Personal Trainer Courses & Fitness Instructor Qualifications

Fit4Training offer flexible, quality and affordable fitness instructor courses and personal training qualifications. Whether you are about to start your career in the fitness industry or looking to progress further, we offer the training you need.

Our mission statement and company objectives clearly highlight our commitment to providing high standard education at affordable and honest prices.

Accredited Qualifications
Our experts deliver Level 2, 3 and 4 fitness qualifications, which are awarded by YMCA Awards or Active IQ and are also recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Whether you aspire to become a Gym Instructor,  Exercise to Music Instructor, Personal Trainer, Sports Massage Therapy or a Level 4 Specialist Instructor, we have the course for you! You can find our full list of qualifications here, including nationally recognised First Aid qualifications.

Professionally Delivered
All Fit4Training tutors and assessors are fully qualified and undertake regular CPD to help us continue to improve - check out The Team page for details on all of us.

Flexible Study Method
Taught, blended-learning, online-learning and distance learning options are available including extra revision support daysFunding is also often available for Apprenticeships. We currently have training venues based in Telford, Shropshire, Worcester, West Midlands and near Brighton in East Sussex.

Accelerate Your Fitness Career

How to accelerate your career in fitness.

Fitness instruction - whether as a personal trainer or class instructor is an increasingly competitive market. A proliferation of instructors who see an opportunity to have a job that they feel is an extension of their own lifestyle, plus lots of part time instructors earning an additional income on top of their 9-5's, plus consumer worry about the financial consequences of 'Brexit', have left the fitness market potentially seeming a little 'deflated' at present.

At least, that's the state of mind you could get into if business for you has faltered or stagnated for a while. So how could you revitalise your marketplace and bring hope and expectation back to your professional outlook? Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Have confidence that there is a way forward for you. Plenty of trainers make fantastic incomes and have a good time in the process. If they can, you can.
  2. Have a plan. Spend some time looking at what you want to achieve. Set goals for yourself which include a long-term objective as well as tangible things that you can do each day to progress you on your chosen path.
  3. Reflect on both your daily achievement as well as your overall performance toward that long-term objective.

So far, so good. I'm sure you've heard and read that process a million times already! So onto the next part, and possibly the part you haven't yet done. Learn to think 'holistically' and 'clearly'. This means, look at the big picture of fitness in your locality, and see where you and your business fit in. Look at your strengths and utilise them, look at your weaknesses and strengthen them, spot opportunities and exploit them. There is so much help available for you to do this it's unreal - but often untapped!

  1. Analyse the population you have access to (gym and locality) - can you make the most of all client groups? (The idea of specialising in one particular area is not necessarily a good one!). If you can't work with all groups, then you are losing business. Expand your knowledge... UPSKILL! Do a course so you can deliver training to pre and post natal clients etc.
  2. Take advantage of pre-packaged products that are popular already. Franchised / Licensed products can be an easy win! Good, original ideas can be hard to invent by yourself and yet client's always seem to 'buy in' to big brands. Don't reinvent the wheel just because you're afraid to take the plunge! LICENCE A PRODUCT!
  3. Look at your practical skills. Are you not offering a service because you are missing a skillset? Are you losing customers through boredom?! DO SOME CPD WORKSHOPS!

Up-skilling with qualifications such as Pre/Post Natal, Sports Massage, Pilates or Exercise on Referral (ranging from £150-£800ea) are excellent ways to expand your repertoire and increase your ability to churn the client market that you already possess (much easier than than constantly trying to find new clients!). The relatively small outlay required to enrol on a qualification is soon paid back by your increased turnover and profit can be increased through your ‘specialisation’ value. As examples, Pre/Post Natal instructor such as ‘Mummy Movers’ (based in Shropshire) are currently earning £30-50 per class profit. Sports Masseurs can earn up to £50 per hour and Exercise Referral instructors are regularly running group fitness sessions that turnover upwards of £40ph.

Licensing a product can feel daunting. However, outlaying for a training package (usually £150-250) plus a monthly outgoing for the license fee (usually around £50pm) can actually make good business sense – there are many Clubbercise, Blockfit, Metafit etc instructors out there who have dramatically increased their income, in essence, due to the success of the fitness programmes they have subscribed to. The key to good licensing, is to see what works for others. Choose a license that is a good brand, offers a clear benefit to you and is either already successful. Or even better, spot something that you feel has legs and is still new enough for you to be the first instructor in your area (My tip for the top here is the brand new offering from, due to be released in December 2016). Branded classes can expect to rake in upwards of £50 per class with the right marketing push from yourself.

Continued Professional Development workshops are usually the cheapest way to develop your offering and thus, keep your business alive. By increasing your practical skills and technique, you will get noticed by existing and prospective clients. To stay on top of your game you must constantly evolve. Static trainers delivering the same sessions time on time again lose their appeal and eventually, get ‘found out’ by your audience. New skills not only help you retain your current clients, they also get you noticed, increasing your market share in your own work environment. Remember, it’s a busy marketplace – stand out from the crowd!

