We’ve developed an extensive portfolio of courses, delivering world-class training to ensure you have a long-lasting career. We continue to invest in our courses to make sure that, along with getting an internationally-recognised qualification, you’re learning from the best tutors in the way that suits you. That’s why our graduates remain at the forefront of the fitness industry.

New to the industry?

Start your career

There are different routes you can take into the fitness industry. You could decide to start at the beginning with our Gym Instructor course and then go on to become a Personal Trainer by taking our Diploma in Personal Training. Or, if you want a head start, you can go straight in as a Personal Trainer with our Advanced Diploma which will give you everything you need to get started towards a successful career.
Enhancing your portfolio?

Stand out from the competition

You've started your career in fitness and now discovered that you need to stand out from the crowd. Improving your portfolio is our speciality and this can be anything from adding an edge to your classes with Kettlebells and Padwork, to specialising in an area such as Ante and Postnatal Exercise or Exercise Referral. You can even learn how to teach and assess aspiring Personal Trainers. Wherever you want to take your career, we have the courses and support to make that possible.
Specialising in Pilates?

STOTT PILATES

STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary, anatomically-based approach to Joseph Pilates' original exercise method. Our courses and workshops are ideal for anyone looking to improve and expand on their range of skills and incorporate modern exercise science and rehabilitation principles for a safe and highly effective low-impact way to strengthen the body.

Looking for a career in fitness?

Find out about the different routes into the industry and we'll help you to choose your career path.

Browse courses by subject

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.
Why choose YMCAfit

Helping you be your best is our top priority. We'll train you for a longstanding career, not just to pass a test. We've developed the largest portfolio of courses in the UK and we're investing in this world-class training to continually make it better and always relevant for the fitness industry today - that's why 97% of students would recommend us! As a charity, we truly believe that everyone should have access to the health benefits of regular physical activity and our graduates are helping to make this happen.

Alternative career routes into the fitness industry

Become an apprentice

We offer a range of apprenticeships tailor-made to suit you. An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to earn while you learn - so you'll be learning on the job and getting qualified at the same time. Find about about the fitness apprenticeships we have available.

Fitness Training Academy

An alternative to college and A-levels, FTA is a fully-funded two year course that can be a perfect first step into the fitness industry.