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Being a Personal Trainer
If you’re thinking about training to be a Personal Trainer you’ll be joining a growing fitness industry that in the UK alone is worth around £4 billion. Gyms and clubs continue to open up new sites and membership numbers are on the rise. Particular growth has been seen in the budget, pay as you go sector giving members easy access to affordable leisure facilities. This continued growth is good news if you are keen on taking the plunge and getting your new career underway.
Personal Trainers are highly qualified, sought after fitness industry experts who have the technical knowledge, practical expertise, skills and motivating personality to help their clients accomplish their fitness goals. With the growth in sedentary lifestyles, obesity and early onset diabetes, together with many more health complaints, clients recognise the need to take action, get active and adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Become a Personal Trainer and you’ll be joining an exciting, financially lucrative industry offering the ability to shape your future by running your own successful business. Once you’ve completed your training and gained your level 3 PT certificate you will be ready to practice as a Personal Trainer, helping your clients improve the way they look, feel and function. This is generally focused on improving fitness levels, weight loss, gaining strength, tone and muscle definition, as well as improving energy levels and reducing stress.
Find out all you need to know about how to be a personal trainer, qualifications, getting started and great ways to kick-start your career.
Train to be a Personal Trainer in 4 Easy Steps
It’s really easy to start your journey towards being a Personal Trainer, just follow our four easy steps. Decide on the course that’s right for you and book your place online or by phone. We’ll send confirmation of your booking along with your enrolment forms. We then register you as a new student with us here at the Academy of Fitness Professionals. You’ll receive your student welcome pack and course materials and we’ll arrange for your telephone welcome chat with your course tutor. That’s it, you’re then ready to start!
When your training is complete you will receive your certification in the post and are ready to start work. This is where the fun really begins, you’re ready to work with clients, develop your services and accelerate forward in your career.
Choose your PT Course
Choose from our Complete, Specialist and Ultimate packages and start your journey to being a CIMSPA & REPS recognised Personal Trainer.
Gain your qualification
Your study is now complete and you’ve become a Personal Trainer with CIMSPA and REPs recognition.
Start work as a PT
Choose between the gym based or freelance career path and start working with your first PT clients.
Grow client base & earnings
Work with more personal training clients, offer additional services and see your earnings grow.
Choose your PT course
Your Personal Training Pathways
You need two qualifications to be a personal trainer. At stage one you gain your level 2 certificate in fitness instructing and at stage two you complete your level three certificate in personal training. During both stages you’ll spend time on course theory and practical skills. This means your training will lead to all the necessary skills for the workplace.
Deciding on the right qualification route for you can at times be a little tricky to figure out. That’s why we’ve made things simple with our range of training course pathways. This means students at the Academy of Fitness Professionals have the flexibility to choose the ideal PT course for them that fits their starting point, budget, timescales and lifestyle.
Our qualifications are REPs and CIMSPA recognised giving you the peace of mind that our nationally accredited courses are fully approved by the fitness industry and will enable you to start your exciting new personal training career.
Simply chose the starting point that’s best for you.
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Course Structure and Content
Throughout your personal trainer training you will learn theory and practical aspects of the role.
Course theory is broken down into easy to follow modules which you study at your own pace from home. You simply work through the module study pack and then show your understanding by completing a workbook which is made up of short answer questions and case studies. This workbook is then submitted to your personal course tutor for marking and forms your learning portfolio, without the need for attending traditional exams.
Practical training is achieved by video or workshop attendance developing your talents ready for the workplace. Here you get the opportunity to learn from our team of experts and showcase your own personal training skills through video or workshop assessment. Ultimately Personal Training is a career that’s based on establishing lasting client relationships supporting a wide range of different client needs and this is a pivotal aspect of your training and development with us.
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You will learn:
- How to motivate clients and set and review short, medium and long-term goals.
- How to assess and test fitness levels.
- Advanced communication skills that maximise client rapport and commitment.
- Record keeping, exercise prescription and programme design skills.
- How to run, review and adapt personal training sessions.
- How to advise on nutrition and health related matters and when to refer out.
A range of PT course options to suit your needs
Whether you’re just starting your journey to train be a Personal Trainer or are already a qualified Fitness Professional our range of CIMSPA and REPs recognised courses provide a variety of study choices to suit your needs. These include level 2 and level 3 combined diploma packages and level 3 fast-track options.
Courses are taught by blended learning which combines home based study with practical workshop days or video submission, giving you the flexibility to choose to study full-time, part-time or at your own pace.
Complete your personal trainer course with our online learning or practical attendance pathway
Practical Attendance Pathway
Training to be a personal trainer with our practical attendance pathway combines studying course theory from home and attending practical skills workshops.
You complete your course theory workbooks from home at your own pace, then, when you are ready book your practical workshops. Here you put the theory into practice and showcase your learning with your very own personal training clients.
This is a popular study method with students keen to have a practical teaching element to their course, who like the idea of working with a small group of fellow students in the gym developing their personal trainer skills.
Online Learning Pathway
Train as a personal trainer with our online pathway and gain the ultimate in flexibility, completing your course from home.
You are provided with comprehensive course materials which guide you through the theory and practical aspects of your study. You will demonstrate your learning by completing a series of workbooks and videos of yourself undertaking personal training, together with demonstrating your skills in a gym setting.
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Starting your Personal Trainer Training
It’s really easy to start your journey towards being a Personal Trainer.
Simply decide on the course that’s right for you and book your place online or by phone.
We’ll send confirmation of your booking and your enrolment forms. Return these to us and we will register you as a new student with us here at the Academy of Fitness Professionals.
You’ll then receive your student welcome pack and course materials and we will make arrangements for your welcome chat with your course tutor.
That’s it, you’re then ready to start!