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HFE gym instructor tutor working with a client
HFE gym instructor tutor working with a client
HFE gym instructor tutor working with a client

Level 2 Online Gym Instructor Course

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Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing (Online)


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  • Pay in full

    Total payable £517.75 5% discount £27.25
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £75 and 5 x £74 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £545

This is the industry's most popular online entry-level qualification and a must-have if you want to advance your fitness career become a personal trainer.

  • Course type


  • Time to qualify

    6-8 weeks

  • Entry requirements

    No entry requirements

  • Accreditations

    YMCA Awards are HFE's awarding body HFE's fitness courses and qualifications are endorsed by CIMSPA

Learn More About Our Online Gym Instructor Course


There are a handful of positions in the active leisure industry you could describe as ‘cornerstone roles’, and the gym instructor is certainly one of these.

Gym instructors are integral to the day-to-day running of gyms, leisure centres, health clubs and boutique fitness facilities alike. They provide invaluable exercise programming and teaching services to those looking to improve their health, fitness, aesthetic and wellbeing.

For some, becoming a gym instructor is a stepping stone to other positions in the fitness industry, like personal training, exercise referral or managerial roles. For others, it provides an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling job in its own right.

Gym instructors have a dynamic and varied role making the position appealing to those who enjoy working with people, especially those looking to break away from the 9-5 routine. Some of the duties of a gym instructor include, but are not limited to inducting new members, consulting with clients, performing fitness assessments, planning exercise programmes, teaching gym-based exercise sessions, maintaining equipment, and occasionally, a spot of cleaning.

Our Level 2 Online Gym Instructor Course is the perfect entry-level route, providing a highly flexible training solution that you can complete around your existing work and family commitments. With this online course, all of your studies, theory and practical, are completed from the comfort of your own home and gym, including the lectures, coursework, practical workshops and theory exams.

With the practical assessments, once you feel ready to undertake these, you simply need to film yourself teaching a client in your local gym, health club or fitness centre.

Supported by an extensive range of comprehensive training materials, including print and digital training manuals, video lectures, practical workshops and demonstrations, this fully online gym instructor course provides a world-class route to becoming a qualified gym-based fitness instructor.

What You'll Learn

Our courses are packed with a wide range of theory and practical subjects, ensuring that you are suitably prepared for your career in the fitness industry. While much of the course content is delivered through home-study, you can rest assured this is not lone study. Our dedicated team of experienced tutors will always be on hand to guide you through the programme. Their support is unlimited and they’re available via phone and email for whatever you need.

If you have only ever experienced formal, classroom-based education, learning online can at first require a little adjustment. However, our content, resources and materials, are highly interactive, easy to use and packed all the information you need to succeed. It really won’t take long for you to find your feet.

Much of the digital online content, coursework and exams are hosted in LES, our Learner Engagement System. You’ll get instant access to this system as soon as you enrol. You’ll also be supplied with print and digital manuals, hours of video lectures, practical gym instructor demonstrations and much more. All these resources help to bring the course to life.

This online gym instructor course includes a broad range of subjects, including:

  • Anatomy and Physiology

  • Planning and Teaching Gym-Based Programmes

  • Resistance Training Concepts and Methods

  • Cardiovascular Training Concepts and Methods

  • Flexibility Training

  • Effective Warm-Up and Cool Down Techniques

  • Consultation Skills

  • Principles of Fitness Training and Programming

How You'll Be Assessed

One of the standout features of our online gym instructor course is that both the theory and practical assessments can be completed entirely online and at your convenience from wherever you are in the world. Worksheets and lesson plans are accessed within LES, exams are taken online and your practical assessments can be filmed at your local gym.

Here’s just a quick breakdown of what you’ll need to complete to qualify as a gym instructor:

  • Online Theory Exam

    Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology has a 70% pass mark

  • Lesson Plans

    Showcase your understanding of planning gym-based for a variety of clients

  • Online Workbooks

    Anatomy and Physiology; Lifestyle Management and Health Awareness; and Providing a Positive Customer Experience

  • Worksheets

    For various client types, demonstrate your knowledge of planning gym-based exercise

  • Practical Assessments

    Film yourself performing a range of gym-based individual and group sessions

  • Consultation

    Perform a consultation on a client of your choice

For your online theory exam, this will be booked at a time and date of your choice. The exam is overseen by an online proctor that uses your PC, laptop or Mac’s webcam and microphone to monitor you while you complete it.

Entry Requirements

Whether you have designs on working for a boutique fitness facility, opening your own gym or launching an online fitness training business, you have to start somewhere.

Our Level 2 Online Gym Instructor course is an entry-level qualification that has no formal entry requirements or prerequisites. All you need is a keen interest in fitness and the desire to learn.

To ensure you’re going to set up for success, it’s ideal if you have already have some experience of using free weights, and CV and resistance machines at your local gym.

Progression Routes

Once your studies are over and the assessments are complete, it’s only natural that you might start to think about ‘next steps’.

Our online personal trainer course is a natural progression route, in fact, this gym instructor qualification is actually an entry-requirement of the personal training programme.

This course is fully endorsed by CIMSPA, accredited by YMCA Awards and recognised worldwide; it really is a qualification that can open doors.

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  • James Crossley, also known as Hunter from Gladiators, endorses HFE's fitness courses

    "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)

  • Laura Massaro is a World 1 squash player who studied yoga with HFE

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

    Laura Massaro

    (World No. 1 Squash Player - 2016)

  • Team GB Olympic pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw is an HFE personal training student

    "HFE have produced some of the best materials I have seen in education."

    Holly Bradshaw

    (Team GB Olympic Pole Vaulter)

  • Kardy Laguda is an internationally renowned fitness instructor

    "HFE is the most professional and cutting edge fitness provider I have ever seen."

    Kardy Laguda

    (International Fitness Presenter)

  • Rating: 4 out of 5

    Great course - learnt all you needed to start you off as a PT. The practical weekends were made enjoyable and fun whilst learning everything. The tutors were helpful throughout the process answering any questions you had about the course content and any other personal training information. The support tutor was always on hand to help when needed.


  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    HFE for my Exercise to Music Level 2 course proved to be an excellent choice! Very good material for studying, including the two student manuals which were greatly accompanied by the audio books and the e-learning part (really nice videos and tests).

    Katie K

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    I honestly had no reason to go elsewhere as the tuition that I received for my initial course was first rate. (Thank you Janine Ranson, you are priceless!) The course materials are great. The student manual, videos and revision quizzes helped me achieve my goals and pass the exams and case studies first time.

    Mami Nooka

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Great course, the tutors have a unique ability to match the energy and mood of their students.

    Scott Auty

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