Gym Instructor

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.

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Training as a Gym Instructor

Our Gym Instructor is a fantastic first step into the fitness industry and the foundation for further progression to becoming a personal trainer. It will make you desirable for employment in any gym across the UK.

You will be taught by our highly qualified tutors who tailor their delivery to suit your individual learning style. You will receive comprehensive learning resources and all the guidance and support needed to pass the course.

Here are some of the career options available to you as a qualified Gym Instructor:

  • Work full-time or part-time as a gym instructor within a health and fitness club
  • Become a gym supervisor or fitness manager within a health and fitness club
  • Deliver popular group classes (by taking CPD modules) including Strength and Conditioning, Kettlebells or Core Stability
  • Build towards becoming a personal trainer by completing the remaining personal trainer modules
  • Specialise in working with older adults or prenatal and post-natal women

Learn to…

  • Identify the major bones, muscles and muscle actions of the body
  • Explain the workings of the body’s cardiovascular (CV) and energy systems
  • Identify the components and principles of fitness
  • Relate the Health and Safety at Work Act to the gym environment
  • Identify excellent teaching skills in order to deliver safe and effective exercise programmes
  • Identify good customer care and strategies for the adoption and maintenance of physical activity
  • Plan, teach and evaluate a gym programme
  • Demonstrate good personal technique on a range of CV equipment, fixed resistance, free weights and body weight exercises
  • Apply specific health checks
  • Apply basic skills that will enable you to include older adult, disabled, and antenatal and post-natal client groups in your sessions


  • Be over 16
  • Have experience of using cardiovascular equipment; fixed and free weights within a gym environment


There are two format options available, face-to-face (intensive) or blended learning. Both options will take into account your preferred learning style and you will be taught at a pace you find comfortable. 


  • 9 days run over 2 consecutive weeks plus 1 day assessment

Blended learning

  • Face-to-face: 4 days practical plus 1 day assessment
  • Distance: theory via eLearning. Have a look at the eLearning demo here.
  • Theory learning completed from home via our eLearning website but exams sat on the practical days.
  • Must book a minimum of 6 weeks in advance to allow enough time to complete the theory learning online ready to sit the exams on the practical attendance days.

The weekend option is offered on the blended learning format. Weekends may not always be consecutive. Courses may also include some Fridays.


  • Multiple choice theory papers
  • Worksheets
  • Practical - you will be required to bring one helper for your practical assessment


  • YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise)


Entry to REPs at Level 2

Course price

Price: £855

Payment Options:

• Full payment
• Direct debit plan

Pay for your course in three monthly instalments

Interest free direct debit is available on Gym Instructor bookings. Contact us to find out more.

Special offer

Save on course fees when you book and pay in full, two or more months in advance of the course's start date.
Special offer course price: £795 (save £60)

Free funded training

Payment methods

You can pay for YMCAfit courses in the following ways:

  • Credit/debit card by telephone on 0844 346 0036
  • In person at our offices during the hours 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday
  • Interest free direct debit which is available on Gym Instructor bookings. Pay over three monthly instalments. Contact us to find out more.   
  • Cheques or postal orders by post. Please make these payable to ‘YMCA Fitness Industry Training’
  • Purchase order/invoice
  • By fax on 0843 221 1548

Download application form

Note: postal bookings can only be confirmed once we have received the payment and a completed application form, which is signed and dated. Please do not send cash through the post.

Come along to one of our free open evenings, which run throughout the year.

Tutors and members of the Course Sales Team will be available to discuss:

  • The content of the YMCA Gym Instructor course
  • Different training routes available to you
  • The training and support you'll receive whilst studying
  • Career paths, once you're qualified
  • Continuing professional development

You'll also get the opportunity to check out the course venue, course manuals and meet other potential students.

It's free to book, so just call our Course Sales Advisors on 0844 346 0036 to reserve your place today.