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Personal training

Push clients to achieve their goals by designing and delivering full fitness programmes for them.

Gym Instructor

Our Gym Instructor course is your very first step into the fitness industry. It will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to begin your fitness career. Learn how to design tailored gym programmes to encourage gym users to train effectively while ensuring that they work out safely.

Diploma in Teaching Yoga

The popularity of Yoga for its health and fitness benefits continues to grow with both gyms and yoga centres are seeing an increased demand for yoga classes on their timetables. There are many different styles of Yoga. This Yoga Professionals course is based around the practice of Hatha Yoga – the foundation from where many popular styles of yoga have developed. On the course you will learn yoga asanas (positions), pranayama (breath control), mudra (hand positions), as well as meditation and yoga kriyas (cleansing techniques).

STOTT PILATES® Intensive Mat-Plus™

This course will provide you with the skills to design and teach essential and intermediate level matwork classes with small equipment. STOTT PILATES helps to develop optimal strength, flexibility, endurance and posture, without building bulk or stressing joints. This makes it the perfect complement to cardiovascular exercise, athletic training or rehabilitation.

Diploma in Sports Massage

Want to enhance your career and learn new skills? If you answered yes, the Diploma in Sports Massage might be right for you. The demand for specialists with the ability to treat injuries and aid rehabilitation has grown in the past few years. It’s no longer just athletes that need treatment, but everyday gym-goers.

Indoor Cycling

This exhilarating module was developed with leading indoor cycling specialists and will teach you everything you need to know to deliver fun and effective studio cycling classes. You'll be in high demand as indoor cycling is one of the most popular classes to hit the fitness industry.

Exercise to Music

Exercise to Music (ETM) instructors work in fitness centres and health clubs, they also teach in community centres, church halls, schools - in fact, wherever there's a suitable space and a stereo. You will learn to use your personality to inspire groups of people of different ages and abilities. The emphasis on freestyle teaching allows students to express their creativity and imagination confidently when delivering a studio class.

Diploma in Exercise Referral

With the Diploma in Exercise Referral, you'll be using exercise to get your client’s lives back on track after an illness. You'll learn how to use healthy eating principles and exercise techniques to help treat a range of medical conditions. With the growing number of referral schemes in the UK, this specialism is not only high in demand, but highly rewarding and profitable.

I'm at a crossroads now, where I can really plan what I want to do with my future. Whatever that is, YMCAfit will be key to getting me there."

Danielle Linton
Qualified Personal Trainer

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Personal training

Push clients to achieve their goals by designing and delivering full fitness programmes for them.

Yoga

Explore and teach flexible sequences that revitalise the mind, body and spirit.

Pilates

Liberate and reform clients’ bodies using STOTT PILATES techniques and routines.

Kids' fitness

Design and deliver fun and encouraging programmes for the mini athletes.
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Becoming a Personal Trainer

We share the skills and qualifications you'll need to jump into a fitness career and key tips such as the salary you can expect.

Becoming a Yoga Instructor

Find out how to have a successful career as a Yoga Instructor with advice on the skills you'll need and how to get started.
Fund your future

If you are looking to start your career in fitness but are finding it difficult to cover the cost of your training, there is support available.

Advanced Learner Loan

This is part of a Government-backed initiative, so that if you're over the age of 19 you can get a loan to help pay towards your course fees.

Pay in instalments with 0% interest

On some of our courses you can pay with monthly instalments with an interest free Direct Debit to spread the costs over a longer period.