Courses in Birmingham

Advanced Diploma in Personal Training

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.

Ante and Postnatal Exercise

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.

Business Principles

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.

Certificate in Personal Training

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.

Community Activator

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

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. 

Diploma in Personal Training

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.

Diploma in Teaching Yoga

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).

 

Emergency First Aid

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.

Exercise and Disability

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.

Exercise for Older Adults

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.

Exercise to Music Module

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.

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. 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.

Gym Instructor Module

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

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.

Indoor Cycling

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

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.

Padwork for PTs

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.

Suspension Fitness

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.

Triathlon

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.

Vinyasa Yoga

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.