Level sports conditioning course

Discover how to design and implement sports conditioning programmes to athletes

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Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning

Learn how to plan and teach sports-specific exercise at a semi-professional, amateur and recreational level with this leading sports conditioning course. This qualification includes a wide-range of theory and practical training, including Olympic lifting techniques, speed-agility quickness (SAQ) and plyometric training.

  • Complete entirely online

  • Fully Ofqual regulated qualification

  • Achieve in 2-4 weeks

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Course overview: sports conditioning

General fitness training concepts and techniques don't work for athletes and so more sports-specific approaches are required in order to improve athletic performance and reduce the risk of injury. Discover how to do this with our industry leading sports conditioning course.

When an athlete or sports team excel, it’s not because they have some superior natural talent! In the main it’s because they’ve undertaken the appropriate level of physical conditioning and skill development. Sports coaches typically take care of the skill development whereas strength and conditioning professionals and sports conditioners plan and teach the physical development.

Sports conditioning is concerned with evaluating the physical and to a lesser extent, the technical demands of a particular sport, or group of sports. Using this analysis, you’ll be able to design safe and effective training and exercise programmes that increase performance and reduce the risk of injury. Conditioning programmes will commonly include activities that promote muscular strength, endurance and aerobic capacity. They are also key with regards to increasing power and motor skills such as power, speed, agility and quickness (SAQ).

This qualification is ideal for any exercise professional wanting to offer their training services to semi-professional, amateur and recreational sportspeople. Exercise professionals don’t tend to work in elite-level sports and it’s important to draw this distinction at this stage. Conditioning in elite sports is something that is typically reserved for those who hold a recognised strength and conditioning qualification.

  • Entry requirements

    To enrol on this course you will need to hold a recognised Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing. For most students, this will in the context of gym instructing.

    While it isn’t mandatory, you will ideally hold a Level 3 Personal Trainer qualificationLevel 3 Personal Trainer qualification. If you’re interested in enrolling on the sports conditioning course, but have not yet obtained the prerequisite qualifications, our careers team will be able to assist you further.

  • Accreditation

    The Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning is a qualification certificated by YMCA Awards, that is specifically designed for fitness professionals who recognise the importance of strength and conditioning and who are keen to help athletes and teams alike to gain that crucial, competitive edge.

  • Study time

    The course is delivered entirely online and you'll have up to 6 months to complete this programme. Most students are able to complete their learning in around 4-weeks, but you'll have longer if you need it.

What you'll learn

This Level 3 Award in Sports Conditioning includes a wide-range of theory and practical subjects that are delivered in an easy to follow and highly interactive online course. Throughout this programme you will study a variety of subjects, including:

  • Sport and athlete profiling

    Movement and energetic analysis
    Setting and realistic and achievable goals
    Systematic approach to breaking down complex movements

  • Sport-specific warm-up and cool-downs

    Planning and teaching sports-specific warm ups
    Planning and teaching sports-specific cool-downs
    Suggested routines for teams and individuals

  • Skill training and development

    Importance and function of motor skills in sports conditioning
    Neural influences of motor skill training
    Plyometric training
    SAQ training

  • Aerobic conditioning for athletes

    Planning and teaching sports-specific CV programmes
    Adapting advanced approaches for CV training to sports

  • Resistance training for athletes

    Planning and teaching sports-specific resistance training programmes
    Adapting advanced approaches for resistance training to sports
    Olympic lifting techniques

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How you'll be assessed

All of the teaching and learning materials you need to achieve this qualification are supplied as standard. These resources are specifically designed to aide and propel you through the course’s assessments, which include:

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  • Online workbooks
  • Interactive style
  • Unlimited attempts


  • Scenario-based
  • Real-life athlete
  • Sport of your choice

How far will sports conditioning take you?

Join the many graduates of our sports conditioning courses that have gone on to work with and for some of the UK's leading health, fitness and leisure organisations. Here's just a handful of these.

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