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Personal Fitness Trainer Course

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 Online Personal Fitness Trainer Course

The areas of personal training and the fitness industry in general, have grown massively over the past decade. The exercise continuum from Joe Public to the elite athlete has drawn attention from the media, with key issue such as obesity, general health implications at one of the scope and elite athleticism being at the other end.

According to the Department of Health, physically active individuals have a 20-30 % reduced risk of premature death and up to 50% reduced risk of coronary related diseases. This compelling statistic highlighted the need for increased activities level in the UK amongst all age groups. These patterns of activity/inactivity are set in early life and can influence health throughout our lives.  Therefore, as a fitness instructor it is a part of your remit to encourage safe, constructive and enjoyable activities to create a successful uptake into an exercise program. Code of Practice and Ethics  are the corner stone or foundations of good practice within the fitness industry.

This course has the following modules/ units and is assessed at the end of each module via a short test. Every unit must be passed with at least six out of 10 questions being answered correctly. There is an overall examination at the end of the course, with 60% being the pass mark. Any examination marks that fall below 60%; you will receive feedback and will be referred by an internal moderator and the test will have to be retaken to obtain a pass mark. There are no additional costs to re-take the examination. This online course and examination is all studied from home.

This course will take you up to 200 hours to complete working from home.

This Online Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma Course will give you a deep and broad understanding of the key skills, components and techniques of Fitness, which will provide you with a sound knowledge base whether you are a novice looking to become a Personal Fitness Trainer, an existing Personal Fitness Trainer or Instructor, Coach, Teacher, or if you are simply looking to learn about fitness for your own personal learning and development.

There is no time limit for completing this online course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace from the comfort of your own home.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those that are either complete beginners to the fitness industry and are considering making a career change to become a personal trainer, or existing fitness instructors, teachers, coaches or personal fitness  trainers looking to reinforce their knowledge or to pick up some new skills. This course is also ideal if you are interested in a career in the fitness industry, though are unsure if you want to commit yourself financially and time wise to a full fitness qualification.

This course is designed to assist you to develop new skills or reinforce existing skills, for those providing a dedicated one-to-one service for health and fitness clients. This course is tailor made for a complete beginner in fitness or an existing professional and guides you right through planning and preparing specialized exercise sessions with clients to dealing with injuries and recovery.

About Personal Training:

Personal trainers assess the wants and needs of their clients with regard to health and fitness. They measure clients’ present fitness levels and design fitness programmes and regimes which are tailored to each individual. Providing a comprehensive service, the therapist is a motivator, nutrition advisor, lifestyle consultant, and fitness instructor.

About Our Personal Fitness Trainer Course:

Our Center developed Personal Fitness Trainer Diploma course covers the aspects of personal training essential to providing a professional and knowledgeable service. Testing, evaluation, and progression form an integral part of the course.

What Could I Do After Taking This Fitness Training Course?

After completing this course you may wish to continue your training to build a platform for your career. If you wish to increase your responsibilities and build your personal training career, you could enroll on our Fitness Instructor Level 2 or Personal Fitness  Trainer Level 3 class room based qualification (to enroll on the Personal training Level 3 course you need to have completed the Fitness Instructor Level 2 as an entry requirement.)

Entry Requirements:

There are no formal entry requirements, this course takes you from complete beginner in Personal Fitness Training.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Personal Fitness Trainer Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

This course also is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus


Module 1 - Professionalism and Ethics

  • Code of Conduct
  • Confidentiality
  • Legal & Ethical
  • Module 1 Assessment

Module 2: Appraisals, Screening, Testing and Evaluation

  • The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (The PAR-Q)
  • Additional Appraisal
  • Job Type
  • Lifestyle
  • Medical History
  • The Fitness Assessments
  • Heart Rate (HR) and Blood Pressure Assessment
  • Pulse Rate
  • Blood Pressure (BP)
  • Body Composition (BC)
  • BMI = Weight (kg)/Height (metres squared)
  • Cardiorespiratory CR Assessments
  • YMCA 3 Minute Step Test
  • Calculating Heart Rate (HR) Training Zones
  • Posture
  • Performance Assessments
  • Identification of Sports Injuries
  • Module 2 Assessment