If you would like any further advice regarding any of these ideas, then please feel free to contact Fit4Training either on Facebook, or via our website

How to Combine Resistance Training with Cardiovascular Training, Without Affecting Endurance Performance

Anybody who has tried to combine resistance training with cardiovascular activities such as running, cycling and swimming will testify as to how difficult it is. Performing any endurance activity with DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is uncomfortable at best, and de-motivating at worst! Below are some pointers in how to go about combining resistance and cardiovascular training successfully throughout your season, so that you (or your client) can benefit from a multi-faceted approach to training.

Now, I’m not saying that the below is right for everyone, and there are many other ways to combine resistance / CV. I also appreciate that resistance training cannot replace lots of cardiovascular activity and have all of the same physiological benefits. However, I am saying that resistance training can compliment cardiovascular training and could also potentially be a better mode of training for some individuals.

8 Tips For Taking The Jump Into Self-Employment

Are you ready to dive into your own business?
by Paul Bailey, Fit4Training Director

Starting a fitness business (any business!) can be a daunting prospect. Whether you are starting the business as a ‘fresh out of education’ ex student, or leaving the security of a regular income as an ‘employed’ person, the devil on your shoulder is always going to tell you how hard self employment is going to be and how risky it is financially... Quite possibly, that same devil will be shouting that you have ‘No chance of succeeding’!

Well, this article is to tell you that you have every chance of succeeding and enjoying a fantastic career in a rewarding industry - if you do it right! The tips and advice found here is not just regurgitated internet rubbish. It’s stuff that I have learnt through trial and error, as well as thorough research and learning over my time in fitness.

Reaching out to different types of client......

Qualifications exist in order for you to learn new skills and knowledge in order to progress your career and continually expand the offering of your fitness business. They don't exist purely so you can get a shiny new certificate to hang on your wall.

A huge role of a fitness professional is to get people active who may not have been motivated, or for whatever reason, unable to exercise before they met you! As an instructor, you may come across many clients and potential clients who have various barriers to participation. 

However, YOU may also have barriers preventing you reaching out certain types of client?.......

  • Maybe a 14 year old wants to join your combat class?
  • An individual with severe osteoarthritis wants a personal trainer?
  • A pregnant lady wants to join your spinning class?
  • A local primary school has asked you to deliver a fitness session for their 5 and 6 years olds?
  • A lady is struggling with lower back pain and has asked you for your help?
  • An anxious Mum wants to lose her baby weight after having her baby 8 weeks ago?
  • A severely obese and diabetic lady has been told to start exercising but doesn't know where to start?
  • You've been asked to deliver some regular sessions for individuals with learning difficulties like Autism and/or Asperger's Syndrome?
  • There is a need for fitness sessions for those with visual/hearing impairments or more severe disabilities such as spinal cord injury or amputees in your area?

All these individuals require specialist advice when it comes to undertaking a regular regime of exercise and physical activity. This requires the skills of an appropriately trained fitness professional. 

There is a huge market for you to build a niche fitness business and work with these special population groups. It can be so highly rewarding working with anyone who needs and benefits from your specialist help and support.

These qualifications are not to be taken lightly and you must keep your knowledge up to date and current following their completion. They exist so these population groups can put their trust in you. They need specific, safe and effective training to achieve their health and fitness goals. 

For more information on any of the below REPs accredited qualifications, please click on the links or get in touch.

NEW VENUE - Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer courses in East Sussex

Fit4Training have recently secured a fantastic new venue for our fitness instructor and personal trainer courses based in the heart of East Sussex.

The East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa is a 4* hotel based in Uckfield, East Sussex within 20 miles of Brighton and Crawley. They have a fully equipped gym with 50 stations and free weights supplied by Technogym.

We will initially be running the Level 2 Gym Instructor, Level 3 Personal Trainer, Level 3 Pilates Matwork, and the Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy qualifications from early 2016, although we are taking bookings now so students can commence their initial elearning straight away. 

We also hope to launch our Exercise to Music course at the East Sussex National from Easter 2016.

Marketing for your fitness business.......

Fitness business marketing

In this growing industry, it is becoming more and more challenging for personal training and fitness businesses to stand out. It is therefore, very important you understand the principles of marketing and how to use them to optimise your business.

Become a Children's Fitness Instructor.....

The aim of the Level 2 Children's Fitness qualification is to train you to a professionally competent level, enabling you to plan and deliver safe and effective kid's fitness sessions.

The objectives of the course are:

  • To develop your knowledge of anatomy and physiology and how it relates to exercise and fitness.
  • To develop your ability to plan and deliver safe and effective kid's fitness sessions.
  • To provide you with the knowledge to develop good customer service and the personal qualities required by the exercise and fitness industry.
  • To provide you with an awareness of health and safety in an exercise and fitness environment.
  • To provide you with the opportunity to progress to further qualifications in the exercise and fitness industry.

What fitness qualification do you need?

When it comes to deciding that you want work in the fitness industry, establishing what qualifications you need and then choosing which course to do can be a giant minefield of information.

Ultimately though, there is much less to choose from than you actually may think, but making sure your qualification is industry (and employer) recognised is a must!

Certificate in Fitness Instructing
In order to enter the fitness industry, you need to complete the standard Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing in the context of Gym/Exercise to Music/ Aqua/ Children's Fitness. You would obviously choose the context based on what area of fitness you would like to work in.