What to Expect From Your Personal Training Course
Are you transitioning your career into Personal Training? or just starting off your career and are keen to work in the Fitness Industry? Well here is what you can expect when enrolling onto the national standard required Level Three Personal Training Course.
Your Level Three course will be split into two parts. Firstly you will study to complete the Level Two Certificate in Fitness/Gym Instructing. This is the pre-requisite qualification for the Personal Training course and will be your first exposure to topics such as; Anatomy and Physiology, Principles and Health and Fitness and how to plan and teach gym programmes.
Once you’ve passed this course, you will then be able to progress onto the Level Three Certificate in Personal Training. Here is where you will be exposed to topics such as; The principles of Nutrition, Planning Personal Training sessions and delivering Personal Training sessions.
Worth a note at this point that some course providers may advertise the two courses as a combined “Diploma in Personal Training”. This essentially means that you will automatically progress from your Level Two onto your Level Three once you’ve passed all the required criteria.
You do have the option to complete your Level Two Certificate and when you feel ready enrol onto the Level Three Certificate in Personal Training.
Both the course have a combination of Theory and Practical work and depending on the style of delivery you choose (more on this on a later blog) you will have full tutor support throughout your course.
Each course is assessed in three ways:
1. Worksheet Completion - Here there will be variety of tasks such as short answer, knowledge based questions which you will need to complete to a minimum pass mark.
2. Multiple Choice Question papers - This is a theory based question paper around the topics of; Level Two and Three Anatomy and Physiology & The principle of Nutrition. The pass mark for these are 70% and are all multiple choice where you must choose one right answer out of a possible four.
3. Practical Skills Presentation - This is where you will have to deliver a practical gym session normally where you will be partnered with another member of the course or bring a friend/family member in to be your client.
Within the practical side of the course you will be taught some basic coaching strategies of how to teach gym based exercises as well as how to plan a programme which is designed for common fitness aims such as; Increasing muscle tone, Increasing muscle strength & Increasing muscular endurance. Then progress onto how and when to integrate training systems, such as; drop-sets, interval training & PNF stretching into your training programmes.
Depending on the course provider that you choose, some will offer you some additional extras, these range from; Spinning, Pre & Post Natal, Circuits, First Aid, Pad work/Boxing...the list goes on. These can all add some extra skills to your armoury, however our top tip here would be to focus on the things that will help you to best get you and your new career up and running. Skills such as; how to set up a business, How best shape consultations and training sessions for success
Your PT course will range anywhere from 6 weeks-6 months and will depend on the style of delivery (more on this on a later blog post). Alot had been talked about when it comes to the speed and time of delivery, so you will certainly want to consider LOTS more education in order to bridge the gap from the qualification and then actually being a successful coach in the industry.
Thats why we here at LTB Training have added in a 6 Applied Modules to help you on your journey into the Personal Training Industry.
Our Modules covering; Behaviour Change, Consultations, Programme Design, Nutrition, Coaching and Business cover the latest evidence based theoretical approach, coupled with live weekends to enable you to apply the science amongst like minded individuals.
We at LTB-T believe this is the best blend not only to give you confidence to serve your clientele in the field, but also survive the scarily statistics of a 90% drop out rate within your first two years of being in the Industry. Having prime skills such as, building relationships, creating a business structure and designing effective programmes to name but a few, will support any new Personal Trainer in the early years of servicing clients.
Want to Learn More About Lift The Bar Training?
If you’re thinking about becoming a personal trainer who doesn’t become part of the statistic of not lasting longer than 18 months in the industry and you want to give yourself the best learning platform for becoming a trainer, our course is for you.
The Lift The Bar Training qualification is the industries first personal training course that merges both online and offline learning while also having an extended Applied phase that supports you in the early stages of your new career. Rather than just receiving your qualification and throwing you out into the world (like Sarah experienced above), we guide you so that you get a fantastic platform to build from in one the most challenging stages of your career.
Having worked with 1000’s of personal trainers, the education team at LTB Training have created a 12-month long industry leading personal training course that includes a foundation level 2 and entry level 3 qualification, which allows you to become a fully certified personal trainer. This has been created with practical application at the core and with cutting edge research in mind so that you’re left with no stone unturned for starting off your career as a personal trainer. You’ll then complete our qualification by going through a 6-month applied phase, which teaches you the essentials of how to work with personal training clients and arm you with the knowledge on how to build a business that lasts and helps as many people as possible.
Our next course launches on the 4th of February 2019. You can find out more about what it includes by clicking on the "certification" tab at the top of this page!
The fitness industry is full of myths, misconceptions and bad information. When starting out in your career it’s hard to know what is right, what is wrong and how to tell the difference.
LTB Training educates and mentors thousands of personal trainers around the UK. Our goal is simple. Provide the best education, in order to produce the best personal trainers. In doing so, we hope to be the solution to a failing fitness industry and an increasingly unhealthy population.