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Become a Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialist

Empower individuals to achieve their peak fitness goals and lead more dynamic lives. Channel your passion for athletic performance into a rewarding career as a Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialist.

Strength and conditioning are foundational elements for athletic excellence and physical health. With the increasing number of people joining gyms and seeking to improve their sports performance, there is a growing demand for qualified Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialists. As individuals aim to enhance their strength, agility, and endurance, your expertise can guide them to superior results and health benefits. With the fitness industry’s continuous growth, now is the perfect time to specialise in strength and conditioning, secure your dream role, and make a significant impact on people’s physical capabilities and overall well-being.

Upon graduating from our Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialist course, you’ll emerge as a qualified expert equipped to elevate the performance and well-being of athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike. This qualification opens the door to a diverse array of dynamic career opportunities in various environments where your expertise in developing strength, enhancing conditioning, and optimizing athletic performance is in high demand.

Career pathways include:

  • Elite Sports Teams: Join the coaching staff of professional or amateur sports teams, where you’ll design and implement strength and conditioning programs that propel athletes to their peak performance.
     
  • High-Performance Gyms: Work within specialised gyms, including CrossFit boxes, or athletic centres focused on strength and conditioning, providing personalised training regimes for members aiming to reach elite fitness levels.
     
  • Personal Strength & Conditioning Coach: Establish a name for yourself as a private coach, offering tailored strength and conditioning services to individuals and small groups, from amateur athletes to fitness enthusiasts seeking to surpass their personal bests.
     
  • Strength & Conditioning Consultant: Collaborate with sports organisations, schools, and clubs, advising on best practices for strength training, injury prevention, and performance enhancement.
     
  • Online Fitness Coaching: Leverage digital platforms to offer virtual strength and conditioning coaching, reaching clients worldwide and providing them with expert guidance and personalised workout plans.
     
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Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialist Course Structure

Our comprehensive Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialist course is grounded in evidence-based strength, speed, agility, quickness and exercise science and crafted to enhance your expertise, deepen your understanding, and broaden your career prospects.

This course is internationally recognised, surpasses CIMSPA standards.

Representing unmatched excellence and value, our program has empowered over 20,000 individuals to excel as Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialists over the past 20 years. We’re ready to assist you on your journey.

We provide flexible payment solutions: opt for an upfront full payment to enjoy a discount, or choose our interest-free payment plan without any deposit.

Gym Instructor

The content of the Gym Instructor unit 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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Personal Trainer

The Personal Trainer unit covers a comprehensive range of subjects, including:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Diseases and health conditions
  • Analysis of client information
  • Functional programme design
  • Movement screening
  • Effective coaching models
  • Physical measurements
  • Health risk stratification
  • Postural assessment
  • Metabolic breakpoint testing
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Health and safety
  • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise
  • Health optimisation
  • Nutrition
  • Training movements vs. training muscles
  • Circuit training
  • 10-step consultation process
  • Corrective exercise
  • Business skills and employment preparation
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Circuit Training

Included in Personal Trainer Unit

Circuit Training stands as a crucial asset for any personal training specialist. This unit delves into crafting, conducting, and refining high-intensity circuit training routines. It equips you with extensive insights on creating varied and captivating workout sessions, suitable for individuals at any fitness level, while integrating a wide range of exercises and tools. The practical focus of this course significantly improves your hands-on training capabilities and elevates your professional prospects within the fitness realm.

The content of the Circuit Training unit included within the Personal Trainer unit includes:

  • Introduction to circuit training
  • Circuit training concepts
  • The role of the circuit instructor
  • Muscle conditioning
  • Circuit training layouts
  • Music breakdown for circuits
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T3 HIIT Coach

Included in Personal Trainer Unit

This unit is meticulously crafted to enrich your grasp of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) fundamentals, methodologies, and the scientific rationale underpinning them. As a Personal Training Specialist, it empowers you to design creative, impactful HIIT sessions aimed at optimising fat loss, bolstering cardiovascular fitness, and elevating athletic prowess. It further guides you in customising HIIT routines to align with the unique aspirations and requirements of your clients, guaranteeing tailored and efficacious workout strategies. Moreover, this module positions you to distinguish yourself as a Specialist Personal Trainer by providing your clients with avant-garde, evidence-based training solutions, thus broadening your client base and fostering your career growth.

