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Gym Instructor Course

Our Level 2 Gym Instructor course is where your fitness career begins. This qualification is nationally accredited and equips you with the skills and knowledge required to work with gym members to help them achieve their health and fitness related goals. You don’t need any prior qualifications so this is perfect if you are just starting out or if you are looking to turn a passion for fitness into a new career path.

This course will fully prepare you for working on the gym floor. You will learn how to plan safe and effective gym based exercise sessions, from warm ups through to the use of a range of cardiovascular and resistance machines, free weights and body weight exercises. You will also cover aspects of health and safety and customer care so you’ll be ready to become an immediate asset to any employer.

Fitness Instructors are the public face of the gym environment, supporting members during their visit in a whole host of ways. If you are looking to become a Personal Trainer, the Gym Instructor course is the entry requirement, this is where it all starts.

Prefer to study full-time?

We also run this course as a full-time course.

Course Structure and Content

  • What Course Materials Will I Receive?

    You will receive a hard copy of our Gym Instructor Manual which is also accessible from our ‘virtual classroom’, a unique online learning portal which guides you, section by section, through your course. All the facts and information you require are clearly presented to make learning as easy and enjoyable as possible, there’s even a quiz at the end of each section to test yourself.

  • What Will I Learn On My Gym Instructor Course?

    This is an introductory Gym instructor course that gives beginners the skills and knowledge to provide effective fitness training. Your tutor will help you plan and deliver your own gym sessions, using up-to-date methods of programming and instructing skills.

    The nature of this course is that participants will acquire an in-depth knowledge of health and fitness – including first-hand experience of using gym equipment, as well as:

    • How to warm up / cool down
    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Free weight exercising techniques
    • Cardiovascular conditioning
    • Resistance machine exercise techniques
    • Body weight training
    • Flexibility training
    • Principles of exercise programme design
    • Communication and teaching skills
    • Screening and risk factor identification
    • Promoting physical activity for a healthier lifestyle
    • Healthy pregnancy
    • Healthy older adult
    • Fitness for children 14+
    • Customer care – the do’s and dont’s
    • Health and safety in the workplace

    Using this qualification, participants will begin an exciting career in the gym sector – whether that’s as a personal trainer, fitness advisor, or in a supervisory role.

  • How Is The Level 2 Gym Instructor Course Delivered?

    Following booking, we will arrange an ‘initial contact’ telephone call with your support tutor. They will help you to plan your study, ensuring adequate time and preparation for your practical course days. Dates will be agreed for coursework deadlines and telephone appointments will be made to allow tutors to give you regular feedback on the work that you submit. They will also run through some revision questions to prepare and support you with the theoretical elements of the course (part-time option only)

    Attendance at one of our UK wide training centres will follow on from the home study element. This involves a mix of practical workshops and theory re-cap sessions to prepare you for your assessments. The courses are led by highly experienced and qualified tutors, whose primary focus is to successfully support and guide you through the qualification.

  • How Will I Be Assessed?

    Overall, the course assessment will consist of three different stages:

    1. 2 x multiple-choice theory examinations
    2. Home study work that can be completed online, or written
    3. Practical assessment – planning, teaching, evaluating a safe and effective exercise session
  • Want To Be A Personal Trainer?

    If you already know that you want to carry on to become a fully qualified Personal Trainer, you can save time and money by booking on our Personal Trainer course.

    This is a Level 3 qualification which will enable you to work within a health club environment or start your own personal trainer business. This qualification qualifies for Advanced Learner Loan funding, call our course advisers to check your eligibility.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Do I Become a Gym Instructor?

    Whether you want to gain experience on the gym floor as a fitness instructor, or you have career aspirations in becoming a fully qualified Personal Trainer, you need to make sure the course you are enrolling onto allows you to gain certification from an Ofqual approved Awarding Organisation. Our Level 2 Gym Instructor course is awarded by Active IQ, who lead the way in awarding qualifications within the Active Leisure sector.

  • What Are The Course Requirements For The Gym Instructor Course?

    There are no prerequisites for this course. The only official requirement to enrol on a Level 2 Gym Instructor course is that students are over the age of 16.

  • On Completion Of My Gym Instructor Course, What Will I Receive?

    On completion of the Gym Instructor course you will receive an Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise)

  • Is This Gym Instructor Qualification Recognised By REPs?

    Yes, this course is recognised by REPs and on completion you can gain entry onto the Register of Exercise Professionals with 20 REPs points. REPs is an independent body set up to regulate fitness professionals operating within the industry and ensure that they meet agreed National Occupational Standards.

  • What Payment Options Are Available?

    If you pay in full for this course you will receive a discount on the total price or, if you prefer, you can secure your place with a small deposit and spread the cost by paying the balance in interest free, monthly instalments.

    If you are considering becoming a fully qualified Personal Trainer in the future then you could combine this course with the Level 3 Personal Trainer course, which could give you access to a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan. Most people who are over the age of 19 and have lived in the UK for 3 years are eligible. Find out more about how this could help you and check eligibility by calling our course advisors on 0800 999 6664.


  • How Long Will It Take Me To Complete The Gym Instructor Course?

    Part-time learning option: From start to finish it is possible to complete the course in 8 weeks, depending on previous experience and knowledge and available study time. This involves a combination of home study and 3 days attendance at your chosen venue.

    Full-time learning option: This is a 5 day intensive course completed in one week.

Locations & Dates

LocationVenueModuleStart DateBook
BirminghamDavid LloydGym Instructor21/23 September 2018
BirminghamDavid LloydGym Instructor23/25 November 2018
Cheshire OaksDavid LloydGym Instructor09/11 November 2018
CrawleyNuffield Health ClubGym Instructor17/19 August 2018
CrawleyNuffield Health ClubGym Instructor16/18 November 2018
Trafford Park ManchesterDavid LloydGym Instructor11/13 June 2018 (Midweek)
Trafford Park ManchesterDavid LloydGym Instructor22/24 June 2018
Trafford Park ManchesterDavid LloydGym Instructor06/08 July 2018
Trafford Park ManchesterDavid LloydGym Instructor14/16 September 2018
Trafford Park ManchesterDavid LloydGym Instructor23/25 November 2018
VauxhallSouth Bank ClubGym Instructor13/15 July 2018
VauxhallSouth Bank ClubGym Instructor21/23 September 2018
VauxhallSouth Bank ClubGym Instructor23/25 November 2018
YorkDavid LloydGym Instructor08/10 June 2018
YorkDavid LloydGym Instructor31 August/02 September 2018
YorkDavid LloydGym Instructor23/25 November 2018

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