Working as a personal trainer is immensely rewarding: there’s the opportunity to start your own business, work flexibly, and choose your own clients. Not to mention, you’ll be able to help people live longer, happier lives. This NCFE accredited personal training course is specially designed for people who have already gained a level 2 qualification such as our NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instructing, and are looking to build on their existing skills and knowledge.
In this Level 3 course, you’ll delve into the key anatomical structures that relate to fitness and exercise, such as the muscular and respiratory systems. You’ll discover how to motivate your clients to maintain healthy lifestyle changes, discovering how to overcome physical and psychological barriers as a team. You’ll learn how to plan and deliver personal training sessions, as well as conduct health screenings with clients to ensure you’re offering the best and safest advice. Finally, you’ll find out how to set up and market your own personal training business, how to develop your own brand and conduct market research.
On this level 3 personal training course, you will:
- Become a qualified personal trainer
- Gain a comprehensive insight into physiology and anatomy
- Learn how to work safely and effectively with clients
- Discover how to set up and run your own personal training business.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Applied anatomy and physiology for activity, health, and fitness
This unit will give you a comprehensive overview of the effect that exercise has on different bodily systems. You’ll cover anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and kinesiology, which will enable you to confidently plan and deliver exercise programmes for clients.
Unit 2 - Client motivation and lifestyle management
In unit two, you’ll cover the essential knowledge every personal trainer needs in regards to lifestyle management, as well as how to motivate clients to make and maintain positive long-term changes. You’ll examine the psychological factors that can influence behaviour change, and learn effective intervention strategies that can increase your client’s chances of success.
Unit 3 - Programming personal training sessions
Next, you’ll discover how to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with adults of all ages. You’ll examine the importance of health screening to identify risks and contraindications, and learn when to signpost clients to other professionals. Moving on, you’ll find out how to tailor exercise programmes to a client’s specific needs, including how to work with clients with low-risk health conditions.
Unit 4 - Delivering personal training sessions
This unit will cover all the skills a personal trainer needs to effectively deliver exercise programmes. You’ll discover how to always behave in a professional and appropriate manner, and how to communicate effectively with your clients to make sure they’re fully on board with their exercise plan. You’ll study appropriate teaching methods incorporating a range of techniques, such as cardiovascular and resistance training, as well as how to effectively evaluate your training sessions after they’re over.
Unit 5 - Nutrition to support a physical activity programme
The right diet is key to achieving physical fitness. As a personal trainer, you’ll need to be fully aware of current healthy eating guidelines, and understand how to properly communicate this information to your clients. In this unit, you’ll delve into this topic in detail, discovering the effect of nutrition on health, and how diet advice will vary depending on a client’s personal goals.
Unit 6 - Business acumen for personal trainers
Now you’ve got the knowledge and the skills, how about setting up your own business? In the final unit, you’ll delve into marketing strategies and techniques, gain a thorough understanding of current legislation and organisational procedures, and study elements of financial planning such as KPIs and balance sheets. You’ll also discover strategies that will enable you to manage and grow your business, along with the technological products that can support you along the way.
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At the end of this course, you’ll receive a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training from NCFE. These training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. You can read more about NCFE here.
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 a practitioner.
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.
Learners must have achieved a suitable Level 2 Fitness or Gym Instructing qualification before enrolling on this qualification. It is also recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.