The T3 HIIT content includes:

  • T3 Workout Structure
  • T3 Workout Safety
  • Being a T3 Programme Coach
  • T3 blast Base Moves & Variations
  • T3 pump Base Moves & Variations
  • T3 fight Base Moves & Variations
  • T3 shred Base Moves & Variations
  • T3 swing Base Moves & Variations
  • Access to over 200 T3 workouts upon successful completion
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Outdoor Fitness

In light of evolving fitness trends, particularly the recent pivot towards outdoor activities, this Outdoor Fitness unit is an ideal addition for personal trainers looking to expand their offerings beyond conventional gym environments.

The unit is tailored to provide you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to design and lead effective, safe training sessions for both individuals and groups in outdoor spaces.

The content of our Outdoor Fitness unit includes:

  • Health and safety considerations of training outdoors
  • Types of outdoor training sessions
  • Programming outdoor sessions
  • Exercises and techniques
  • Group and class sessions
  • Marketing and management of group sessions
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Strength & Conditioning

Specialising in Strength and Conditioning (S&C) offers significant advantages, particularly in enhancing employability and earning potential. An S&C coach plays a crucial role in elevating athletes’ physical fitness levels, directly impacting their sports performance through expert guidance.

Employing scientific methods, an S&C coach adeptly assesses clients’ needs by conducting a thorough analysis of the demands of activities alongside their current physical capabilities. This enables the development of tailored training plans and programming, ensuring clients reach their peak performance when training and, when relevant, for major tournaments and competitions. Moreover, strategic monitoring of training loads and optimising recovery processes are integral to this role, further underscoring the coach’s value to a client’s success.

Crafted by two of the UK’s foremost S&C coaches, this course not only deepens your theoretical knowledge but also equips you with practical skills for real-world application. For personal trainers specialising in S&C, this unit not only boosts your credibility and expertise but also significantly enhances your marketability. By offering specialised, scientifically-backed training programs, you can attract a wider clientele, thereby opening doors to higher earning opportunities and more prestigious positions within the fitness and sports industries.

The content of our Strength and Conditioning Coach unit includes:

  • The interdisciplinary role of an S&C coach
  • How to conduct an effective sport and athlete Needs Analysis
  • Testing, monitoring and analysis of athlete strengths and weaknesses
  • Athlete and team data collection and presentation
  • Planning and implementation of strength and power training
  • Planning and implementation of speed and agility training
  • Planning and implementation of conditioning sessions
  • Technical training models to enhance movement and lifting technique of athletes
  • Important considerations for training youth athletes
  • Coaching methodology to enhance ongoing athlete performance improvement
  • A detailed look at a full case study of a professional athlete
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Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialist Prices

To enrol on a Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialist course, simply choose your course and study option and click Get Started.

*Select “Gym, PT, S&C” if don’t already have a CIMSPA-recognised level 2 gym instructor certificate.

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Distance

You will:

  • Complete as independent home study the online learning, online theory assessments, workbook and portfolios before performing any of the practical assessments.

  • Film the practical assessments in a suitably equipped professional fitness environment; for example, a commercial fitness centre (for which you’ll need a minimum of three apparently healthy clients).

  • Submit via our Help Desk a video of your practical assessments and completed portfolios. If your course includes gym instructor, you must complete the gym instructor component of the course before the personal training component.

  • As an alternative to submitting a video of your practical assessments, for an additional fee you can either book onto and attend In-Person assessments held on scheduled assessment days to which you’ll bring your one-to-one client and hand in a copy of your completed portfolios, or you can book onto and perform Live-Virtual assessments at bespoke times and dates that you arrange with us and for which you’ll have three clients with you and submit in advance via our Help Desk a copy of your completed portfolios. View dates

Live-Virtual

The Full Time option runs Monday to Friday. The number of days in which you participate is:

  • Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer units – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

  • Personal Trainer unit only – 6 days (one clinic – Personal Trainer)

  • The Part Time Evening option runs over consecutive Monday and Tuesday evenings (Part Time Evenings). For this option, one day equals two evenings a week on Monday and Tuesday. The number of days in which you participate is:

    • Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer units – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

    • Personal Trainer unit only – 6 days (one clinic – Personal Trainer)

    • The Part Time Weekend option runs over consecutive weekends (Part Time Weekend). The number of days in which you participate is:

      • Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer units – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

      • Personal Trainer unit only – 6 days (one clinic – Personal Trainer)

      • Regardless of whether you choose the Full Time or Part Time option, you will:

        • Book onto scheduled Live-Virtual clinics according to the units in your course and study option (Part Time or Full Time) that you enrolled on. Check out the clinic dates.

        • Complete as independent home study the online learning, online theory assessments, workbook and specified sections of the portfolios for each clinic before you participate in that clinic. For example, you will complete the online course material and online theory assessment for the personal trainer unit of the course (as well as specified sections of the personal trainer portfolio) before participating in the personal trainer clinic.

