At a business networking event some years ago, I introduced myself as a personal trainer to one of the other attendees, to which he asked “and which gym do you work at?”. “I don’t” I replied, before explaining how I trained my clients in their homes and back gardens. He seemed genuinely amazed it was possible to exercise anywhere other than a fully-equipped gym, an idea that is now common-place as trainers become more aware of how to train without the expensive and heavy machinery typically found in health clubs.
Whilst gyms are still the obvious place for trainers to offer their services (after all, where else will you find such a concentrated group of people looking for health and fitness improvements?), there are a variety of options to investigate. Here are some of the more common ones:
• Large Multi-Site Gyms
The well-known operators all have their own personal training teams with well-established infrastructure and systems.
• Independent Gyms
Smaller facilities will often allow you to train clients in exchange for a per session fee or monthly ground rent, but you won’t get as much support as you will in larger health clubs.
• Own Studio
You could start your own PT studio, giving you the benefits of running your own independent business along with the facilities you’d find in a larger gym.
• Home Training
Providing you can transport any kit you need, being mobile opens you up to the market of people who want the convenience of training at home.
• Outdoor Training
You could run sessions in local parks or other suitable outdoor locations. Often you’ll need to pay a fee to the local council to be able to do this.
• Cruise Ships
Fitness professionals on ships are responsible for manning the gym, teaching classes, presenting workshops and delivering personal training sessions. Being multi-skilled is a bonus as the holiday companies will want you to be able to offer as much as possible.
• Corporate Fitness
Many companies and organisations are starting to appreciate the importance of fitness and health to productivity, so there is growing potential to run programmes for the employees at their place of work.
Of course, variety is the key to job satisfaction so you could do more than one of the above. For example, you could do PT sessions at the gym but head out to visit local businesses at lunch times to deliver corporate fitness programmes.
Something that will help when deciding which option is best for you is to consider what type of personal trainer you want to be, and what sort!
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Yes, You can. If you have had a last minute drop out due to COVID, injury or work commitments, you can bring a substitute participant. They must have a clear Par-Q, which will also need to be included in the portfolio, and have signed an Informed Consent form, also required in portfolio. They must also be capable of completing the original programme.
Due to social distancing guidelines you will not be able to perform Assisted Stretches at this point in time. Therefore, you will need to find suitable alternative exercises to enable safe, effective and appropriate application for the client. And adjust your coaching style to utilise better verbal cues.
It depends on the equipment you have available, or whether the client has their own equipment.
Due to social distancing regulations, you will not be able to perform the test. However, you can instruct the client to self-apply the test.
The issue comes with regard to the material the cuff is made from on the BP tester. If it is material, it cannot be used unless it is the client’s own as you cannot effectively clean it after use. If the cuff is made from vinyl, they can use it as it can be effectively cleaned after use.
Due to social distancing guidelines you will not be able to take circumference measurements at the moment. However, you can teach the client to take circumference measurements themselves. The only other option would be to use Body Fat Analyser scales.
You should encourage the client to clean the equipment they use, as they need to get used to this habit for when they exercise solo. However, you can also ensure hygiene by doing this for them at times.
To find out whether you need to complete this document, contact your Training Coordinator.
To find out if you need to complete this document, contact your Training Coordinator.
While face coverings are not required when exercising, you must wear face masks in accordance with your training venues guidelines (upon entering, moving between areas and leaving).
Due to social distancing guidelines you will not be able to take skinfold measurements or circumference measurements at the moment. However, you can teach the client to take circumference measurements themselves. You cannot self-test calliper skinfolds. The only other option would be to use Body Fat Analyser scales.
Please make sure you have viewed the Virtual Workshop Series for your course, this will have explained what is required for this document. However, this document is an observational and awareness document – what did you witness? Was it good or bad practice? How would you adopt or change what you saw into your personal practice?
You can gain the information you need from the Exercise, Welfare & Health course for Level 2, and from Lesson 2 of the Level 3 Exercise Programming & Coaching online course. You should include information about current COVID guidance and adherence.
