Deciding to gain your fitness trainer qualification is an important step in your career. We know that it can feel a bit daunting at the outset figuring out which fitness trainer certification to choose, understanding what’s involved and how to go about getting started. Our friendly team at the Academy of Fitness Professionals will guide you every step of the way, but don’t just take our word for it. We caught up with Patrick White, recent fitness trainer academy graduate to talk about his experiences, top tips and future career plans.
Why did you decide to become a fitness trainer?
My decision to be a fitness trainer comes from being an active individual myself and experiencing the numerous benefits it has brought to my life. I wanted to be able to impart my knowledge and experiences to help provide others with the chance to gain all the numerous benefits being physically active has.
What appeals to you most about a career in fitness?
First and foremost the appeal comes from the fact that you’re always active throughout the day, I’m certainly not a desk type! Then there’s the fact that you’re aiding others to reach their fitness goals, setting reachable targets and helping clients on the way to positive change. For me this is an exciting and challenging career as well as the fact that once I’ve completed my fitness trainer education there are many ways to progress.
Tell us about your course?
I have found the Academy of Fitness course to be extremely beneficial. It has refreshed the knowledge I already have from being such an active person and in addition it has taught me many new aspects that I can apply to my career in the future.
Congratulations on your fitness trainer certification – what were the best bits?
The best part of my fitness trainer course was completing module 1 which focuses on anatomy and physiology. The learning materials were really comprehensive and guided me through all the need to know information on how the human body functions…and more! From muscles to bones, the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, joints, energy systems and special populations everything was covered in easy to follow steps and I found this module super informative and enjoyable.
Any top tips for students?
My number one top tip is to block out chunks of time you can fully commit to your study. This way you will get everything out the course that you can and this is really useful to apply into your fitness career when it starts.
Now you’ve completed your fitness trainer course, what’s next?
Next on the agenda is to complete my level 3 personal trainer course which is already well under way. My aim is to become a fully qualified personal trainer and have my own regular clients helping them get fitter and feel healthier.