Study Fitness Instructing: Gym-Based Exercise Short course


If you love exercise and helping others reach their fitness goals, this short course will help you become a great fitness instructor.

On this Fitness Instructing: Gym-Based Experience short course, you'll learn how to plan, deliver and review fitness programmes. It's intensive, taking place over a week – with 1 day spent in the classroom and the other 4 in the gym, where you'll put your new knowledge and skills into practice.

Endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professional (REPS), once you complete the course, you'll get a Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification that'll make getting a job in the field that much easier. It's also ideal for progressing to further qualifications, such as Personal Training and Exercise Referral.

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Course details


  • Mode of study: Direct contact
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Start and end dates: 2 September 2019 – 6 September 2019


  • £265.00

What you'll experience

On this short course you'll cover topics such as:

  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • How to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise

It combines both theory and practical teaching, so you'll get to apply what you learn straight away, and emerge as a confident fitness instructor.

How you're assessed

You'll be assessed by a learner achievement portfolio including:

  • worksheets
  • multiple choice tests
  • a programme card
  • four detailed exercise plans
  • delivery of an exercise session with a client
  • self-evaluation of performance
  • a practical exam

What's included

You'll have access to all the learning materials and facilities required to complete the course. The course provides industry recognition as a Fitness Instructor.


Teaching on this course will develop confidence and competence in exercise training principles for fitness instruction. You'll get a theoretical underpinning of anatomy and physiology, and principles of exercise, fitness and health.

Problem-based learning is used to develop customer service skills and awareness of medico-legal responsibilities in relation to physical activity programmes.

The course is largely practical based and 80% of the scheduled time is spent in the fitness facility to develop teaching competencies in gym-based exercise.

Entry requirements

This course is open to first year Department of Sport and Exercise Science students, as well as external learners.

You'll need to be able to demonstrable interest in fitness training, and competency in fitness training principles and anatomy and physiology at Level 2.

This can be evidenced by previous certification, or Recognition of Prior Experience or Learning can be assessed.

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