If you have had a last minute drop out due to COVID, injury or work commitments, you can bring a substitute participant. They must have a clear Par-Q, which will also need to be included in the portfolio, and have signed an Informed Consent form, also required in portfolio. They must also be capable of completing the original programme.
Due to social distancing guidelines you will not be able to perform spotting at this point in time. Therefore, you will need to find suitable alternative exercises to enable safe, effective and appropriate application for the client. And adjust your coaching style to utilise better verbal cues.
You need to revisit the Student Update Area on the website regularly, as this is where we will update you on any changes to our training.
Equally, you should keep an eye on the current status and guidance form the government and contact your Training Co-ordinator for confirmation.
The theoretical aspects of our personal trainer courses and gym instructor courses can be completed mostly online with our versatile e-learning system. We combine the online learning with essential practical workshops which are held on the weekends in nationwide training locations. No personal trainer qualification is truly complete without practical workshops that help you on your way to gaining your personal training certification.
You can easily tailor your study programme to fit around your life knowing that tutor support is just a phone call or email away. With our flexible start dates and locations near you, starting your new PT training career with us is easy!
No. We do not offer short courses.
Our graduates are recognised as being the best in the industry because we prepare students to do more than just pass a qualification. However, students can also set their own training hours and they will be qualified to work in the industry as soon as they successfully pass each module/assessment:
You most likely won't need your own insurance if you are employed by a gym or fitness centre. however as insurance is faily low cost taking our your own insurance might be useful. For more information about what to get covered in your gym instructor insurance, be sure to download a copy of our How to Become a Fitness Instructor guide.
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. Take a look at what they have to offer here. Many offer guaranteed interviews to our PT 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.
With such a wide range of locations, we offer more practical courses and training dates than any other provider, giving you more choice and flexibility to build a training programme to suit your needs.
Yes. We provide guaranteed interviews through some of the top fitness companies once you qualify.
Many give guaranteed interviews for available positions as fitness instructors, studio-based instructors and personal trainers on completion.
You can compare courses & pricing by looking out for the following 6 criteria:
We have created a comprehensive checklist with 130 comparison points to help you get your research done quickly, focus on criteria that matter the most, and hit your career goals (without stress).
The average time to complete a combined a level 2 gym instructor + level 3 personal training course is around 12 to 18 months.
If you are already qualified at Level 2, the time for the level 3 course by itself is likely closer to 8-14 months.
The typical time to complete your level 2 is around 4-6 months. If you can dedicate more time to learning you’ll finish sooner, and if you can dedicate less time you’ll finish later.
Whilst you may find some providers offer fast tracked qualifications in 2-4 weeks, in our experience, we've found that you just won’t learn enough or gain enough practical coaching experience in such short timeframes. This may leave you being thrown into the fitness industry without the appropriate skills and experience to really make it work.
It is difficult to give a definitive answer because every student is different. Some students are able to study full-time, some can commit 16 hours per week – others only 6-8 hours. You may want to mix intensive periods of study with ‘rest’ periods to fit around work and family commitments.
Also, you may be happy to attend courses in any location, giving you a greater choice of courses dates, while others may not. This is why we like to spend time designing your training plan with you before you enrol with us so that it fits around your commitments and the time you can dedicate to study.
Fitness Instructor roles are typically entry-level roles in the fitness industry, and salaries also tend to vary per location.
It’s also worth mentioning that most health clubs and gyms also offer free memberships, which is a nice perk, especially since some city gyms can cost £100+ per month to be a member.
Your earnings after qualifying will vary depending on location and what you teach.
As a guide, you should be looking at a rate of approximately £30-£50 per hour working as a Personal Trainer. The starting salary is approximately £16,000 and top Personal Trainers earn over £84,000/year.
Read our salary guide for more information.
Possibly! Courses of the same name vary between education providers and for this reason we cannot give a blanket answer. We are required by the awarding bodies to consider each student's application on an individual basis against criteria specified by the awarding bodies. We have a team of experienced professionals who will guide you through the process.
