Personal Trainer Courses & Fitness Instructor Qualifications

Fit4Training offer flexible, quality and affordable fitness instructor courses and personal trainer 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. Funding is also often available for Apprenticeships. We currently have training venues based in Telford, Shropshire, Worcester, West Midlands and near Brighton in East Sussex.

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.

#Success Story - Pete Rumbold builds a successful career in Stroke Rehabilitation

Over to Pete.....
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"After having a stroke in 2011, I felt very let down with the Stroke Care Pathway, and help with rehabilitation was non existent. I was housebound for 4 months and with my previous gym knowledge I developed my own fitness program. After 4 months, I was able to return to the gym and further my recovery.

I decided my future was in Stroke Rehabilitation, and started training towards qualifications I needed. I completed a lengthy Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification at my local further education college, so when looking to progress to a Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification, I decided to look for a private education company.