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HFE's gym instructor teaches you how to use basic resistance machines
HFE's gym instructor teaches you how to use basic resistance machines
HFE's gym instructor teaches you how to use basic resistance machines

Level 2 Gym Instructor Course

Kickstart your career and become a fully qualified fitness instructor

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Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

£545.00

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  • 6 month payment plan

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

This is the industry's most popular entry-level qualification and a must-have if you want to advance to Level 3 and become a personal trainer.

  • Course type

    Blended learning

  • 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 Becoming a Gym Instructor

Intro

Gyms, leisure centres and health clubs are vibrant and fast-paced places to work. Every client that walks through the door is different and for a fitness instructor, no two days are ever going to be the same.

Many see becoming a gym instructor as a stepping stone to advancing to personal training, and while it is an entry requirement for that course, it’s an incredibly rewarding job in its own right. Day to day, gym instructors find themselves performing inductions for new members, maintaining exercise equipment, giving diet advice, planning sessions, ensuring the environment is clean and tidy at all times, and much more.

Our Level 2 Gym Instructor course is fully accredited by YMCA Awards and recognised by CIMSPA, which means the door is open to use this qualification internationally. Delivered via blended learning, this flexible approach combines home study with unlimited phone and email support, bespoke learning resources, and practical attendance at one of our nationwide venues.

Looking for more? Well, that’s what we’re all about. Why not have a look at our personal trainer career guides and articles.

What You'll Learn

From theory to practical, you’ll learn exactly what it takes to become a leading gym instructor. Below is a selection of the topics you’ll encounter on course:

  • Consultation Skills

  • Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology

  • Resistance Training Concepts

  • Cardiovascular Training Concepts

  • Planning Fitness Training Programmes

  • Teaching and Instructing Exercise and Fitness

Plus, you’ll also gain vital knowledge of effective warm-up and cool-down methods, bodyweight and free weight exercise techniques, all-important health and safety, and much more.

How You'll be Assessed

We’ve split the course into multiple components which will challenge you and assess you in a range of exciting theoretical and practical ways.

Regardless of your learning style and speed, you’ll receive as much support as you need in order to pass.

  • Workbooks

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

  • Lesson Plans

    Outline your understanding of planning gym-based exercise for different populations

  • Worksheet

    Demonstrate your knowledge of planning and preparing gym-based exercise

  • Theory Exam

    The Anatomy and Physiology exam has a 70% pass mark

  • Consultation

    Perform a consultation on a fellow student

  • Practical Assessments

    Take part in both an individual and group assessment

Entry Requirements

Every fitness professional has to start somewhere and as this is an entry-level course, there are no formal entry requirements or prerequisites.

What will help you get off to flying start however is some experience of using cardiovascular and resistance equipment, as well as free weights, in your local gym.

Timetable

Before your first practical course weekend, we recommend 6-8 weeks of home study (based on an hour a day).

That will give you plenty of time to read through your Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology and Level 2 Gym Instructor manuals and use LES (the Learner Engagement System) to complete the various workbooks.

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  • Weekend 1

    You'll hit the gym floor and learn the basics of becoming an instructor in a range of engaging and practical ways

  • Weekend 2

    Put all your learning into practice with your theory exam and practical assessments

For a full gym instructor study guide and course timetable, call our Careers team on 0800 612 4067 or send us an email with the button above.

Upgrade Your Gym Qualification

Take your qualification further by combining it with personal training and you'll save money and benefit from exclusive extras like videos, career support and job opportunities.

Essentials

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Brand new to personal training? This is the perfect starting point


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Advanced Trainer Module

This CPD program provides the perfect opportunity for personal trainers and other fitness instructors to add a new dimension to their training. The Advanced Trainer Module brings together kettlebells, suspension training and foam rolling (also known as self-myofascial release) together into one great package.

Guided by a bespoke digital manual and expertly-delivered video demonstrations of kettlebell, suspension training and foam rolling techniques, you’ll be given a wealth of inspiration in order to create new and exciting sessions for your clients.

Business Skills and Digital Marketing

To become a successful personal trainer, you’ll also need to be effective at promoting and managing your exercise and training services. It’s not just about having the right exercise and nutritional strategies; a strong sense of business acumen is a must in today’s fitness industry.