You may be able to miss out entire courses or skip some or all of the learning and go straight to the assessment for certain courses. This is decided on a case by case basis and will require you to provide evidence of relevant prior learning. We have a team of experienced professionals who will consider your qualifications and experience against the criteria specified by the awarding bodies and guide you through the process.
Our level 3 personal trainer course is made up of the following:
Unlike other providers, our training isn’t merely a
collection of online videos. Our carefully designed courses are presented in an engaging, interactive format (including videos and graphics). The course is customised
for each student based on their circumstances, time
commitments and career goals.
A gym instructor will spend a lot of their time circulating the gym, making sure that members are having a good experience. They will also usually be responsible for leading several exercise classes depending on their skill set and level of personal training qualification.
A typical day might involve
Succeeding in one of our personal trainer courses requires a diverse set of skills:
Ultimately, it’s important to take some time to compare personal training courses and make sure a PT course suits
If becoming a fitness instructor sounds like the right path for you, the minimum requirement to get started is a Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualification.
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.This type of course gives you the theoretical and practical knowledge to safely and effectively work in gym and health club environments.
To become a Personal Trainer you need an accredited and recognised qualification such as:
To become a fitness instructor or gym instructor you would need a qualification such as:
During your personal trainer course, you will be supported by your dedicated training coordinator and our team. You will also be given access to our Student Zone, a study area that is personalised to the courses and diplomas that you have chosen.
We have a dedicated preferential interview scheme in partnership with some of the country’s top health clubs and gyms. This scheme will enable you to get a foot in the door for your future career after your personal training certification.
We are continually adding to our guaranteed interviews partners, so you can find information on a range of options available to you once you qualify in one of our personal trainer courses.
With an hourly range between £12 for new starters and £100 for elite personal trainers, you can earn a decent amount from day one of your new career. For more details read this exclusive research on personal trainer salary.
You can start working as a personal trainer as soon as you have successfully completed the following online personal trainer courses with us:
This is the minimum requirement to achieve Level 3 (Personal Trainer qualification) status on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).
For the necessary experience to make a good living in the long term, we’ve included a comprehensive range of additional courses in our diplomas.
With a personal trainer qualification you could work as an employee of a gym or health centre. The most common option for the majority of personal trainer is to become self-employed. You’ll likely work within a gym and be responsible for generating your own clients.
Some personal trainers choose to setup bootcamp style businesses training larger groups at a time or run their own studio space. This gives you full control over the process and has the potential for my greater earnings.
WOur Level 3 personal trainer course will provide you with the essential skills to have a truly successful career.
Still wondering, Why Future Fit? < Read 28 reasons to choose us over other providers.
Yes. In addition to nutritionists and dieticians, the NHS employs a range of health professionals that provide nutrition advice including health trainers, dietetic assistant practitioners and community food workers. You can search for jobs on the NHS jobs website using ‘nutrition’ as a keyword. Tip: ensure that you tick the box to search the whole advert rather than the advert title. This will ensure you see all of the most relevant results.
Our Nutrition and Weight Management Course contains lesson plans and resources for running an 8-week weight management course. This can be used with both groups and individuals.
All of the School of Nutrition courses are online which means that you can study at a time and pace to suit you. If you can spare just 6 hours per week you can complete the Diploma in Weight Loss Management in less than 20 weeks. If you have more free time to study, then you can complete the diploma in a much shorter timeframe.
There are no formal or mandatory requirements, other than being at least 16 years old.
It would be beneficial if you had experience of weight management and nutrition by attending professional classes. If you don't have the experience, that's not a problem - you will just need to ensure that you give yourself more time to complete the home-study activities.
In order to become a registered nutritionist you will need to complete a university degree. Future Fit offer an alternative yet comprehensive path to becoming a nutrition professional. For more information why not read our article on how to become a Nutrition Adviser.
Our Nutrition and Weight Management Course contains a lesson dedicated to marketing your services as a nutrition adviser with lots of useful advice on promoting your business.
