Meet Our Workforce

As the national governing body for group exercise we are dedicated to achieving our vision of a healthier nation through exercise. We work with instructors, operators and organisations across the sector to provide help, support and advice and to ensure that group exercise continues to inspire people of all ages and abilities to take part in physical activity.

Why safeguarding is every instructor’s responsibility

November 17, 2022/by Sarah Leeves

#ReadyToReturn – Statement from Marcus Kingwell

June 26, 2020/by Sarah Leeves

EMD UK Share Top 5 Fitness Trends for 2019

January 30, 2019/by Sarah Leeves
A pile of stop watches at different times

Five Ways to Maximise Your Time Right Now

March 24, 2020/by Sarah Leeves

First annual Community Fitness Week delivers 125,000 food parcels to food banks

November 12, 2019/by Sarah Leeves

#BecauseYouPlay – the impact of the National Lottery on EMD UK

November 8, 2019/by Sarah Leeves

Move It or Lose It helps to Tackle Inequalities with The Club

December 11, 2020/by Penny Sanders
Women in fitness clothes doing a group exercise class

Why Group Exercise Is Better than Any Fad Diet

April 10, 2018/by Sarah Leeves

The geography of choreography; pre-set routines vs instructor-set routines

October 30, 2017/by Sarah Leeves

National Sporting Heritage Day with Medau Movement

September 29, 2020/by Penny Sanders

Dance Fitness Qualifications delivered at UEL

June 21, 2021/by Penny Sanders

My Journey to ReelRobics

January 8, 2021/by Penny Sanders

Relieving the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

November 7, 2019/by Penny Sanders

From class goer to class leader

June 13, 2017/by Sarah Leeves

Preparing for auditions

April 18, 2022/by Penny Sanders
Donna Noble - Founder of Curvesomeyoga

5 ways to make your yoga classes more inclusive

May 26, 2023/by Sarah Leeves

How much protein you need and why it matters

November 8, 2017/by Sarah Leeves

Sport England funding for EMD UK

May 26, 2022/by Penny Sanders

Disability and Workforce

June 13, 2022/by Penny Sanders
A music mixing deck

Class music need to knows for fitness instructors

February 20, 2019/by Sarah Leeves
People doing a kettlebell exercise class

I’d like to exercise but . . .

June 3, 2019/by Penny Sanders

Three places to promote your classes for free

December 21, 2021/by Sarah Leeves
A selection of social media icons

Marketing Your Classes: 4 Strategies for Success

March 27, 2023/by Sarah Leeves

Tips for Teaching Online Classes

July 14, 2020/by Penny Sanders

Advice on how instructors can continue to deliver their classes online

March 13, 2020/by Penny Sanders

Instructor Training Endorsement

September 10, 2021/by Penny Sanders
Women enjoying a dancehall dance class

Exercise inequalities leave millions of women inactive

October 26, 2018/by Sarah Leeves

3 Reasons You Need to Invest in Your Personal Development

May 30, 2018/by Sarah Leeves
An image of trees and the sky in a park

Outdoor exercise in England – full guidance

July 17, 2020/by Sarah Leeves

Some tips on how to make group exercise classes more inclusive

January 20, 2020/by Penny Sanders

Festivals and Events

August 24, 2021/by Penny Sanders

Boosting your business with social media

August 16, 2022/by Sarah Leeves

Looking after our Mental Health

October 11, 2021/by Penny Sanders

Using subscriptions for customer payments

October 27, 2022/by Penny Sanders
A clock with a sign above it reading menopause

Movement and Menopause: How fitness instructors can help

April 11, 2023/by Sarah Leeves
EMD UK Instructor Award for Promoting Positive Change finalists

What it takes to be an award-winning instructor

June 11, 2018/by Sarah Leeves
A woman tying her trainers, ready for exercise

Group Exercise. Is it Really for Someone Like Me?

February 20, 2018/by Sarah Leeves
A group of people putting there hands together in solidarity

Blood, Sweat and No Fears! Campaign to encourage month-round participation in women’s sport

June 21, 2019/by Sarah Leeves

NoireFitFest – Paving the way for greater Black industry representation

September 16, 2020/by Sarah Leeves

Coworking is getting in shape

June 17, 2019/by Penny Sanders
Be LIfted C.I.C

Tackling Inequalities with BeLifted

March 10, 2022/by Penny Sanders

Showcasing Dance Fitness

April 28, 2022/by Penny Sanders
An accessible door push to open button

Venue accessibility for group exercise classes

May 3, 2023/by Sarah Leeves
Mat Pilates course delivered by EMD UK

Practical advice for studio managers

October 23, 2020/by Penny Sanders

Open Bursary, Open Door

March 21, 2023/by Penny Sanders
A woman holding a light bulb having an idea

Continuing support and guidance for group exercise instructors

August 25, 2020/by Penny Sanders

Women, weights aren’t as scary as you think!

