Cert. no 9701
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 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.
There is no such thing as a 'one size fits all' exercise programme. The focus of this course is to give you the in-depth knowledge to develop bespoke, varied and effective exercise plans to meet your clients' specific goals.
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.
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.
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.
To have a successful career as a personal trainer or freelance instructor, self-employed or not, requires more than just technical expertise. You also need to be able to sell your skills to potential clients, as well as understand how to run a business competently and profitably. This course will give you essential business know-how and show you how to capture and retain clients.
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.
Circuit training continues to be a hugely popular class. This module will show you how to plan classes using a range of equipment and body weight exercises and also incorporates sports-specific and health-related approaches. We will teach you how to deliver exhilarating and enjoyable circuit classes.
In every community across the country there are people embedded and trusted within the community with natural charisma, leadership qualities, good communication skills and a passion and commitment for health and physical activity. The YMCAfit Community Activator programme is designed to give such people the skills, knowledge and confidence to successfully support others in the community to adopt and maintain a healthier and more physically active lifestyle.
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 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.
High Intensity Training (HIT) 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.
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.
Commissioners and managers of mental health services will be aware of the crucial role that exercise and physical activity can play in improving the lives of patients. This training programme is designed for organisations and will give your front line staff the skills, knowledge and confidence to lead and supervise safe and effective physical activity sessions with patients. The programme can be adapted to meet your organisations specific needs and environment.
Faced with clients who love running but want to improve their technique, following this course, you’ll be perfectly equipped to offer an alternative – natural running - a service which will make you stand out from your competitors.
Adapt and adjust running techniques to train efficiently - a skill that many consider has been lost through running with excessive heal strike.
Join the boot camp fitness phenomenon sweeping across the UK! Take a walk through the park and there is a good chance you will see people taking part in organised fitness sessions, taking advantage of the great outdoors, and escaping the confines and expense of the gym. This course will help you to find a new source of clients, expand your business, and keep more of the money you earn.
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.
Deliver effective training for clients taking part in a range of sports and events, from football to fun runs and tennis to triathlons. You will be able to create progressive sport-specific programmes to help your clients develop their skills and fitness and ultimately increase their performance. You will learn to analyse sporting movements and sports actions and create a variety of sports conditioning sessions, including integrating sport-specific activities into your overall training offering.
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 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 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.
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 Mat Plus instructors. Whilst the STOTT Pilates 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.
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.
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.