Over the last few decades the health and fitness industry has grown exponentially to become one of the UK’s most resilient business sectors, and despite the down turn experienced by many other industries in the last three or four years, health and fitness is still worth an estimated £3.8 billion to the UK economy. It would seem that no matter how bad the economy gets, people still want to stay fit and healthy. Great!
Some people train to become fitness instructors after leaving school or college, while others decide it’s time for a new challenge later in life. Whichever bracket you fall into, it’s important that you choose the right personal trainer course and only opt for courses that are fully accredited by the Register of Exercise Professionals, such as Focus Training’s courses.
The first step to becoming a personal trainer is the completion of a Level 2 Gym Instructor Course. All reputable personal training courses will ask to see this certificate before they accept you on to the course (and if they don’t, be very wary of handing over your hard-earned cash!) Once you have completed your Level 2 course then you can move on to Level 3 which is the level awarded by personal training courses.
In recent years the industry has become extremely competitive so it’s important to have a clear plan of where you want to go with your qualification once you’ve completed your course.
Having a few extra strings to your bow such as specialist or niche areas may also mean you are much more employable and this will help you get the experience you need in a gym before you can set out on your own. If you’re considering specialising in a particular area, such as weight loss or sports nutrition then it’s worth doing plenty of research to find personal training courses that suit your needs. After all, if you’re going to commit time and money to your new venture, it’s worth ensuring you sign up to a course that’s just right for you.
When it comes to choosing a personal trainer certification, there are hundreds of courses to choose from – each with different levels of specialisation, accreditation and acceptance at major health clubs and gyms.
Those from an educational background, or maybe even parents themselves may be keen to study Kids Instructor Courses in order to teach safe and appropriate fitness programmes to children of all ages.
An Older Adult Fitness Course is great for those who want to work with older clients, or maybe have backgrounds in caring for seniors.
Ante and Post Natal Courses provide the tools required to effectively train pregnant women or new Mums.
Or maybe those with of a love of the outdoors would prefer an Outdoor Fitness Coach route.
Choosing your personal trainer course is a big decision. Not only for the path you’ll take with your future career, but the quality and reputation of the certification you receive will play a large role in your professional future. So take your time in researching your options, and don’t just plump for any provider!
Speak to our team about our range of professional fitness courses to find the right one for you.