Courses by Name

A career as a personal trainer can be both financially lucrative and emotionally rewarding. You have the opportunity to run your own business and develop a career that you can build around your life. It offers a break from the mundane cycle of working nine to five and ensures that no two days are the same.

Kettlebells are the gift to exercisers that keep on giving – they not only power up the muscles to increase strength and flexibility, but also provide an intense, heart-pumping cardio workout. They have recently seen a huge surge in popularity, with enthusiasts looking for ever more challenging workouts to maximise the benefits of these unique hand weights.

At some point in your career, whether you are a personal trainer, fitness instructor, Pilates instructor or Yoga teacher, you are likely to find yourself teaching women who are pregnant or who have just had a baby. Or perhaps you wish to create and deliver programmes or classes exclusively for this important client group within your community. Either way, this course will provide you with the expertise and confidence you need to deliver safe and effective exercise to ante or postnatal women.

Aqua exercise is an effective format that continues to flourish in leisure facilities around the country. It is very popular with a wide variety of exercisers, as a result of its fun, low-impact approach. Instructors in this discipline are in demand wherever there is a pool. This course provides an entry into the fitness industry for those whose interests or background lead them in the direction of the pool, rather than the gym or studio. This course is an excellent addition for personal trainers who want to give their clients an opportunity to train in water.

High industry demand for aqua instructors makes this an ideal course for studio and gym instructors looking to become more versatile and employable. You will study the theory of how the body responds to training in water and gain practical experience in how to deliver fun and effective sessions using a variety of different approaches, with or without music.

Bootcamp classes, both indoors and out, are now all the rage. Training in groups is more exciting – that is certainly the growing view of many exercisers across the UK. Join this fitness revolution and deliver your very own exhilarating Bootcamp sessions.

Beyond your technical knowledge, you’ll also need to promote yourself and your skills to potential customers. Gain some essential business know-how to develop a profitable and successful business. As well as defining your unique selling point, you’ll also have a working business plan which will form the bedrock to your success.

The Certificate in Personal Training forms a natural progression from Level 2 Gym Instructing. After this course you will be able to create effective exercise programmes for individual clients, including outdoor sessions, and offer nutritional advice in relation to exercise. The skills and knowledge you will gain include a deeper knowledge of anatomy and physiology, advanced teaching and programming skills and the principles of healthy eating and weight management.

The Fitness Circle® resistance ring lives up to its name by providing peripheral resistance to a fitness-based workout.

This engaging and challenging new workout, developed by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team, features a large Stability Cushion™ balance disc and a pair of secured hand weights.

The CORE™ Instructor Foundation Course Level 1 introduces important concepts of athletic conditioning and performance training. Emphasis is placed on utilising 11 foundational principles when training athletes. 

Core Stability is recognised as a vital element of fitness, taught by studio instructors, gym instructors and personal trainers. Core stability exercises can now be enhanced by using additional core/balance equipment (medicine balls, stability discs, bosu, foam rollers and additional available equipment), making them more challenging and fun. 

Exercise referral schemes continue to grow in number through GP commissioning, local authorities and the private sector. An extremely rewarding and potentially profitable way of advancing your career prospects, the Diploma in Exercise Referral will amply prepare you for working with medically referred clients. 

The Diploma in Personal Training is your one-stop shop to a lucrative career training clients one-to-one and in groups. Learn how to create effective, exciting exercise programmes for sessions both inside and outdoors whilst offering top nutritional advice for exercise.

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.

With this qualification in sports massage you’ll get -

  • Practical workshops throughout course.
  • The skills and knowledge required for a longstanding career.
  • Treatments from your peers.

Please note, this course is suitable for both new and experienced trainers. You will need to be physically fit enough and willing to take part in practical workshops.

You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan
This course is available with an Advanced Learning Loan covering the full course fee. Find out more.

The popularity of Yoga for its health and fitness benefits continues to grow. 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).


