Level 2 gym instructor course online

Become a qualified gym instructor with our fully online course.

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The most immersive online gym instructor course

This level 2 gym instructor course is the industry's most popular online entry-level qualification and a must-have if you want to advance your fitness career to become a gym instructor or personal trainer.

  • Fully online course:

    No attendance required

  • Internationally recognised:

    Ofqual regulated qualification

  • Complete in 4-6 weeks:

    Study at own pace

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Starting from £356.25


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  • Pay in full

    Total payable £356.25 5% discount £18.75
  • 6 month payment plan

    1 x £50 and 5 x £45 Minimum deposit £100 Total payable £375

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Payment Options

  • 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

Course overview: Online level 2 gym instructor

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. Find out more about our fully online gym instructor course below.

Our online level 2 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 online theory workbooks.

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.

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.

  • Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this programme. Anyone aged 16 and over is eligible to enrol.

  • Accreditations

    This Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing course leads to a full Ofqual regulated qualification and is recognised by all fitness-industry employers, here in the UK and around the world. It's also endorsed by CIMSPA.

  • Career and progressions

    For some, becoming a gym instructor is often 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.

  • CIMSPA CPD points

    This qualification is fully mapped to CIMSPAs professional standards and is worth 10 CIMSPA CPD Points.

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You're in safe hands

Throughout your studies and beyond, you'll be supported by our amazing support team. Whenever you have a question about your course, or you need some friendly career advice, our tutors will be there when you need them.

Typically, we provide support via:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video call

  • Webinar

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. We supply all the materials you need to succeed, both print and digital. Much of the digital online content, coursework and workbooks are hosted in LES, our Learner Engagement System. You’ll get instant access to this system as soon as you enrol. Some of the subjects you'll learn in this online gym instructor course include:

  • Anatomy and physiology

    Muscular system
    Skeletal system
    Cardiorespiratory system
    Energy systems
    Nervous system
    Posture and core stability

  • Principles of exercise and fitness training

    Components of fitness
    Principles of training
    Exercise and fitness guidelines
    Nutrition and healthy eating
    Exercise and physical activity

  • Planning and teaching gym-based exercise

    Resistance training
    Free weights
    Bodyweight exercises
    Resistance machines
    Cardiovascular training
    Stretching and flexibility
    Core stability training

  • Programming gym-based exercise

    Goal setting
    Designing programmes for different goals
    Overcoming training obstacles
    Training for success
    Recording training programmes
    Progressive fitness training

  • Consultation skills and basic fitness testing

    Communication skills
    Gathering information
    Health screening
    Informed consent
    Physical measurements
    Health and fitness testing

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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 and with this qualification, there are no formal exams. Instead, we assess your knowledge with a range of online, multiple choice/option workbooks. All you need to do is to complete these workbooks at your own pace to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding in key subject areas. When you're ready to be assessed practically, you simply film yourself teaching and submit this to us for grading. This is an area where our fantastic support team will be able to offer the greatest assistance.

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

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  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Health, safety and professional practice
  • Working with special populations
  • Nutrition and healthy eating


  • Screening clients
  • Planning gym-based exercise
  • Adapting gym-based exercise


  • Client consultation
  • Teaching gym-based exercise
  • Review and evaluate gym-based session

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Unlimited possibilities

Join the graduates of our online gym instructor courses who are now working with some of the UK's leading health clubs, gyms and leisure facilities. Including...

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