During a time of social distancing and gathering rules changing all the time, we are dedicated to helping you complete your practical
training safely and with confidence. A recent Return to Work survey done by CIMSPA showed that, 40% of people are nervous to return to face to face training. You are not alone in your worries and, of course, you may have some questions about how we are able to deliver our training.
At Future Fit, we know how important it is to get the face-to-face training necessary to thoroughly prepare you for a career in fitness; this hasn’t changed. Our expert team of tutors are still able to train you in smaller groups in venues across the country, limiting travel and keeping our students as safe as possible. We want you to get the best out of your training and prepare you for working in a social-distanced safe environment yourself.
This blog will cover the following topics
Our tutors are industry leaders, all with high levels of training and experience in teaching across the disciplines. This is equally true of their pandemic safety training.
In 2020, our partners CIMSPA and Sport England launched their ReActivate programme, designed to help fitness professionals get back to work after spending time in lockdown. This £250,000 initiative is available to all fitness professionals and anyone working in the physical activity sector for free for 12 months (this may be something you’re already aware of through your own training).
All our tutors have completed this training and are ready to mentor you in a thoroughly safe way. The training undergone by our tutors includes:
Our tutors will include key guidance on best practices for you during the pandemic where relevant. We recommend, however, that you participate in the free ReActivate programme so you too can deliver coronavirus-safe training for you future clients.
All our venues must follow strict government guidelines to remain open for training and keep students safe. The 7 steps each venue must take are:
We are making sure we stick to these guidelines by limiting our class sizes and maintain the rules of 100 square feet per person. We are limiting our group sizes to maximum 12 students for circuits and studio, 6 on the gym floor.
All our tutors are trained in safe travel for students as part of their ReActivate training, so we will make sure you are able to get to a venue to train in a safe way.
The government acknowledges that we are providing an educational service and, therefore, allows us to continue training to help you reach your career goals. The government have issued strict sports-specific rules as to how we can continue to train people in fitness facilities:
As of the 12th October, the government has ruled that gyms across the UK (except Liverpool and areas under short-term firebreak lockdowns) are able to stay open.
With over 22 million people visiting fitness facilities during the two months after lockdown measures were lifted, and the number of coronavirus cases at 0.34 per 100,000 visits, it can be seen that gyms and their instructors are doing their best to make sure we are able to stay open and stay training.
If you are a student of Future Fit, you will already know that having a practical element to your training is the best way to fully prepare yourself for a career in the fitness industry. With more and more providers focussing entirely online (especially during lockdown), trainers are entering the industry with no practical experience, with 92% of recent graduates being unprepared and needing additional training from employers.
We pride ourselves on our blended learning courses and our consistent high praise from the industry. Especially during a pandemic, having personal support and face to face training is the best way to prepare our graduates for leading sessions of their own, adhering to COVID-19 regulations. Only by working with real people in professional environments can you:
For more information about our award winning blended learning , visit https://www.futurefit.co.uk/about/how-our-training-works/practical-workshops/
As fitness professionals, you know how important overcoming obstacles to reach your goals is. You will motivate your clients in a way that is safe for them, and we train you in the same way. We hope we have answered some of your questions and filled you with a bit more confidence to continue your training in person and reach your full fitness potential. The country may be in lockdown, but with our ReActivate trained staff and COVID safe venues, your training doesn’t need to be.
For more detail about how we’re keeping you
safe during in-person training, feel free to call our dedicated student
support team on 01329 823400.
CIMSPA ‘About the Reactivate Training’ https://cimspa-reactivate.uk/reactivatetrain
Gov.UK ‘Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)’ https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/providers-of-grassroots-sport-and-gym-leisure-facilities
Tom Walker, ‘Free COVID-safe training offered for all via
CIMPSPA’s new ReActivate platform’,
Tom Walker, ‘Vast majority of UK fitness industry stays
open, ukactive will fight Liverpool lockdown’
Future Fit Training, ‘Face-to-Face Practical Workshops’ https://www.futurefit.co.uk/how-our-training-works/practical-workshops/
Future Fit Training, Raising the Bar 2018, https://www.futurefit.co.uk/blog/ready-for-change-raising-the-bar-2018/