Whether you are self-employed or work in a gym, being able to give emergency first aid at work is an important skill for anyone. This course provides you with an emergency first aid in the workplace qualification that will be valid for three years from the day of training.

It is estimated that around 1 in 10 of the UK population has a disability, and yet disabled people are seriously under-represented in fitness and gym facilities. This course has been developed as part of the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI), which aims to make fitness facilities more accessible to disabled people, both in terms of the physical environment and the skills and attitudes of their staff. This course will provide you with confidence and expertise in writing and delivering safe, effective and fun exercise programmes for a range of disabled people.

Age should not be a barrier to exercise. For this growing section of the population exercise is an essential ingredient for a happy, healthy and active lifestyle. This course will give you the tools to create fun, functional, safe and effective sessions for older adults within your area of expertise. Suitable for gym and ETM instructors, personal trainers, Pilates instructors or Yoga teachers, it will also allow you to broaden your client base and ensure that you can deliver programmes and classes that really make a difference to peoples' lives.

It seems that every day we are bombarded with conflicting information about nutrition, obesity or new diets, making this a subject your clients are guaranteed to want to discuss. This course covers the principles of healthy eating and weight management in relation to exercise, enabling you to offer nutritional advice in an exercise context.

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.

Are you a gym instructor looking for a new challenge, a burst of inspiration or a way to increase your earning potential? This module will show you how to adapt your existing knowledge to the studio environment.

The gym floor is vibrant, varied, often challenging and most of all, fun. You will have the opportunity to improve customers' overall well-being, enhance their fitness levels, improve their confidence and help them train for specific sports or events. You will be designing tailored gym programmes, encouraging gym users to train effectively and ensuring that they work out safely. Our Gym Instructor course will give you the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to begin your fitness career. You will receive comprehensive learning resources, guidance and support and be taught be highly qualified tutors.

If you're an ETM instructor looking to broaden your fitness horizons, this module provides an ideal introduction to gym training. It is also an essential step towards becoming a personal trainer.

In this workshop, instructors are taught essential elements of Halo® Training and the Halo® Trainer and Stability Ball™. Since every client has unique demands, learn how to progress or regress exercises for functional strength and stability training.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is ideal for instructors who want to develop their group training skills. This course will teach you everything you need to know about functional and high intensity training and how to plan programmes that will challenge even the fittest of clients.

Developed in conjunction with leading indoor cycling specialists the Indoorcycling Group (ICG), this exhilarating module, will teach you everything you need to know to deliver basic, fun and effective studio cycling classes. Plus, benefit from unlimited access to free online learning resources, including 13 extra courses worth a total of 48 REPs points.

Kettlebells have become extremely popular additions to gyms thanks to the range of explosive exercises that challenge all of the major muscles, strengthen the core, burn fat, and build power.If you’re a fitness professional who wants to increase your functional training expertise and add a new dimension to your client’s training, then this kettlebells course will be perfect for you.

Kettlebells have a range of core benefits including improved strength, flexibility and cardiovascular health. The Kettlebells Pro course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to teach a range of clients to use this equipment safely and effectively. Unlike other equipment, kettlebells can work several muscles at the same time so they can benefit all your clients, whether beginner or advanced, and be a fun way to get fit.

YMCA Kids' Fitness courses are designed to help you reach out and inspire children to enjoy fitness and activity. We'll give you the specialist knowledge to design and deliver safe, fun-filled children's exercise programmes.

With younger children effective sessions need to be based on fun. Sessions will incorporate movement to develop balance, coordination, body and spatial awareness, confidence and social interaction.

This unit is perfect if you are planning to progress to Level 3 status on REPS that require Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology including Personal Trainer, Exercise Referral, Pilates and Yoga. This unit is already included in Advanced Training and Personal Trainer courses.

Assessor training is a fantastic way for Instructors to boost their income, develop their career and use their hard-won skills to play an integral part in training the next generation. If you hold a L2 Gym, ETM or Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification, this comprehensive course could be ideal for you. 

As an experienced instructor, you may well be looking for the next step on your career progression. An increasing number are looking to pass their knowledge onto the next generation of instructors through teaching on training courses.