Module 3: The Consultation

  • The Consultation
  • Building Rapport
  • Module 3 Assessment

Module 4: Components of Fitness

  • Cardio Vascular Endurance
  • Guidelines for CV Training
  • Muscular Strength
  • Muscular Endurance
  • Muscular Power
  • Different Goals of Resistance Training (RT)
  • Flexibility
  • Static Stretching
  • Dynamic Stretching
  • PNF Stretching
  • Core-Strengthening
  • 8 Week Exercise Framework
  • Module 4 Assessment

Module 5: Goal Setting with your Client Objective

  • Understanding Exercise Psychology and Goal Setting
  • Behavioural Change
  • Motivation and Goal Setting
  • Types of motivation
  • Extrinsic Motivation
  • Intrinsic Motivation
  • Common Motivational Techniques
  • Module 5 Assessment

Module 6: Exercise Prescription

  • Fundamental Training Principles
  • Specificity
  • Individualisation
  • Overload
  • Progression
  • Variation
  • Frequency
  • Structuring an Exercise Session
  • Warm Up
  • Cool Down
  • Sequence of Exercises
  • Training Systems
  • Module 6 Assessment

Module 7: Exercise Program Writing/ Planning a Session with a Client

  • Periodization
  • An annual plan template
  • A monthly plan template
  • A weekly plan template
  • Additional Factors to Consider
  • Module 7 Assessment

Module 8: Business Model

  • Module 8 Assessment

Module 9: Physiology of Healing

  • Fractures
  • Cartilage
  • Ligaments
  • Ligaments of the knee
  • Muscles & Tendons
  • Strains
  • Module 9 Assessment

Module 10: Sports injuries/First Aid

  • General Principles
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Overuse Syndromes
  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Sports Injury Management
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation
  • Referral
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Module 10 Assessment

Module 11: Injuries of the Hand, Arm & Elbow

  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Hand
  • Thumb Sprain
  • Finger Sprain
  • Finger Dislocation
  • Hand/Finger Tendinitis
  • Wrist Sprain
  • Wrist Dislocation
  • Wrist Tendinitis
  • Elbow
  • Structure of the Elbow
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Elbow Dislocation
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Arm Injuries
  • Triceps Brachii Tendon Rupture
  • Module 11 Assessment

Module 12: Injuries of the Shoulder

  • Fracture (Collar-Bone, Humerus)
  • Dislocation of the Shoulder
  • Shoulder Subluxation
  • Acromioclavicular Separation
  • Strenoclavicular Separation
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Bursitis
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Module 12 Assessment

Module 13: Injuries of the Leg

  • Structure of the Leg
  • Quadriceps Strain
  • Hamstring Strain
  • Quadriceps Tendinitis
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain
  • Anterior Collateral Ligament Sprain
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Inflammation of the Synovial Plica
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Patellar Dislocation
  • Calf Strain
  • Module 13 Assessment

Module 14: Foot and Ankle Injuries

  • Structure of the Foot and Ankle
  • Achilles Tendon Strain
  • Medial Tibial Pain Syndrome (Shin Splints)
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinitis
  • Peroneal Tendon Subluxation
  • Peroneal Tendinitis
  • Retrocalcaneal Bursitis
  • Extensor and Flexor Tendinitis
  • Hammer Toe
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Athletes Foot (Tinea Pedis)
  • Blisters
  • Module 14 Assessment

Module 15: Nutrition

  • Macronutrients
  • Carbohydrates
  • Protein
  • Fats
  • Micronutrients
  • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Energy Balance
  • Daily Energy Balance
  • Interday Energy Balance
  • Nutrient Timing
  • Fueling Before and After Exercise
  • Muscle and Energy Recovery
  • Muscle Building Strategies
  • The Vegetarian Diet
  • Module 15 Assessment

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


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