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Introduction

Working within the gym environment allows you to bring your passion for fitness to life – helping others improve their fitness, wellbeing and confidence while enjoying the satisfaction that comes with it.

For more than 20 years we’ve helped thousands of people around the world turn their love of working out into exciting careers. Now it’s your turn.

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Becoming a fitness instructor, also known as a gym instructor, is a starting point for your career in fitness.

Our gym instructor course aims to provide you with the skills and knowledge to conduct consultations, plan and prepare gym-based exercise programmes for apparently healthy adults, and to communicate with and motivate clients effectively.

The content of our Level 2 Fitness Instructor course includes:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Diseases and common health conditions
  • Analysis of client information
  • Functional programme design
  • Movement screening
  • Effective coaching models
  • Health risk stratification
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Health and safety
  • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise
  • Nutrition for health
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Conducting consultations
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    Study Options

    We offer three straightforward study options for our gym instructor course – Distance, Virtual and In-Person.

    As soon as you select your preferred study option and enrol, you can enjoy instant access to your course via our mobile app and website, as well as Learner Support.

    Distance

    Home study.

    You will:

    • Complete as home study the online course material, online theory assessment, workbook and portfolio (before performing any of the practical assessments).

    • Complete the 20-hour practicum/work experience requirement of the course where you observe a qualified Gym Instructor or Personal Trainer in a professional fitness environment; for example, a commercial gym. As an alternative, you can book onto and attend a scheduled Gym Instructor training day or four scheduled Gym Instructor eClasses (additional fees apply).

    • Submit via our Help Desk evidence of your completed practicum/work experience using the documents provided in the online course material (unless you have completed the optional Gym Instructor training day or the four optional Gym Instructor eClasses).

    • Film the practical assessments in a professional fitness environment (for which you’ll need a minimum of three clients).

    • Submit via our Help Desk a video of your practical assessments and completed portfolio.

      As an alternative to submitting a video of your practical assessments, for an additional fee you can either book onto and attend an In-Person assessment held on a scheduled Gym Instructor assessment day (to which you’ll bring your one-to-one client and hand in a copy of your completed portfolio – view dates), or you can book onto and perform a Virtual assessment at a bespoke time and date you arrange with us (for which you’ll have three clients with you and submit in advance via our Help Desk a copy of your completed portfolio).
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    Virtual

    Home study plus a practical, tutor-led Gym Instructor Virtual clinic that you participate in at home. This clinic is conducted in real-time and is not a pre-recorded video.

    Available Full Time and Part Time.

    You will:

    • Book onto a scheduled Gym Instructor Virtual clinic according to the study option you enrolled on (Full Time or Part Time). The Full Time study option runs Monday to Friday for one week. The Part Time study option runs over five consecutive scheduled Saturdays (Part Time Saturdays option) or Sundays (Part Time Sundays option). View dates.

    • Complete as home study the online course material, online theory assessment, and specified sections of the portfolio.

    • Participate in the Gym Instructor Virtual clinic you booked onto. You’ll perform various training and assessments during this five-day clinic and also finish your portfolio.

    • Submit via our Help Desk a copy of your fully completed portfolio.
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    In-Person

    Home study plus a practical, tutor-led Gym Instructor In-Person clinic that you attend at one of our venues.

    Available Full Time and Part Time.

    You will:

    • Book onto a scheduled Gym Instructor In-Person clinic according to the study option you enrolled on (Full Time or Part Time). The Full Time study option runs Monday to Friday for one week. The Part Time study option runs over five consecutive scheduled Saturdays (Part Time Saturdays option) or Sundays (Part Time Sundays option). View dates.

    • Complete as home study the online course material, online theory assessment, and specified sections of the portfolio.

    • Attend the Gym Instructor In-Person clinic you booked onto. You’ll perform various training and assessments during this five-day clinic and also finish and hand in a copy of your completed portfolio.
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    Prices

    Take advantage of our easy payment options: pay up front in full and receive a prompt payment discount or pay the regular price with a payment plan.

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    Course

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    Regular Price: £699 Special Offer £549

    Finance available from £26 deposit & £13/month.

    Prompt Payment: £599 Special Offer £449

    Regular Price: £799 Special Offer £699

    Finance available from £35 deposit & £17/month.

    Prompt Payment: £699 Special Offer £549

    Regular Price: £799 Special Offer £699

    Finance available from £35 deposit & £17/month.

    Prompt Payment: £699 Special Offer £549

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    If you have any questions about our Fitness Instructor course that aren’t answered here, please call us

    Recognition

    You will achieve the relevant Level 2 qualification upon successful completion of our Fitness Instructor course, the certificate for which will be issued by the awarding organisation.

    Our Fitness Instructor course is also recognised by PD:Approval and CIMSPA, and meets the criteria for official American College of Sports Medicine Approved Provider status.

    Prerequisites

    No prior fitness qualification is required before starting our gym instructor course.

    A basic level of English and Maths will be necessary to understand the course content.

    This course requires physical exertion and individual participation is mandatory, therefore a degree of physical fitness is necessary. Prior participation in gym sessions will be helpful.

    Resources

    You’re welcome to read some of our blog articles related to instructing fitness:

    How to become a Fitness Instructor

    Being a Personal Trainer

    Setting up Your Own Fitness Business

    Dates

    View dates for the Gym Instructor clinics.