YMCAfit’s Fitness Training Academy is a brand new alterative to college and A-Levels. It is a two-year fully funded course which gives you all the skills and qualifications you need to immediately start a career in the fitness industry. It also offers you way in to higher education.

Interal Quality Assurance training is a fantastic way for Instructors to boost their income, develop their career and use their hard-won skills to play an integral part in training the next generation. If you hold a L2 Gym, ETM or Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification, this comprehensive course could be ideal for you.

Lower back pain affects around a third of adults in the UK every year, and has a huge impact on quality of life. Research has shown exercise to be one of the best remedies; with physical activity significantly relieving symptoms. 

In this comprehensive course instructors who currently hold a Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral will develop an understanding of the classification, contributing factors and health risks of different types of lower back pain. You will learn how chronic, non-specific low back pain, medications, psychological/sociological factors and co-morbidities affect a client’s ability to exercise, and how to design effective physical activity and lifestyle programmes.

By helping to ease their pain through exercise, you can make a real difference to your clients’ lives.

There has been a marked increase in obesity rates over recent years. In the UK, figures released in 2014 suggest that 64% of adults are classed as being overweight or obese. Globally, the number of adults who were overweight or obese has reached a staggering one billion. Exercise specialists are in high demand and will continue to be over the next decade.

Padwork for PTs is a martial arts based approach to fitness that provides a popular and effective addition to the personal trainer’s skill set. The relentless rise in the popularity of combat style fitness training can be seen in gyms and parks across the country and is a format which appeals to an increasing numbers of clients.

Sculpt is designed for ETM instructors who wish to include studio based resistance sessions into their portfolio of classes. This course will teach you techniques for a range of barbell training exercises, how to plan an effective workout with barbells to a group of differing fitness levels and the ability to manage and teach a group resistance training session.

ABRL equips you with 14 Advanced level exercises plus modifications using the Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector and Arc Barrel for the highly conditioned client.


ACAD prepares you to teach 28 Advanced level exercises plus modifications using the Cadillac for the highly conditioned client.

With this one day course you will learn how to teach the new Advanced Matwork exercises ranging from the ‘corkscrew’ to ‘scissors in the air’. The new Advanced Matwork exercises build on the principles of core stability and fluidity.

Learn to use the various reformer components and accessories to intensify reformer repertoire and provide a stimulating workout for athletes, dancers, and highly conditioned clients. Exercises in the Advanced repertoire require greater strength, stability and flexibility. 

ACHR provides you with 14 Advanced level exercises plus modifications using the Stability Chair™ for the highly conditioned client.

This lecture, developed by the Merrithew Health and Fitness™ team, is a review for those who already have functional anatomy knowledge. Topics include: basic biomechanics (levers, effects of gravitational force, effects of muscle force), anatomical terminology, skeletal anatomy, actions at the joints, major muscle groups and the muscles’ origin insertion and action.

This unit is ideal if you are planning to work with clients who have specific problems. You will learn to customize workouts to address weaknesses, health conditions, postural problems or injuries.

IBRL prepares you to teach Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) exercises on the Barrels. By the end of this course you will be able to fine-tune personal and circuit training programs to meet a variety of clients’ conditioning goals with 98 exercises on the Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector and Arc Barrel.

The intensive Cadillac course prepares you to teach Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) exercises on the Cadillac. By the end of this course you will be able to fine-tune personal and circuit training programs to meet a variety of clients’ conditioning goals with 125 exercises on the Cadillac Trapeze Table.

The intensive Chair prepares you to teach Level 1 (Essential and Intermediate) exercises on the Stability Chair™. By the end of this course you will be able to fine-tune personal and circuit training programs to meet a variety of clients’ conditioning goals with 63 exercises on the Stability Chair.

This mindful movement workout, created by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team, is based on the foundation that proper breathing is the key to a healthy, nourished and vibrant body.