You will be able to offer advice to adults who are generally healthy and need help improving their diet and losing weight. You can run your own weight loss consultancy offering individual or group sessions to help people to successfully manage their dietary intake and achieve health and weight loss goals.
If you complete our Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management you will also be able to advise on sports nutrition, pre and post-natal nutrition as well as childhood nutrition.
You won’t be able to work with individuals who need specialist dietary advice due to a medical condition. This is the role of a dietician.
You will be fully equipped to work as a nutrition and weight loss professional. You can help clients improve their diet and lose weight through one-to-one consultations or by running weight loss classes.
Alternatively, you can use your nutrition skills in a range of job roles such as a community food support worker, dietetic assistant or health trainer.
The nutrition profession encompasses many levels of expertise and a wide variety of career possibilities.
Nutritionists and dieticians have very similar job roles and there is considerable overlap in what they do. In general, dieticians tend to be more clinical and more involved with working with people with diet-related medical conditions. Nutritionists are more likely to work in research, the food industry, community projects and preventative health. However, you do find nutritionists who work in hospitals and dieticians who work in the food industry. Dieticians and nutritionists normally have degree level qualifications.
In addition to nutritionists and dieticians there are nutrition advisers, health trainers, personal trainers, wellness coaches, slimming group leaders and weight loss coaches who all practice nutrition to varying degrees and can have a number of possible qualifications.
Most members of the general public will only get referred to a nutritionist or dietician if they have a relatively serious health problem, yet there are millions of people in the UK who are overweight and suffering the consequences of a poor diet. Nutrition advisers are often much more accessible to the general public and have all the skills needed to advise and motivate individuals on how to eat better, move more, lose weight and improve their health.
When embarking on a career in nutrition it is important to choose a course with a reputable training company. Many companies sell poor quality training courses in nutrition that are not evidence-based and not recognised by any official awarding body. We are proud to have our courses independently recognised by the Association for Nutrition and awarding organisations such as the Royal Society of Public Health. This means that our students can have full confidence that their training is of the highest quality and will fully equip them for working in the nutrition arena.
Our e-learning courses are an engaging combination of text, images and video and also include a range of downloadable resources to enhance your studies. Our nutrition tutor support team are on hand by email and phone to answer any questions you may have and ensure you are fully supported and on track.
Our graduates can obtain insurance to practice as a nutrition adviser from Balens Specialist Insurance Brokers at a cost of £53.00 per year. You can request an application form, once you have graduated, from Student Support.
While you are training you can get student insurance from a company called Balens in order to teach, but you must declare that you are in training and charge a lower rate than you would if you were a fully qualified Pilates Instructor. You will of course need a proof of training letter from us in order to do this, and it will also be subject to eligibility criteria.
Yes, by the end of the standard diploma, you will have been taught all of the original 34 exercises. Your course tutors will have shown you how to modify each of the exercises so that you can teach a mixed ability class, plus you will have experience performing the advanced exercises yourself and learnt the relevant teaching and safety points in preparation for instructing others.
Future Fit Training offers flexible training solutions, which means we build your programme around you, your commitments and the time you can dedicate to study. If your circumstances change, we simply re-work your training plan. Previous students have taken time out to have babies, change jobs, start work – all sorts of reasons.
Most of the theory that underpins the practical part of our courses is delivered via e-learning. This gives you the freedom and flexibility to study wherever and whenever you want. Also, we deliver the largest number of practical mat Pilates courses in the UK, so you should have plenty of course dates to choose from.
The teaching team in the School of Pilates are highly experienced Pilates teachers and expert course tutors. Each tutor must pass a comprehensive teacher training programme within the School of Pilates to ensure you get the high quality tuition our reputation is built on. They’ll provide you with the knowledge and information you need to achieve your goals and will do everything they can to support and help you succeed.
As with any other job, income for Pilates Teachers varies according to geographical location, skills and experience. Pilates Teachers are typically paid by the hour from £30 to £100 in either an individual or group setting.
