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Fitness Instructing (Gym-based Exercise)

Course Code: YMGBE
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Awarding body: YMCA Awards
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Course type: Part-time
  • Time of day: Daytime
  • When you'll study: Wednesdays and Fridays, 9.15am to 2.45pm & Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5.30pm - 8.30pm

What's it all about?

This qualification is aimed at those who would like to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise.


This course is CIMPSPA recognised.

Course information

The course covers anatomy and physiology including:

  • how to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults
  • how to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients, the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating
  • how to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • the skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme with apparently healthy adults – both individuals and groups.


You will need to hold level 1 qualifications in English and maths.


  • Multiple choice theory paper/e-assessment
  • Practical examination
  • Assessment workbook


Upon successful completion you may progress to the YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training at the College.


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