Courses in London

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.

Advanced Kettlebells

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.

Advanced Training

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.

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.

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. 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.

Aqua Training Module

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 Fitness Training

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.

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 Athletic Conditioning with Fitness Circle

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

CORE Balance and Strength on the Big Blue Stability Cushions

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.

CORE Instructor Foundation Course Level 1

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

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 Exercise Referral

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. 

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 Sports Massage

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.

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 Nutrition

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

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.

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.

Fitness Testing

You will be able to create an effective exercise programme tailored to each individual client based on their physical strengths and weaknesses and their wants and needs. We recommend that this course is completed before Advanced Training.

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.

Halo® Foundations to Integrated Bodyweight Training

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 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 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 Pro

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.

Kids Fitness Dance

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.

Kids' Fitness Play and Games

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.

Level 3 Award in Assessing

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. 

Level 3 Fitness Training Academy

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.

Level 4 Internal Quality Assurance

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.

Level 4 Lower Back Pain

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.

Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes

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

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.

STOTT PILATES Advanced Barrels

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


STOTT PILATES Advanced Cadillac

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

STOTT PILATES Advanced Matwork

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.

STOTT PILATES Advanced Reformer

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. 

STOTT PILATES Advanced Stability Chair

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

STOTT PILATES Anatomy Review Workshop

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.

STOTT PILATES Injuries and Special Populations

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.

STOTT PILATES Intensive Barrels

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.

STOTT PILATES Intensive Cadillac

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.

STOTT PILATES Intensive Chair

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.

STOTT PILATES Intro to Circuit Training

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.

STOTT PILATES Jumpboard Strength & Conditioning

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.

STOTT PILATES Rehabilitation Programme

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.


STOTT PILATES Stability Barre Training, L1

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. 

STOTT PILATES Stability Barre Training, L2

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™.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Arc Barrel

Learn select exercises from the STOTT PILATES Essential Matwork repertoire incorporating the Arc Barrel for support, challenge and variety in this interactive workshop. Discover how the barrel can be incorporated into any Matwork routine for variety and challenge. Learn to support the spine in flexion, lateral flexion or extension, to target core and peripheral muscle groups, and to adapt exercises to specific body types

STOTT PILATES Workshop Armchair Pilates™ Plus

Learn how to adapt the STOTT PILATES® principles and exercises to a client with restricted mobility that is better suited to working in a seated position. A variety of exercises will be discussed, demonstrated and experienced that work both the core and peripheral muscle groups while keeping the body upright. The Flex-Band® exerciser will be incorporated into many of the exercises, to provide light added resistance and add variety to this full-body program.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Athletic Conditioning on Reformer Level 1

Learn to take your clients’ game to the next level in this sports conditioning workshop. Improve strength, power and agility through new variations of familiar exercises that challenge unilateral movement, weight transference and core stability. This workshop has a special focus on the core, arms, legs, shoulders and hips as well as rotation. Learn a format on the Reformer perfect for your sports enthusiast clients and athletes of all levels. 

STOTT PILATES Workshop Athletic Conditioning on the Cardio Tramp

Give your clients and classes something to jump about with this pumped up workout on the new Cardio Tramp on the Reformer. Increase intensity and challenge coordination and cardiovascular fitness using more complex jumping intervals while ensuring safety and proper technique. Incorporate strengthening exercises for upper and lower body as well as the all-important core. Designed for intermediate to advanced level clients or groups, this plyometric workout will deliver all-over fitness while easily motivating and maintaining interest.  

STOTT PILATES Workshop Equipment Programming for Breast Cancer Rehab

Many more women will survive breast cancer today than ever before and a specially designed fitness program will be a tremendous asset to provide a more comfortable recovery and deliver increased strength and endurance to resume an active lifestyle. This workshop looks at a series of gentle, targeted resistance-based Reformer exercises, focusing on ROM for the entire shoulder girdle. Other areas of emphasis include establishing mobility, restoring posture, ensuring proper biomechanics and developing core and peripheral strength to address muscular imbalances created from various types of surgeries.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Exam Preparation Matwork

Get ready for the Matwork exam by reviewing specific Matwork exercises during this two-hour workshop. Emphasis will be placed on corrections and cues, and what to focus on during the exam. The use of props and modifications based on posture and programming will also be addressed.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Fitness Circle Flow

Increase strength, flexibility and muscle tone with the dynamic Fitness Circle® resistance ring. This energizing workout will help you develop greater body awareness. Learn new exercise variations which target the upper and lower body including arms, shoulders, legs and abs in an all-round toning routine.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Foam Roller Level 1

Incorporate a Foam Roller into exercises adapted from both the Matwork and Reformer repertoire for a workout that will challenge balance and coordination. Learn how the roller targets core stabilizers, cues alignment and challenges strength through the periphery and core and discover how to use cues and corrections to maintain safety and effectiveness in all workouts.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Interval Training Level 2 on the Cardio Tramp

