Bethany Jo Clews Success Story
What is your background with exercise and fitness training?
Before doing the Level 2 ETM course I had only trained as a Zumba instructor. I had always been interested in sport and fitness and did a lot of cross-country running whilst I was a teenager. Until I did my Zumba training I had never thought I would have a career in fitness instructing.
Why did you choose the course you did?
I wanted to do the Level 2 ETM course as it is a vital course to have in group exercise which I suddenly had a massive passion for teaching since Zumba. I wanted a course that allowed me to open a lot of doors – which it did.
Why did you choose HFE to deliver your training?
I was approached by HFE and before that I hadn’t ever heard of the company. I am so glad I picked up that phone call because they provided me with an excellent opportunity. I had wanted to do an ETM course for a long time but I didn’t have the funds to do it.
What did you enjoy most about your course?
I really enjoyed that it was a course you could do in your own time – fit it around what was already going on in my life and I didn’t have to change anything in order to complete it. The practical days were great fun, and I was in a group of lovely people who were all really supportive of each other. It didn’t feel like an exam on the practical days – it just felt like a normal fitness class which was great!
The practical days were great fun, and I was in a group of lovely people.
What did you find most challenging about your course?
Probably the home learning. Although I liked the concept and it fitted my lifestyle better, it was always hard for me to dedicate time to do my learning.
How would you rate the quality of teaching provided by your course tutors?
It is great – you’re provided with great textbooks and a fab online learning system. There is something for everyone, quizzes, audio learning and even a presentation to do your learning from. Having a support tutor was great to give you that extra push to do your revision!
To what extent did you feel supported during the home-study phase of your course?
It was great! My tutor completely worked around me. There were weeks when I couldn’t do anything towards my training, and then weeks where I had to fit in quite a lot to catch up. The phone calls were great and always at a suitable time for me.
How would you rate the teaching and learning materials provided to you?
Top quality! I passed 🙂
What is your current role?
I currently work as a zumba instructor at quite a few gyms as well as running my own classes. I also teach dance to children. Exercise to music has opened many doors as I am now much more employable, and I can cover a variety of different classes which I was unable to do before.
What are your future training and career plans?
ETM has undoubtedly made me a better instructor. I can transfer what I have learnt to classes I was already confident in teaching.
In the future I plan to take up more classes and hopefully do some level 3 training, with HFE of course!