Level 2 Gym Instructor Course

Kickstart your career and become a fully qualified fitness instructor

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HFE gym instructor directing client on lat pulldown

Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

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.

  • Time to Qualify:

    6-8 weeks

  • Entry Requirements:

    No entry requirements

  • Course Style:

    Blended learning

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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

Starting from £517.75

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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

Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing

Take the steps to becoming a qualified gym instructor to start changing lives on the gym floor. Read on to learn more about the contents of this course and where your gym instructing career could take you.

Course Overview

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 dietary advice, planning training sessions, supporting clients with their goals, ensuring that the environment is clean and tidy, and much more.

Our Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing course includes a broad range of study materials that have been designed specifically to help you get the most out of your learning experience.

  • 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.

  • Accreditations

    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 training programme combines home study with unlimited phone and email support, bespoke learning resources, and practical attendance at one of our nationwide venues.

  • Ongoing career support

    You will still have access to all the help and support you need even after your studies have finished, from advice on promoting your business to writing a CV. You will also have access to our flagship CV Connect programme which instantly connects you to thousands of potential employers.

You're in Safe Hands

At HFE we care deeply about helping you to become more. We will be here for you as much as you need us throughout your studies and you'll also have career support beyond this. Throughout your course you can expect contact with your support tutor via the following:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video Call

  • Webinar

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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:

  • Level 2 Anatomy and Physiology

    - The muscular system
    - The skeletal system
    - The nervous system
    - Basic principles of nutrition
    - The cardiorespiratory system
    - Energy systems

  • Principles of Fitness Training

    - Fitness training variables
    - Health and safety considerations
    - Optimum sequencing of exercises
    - Different session structures
    - Adapting and progressing exercise
    - Stretching and flexibility techniques

  • Planning Gym-Based Training

    - Planning resistance machines
    - Planning free weights & bodyweight exercise
    - Planning CV training
    - Women and strength training
    - Effective programme design
    - Adapting training programmes

  • Teaching and Instructing Gym-Based Exercise

    - Principles of effective teaching and instructing
    - Communication and teaching skills
    - Catering for different learning styles
    - Motivating clients
    - Evaluating training sessions
    - Correcting exercise technique

  • Cardiovascular Training Principles

    - Cardiovascular training concepts
    - Warm-up and cool-down methods
    - Effective training intensity
    - Cardiovascular training approaches
    - Progressing aerobic programmes
    - Monitoring the heart

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*Images and videos are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

One Gym Instructing Career. Unlimited Possibilities.

Join our personal training graduates working with some of the world's leading gyms, health clubs and PT management companies.

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How You'll Be Assessed

The course is split into multiple units which are each assessed in a variety of theory and practical ways. Regardless of your learning style and speed, you’ll receive as much support as you need in order to pass this course.

This is a brief breakdown of the components which make up our Level 2 Gym Instructor course.

To get a real feel for what to expect on your course, be sure to watch our video demonstrating each of the assessment types.

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  • Worksheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Scenario-based

Online Workbooks:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Multiple choice
  • 70% pass mark

Theory Exam:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Multiple choice
  • 70% pass mark


  • Client consultation
  • Teaching an individual
  • Teaching a small group

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