Give your clients and classes something to jump about with this pumped up workout on the new Cardio Tramp on the Reformer. Designed for intermediate to advanced level clients or groups, this plyometric workout will deliver all-over fitness while easily motivating and maintaining interest.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Jumpboard Interval Training Level 1

Learn to challenge and motivate your clients and classes using innovative and simple jumpboard combinations, separated with intervals of upper and lower body strength and flexibility exercises on the Reformer. This ultimate cardio / strength interval class, challenges your clients core, and total body strength, elevates your heart rate, while focusing on proper jumping technique. This new format keeps your clients and classes on the move.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Lumbo Pelvic Region Stability and Function

This workshop explores the anatomy and biomechanics involved in the normal healthy functioning of the lumbo-pelvic region, some of the dysfunctions that can occur and exercise progressions to restore optimal function. 

STOTT PILATES Workshop Matwork Flow with Weights

This is another Mat workout in the series of flowing sequences developed by the Merrithew Health and Fitness™ team that promotes breath to enhance the quality of movement, energising the body and calming the mind.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Matwork for Men

Get down on the Mat for a workout that’s not for the faint-hearted. Welcome to the full-body workout athletes swear by for sports conditioning, cross training and a strong, injury-resistant core. With this workshop, developed by the Merrithew Health and Fitness™ team, every last muscle will feel this challenging routine that uses Toning Balls™ and innovative exercise choices to focus on precision and control.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Mini Stability Ball Workout

This energizing workout incorporates the 12-inch Mini Stability Ball to create total-body strengthening and conditioning. Exercises work on improving posture with a major focus on core stability and back mobility while also lengthening and strengthening the surrounding muscles. Keeping in mind the elements of the STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles, learn how to add variety and fun to traditional Matwork routines.

STOTT PILATES Workshop on the Green – Matwork for Golf Level 1

This workout is designed specifically for golfers looking to increase club head speed and get more distance on the drive. Learn specifically chosen and modified STOTT PILATES Matwork exercises, which work on increasing focus and body awareness, isolating crucial core muscles and combining the elements of strength with flexibility. Trainers will be able to use this workout to benefit any level of golfer from amateur to professional.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Pilates with Medicine Ball

The medicine ball is a staple in any traditional fitness routine. Now, learn how you can use this simple prop to add the elements of intensity and challenge to your Pilates workout.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Postnatal Pilates

Most women will be able to return to exercise 4-6 weeks after a regular birth or when they get clearance from their physician. Many of the exercises they may have been performing during the second and third trimester of pregnancy will be suitable now, but other exercises can be added to focus on reactivating and stabilizing the pelvic floor, transversus abdominis and obliques as well as developing lumbo-pelvic stability. This gentle but effective workout will incorporate Toning Balls™ to get mothers back on the right track.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Postural Analysis Review

This hands-on workshop outlines the importance of postural analysis in programming STOTT PILATES® workouts. Discuss the differences between static and dynamic posture and consider how each will affect exercise choices and modifications necessary. Review postural theory relating to the effect of certain postures on muscle length and strength and actively practice postural analysis.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Power Paced Fitness Circle

This exciting, fast-paced workout uses the Fitness Circle® resistance ring in innovative ways to add variety and challenge to group classes or personal training programs. Learn fun yet demanding programming designed to complement Matwork and motivate clients. Let the power of the Fitness Circle increase intensity while maintaining a focus on core connection and exercise execution. 

STOTT PILATES Workshop Precision & Control with the Fitness Circle

Long used as a staple in private and group training sessions, this workout developed by the Merrithew Health and Fitness™ team, demonstrates how the Fitness Circle can be incorporated into a series of less traditional Matwork exercises. The resistance ring adds challenge to the peripheral limbs, activates the core and helps achieve increased functionality and improved performance.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Prenatal on the Mat

This interactive seminar will draw upon the most current medical information, exercise guidelines, and research available on pregnancy and movement. Appropriate STOTT PILATES® Matwork exercise adaptations will be explored, and programming concepts for teaching small groups and private clients will be discussed. Anatomical and physiological changes, risk factors and movement considerations will be discussed with an eye to providing a safe and effective workout throughout all trimesters and will provide strategies for building new pre-natal programs as well as enhancing those already in progress.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Prenatal Pilates with Stability Ball and Flex-Band

The Stability Ball™ is the perfect tool to use with prenatal clients, and adding resistance with the Flex-Band® exerciser delivers a safe and effective workout for mothers-to-be. In this interactive seminar you will learn to apply the most current medical information, exercise guidelines and research available on pregnancy and movement when using innovative STOTT PILATES® exercise adaptations. Learn programming concepts for teaching small groups and private clients specifically in the second trimester. Discuss anatomical and physiological changes, risk factors and movement considerations and leave with strategies for building new prenatal programs as well as enhancing those already in progress.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Reformer with Fitness Circle

