It's time. Step up.

Move to your own beat with a career in studio-based exercise

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Exercise to music instructor leading class in HFE shirt

Exercise to music courses and qualifications

Whether you're looking to teach freestyle group exercise or pre-choreographed programmes like Les Mills, our range of exercise to music courses are guaranteed to get your career off on the right foot. With content and choreography created and delivered by some of the industry's most experienced presenters, this is your chance to learn from the best.

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A higher standard

Our range of exercise to music courses and qualifications are trusted by all major fitness industry employers because we don't compromise our quality standards. Wherever your career as a studio instructor takes you, you can rest assured your achievements will be recognised.

  • Get a step ahead

    Our exercise to music courses include all the knowledge and skills you need to start your ETM career with confidence.

  • Internationally recognised

    Our ETM courses are certified by YMCA Awards, endorsed by CIMSPA and are recognised the world over by leading fitness and dance employers.

  • Unlimited employment opportunities

    Teach old school aerobics, become a qualified Les Mills instructor, or open your own studio – the possibilities are endless with our ETM qualifications.

  • Nationwide locations

    Online, virtual or attended. With venues located across the UK, you won’t have to go too far to get to your nearest HFE training venue.

Choose your learning style

Our exercise to music courses are available to study in a variety of ways to best to suit your needs. We have a face-to-face practical course supported by home study, or learn entirely online and on-demand courses where you can learn from home.

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ETM courses near you

Face the music with our range of distance-learning and attended exercise to music courses delivered practically from quality training venues across the UK.

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Virtual ETM courses

Skip the travel costs with our range of online exercise to music courses. The online courses offer an equally immersive learning experience and are packed with engaging online content.

Starting out in exercise to music

New to freestyle group exercise to music? Take those all-important first steps to becoming a leading ETM instructor with our Essentials exercise to music package.

Specialise in ETM

Keen to immerse yourself in the group exercise culture? Want to develop a deeper and rich understanding of the science of exercise to music instruction? Our range of specialist ETM courses are guaranteed to get your journey as a professional studio instructor off on the right foot.

ETM Specialist

Specialist (From £810.00)

Give your career a tempo change by combining exercise to music with our pre and postnatal clients qualification. Pregnant women and new mothers frequently attend group exercise to music so it’s only right you have the knowledge and skills to adequately support them.

Courses Included:

  • Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor

  • Level 3 Pre and Postnatal Instructor

ETM Professional

Professional (From £882.50)

Professionalise your career by mastering both gym and studio-based exercise. This hybrid package is perfect for anyone looking for employment as a dual studio and gym-based fitness instructor role.

Courses Included:

  • Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor

ETM extras and exclusives

Get into the groove of your career in group exercise with our extensive range of offers, discounts and career enhancements.

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Discounted insurance

We’ve partnered with Fitpro, the largest fitness professional development organisation in the world, to give you a heavily discounted insurance policy specific to your needs as a group exercise instructor.

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The music never stops

As well as providing you with free music from Pure Energy to support your training and development, we’ve also secured a fantastic ongoing discount for all your future music purchases.

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CV Connect

Connect with the employers. Our fantastic employment programme allows you to send your CV directly to fitness employers local to you to get your exercise to music career up and running.

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Offers on equipment

We understand that changing your career can be a daunting prospect and we’re keen to help out in any way we can. That’s why we’ve secured some amazing deals with the leading fitness brands so that you can walk your first steps with confidence.

Your route to success

In order to maximise the quality of your learning experience, we have a team of friendly, experienced and professionals Learning Support Tutors who will be there when need them. On enrolment and beyond, your tutor will be on hand to meet all your learning support needs and will be available by:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Webinars

  • Video calls

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Alternative group exercise and studio courses

If you're looking to expand your skillset and complete other forms of group exercise to music instructor courses, then you've come to the right place. We have a range of alternative courses available, so take a look and see which appeals most to you.

Level 2 Indoor Cycling Instructor

Level 2 Indoor Cycling Instructor

£250


Learn how to plan and deliver engaging, energetic and original indoor cycling classes with this exciting two-day high-energy practical qualification.

Level 2 Aqua Instructor

Level 2 Aqua Instructor

£225


Make waves as an ETM instructor in an exciting new environment and lead water based ETM classes to widen your opportunities.

Level 2 Step Exercise to Music Instructor

Level 2 Step Exercise to Music Instructor

£250


Step up your career as a studio-based exercise instructor with our Level 2 Award in Step Exercise to Music.

