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Start your career as Gym Instructor

The Level 2 Gym Instructor course is your starting point within the fitness industry and from where you can continue to develop your career as a personal trainer. The gym instructor course provides you with foundation level theoretical and practical knowledge to work in a gym or in a fitness environment. This underpinning knowledge is the pre-cursor to the Level 3 Personal Training qualification.

You will learn all the essential knowledge and skills to enable you to confidently plan, instruct and evaluate successful one-to-one gym programmes.

Ideally suited for those with a passion for health and fitness, this course is nationally accredited and once qualified, you will become a gym instructor, also known as a fitness instructor and can gain employment in a gymnasium or fitness centre in the UK or internationally.

The Level 2 Gym Instructor course is worth 20 CIMSPA CPD points.


Learn more about becoming a Gym Instructor

Course Features

  • The Level 2 gym instructor course is delivered in a blended learning format, i.e. digital e-learning content to support the theoretical elements and practical, tutor-led workshops to hone your practical abilities.
  • As well as workshops manuals, there is a high volume of resources available for learners across our e-learning, student zone and social media platforms, including videos, recommended books, links to articles, blogs and useful websites.
  • This newly updated (2020) Level 2 course qualification is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and was one of the first to meet the CIMSPA Professional Standard for Gym Instructor.
  • Completion will enable you to register as a "Sport and Physical Activity Practitioner" in the category of Gym Instructor.
  • Course dates

    We offer more practical courses around the country and course dates throughout the year than any other provider, giving you more choice and flexibility to build a training programme to suit your needs.

    To find your nearest training location and earliest course dates call our friendly Career Advisers on 01329 829444 or 0800 4581388.

    Payment Options

    We make it easy and affordable for you to achieve your dream career without compromising on the quality of your learning experience or even more importantly your future career. Don't be fooled by companies offering cheaper, diluted training which you might live to regret.

    At Future Fit we offer a high quality training experience with lots of face-to-face practical workshops, first class student support services and real life assessments that will prepare you for a long and successful career in the fitness industry.

    If you are unable to pay for your training upfront, simply tell us how much you can afford each month and we’ll look to find a payment plan which is tailored to suit your needs.

    • Your dream career could be more affordable than you think!
    • Lowest deposit - start training from only £175
    • Spread your payments over a number of months to suit your budget
    • Benefit from our lowest ever monthly payments

    Simply let us know how much you can afford and our careers advisers will work out a payment plan to suit you.

    We also offer many other ways to fund your training such as, payment in full, pay a deposit and balance or via a Professional Career Development Loan. We also except ELCAS for Armed Forces personnel. Please contact us for further information.

    By the end of the fitness instructor course you will:

    • Be able to access the Level 3 qualifications to become a Personal Trainer
    • Become a CIMSPA and REPs accredited Level 2 Gym Instructor
    • Know how to instruct and coach safe and effective exercises
    • Gain an internationally recognised qualification to work anywhere in the world

    Qualify with certificates in:

    • Anatomy and Physiology - The starting point for all budding fitness professionals is the study of the theory of anatomy and physiology, and the principles of exercise, welfare and health.
    • Level 2 Gym Instructor - This is the very first step into the fitness industry and it allows you to start the Level 3 Complete Personal Training Diploma.

    You'll also receive training in:

    • Warm-ups, dynamic spinal mobility, cool-downs and developmental stretching
    • Key programming principles
    • How to use functional and innovative gym equipment
    • How to use cardiovascular equipment
    • An introduction to body weight training
    • How to promote physical activity to the general public

    What is the difference between Fitness or Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer?

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    Don't just take our word for it...

    "I did the level 3 Nutrition Advisor…"

    I did the level 3 Nutrition Advisor Diploma with these guys. It was amazing, taught me everything I needed to know and has in turn made my income a lot higher. Recommended highly!!

    Michael O'Connor 03 04 2019

    "Overall good experience with Future Fit."

    I signed up for the Total Immersion with Future Fit and so far have completed my Level 2 & 3 as well as many CPD courses, I just have some Level 4 courses left. Upon reflection of my training so far, I'm not sure that online learning is the best way to go as you don't get the hands-on experience that you really need to build confidence and I did feel a bot lost when I first started working in the industry. However, having said that I have always been very impressed with Future Fit prompt and reliable customer service.

    Ruby Parsons 12 03 2019

    "The best education out there"

    Did my level 3 personal trainer course with Futurefit. The curriculum is well structured and comprehensive, their online learning and lessons are far superior than other providers. You can get a qualification for cheaper and in a shorter time elsewhere but will never get the deep knowledge what would make you better than an average personal trainer.

    Peter Kiss 04 04 2019

    Why Future Fit

    We have been training over 40,000 students in the last 25 years. So we know what it means to become a Fitness Instructor. Our qualifications are not just another piece of paper, they are a career and unlike other providers, we don’t rush students through a fast, worthless course. We’ll train you properly, and you’ll graduate prepared and well-qualified.

    See the 29 reasons why we are the only serious choice for those wanting to start a career in fitness.

    Student success stories

    Charlotte Ord

    I felt really inspired by the teachers on the course. The flexibility of the course was also perfect for me as I needed to work alongside my training.

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    Are your qualifications internationally recognised?

    Our Level 3 Complete Personal Training Diploma and Level 4 Total Immersion Diploma qualifications are recognized by employers internationally and students can also work abroad with REPs and EREPs recognition. The International Confederation of Registers of Exercise Professionals (ICREPs) is a partnership between the various registration bodies which means qualifications gained in those countries are transferable and recognised: UK, Ireland, Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, UAE, Canada.

    Does Future Fit Training offer guaranteed interviews once I qualify?

    The simple answer is yes. Within the School of Personal Training, we have teamed up with some respected companies to make your move from student to fitness professional even easier. Many offers guaranteed interviews to our Personal Training Diploma graduates for available positions as fitness instructors, studio-based instructors and personal trainers on completion of your relevant training programme. We also have some great tips here, to help with writing a successful CV, preparing for an interview, or getting your new career or business venture moving in the right direction.

    Do you give me support for my online programmes?

    Yes, our extensive Tutor Support team are on hand by phone, email and Facebook to answer any questions that you may have about your training to ensure you are always fully supported and on track.

    How recognised is my course?

    The qualification you’ll receive at the end of your course will be awarded by Transcend.Transcend Awards are proud to be recognised by Ofqual as a regulated and industry specialist awarding organisation. Our courses are also fully REPs and CIMSPA approved. Future Fit Training is actually a founding member of REPs. Membership of REPs enables fitness professionals to prove they have attained an industry recognised level of skill, knowledge and competence in their chosen field of expertise. Being CIMSPA certified means you will work in a respected industry, where standards are regulated, and your qualifications are valued.

    I have a sports science/dance degree can I miss out any elements?

    Students who have previously completed Sports Science or Dance degrees do seem to have an advantage when it comes to studying as there are some elements that they may have touched on in their degree.

    Contact our Career Advisers on the numbers at the top of this page and we can discuss your prior qualifications.