Learn programming to improve the strength and stability of hip, knee and ankle joints in both supine and standing positions in this workshop developed by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team.

This course introduces you to the biomechanical principles of STOTT PILATES® and their application to modified Matwork, light equipment and Reformer exercises. Emphasis is on lumbo-pelvic and shoulder girdle stabilization and the role they play in rehabilitation and injury prevention. The course is designed for physiotherapists, physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, medical doctors or sports medicine doctors.


Get on the REPs at Level 3 with this additional qualification module for STOTT PILATES® Intensive Mat-Plus™ instructors. Whilst the STOTT PILATES Intensive Mat-Plus course is an internationally acclaimed and recognised qualification, students wishing to be represented on the UK REPs need to complete this module, which includes Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology, a Progressive Programme Case Study, and Viva.

Developed by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team, this fun and exciting workout focuses on building strength and stability as well as improving balance and flexibility with unique exercises derived from the best of the dance world. 

This unique and highly effective workout, developed by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team, offers sound biomechanical principles alongside current concepts in functional fitness and dance training while incorporating the Foam Roller™, Mini Stability Ball™ and Toning Balls™.

Explore a workout that takes you through a series of standing exercises designed to strengthen and tone from the ground up. No additional props or external resistance are needed in this full-body training session that targets muscular strength and endurance, balance and control. Exercise variations are included to increase or decrease challenge and intensity and cues and motivating techniques.

This workshop applies the CORE™ principles and guides a distance runner through movements to improve performance by increasing efficiency. Hip and pelvic stability is tested throughout the running motion, and provides a foundation of core stability and strength from which power and endurance can be developed. Participants will be able to apply athletic conditioning concepts to help runners meet the demands of the sport and decrease the risk of injury.

Get ready for golf season with this conditioning programme on the V2 Max Plus™ Reformer.  Learn how to use the reformer to increase your mobility of the hips and shoulder girdle, while stabilising the knees and ankles to create the correct torso rotation for an effective golf swing.

This course will provide you with the skills to design and teach essential and intermediate level matwork classes, integrating small equipment, which will allow you to add variety to your sessions.

This course will prepare you to teach a broad range of exercises, variations and modifications performed on the Reformer, and how to combine Mat and Reformer based workouts for increased variety and intensity.

Learn how to use the Vertical Frame on the STOTT PILATES® Reformer, to replicate a selection of Essential-level exercises traditionally performed on the Cadillac machine. Explore how the Roll-Down Bar, Push-Thru Bar, Arm and Leg Springs can add variety and target individual muscle groups and patterns.

Building on the biomechanical and stabilization principles learned in RM1, this module will teach you exercises that are designed to prevent and rehabilitate common injuries by balancing and strengthening muscles around the joints in order to restore and maintain healthy movement patterns. Emphasis on core stability while mobilizing the peripheral joints. Typically courses are conducted over 3 days.

This module begins with a review of the biomechanical and stabilization principles learned in RR1, this module demonstrates exercises designed to rehabilitate and prevent common injuries by balancing and strengthening muscles around the joints. Emphasis is on core stability and peripheral joint mobility to restore and maintain healthy movement patterns. Typically, courses are conducted over 3 days.

Explore the benefits of working on the Reformer for the older adult in this interactive workshop.

This module introduces you to the biomechanical principles of STOTT PILATES and how they apply to modified Matwork exercises. Light equipment including balls, bands and rollers are used to emphasize lumbo-pelvic and shoulder girdle stabilization and the role they play in rehabilitation and injury prevention. Typically, courses are conducted over 3 days.

Discover the foundation of the STOTT PILATES® exercise repertoire with this stabilisation principles workshop. Explore the functional anatomy, reasoning and research behind the body awareness issues that set the STOTT PILATES method apart from other styles. These principles ensure that clients become more mindful and execute more control during exercises.

This workshop is a combination of two distinctive, energising workouts. Part one of this workshop uses a soft, weighted Toning Ball™ to sculpt and define the arms and upper body. Then get sleek and strong from head to toe with a combination of the Toning Ball resistance and STOTT PILATES® precision using exercises adapted from the Matwork repertoire.