This is entirely your choice. If you are new to the fitness industry and ‘testing the water’, our advice would be to complete the standard Diploma in the first instance. This will give you the chance to learn and achieve each part of the Diploma at a pace that suits you. If you are already a fitness trainer or Personal Trainer, we suggest you complete the Specialist Diploma as this will give you additional qualifications straight away to offer your client base and open further opportunities to you.
When paying by instalments you must ensure that you have banked enough in advance to cover the cost of the next course you wish to study in your diploma.
Yes! Our Level 3 Complete Personal Training Diploma and Level 4 Total Immersion Diploma qualifications are recognised by employers internationally and students can also work abroad with REPs and EREPs recognition.
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.
No prior knowledge or work experience is needed to study any of our courses.
No, whilst we do recommend becoming a CIMSPA member, it is not compulsory for joining Pro Zone. You can still enjoy all of the benefits the platform has to offer whilst enhancing your knowledge and skills.
You can pay for your pt courses or diploma in full or choose from an affordable and flexible payment scheme to suit you. Some options are:
IMPORTANT: Future Fit Training acts as a credit intermediary and only offers credit products from Omni Capital. Credit is provided subject to age and status. Credit finance is an option, but payment can also be made in full. Terms and conditions apply. Go to Funding your course for more information about payment options.
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.
No. Our prices are very competitive and you will receive more than just qualifications. In comparison, looking at the content of our courses and diplomas compared to others, we are confident that the quality and number of courses we offer outweigh those of other training providers.
For a more in-depth comparison with others, please download our Comparison Checklist.
As well as giving you a choice of ways to pay to suit your circumstances and current commitments, we also accept Professional and Career Development Loans and students funded under the MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS). Call us today and find out more on the numbers at the top of this page.
Future Fit Training has affordable and flexible payment schemes that mean you can spread the payments over time to suit your individual needs.
Depending on your personal circumstances, help may be available from government funded agencies, including community-based projects and job centres. There are also a range of specialist industry-related schemes for those leaving the armed forces.
Go to Funding your course for more information about how to afford your training.
We would ask how much time can you dedicate to your study? The more time available, the quicker you can complete your course/diploma. If you don’t have lots of time, we advise taking it step-by-step.
It depends on which diploma/course you are looking at enrolling on. Below are some standard options available to pay for your course.
For course costs download our price guide.We offer other ways to fund your training and we also accept ELCAS for Armed Forces personnel.
Anyone from the age of 16 can enrol and complete any of our non-practical e-learning courses. Practical courses can only be attended on or after your 18th birthday but can be enrolled on and booked in advance of this.
Nb. Many gyms will accept applicants of 16 years of age, but be aware that if you are planning to work outside of clubs or leisure centres as a Personal Trainer, an Exercise to Music Instructor or a Pilates Teacher, you may not be eligible for the required insurance until you are 18 years old or over.
For more information on course entry requirements and admissions please contact one of our Careers Advisers who will be happy to answer any of your questions.
Both of our nutrition diplomas are certified by the Association for Nutrition (AfN) at level 4 of the Health and Social Care Competency framework. The Advanced Diploma in Nutrition and Weight Management is also accredited by RSPH.
The Pro Zone is aimed primarily at Personal Trainers as the content is aimed at building on their existing knowledge. However, if you are level 2 trained, such as a Gym Instructor, or working up to your Personal Trainer qualifications, you would still be welcome to join the Pro Zone, but you would need to be aware that some of the content may not be relevant to you or may build on knowledge you have not yet developed.
You may have some advantages when studying our personal training course if you have a sports science or dance degree.
Contact our Career Advisers on the numbers at the top of this page and we can discuss your prior qualifications.
You can earn £25-£40 an hour from one-to-one consultations or £80+ an hour running weight loss classes.
You should find it very straightforward to study your e-learning. All you need is a PC, laptop or Mac, a reliable internet connection, headphones or speakers (some courses contain video), and a printer for printing resources (optional).