Our Level 3 Award in Business Skills is an essential course if you’re looking to develop your own fitness business, including becoming a self-employed personal trainer. This qualification covers a broad range of contextual subjects, including basic principles of accounting, bookkeeping, legal obligations, business planning, marketing and promotion, including digital and social media marketing and consumer behaviour. You’ll also get expert advice on your running your own business from those who have already walked this path.

Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes

Premium

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The step up. Combine Essentials with advanced techniques


Courses
Advanced Trainer Module

This CPD program provides the perfect opportunity for personal trainers and other fitness instructors to add a new dimension to their training. The Advanced Trainer Module brings together kettlebells, suspension training and foam rolling (also known as self-myofascial release) together into one great package.

Guided by a bespoke digital manual and expertly-delivered video demonstrations of kettlebell, suspension training and foam rolling techniques, you’ll be given a wealth of inspiration in order to create new and exciting sessions for your clients.

Business Skills and Digital Marketing

To become a successful personal trainer, you’ll also need to be effective at promoting and managing your exercise and training services. It’s not just about having the right exercise and nutritional strategies; a strong sense of business acumen is a must in today’s fitness industry.

Our Level 3 Award in Business Skills is an essential course if you’re looking to develop your own fitness business, including becoming a self-employed personal trainer. This qualification covers a broad range of contextual subjects, including basic principles of accounting, bookkeeping, legal obligations, business planning, marketing and promotion, including digital and social media marketing and consumer behaviour. You’ll also get expert advice on your running your own business from those who have already walked this path.

Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma
Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes

Master

£2795.00 See more

Go all in. Become a fully qualified, Level 4 personal trainer


Courses
Advanced Trainer Module

This CPD program provides the perfect opportunity for personal trainers and other fitness instructors to add a new dimension to their training. The Advanced Trainer Module brings together kettlebells, suspension training and foam rolling (also known as self-myofascial release) together into one great package.

Guided by a bespoke digital manual and expertly-delivered video demonstrations of kettlebell, suspension training and foam rolling techniques, you’ll be given a wealth of inspiration in order to create new and exciting sessions for your clients.

Business Skills and Digital Marketing

To become a successful personal trainer, you’ll also need to be effective at promoting and managing your exercise and training services. It’s not just about having the right exercise and nutritional strategies; a strong sense of business acumen is a must in today’s fitness industry.

Our Level 3 Award in Business Skills is an essential course if you’re looking to develop your own fitness business, including becoming a self-employed personal trainer. This qualification covers a broad range of contextual subjects, including basic principles of accounting, bookkeeping, legal obligations, business planning, marketing and promotion, including digital and social media marketing and consumer behaviour. You’ll also get expert advice on your running your own business from those who have already walked this path.

Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma

With this qualification, you’ll be able to work with an expanded range of clients, helping them manage chronic illnesses and conditions like asthma, obesity, arthritis and diabetes.

As the name suggests, the Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma enables you to get involved with exercise/GP referral schemes and work alongside various public and private health organisations referring clients.

The course tackles a wide-range of subjects, including professional practice, pathophysiology of various conditions, programming exercise for medical conditions, the role of medications, and assessing and monitoring referred clients. To really bring the subjects to life, your learning will be enhanced by a range of extensive video lectures presented by a leading GP who is well-versed with exercise referral.

Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes

Obesity and diabetes are two of the UK’s most prevalent medical conditions and they affect millions of people. The NHS is being stretched like never before by these conditions and exercise professionals are well-placed to play a key role in fighting this epidemic.

Our Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Certificate will enable you to work side by side with members of the medical community to change both the quality and longevity of people’s lives.

The entirety of this course can be completed from the comfort of your own home. Your learning is enhanced by a wealth of print and online resources, including video lectures presented by a leading doctor, unlimited tutor support and information-rich training manuals.

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    Excellent support from HFE and my course tutors Dawn Rafferty and Angela Carrington who were both amazing. I couldn't of passed without both their guidance and teaching

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    Fab course! During my fitness level 2 NVQ I've met some helpful, amazing people who pushed me to pass and complete all my work and finish my course! I think the online tasks and worksheets are very helpful and provide many facts! I must mention the help and support I received from my personal/online tutor.

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