If you’re thinking of becoming a Personal Trainer and are at the stage of choosing your course you’ll find a whole host of study options to choose from. There’s full-time or part-time classroom style, blended learning, on-line learning and even distance learning. Yes, lots of choice but which one should you pick? In this feature our Chief Trainer, Peter Lemon reveals why blended learning is our outright winner every time. Find out how it can unlock the key to your future success as a qualified level 3 Personal Trainer.
A career as a great Personal Trainer requires sound professional knowledge and expert skills. You’ll need a solid foundation in human anatomy, a good understanding of nutrition, expertise in fitness related health and safety and not surprisingly the ability to design and prescribe effective exercise programmes. This learning provides the fundamental back-bone to your Personal Trainer knowledge.
You’ll find yourself using this talent all the time but what your clients will see and focus on will be their experience and how they find you as coach and mentor. They will predominantly be concerned with your practical skills and your ability to demonstrate and prescribe exercise helping them in the pursuit of their goals.
In essence, a career as a personal trainer is a blended role. It brings together your theoretical know how and practical skills application to maximise client results. It follows that when it comes to your personal training course that it makes sense for it to be taught and delivered in the same way that you will ultimately be working.
Blended learning means our students get to study the theory of personal training in their own environment and at their own pace with a personal tutor on hand every step of the way. For the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training there are 7 modules to complete and for the Level 3 Diploma, there are 9. With this under their belt, it’s time for the practical workshops. Held in small groups you get maximum one to one time and a chance to have a go at the tools and techniques you’ll be using daily with your new clients. By the end of the workshops both the theory and practical merge together with our students running their own personal training sessions.
Why Blended Learning Holds the Key
1 – You learn more and get to be an individual
Did you know that there are seven learning styles (visual, aural, verbal, physical, logical, social and solitary) and that people learn at different paces and in different ways at different times? This is well documented and explains why so many of us can’t engage with or retain information taught in the class room setting. Research confirms that the more learning supports an individual’s learning styles which all engage with different parts of your brain, the more knowledge a learner will retain during and post course to use in the workplace.
It follows that it’s not surprising that our aspiring personal trainer students find blended learning holds the key to their future success. We replace the traditional classroom setting with module guides, short answer questions to check understanding, workbooks and on-line or tutor led one to one support. Each student is highly engaged with their learning and they get to be an individual every step of the way. With the modules successfully completed our students are ready and confident to move onto their practical gym based workshops held in London and Watford where they get to demonstrate their learning by working with clients on the delivery of personal training.
2 – It Provides a Win Win
The majority of our students have other commitments as well as their personal training course. Many are working full-time or part-time or they may have family commitments and in most cases are fitness enthusiasts’ with a committed exercise routine.
Blended learning provides the best of both worlds. You can carry on with all the other things in your life and work whilst qualifying to become a personal trainer and making the transition into the fitness sector. This flexibility also means that when something else comes along, a holiday for example, that our students get to adapt their study to suit rather than being restricted.
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