Level 2 Studio Strength Instructor

Level 2 Studio Strength Instructor

£295


Pump up the volume with our high-energy Studio Strength Instructor programme which will give you the skills to teach freestyle studio-based resistance training classes.

Inspired by the best

Our range of exercise to music and studio-based instructor programmes are creatively designed and expertly delivered by some of the industry's most talented and experienced teachers and presenters.

  • Elevating music supplied by Pure Energy

    Music is supplied as standard with all our ETM courses by Europe's largest music provider, Pure Energy, so all you need to worry about providing is the moves.

  • Bonus choreography presented by Kardy Laguda

    Give your classes a kick with choreography delivered by one of the world's most successful international fitness presenters, Kardy Laguda.

  • Exceptional delivery tailored to your needs

    Our ETM tutors are some of the most experienced and successful in the business and they’ll be there to guide you in the right direction.

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What others are saying

We’re not afraid to dance to our own beat here at HFE and we set the standard in terms of training quality and assessment standards. That’s why our graduates are recognised by the fitness industry as being some of the most skilled and practically competent in the business.

See what they're raving about

Over the years, we’ve had a few high-profile graduates and famous faces on our courses and here’s what they had to say about their HFE experience. While it’s always nice to work with interesting people, in reality, the core of our business is about supporting regular people to starting out in the fitness industry on the path to success. This is what excites us the most.

Over the past 15 years or so, we’ve trained 40,000 fitness professionals and we’re proud of what our graduates have gone on to achieve. Take a look at some of their HFE reviews on our review page.

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james crossley hunter

"HFE is the ultimate fitness training provider. Without a doubt their personal training courses are the best in the industry."

James Crossley

(Hunter from Gladiators)
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"The course has really helped me to better understand yoga so that I can improve my performance and remain World No. 1."

Laura Massaro

(Former World #1 Squash Player)
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"HFE have been fantastic and have produced some of the best materials I've seen in the fitness industry."

Holly Bradshaw

(Team GB Olympic Bronze Medalist Pole Vaulter, 2020 Olympic Games)
HFE student Louise Fiddes holding gold medal

"HFE were understanding and the course is really flexible. I knew this would be perfect for me."

Louise Fiddes

(GB Paralympic Swimmer World Champion )
Antonia Johnston yoga

"I did my ETM and yoga teacher training with HFE and thoroughly enjoyed both... I highly recommend them."

Antonia Johnston

(Co-Founder of YogaFit Retreats)

"I've seen a lot of providers in my career and HFE are by far the most professional and committed provider I've seen."

Kardy Laguda

(International Fitness Presenter)

Frequently asked ETM questions

We've created a list of some of the commonly asked questions when it comes to starting an Exercise to Music Career. If these don't answer your question, don't hesitate to call our friendly Careers Team who will be more than happy to help.

  • Do you run exercise to music courses near me?

    We offer exercise to music courses across the UK with venues in most major cities. Our ETM courses are held at premium venues to ensure that we provide you with the best learning experience and realistic practical elements.

    If none of our venues are suitable for you, or if you’d prefer to complete the course from home, we also offer a fully online exercise to music course which allows you to attend the course virtually in real time through live streaming. This means that you’ll still get the same high quality learning experience as you would at our attended ETM course and you’ll be able to ask questions and speak with other students on your course.

    We’re always looking to broaden our horizons and make our courses accessible to even more students, so if you’d like find out about any other areas where we may be planning to hold attended courses, you’re more than welcome to contact our friendly Careers Team and make an enquiry.

    If you’re looking to book multiple members staff onto an ETM course, we may be able to bring the course to you. You can look at our corporate fitness training information or enquire with us for more information.

  • Do you offer guaranteed interviews?

    We don’t offer guaranteed interviews, instead, once you’ve completed your ETM course you will unlock access to our superior solution, CV Connect, which is an exclusive recruitment platform. We developed CV Connect with thousands of employers from leading health clubs, gyms and leisure centres across the UK. This platform puts your CV directly in front of employers in your area who are actively looking for skilled ETM instructors like you. This is a better alternative to guaranteed interviews, which are often actually interviews for self-employed roles where you may be expected to pay fees to work in that particular gym or health club.