May 25, 2017/by Sarah Leeves

Job hopping made simple

July 27, 2017/by Georgia Hardy
Lorraine Russell

The UK’s first Black wellness and fitness festival

September 13, 2021/by Antoinette Mills
A group of people congratulating each other after their group exercise class

Combatting Loneliness with Group Exercise

August 9, 2018/by Sarah Leeves

Alleviating symptoms of the menopause with group exercise

October 17, 2022/by Penny Sanders

Delivering online group exercise classes

November 9, 2020/by Penny Sanders

Synergy develops all-inclusive platform to help Tackle Inequalities

December 17, 2020/by Penny Sanders

The benefits of seated exercise

February 16, 2023/by Penny Sanders

Mental health and exercise: How can it help you?

October 10, 2017/by Sarah Leeves

10 things to consider when setting up your own fitness business

November 30, 2017/by Sarah Leeves

National Sporting Heritage Day with the Keep Fit Association

September 28, 2020/by Penny Sanders

Cha-cha in a chair… rethink what you know about chair based exercise

May 8, 2017/by Sarah Leeves

Tackling Inequalities the Para Dance UK way

January 26, 2021/by Penny Sanders

How to streamline your dance fitness business

January 23, 2023/by Penny Sanders

Charity Fund-raising is second nature to the Keep Fit Association

April 2, 2021/by Penny Sanders

Tackling Inequalities the Dancing for Health way

November 15, 2021/by Penny Sanders

EMD UK Supports Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2023

May 16, 2023/by Sarah Leeves
A woman in a denim shirt holding her tummy in pain

Adenomyosis and exercise: what do you know?

April 17, 2023/by Sarah Leeves

Adapting face-to-face to online – the new world of fitness instructing

April 20, 2020/by Penny Sanders
Older people in a group exercise class

It’s Never Too Late to Start Group Exercise

October 1, 2019/by Sarah Leeves

National Sporting Heritage Day with FLexercise

September 29, 2020/by Penny Sanders

Clubbercise launches at DLL in Wales

March 31, 2023/by Sarah Leeves
Women over 50 enjoying a Powerhoop class

Hooping for the over 50s

January 30, 2019/by Sarah Leeves

7 Reasons Why You Should Take the Plunge

September 26, 2017/by Sarah Leeves

Support for instructors to rebuild their classes

September 3, 2021/by Sarah Leeves

Impostor Syndrome – Fighting Back

March 9, 2023/by Penny Sanders
People in a darkened room doing Clubbercise with glow sticks

Five Ways To Attract Newbies…

June 6, 2019/by Sarah Leeves

Is it time to stop charging ‘pay as you go’?

December 13, 2019/by Penny Sanders

Tips for using customer testimonials

February 2, 2023/by Penny Sanders

The Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan

October 16, 2020/by Penny Sanders

Petition to lift ban on indoor group exercise in tier three gains support

December 15, 2020/by Sarah Leeves

Engaging Employees in Workplace Exercise

March 15, 2018/by Sarah Leeves

Tackling Inequalities the Medau way

November 30, 2020/by Penny Sanders
A Black woman holding her tummy in pain

Endometriosis: can group exercise help?

April 6, 2023/by Sarah Leeves

Three quick tips to make your classes welcoming

September 30, 2019/by Penny Sanders

Working with disabled clients

May 2, 2017/by Sarah Leeves

Do You Know Their Why?

April 18, 2018/by Sarah Leeves
An example of a Canva template

How to Use Canva to Market Your Group Exercise Classes

March 22, 2023/by Sarah Leeves
A woman scrolling through an Instagram feed

How Fitness Instructors Can Use Instagram to Reach New People

March 24, 2023/by Sarah Leeves

Rockbox – packing a [non-contact] punch

January 24, 2020/by Penny Sanders

New dance fitness style on the block!

October 4, 2017/by Sarah Leeves
Women doing a combat based group exercise class

Five things to consider when launching a new class

March 27, 2019/by Sarah Leeves

Before I started Clubbercise I was a size 22. Now I’m an instructor!

February 6, 2020/by Penny Sanders

Insurance – have you covered your assets?

May 20, 2019/by Penny Sanders

Top 5 online tools every group exercise instructor should use

December 9, 2022/by Sarah Leeves
Hospital staff and patients enjoying a Barnet Bopping session led by nurse Karelle Evans

Barnet Bopping. Supporting the Vision of Dr Guddi

March 15, 2018/by Sarah Leeves

Top Tips for Aerobics Instructors

November 1, 2019/by Penny Sanders
Bootcamp UK

The benefits of outdoor training

January 13, 2022/by Penny Sanders

Let’s Get Started…

Group exercise is an exciting and diverse mix of styles and activities that caters to ‘someone like me’ and everyone should have the opportunity to take part. EMD UK is committed to driving positive change within the industry and we believe that through cooperation and collaboration with industry bodies, understanding and removing the barriers that prevent people from taking part and by supporting instructors to deliver excellence, we can achieve a healthier nation through exercise. See how you can get involved below…