Seasoned instructors already know the benefits of incorporating the Fitness Circle in most Matwork sessions. Now, learn how this sprung steel circle can bring the same variety and challenge into group or private Reformer settings. Discover modifications that bring focus to a different aspect of many traditional exercises. Add more challenge to adductors and abductors of the peripheral limbs as well as assist in activating the core. The addition of the Fitness Circle reinforces correct muscle firing patterns and helps ensure correct positioning while adding an element of fun and variety to each workout.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Reformer Workout for Men

Adding these specially designed STOTT PILATES® Reformer exercises to a male client’s routine will boost athletic performance and strengthen the core to minimize the risk of injury. Learn how to tackle this total body workout for optimum strength, endurance, agility and conditioning. Discover how adding hand-held Toning Balls™ to a Reformer workout can build coordination and challenge the body from the inside out.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Sculpt and Tone, Flex-Band Level 1

Discover how to add variety and challenge to existing Matwork routines by incorporating the Flex-Band® exerciser. Use the dynamic resistance of the Flex-Band® to isolate and tone peripheral muscle groups, while assisting core stabilization. Learn cues and corrections as well as modifications to ensure safety and effectiveness for all body types.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Secret to a Strong Back

Appropriate exercise can help to prevent and alleviate common back problems. The key is to introduce modified exercises designed to restore the natural curves of the spine while increasing core stability, mobility and function. In this gentle but strengthening workout, you’ll learn how to use basic STOTT PILATES® exercises to strengthen and stabilize core musculature and protect the body from pain. 

STOTT PILATES Workshop Secret to a Strong Back Ultimate Back Care

Appropriate exercise can help to prevent and alleviate common back problems. The key is to introduce modified exercises designed to restore the natural curves of the spine while increasing core stability, mobility and function. In this gentle but strengthening workout, you’ll learn how to use basic STOTT PILATES® exercises to strengthen and stabilize core musculature and protect the body from pain.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Secret to Toned Arms, Buns and Thighs

Zero in on common trouble spots with the precision of STOTT PILATES exercises. Use this targeted routine to gain greater tone, strength and body confidence. Incorporate the foundation concepts to target arms and shoulders, as well as legs and buns in a workout that will keep clients coming back for more. 


STOTT PILATES Workshop the Shoulder Girdle - Stability and Function

Explore the anatomy and biomechanics involved in the normal healthy functioning of the shoulder girdle, discuss some of the interruptions that can occur, and exercise progressions to restore optimal function. Firstly, available ROM and typical movement patterns of the shoulder girdle are broken down, analyzing scapular movement, humeral movement and relevant muscular action. Next, common abnormal or dysfunctional movement patterns are addressed. And finally, exercise progressions to rebuild normal muscle action and movement patterning are covered, as well as shoulder girdle exercises that can challenge and prepare for specific activities and enhance performance.

STOTT PILATES Workshop Toning Ball

Incorporate soft hand-held Toning Balls™ into select exercises from the STOTT PILATES® Essential Matwork repertoire. The use of these weighted balls not only targets the rotator cuff, but increases awareness and strength of the entire upper quadrant. Discover how core musculature can be stimulated to stabilize and control with the addition of light weight.

STOTT PILATES® CORE™ Distance Running Workshop, Level 1

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.

STOTT PILATES® Focus & Conditioning for Golf on the V2 Max Plus™ Reformer

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.

STOTT PILATES® Intensive Mat-Plus™

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.

STOTT PILATES® Intensive Reformer™

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.

STOTT PILATES® Intro to the Vertical Frame

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.

STOTT PILATES® Reformer for the Older Adult

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

STOTT PILATES® Stabilization Principles

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.

STOTT PILATES® Total Body Toning

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.

STOTT PILATES® Ultimate Body Sculpting - Flex-Band® Level 3

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.

STOTT PILATES® Workshop CORE™: Power & Stamina: Medicine Ball Interval Training Volume 1

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

Strength and Conditioning

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. 

Supple Strength

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

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.

Teen Gym

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.

Teen Studio

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!

Total Barre Instructor Foundation Course

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.

Tutor Training (PTLLS)

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 fitness industry courses.

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.

Yoga Nidra

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.

ZEN•GA Flowing 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.

ZEN•GA Fluid Conditioning with the Mini Stability Ball

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.

ZEN•GA Instructor Foundation Course Equipment Level 1

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.

ZEN•GA Instructor Foundation Course Mat Level 1

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.

ZEN•GA Mindful Movement Breathing Workout

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.

ZEN•GA V2 Vinyasa on the V2Max Plus Reformer L1

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