Learn Intermediate-level exercises that challenge your core and muscle strength by adding variety and multi-dimensional joint movements to the basic Flex-Band® exerciser routine.

In this intense athletic program developed by the MERRITHEW™ team, you will experience a unique full-body workout using the medicine ball.

Bridge the gap between the fitness industry and the world of sport with our Strength and Conditioning course. Rather than just providing a good workout, this course examines the performance benefits of developing detailed periodised programmes. Focusing on training techniques to develop power, strength, speed and agility, this course will teach you everything you need to enhance the physical performance of any client. What’s more, this is the first step towards specialising in the area of strength and conditioning, potentially leading to a future career within professional sport. 

Encourage your participants to engage their minds as well as their muscles! Blending elements of yoga, Pilates and body conditioning, we will give you the tools to build a challenging holistic workout. You will explore exercises geared towards building strength and flexibility through a focus on posture, core stability and body alignment.

Suspension Fitness is an approach to fitness training that uses a system of ropes and pulleys to manipulate client’s bodyweight to produce an all body workout. The equipment used is light, small and quick to assemble which offers great portability to the freelance trainer.

With figures regularly declaring a steady rise in obesity levels among young people, many gyms and personal trainers are beginning to train an increasing numbers of teenagers as a greater emphasis is placed on these youngsters to get fit and be healthy.  Undertaking this course allows current instructors to adapt their gym instructing or personal training sessions for 11-18 year olds.

As a nation, childhood and adult obesity is now a global health problem. As a result of this trend, more fitness clubs have begun opening their doors to young people to encourage them to be more active. As such, class instructors are sought after so learn to adapt your sessions for teenagers and be prepared to show your class!

The Total Barre™ Foundation Course provides the groundwork for instructors, enabling them to produce safe, effective and varied programs that address the needs and goals of every client.

Help your clients to go for gold! All across the UK and internationally the number of fitness fanatics taking part in triathlon and multi-sport events is on the rise. Lured by the eclectic range of events on offer and inspired by the positive impact of the Olympics, this trend is set to continue. Ensure you have the competitive edge in the marketplace by learning to train and support your clients through participation in triathlons (swim-bike-run) and other multi-sport events with YMCAfit Triathlon, endorsed by Triathlon England.

With its challenging pace and variety of poses, Vinyasa is rapidly becoming a firm favourite in gyms and studios around the country. Vinyasa translates in Sanskrit as ‘connection’, and in terms of Ashtanga yoga, this can be understood as the way movement is synchronised to breath. The poses flow together as you inhale or exhale in a kind of dance, energising the body with a tough workout and refreshing the mind.

Yoga Nidra is the yogic practise of deep relaxation. This unique two-day workshop will teach you how to integrate postures designed for flexibility, strength and relaxation, and will involve practical sessions on the planning and teaching of sequences.

A moving meditation, this mindful workout combines elements of dance and yoga while incorporating the foundational principles of the STOTT PILATES® method of exercise.

This fluid dynamic workout, created by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team, includes movements from yoga, traditional fitness and the STOTT PILATES® method of exercise. The unstable nature of the Mini Stability Ball™ brings awareness to the deep stabilizing muscles of the body throughout this flowing workout.

The Equipment programs created through the ZEN•GA™ approach to movement allow us to utilise the unique quality of spring resistance. The coiling and uncoiling quality of the springs creates a more fluid, resilient body.

The ZEN•GA™ Mat Course will help you explore the foundational principles that make up the method and apply them to movement programs designed to help reach the desired goals. This is a seven-hour in-class training (plus one-hour break); and some yoga or other mind-body training is highly recommended.

This Mindful Movement™ workout, created by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team, is based on the foundation that proper breathing is the key to a healthy, nourished and vibrant body.

Experience a one-of-a-kind ZEN•GA™ Vinyasa routine on the V2 Max Plus™ Reformer developed by the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ team.