    We’ve done all the leg work to make the connections with employers from leading health clubs, leisure centres and gyms, ranging from larger well-known chains to small independent centres. All you need to do is polish your CV, upload it to CV Connect and from there it will be sent instantly to all of your selected employers at the push of a button. Then you can sit back and wait for the job offers to roll in. Employers on CV Connect will highly value your ETM qualification with HFE as they know the level of expertise our students achieve.

  • How long will it take to get qualified as an ETM instructor?

    We recommend that you take a minimum of 6-8 weeks to qualify as an ETM instructor, although most students do take a little longer. The course dates you’ll attend are 4 weeks apart and we advise you do some pre-study before attending your first weekend, usually around 4-6 weeks. If you have already completed a gym instructor course, you’ll probably complete the course much quicker. Similarly, if you have a dance background or have participated in lots of ETM classes yourself, you will probably pick up the choreography much quicker also, but this is not a necessity.

    We generally advise that one hour of studying per weekday is enough, but of course this varies on your existing knowledge and the speed at which you learn. On enrolment you’ll be able to access your online learning materials immediately, so you can get stuck in and start learning right away.

    The online learning content is light and engaging with interactive elements and quizzes, you’ll also receive comprehensive manuals to support your learning in both a physical copy and a digital format to provide more in-depth content and explanations to help your understanding. The online learning content is mobile-friendly, so if you ever have some free time while you’re out and about, sat on the train or bus perhaps with some time to spare, you can get some of your course boxed off on the go. If you ever get stuck with any of the course content, you’ll have a dedicated support tutor who is only an email or phone call away, so you’ll never get left behind.

  • What payment options do you have?

    Believe it or not, we’re one of a handful of training providers in our sector that actually publishes the price of our training courses on our website for all to see. We believe that all our students should benefit from the same, fair pricing, and we won’t ever bargain with students on price. All our students are of equal value to us and it’s only right that everyone pays the same low price for the same high-quality service. This isn’t the industry standard by the way! We’ve broken down our pricing model for you on our Price Promise page.

    We do have a number of interest-free payment plans available that allow our students to spread the cost of their exercise to music training course over six months. You’ll be able to secure your place by making a deposit payment of £100 and after that, it’s just six low monthly payments, one of £75 and the remaining five of £74.

  • What music should I use to practice my teaching skills?

    When you enrol, we’ll supply you with a digital download of music that you can use throughout your ETM training course. This music is yours to use throughout your training, although the license doesn’t permit you to use this commercially (e.g. you can’t use it for paid classes).

    The music we supply you with has been professionally mixed and prepared by Pure Energy and so it will have had all the gaps between tracks removed, and it won’t have any instrumentals or bridges. There will be a strong and continuous beat throughout, allowing you to choreograph lively and engaging ETM classes to it. You’ll be able to put this music on an MP3 player, phone, or other portable music device so that you can take it with you wherever you go.

    Once you complete your course, we’ll also share with you an exclusive discount code that will enable you to purchase future music from Pure Energy at a discounted rate. This will really help you to get your exercise to music career off to a flying start.

  • What learning materials will I receive?

    We want to help you become the best ETM instructor you can be, turning the thriving and exciting career you’ve envisaged into a reality. That’s why all of our course materials have been specifically developed by a team of industry experts with your success in mind.

    From the moment you’re enrolled onto the course, you’ll have access to the Learner Engagement System (LES), our online student hub. Here you’ll find a handy study guide which is there to direct your learning and help you to keep track of your course progress. You’ll also find all of your online study materials on LES, which includes expert delivered videos with engaging and interactive quizzes and questions embedded into the course. Our online learning materials are designed to help keep you focused and to ensure you make continued progress from enrolment all the way through to course completion.

    To ensure you have all of the information you need, and to cater to all learning types, we also provide you with comprehensive manuals which are technically rich and in full colour. You’ll not only receive an online mobile-friendly versions, but we’ll also send you textbook manuals in the post. You’ll have a wealth of information at your fingertips to help you progress through your course and in to your future career as a qualified ETM instructor.

ETM course dates & locations

Our ETM programmes are delivered from leading venues around the UK, including Manchester, London, Liverpool, Birmingham, York, Newcastle, Cardiff and Preston. We also deliver online exercise to music courses, live over Zoom.

We use only use the best studio facilities in leading gyms and health clubs to deliver the practical aspects of our group exercise to music training, so you can be sure you’ll be primed and prepared to launch your teaching career.

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