One of the things we’re often asked by our prospective students here at the Academy of Fitness Professionals is how they can fast-track their fitness industry training. Let’s not get confused and think this is about cutting corners here, far from it! The fast-track route is about tailoring your learning experience so that you are able to obtain your accredited fitness qualifications in a timescale that suits whilst learning new skills that ensure you’re job ready every step of the way.
It’s important to understand from the outset that if you choose to fast-track your course you will need to be able to commit a chunk of time to your study that enables you to work at a pace while still demonstrating all of the required learning criteria.
The fast-track route allows students to complete their Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing from as little as 6 weeks and then progress straight onto the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training which can also be achieved in as little as 6 weeks.
If this sounds like the study route for you check out our great ways to fast – track your learning.
1 – Use a Study Plan
Study plans exist to identify what it is you want to accomplish, how quickly, and the steps involved enabling you to accomplish your goal. They should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound.
Don’t worry you’ll be able to chat this through with your course tutor who can even draft a study plan for you providing a robust framework for you to follow. The best study plans should fit around your lifestyle rather than compromise it. After all if you still need to work, go to your fitness class or attend to family commitments life would get pretty hectic if this wasn’t accounted for!
2 – Consider a Mentor Placement
When you are studying for your fitness qualification you will complete both theory and practical work. Collectively this develops all the necessary skills so you’re ready to become a fully-fledged Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer. The quickest way to fast-track your knowledge is to buddy up with a qualified Fitness Professional who can offer you guidance and advice along the way.
For example, when it comes to designing personal training programmes for clients you can chat your mentor through your carefully crafted ideas and even run them through the workout. You’ll benefit from immediate feedback before you submit your work. In addition, you’ll be mastering those all-important client skills in readiness for your practical skills workshops.
3 – Keep in Contact with your Tutor
You tutor will have accumulated years of previous experience in the fitness sector. What’s more they will have been exactly where you are today. So why make life complicated? Use this valuable free resource for help and support as you work through your learning and seek out their advice along the way.
- Sketch out your work and check in with your tutor to ensure you’re along the right lines.
- Use them for help and advice to help you hit your deadlines and timescales.
- Develop a shared study plan so you and your tutor can work together.
- Find out how they approached certain aspects of the course.
4 – Work with a Partner
If you are looking to set up a fitness business, perhaps with a friend, working together on your course is a sure fire way to speed up your learning. As the saying goes two heads are better than one and you’ll be able to share ideas and discuss the different clients you encounter. This is also a great way of completing the practical parts of your course by taking it in turns to adopt the role of client and trainer.
If you’re thinking about a career in fitness you can request a copy of our prospectus and career guide here.
The Academy of Fitness Professionals provide the gold standard in accredited personal training courses with state of the art training fully endorsed by REPs, Skills Active and the NCFE. Their specialist knowledge features in the UK health and fitness media including the Mirror, BBC2 and Women’s Running. This is the ultimate learning destination for those serious about their fitness industry education and long term career as a Personal Trainer.