Taking group exercise classes not only means you can deliver fitness classes to a wider group of people, it also allows you to turn your passion into a profitable business. It has been proven that training clients in groups leads to more of them coming back again and again. So learn the skills you need to take your career to the next level and help change more people's lives at the same time.

Courses to get you started

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.

Aqua Training

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. 

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.

Open evenings

Join us on a free open evening to get answers to your questions, meet the tutors and speak to our students.
Level 3 personal training course being run at the London YMCA

Personal training

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

Continued professional development courses allow you to further your career in fitness. After taking an entry level course, you can broaden your skills with a more specialist area, allowing you to build up your portfolio and learn new things. You can choose from a range of courses and areas of interest.

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.

Core Stability

This course will give you the skills to train people to strengthen their core, improve their balance and overall fitness ability. Core Stability is a challenging programme that is aimed to strengthen the muscles around the back and abdomen. You can enhance your sessions with equipment and adapt them for individual goals and abilities.

Padwork for PTs

Padwork for Personal Trainers is a martial arts based approach to fitness that is extremely popular with clients who want to lose weight or build strength. From gyms to parks, this combat style of fitness training is suitable for anyone and anywhere, so it’s a great way for you to earn more.

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.