        • Participate in the Live-Virtual clinics you have booked onto. You’ll perform various training and assessments during these clinics and also finish and hand in your portfolios. All practical assessments bar one are completed on clinic. For the practical assessment not completed on clinic, you will instead film it in a suitably equipped professional fitness environment, for example, a commercial fitness centre, for which you’ll need one apparently healthy client.

        • For both Full Time & Part Time options, you will complete as independent home study those additional Strength & Conditioning unit referred to above and submit the portfolio for marking via our Help Desk.

In-Person

In London, we offer the In-Person study option both Full Time and Part Time. The Full Time option runs Monday to Friday, and the Part Time options run over consecutive scheduled Saturdays (Part Time Saturdays option) or Sundays (Part Time Sundays option). Whether you choose Full Time or Part Time, the number of days on which you attend is the same:

  • Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer unit – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

  • Personal Trainer unit only – 6 days (one clinic– Personal Trainer)

The Strength & Conditioning unit is completed as Distance study.

Outside of London, we offer the In-Person study option Part Time over full weekends (i.e. both Saturday and Sunday). The number of days you on which you attend is:

  • Gym Instructor & Personal Trainer units – 11 days (two clinics – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer)

  • Personal Trainer unit only – 6 days (one clinic – Personal Trainer)

The Strength & Conditioning unit is completed as Distance study.

Regardless of the location of the clinics you have booked to attend (i.e. inside or outside of London), you will:

  • Book onto scheduled In-Person clinics according to the course and study option (Part Time or Full Time) that you enrolled on. View clinic dates.

  • Complete as independent home study the online learning resources, online theory assessments, workbook and specified sections of the portfolios for each clinic before you attend that clinic. For example, you will complete the online course material and online theory assessment for the personal trainer unit of the course (as well as specified sections of the personal trainer portfolio) before you attend the personal trainer clinic.

  • Attend the In-Person clinics you have booked onto. You’ll perform various training and assessments during these clinics and also finish and hand in the relevant portfolios.

  • Regardless of the course and study option chosen, you will complete as independent home study the Strength & Conditioning unit referred to above and submit the portfolio for marking via our Help Desk.

Recognition

The awarding organisation we use is Focus Awards. You’ll achieve the relevant Focus Awards level 3 diploma personal trainer qualification upon successful completion – Practitioner Diploma, and the Focus Awards Level 4 Strength & Conditioning.

Our level 3 personal trainer courses are also recognised by CIMSPA (10 CPD points).

All personal training courses accredited by CIMSPA through Campus Learning

Prerequisites

In terms of entry requirements, no prior fitness qualification is required before starting one of our combined gym instructor and personal trainer courses. You are; however, required to hold a CIMSPA-recognised level 2 gym instructor/fitness instructor qualification if you enrol on the PT & Strength & Conditioning course option that does not include the level 2 gym instructor qualification.

A basic level of English and Maths is necessary to understand the content of our fitness courses.

Our internationally recognised level 3 gym instructor and personal training courses require physical exertion and individual participation is essential; therefore, a level of physical fitness is necessary. Relevant personal experience of the subject – for example, prior participation in gym sessions – will be helpful.

Payment Options

Our Strength & Conditioning Exercise Specialist course represent the very best value and are made even more affordable by the range of flexible funding options we offer to help you spread the cost:

Prompt Payment: Straight up and simple. Pay up front, in full and receive a prompt payment discount.

Interest Free Payment Plans: You can apply for finance and if approved you’ll pay the regular price via a payment plan. These plans may include interest free payment plans (0%) and zero credit charges on terms of two months to four years with no deposit in some instances. Learn more about our finance options.

ELCAS: We’re also an approved training provider for the Enhanced Learning Credits Administrative Service (ELCAS), so if you’re a current or former member of the armed services (within five years of leaving the service), you can apply for Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) funding for any of our level 3 diploma personal training courses. Learn more about ELCAS.

FREE eClasses & Re-assessments

FREE eClasses

Distance study learners have access to FREE daily eClasses which are conducted live, over Zoom. The eClasses are optional, and may be attended as many times as you like.

FREE Re-assessments

Don’t worry if you don’t pass your assessment the first time, you can always resubmit it without incurring any additional costs.

Dates

Check out dates for our In-Person and Live-Virtual personal training courses near you:

Gym Instructor clinic

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Locations

We believe your address shouldn’t stand in the way of your new career ambitions for becoming a personal trainer. You can study our CIMSPA recognised level 3 personal training courses throughout the country, including: