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How to become a Fitness Instructor

Share your passion for fitness and transform your passion into your career by qualifying as a fitness instructor.

What do you need to do to become a Fitness Instructor

The minimum requirement for becoming a Fitness Instructor is a Level 2 qualification, this is the steppingstone into the fitness industry.  

To become a Fitness Instructor you need to qualify from a Level 2 Fitness Instructor course such as:

You’ll also want to make sure that the course you sign up for is accredited either by CIMSPA, as this is valued by most employers.

You love to lift, run, to stay in shape. But above all, you love to share your passion for fitness with other people. If that sounds like you, then why not train to become a fully-fledged Fitness Instructor with Future Fit?

Whether you’d like to lead a spin class at your local gym or have ambitions to become a fully qualified Personal Trainer, our Level 2 Fitness Instructor Qualification will help you build a successful career in health and fitness. 


Step 1

Research fitness instructor roles

The prospect of starting a career in the fitness industry can be both exciting and daunting so the first step is to research the career options and roles available to you as a qualified gym instructor.

A few things to research would be the difference between a fitness instructor and a personal trainer, Fitness Instructor Salaries and the discipline it takes to become a fitness or gym instructor so you can make sure you are a good fit for the role.

When looking to become a fitness instructor, research is an important stage in this decision. Before starting any fitness instructor course it’s good for you to understand what is involved in the role and how this works with your personal end goal of what you want to achieve once you have become a gym instructor.

Step 2

Find the right Level 2 Fitness Instructor course for you

With such a wide range of courses out there, choosing one to invest in is no small task. Try to look for a course that focuses on giving you a well-rounded knowledge of both the theoretical and practical applications of the role as well as equipping you to head out into the industry and start working.

Our Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification is ideal for beginners training to become a gym instructor or as a starting point for a Personal Training qualification.

During your research for the right course- it is important that you choose the right training provider. Comparing different schools to understand what best suits your needs, can be a daunting task when looking to become a fitness instructor.

To provide guidance, we have developed a complete comparison checklist to help you find the right gym instructor course and provider for you.

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Step 3

Learn & Get Qualified from a Level 2 Fitness Instructor course

After choosing your Level 2 Gym Instructor Course, you’ll need to get started with your learning and working towards your qualification in a new career.  

Some modules may seem more challenging than others, you should remain focused and ensure you put in the time and effort to make the qualification achievable. Most good training providers should support you with this process.  (We provide exceptional, lifetime support to all our students—through our tutors, support team and career advisory service – Learn more about why you should study with Future Fit.

  •  Level 2 Gym Instructor CourseIdeal for beginners training to become a Fitness or Gym Instructor or as a starting point for a Personal Training qualification.
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Step 4

Start working as a Fitness Instructor

Once you’ve qualified the next step is to secure yourself a job (if you haven’t already) and start working as a Fitness Instructor within a gym or health centre.

We’ve created guides and articles to help you with writing your CV as a fitness professional and preparing for an interview. Make sure you also explore our Employer Partner Opportunities, one of the many benefits of studying with Future Fit.

For more information about Gym Instructor job roles and job search tips, take a look at our resource around Gym Instructor Job Descriptions.

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

There are a variety of roles and job titles within the fitness industry, and it can be difficult to figure out exactly which role is right for you. We’ve outlined a few key features of each role below and written an article that talks about the differences between becoming a Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer.

You will be qualified to start working as a Fitness Instructor

  • Inductions; carrying out ‘how to’ sessions for new members
  • Basic/initial generic exercise programming
  • Basic fitness testing
  • Class teaching (qualification dependent – our L2 course includes Circuit Training so you could deliver group classes).
  • Gym maintenance – cleaning of equipment and facilities, opening or closing the facility.

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