to foods during manufacturing.

Take a look at your own intake per day.

In general, this very hard number to stay below with all the refined and processed food we eat daily.  Refined sugar is hidden in thousands of foods and the addictive effect on the brain is said to be more powerful than cocaine. Refined sugar is nearly unavoidable unless you are willing to prepare all your meals using only fresh foods – where time and work commitments do not always make possible.

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