Do you have an interest in exercise, training or the fitness industry? Maybe you’re thinking about starting a brand-new career, and are looking for an effective way to widen your existing fitness knowledge? If so, then our Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing was made for you! Fully accredited by NCFE, it’s suitable for beginners without prior qualifications or training, and will help you develop the skills and confidence to work with clients to help them reach their full fitness potential.
Kickstart your career in personal training or gym instructing with this nationally recognised qualification
This course breaks down the basics you need to know before starting out. First, you’ll explore the key frameworks and systems that make up the human body. Then, you’ll go on to study the role of a gym instructor in detail – you’ll learn how to support the health and wellbeing of your clients by working on tailored fitness plans, discover safe exercise plans for all ability levels, and find out how to conduct health screenings to make sure you’re offering your clients the very best advice. After you’ve completed this course, you can progress to our NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training to enhance your skills and knowledge.
On this NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing course, you will:
- Gain insight into anatomy and physiology and how it relates to exercise and fitness
- Develop your ability to plan and deliver safe and effective gym-based exercise programmes
- Discover how to conduct consultations and promote the health benefits of physical activity
- Gain the knowledge and practical skills required to work as a gym instructor
- Acquire awareness of health and safety in an exercise and fitness environment
- Find out how to communicate effectively and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Anatomy and physiology for exercise
In the opening unit, you’ll gain a detailed insight into the bodily systems and structures involved in exercise. You’ll study the circulatory, respiratory, and muscular, nervous, and digestive systems, along with how these systems can vary in different age groups.
Unit 2 - Maximising the customer experience in a gym environment
In unit two, you’ll take a look at how to interact well with customers in a gym environment. You’ll study effective communication techniques, how to incorporate feedback into your work performance, and gain an insight into national legislation and guidelines. You’ll also gain an understanding of how to undertake routine cleaning and maintenance in a gym environment.
Unit 3 - Supporting client health and wellbeing
Moving on, you’ll discover how to work with customers to understand their health complaints, and improve their general level of fitness in accordance with their abilities. You’ll examine the physical and mental benefits of physical activity, as well as how to effectively offer health and wellbeing advice. Finally, you’ll study motivational techniques, and goal setting.
Unit 4 - Conducting client consultations and gym inductions
In unit four, you’ll take a look at how to conduct client consultations, plan exercise programmes for your clients, and set professional boundaries. You’ll look at pre-exercise and health screening methods to ensure you’re offering the most appropriate advice, and how to introduce clients to the gym environment.
Unit 5 - Planning and reviewing gym-based exercise programmes
Moving on, you’ll discover how to plain and tailor safe and effective gym-based exercise programmes for your clients in line with their physical abilities. You’ll understand how to review your programmes to ensure success, and how to monitor exercise activity to check for over-exertion.
Unit 6 - Instructing and supervising gym-based exercise programmes
In the final unit, you’ll look at how to prepare for, deliver, and supervise gym-based exercise training programmes. You’ll learn appropriate warm-up methods, safe lifting techniques, how to encourage dynamic flexibility, and how clients should use exercise equipment such as treadmills and rowing machines. Finally, you’ll discover how you can continue your professional development as a gym instructor.
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At the end of this course, you’ll receive a Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing from NCFE. These training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. Read more about NCFE.
This qualification is endorsed by CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity), meaning that after completion, you’ll be able to gain entry to their Exercise and Fitness Directory as an Affiliate Member.
How is this course assessed or examined?
As you study, you will submit coursework that will be marked by your tutor. You’ll also be required to attend an assessment day at the end of your course.
We recommend that you have some experience of gym-based exercise, including free weights, and basic level communication and personal skills.