In order to get the best results from your e-learning, we recommend that you use a device that is less than four years old with a recent version of Windows or MacOS. We also suggest that you use Google Chrome as your default browser.
Our courses will run on smartphones and tablets. However, we strongly recommend that you use a computer or laptop as your main device for studying. Apart from the small screen on a smartphone, writing notes and case studies on a virtual keyboard can be frustrating. Also, streaming e-learning can be a drain on your battery and won’t provide an ideal viewing or learning experience.
In summary, a computer or laptop in a quiet room will enable you to get the best results from your studying.
CIMSPA (the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) is the professional organisation that provides development, leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity.
Their goal is to create a standardised industry that everyone, from apprentices to CEOs, are confident in and proud to be part of. Some quick key facts are:
For more information go to www.cimspa.co.uk.
To maintain REPs membership, members will need to earn 24 CPD points every 24 months. CIMSPA members require 10 points per year.
Points can be gained through relevant qualifications, awards and courses. The great news is that many Future Fit Training modules will award you with these vital REPs and CIMSPA CPD credits – click the Health & Fitness Courses link to see what courses you can take.
E-learning is the process of using a computer to complete all or part of a course. E-learning content can include text, images, animation, audio and video and is now an integral method of teaching students all over the globe.
You can advertise your professional services as a Nutrition and Weight Loss Adviser or Consultant. You won’t be able to call yourself a dietician or nutritionist as this implies you have a relevant degree level qualification.
All of our courses will run on Windows-based PCs, Apple macs and iPads. We test our courses in a range of browsers but for best results we recommend that you use the latest version of Google Chrome.
Our extensive Tutor Support team is on hand by phone, email and Facebook to answer any questions that students may have about their training to ensure they are always fully supported and on track.
In terms of resources, you will be offered the following:
Our award-winning online personal training courses offer a variety of levels and intensities depending on individual experience and professional training.
In 2020, being flexible with learning is crucial and we will guarantee personalised student support, so there is no such thing as an ‘ideal background’ for our students.
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 CIMSPA approved.
Future Fit Training were the CPD launch partners with CIMSPA. Being CIMSPA certified means you will work in a respected industry, where standards are regulated, and your qualifications are valued.
Our nutrition diplomas are certified by the Association for Nutrition, the professional association that defines the standards for the training, practice and continuing professional development of nutrition professionals.
Our Nutrition and Weight Management course is endorsed by VTCT.
All of our courses are recognised by CIMSPA and the Register of Exercise Professionals and carry CPD points for those who are registered with these organisations.
Many of our students complete a module then choose to take a study break before continuing to the next one.
If there comes a time when you feel you need a break in your studies this can be arranged by contacting our team of Training Coordinators on the numbers at the top of this page, who will be able to guide you through your options.
(Please note that extension or deferral fees may be applicable and if you are paying by instalments these must still be paid as agreed).
There are no actual tests involved in joining the Pro Zone. However, you will need to complete a simple 3 question test in order to gain CPD points at the end of accredited webinars if you choose to participate. This test should only take a couple of minutes.
Each individual module within your training programme has a specific deadline or time-frame of completion that must be achieved in order to pass. The aim of the deadlines are to encourage you to succeed and ensure that you become qualified. The overall deadline to complete all your courses is 3 years from when you purchased.
If you're having any technical issues with your shopping basket call us on the numbers at the top of this page to book your course with a Career Adviser. The office is open Monday to Thursday 09:00 to19:00 and Friday 09:00 to 17:00.
In the unfortunate event that you fail an assessment, don't worry, we will fully support you to get back on track with your training and do our utmost to ensure your reassessment is a success. Reassessments may be subject to a small fee - speak to a training co-ordinator to find out more.
Pro Zone is a private community where you can interact and learn from fellow members, including other fitness professionals, Future Fit master trainers and guest partners.
You can look forward to regular videos, articles, discussions, links to useful resources and access to all recorded webinars. Expect to be challenged with follow up tasks and activities to help you implement the knowledge.
Once you have completed your course(s) you will receive your certificate within 6-8 weeks of completion.