Starting your fitness career isn’t one-size-fits-all! Typically, kickstarting with the foundational Level 2 Gym Instructor course, your journey unfolds into unique paths.
This blog will share a flow chart diagram to make it easy to see your route ahead. Plus you can explore more about each course, watch a quick video and get clear on your future fitness career path.
Mapping Your Fitness Career – Understanding the Flow
Typically, it begins with the Level 2 Gym Instructor course, a foundational step in shaping the core skills of a fitness professional. The paths that unfold from there are the differences that allow you to shape your whole career.
What is the Level 2 Gym Instructor Course?
The Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification is the starting point for a career in fitness.
Some trainee FITPROs will continue to deepen their skillset onto the Level 3 PT, or to work with special populations.
Other trainee FITPROs prefer to start with just the level 2 gym instructor, where they can get a job in a gym.
Our personal training courses have been expertly designed with your continued success in mind.
Our programs go beyond the basics and our learning content, materials, and support exceed anything else on the market.
What Fitness Career path do I take?
Once you have your foundational L2 Gym qualification you can choose the path that suits you best in fitness. There is no One Size that Fits All in the fitness industry.
Choose your path based on:
- The client you want to work with
- The problems your ideal clients face
- Your specialist area or interests
This tailored approach ensures a rewarding fitness career, creating meaningful connections and positioning you as a solution-driven expert.
Here’s an insight into the type of courses you might choose based on your personalised path:
Level 2 Circuit Instructor Course:
Dive into group training dynamics, where energy and motivation ignite.
Circuit Training is often called something else such as Bootcamp, HiiT, functional training, or even a fat loss class.
Regardless of the name, at the heart of all these sessions is a circuit-style approach.
Ultimately a series of exercises that utilises a range of equipment and bodyweight exercises to challenge a client’s work rate and recovery.
This approach to training remains incredibly popular in health clubs, private studios, and out in the park.
If you are a L2 gym instructor or L3 personal trainer, you are able to teach one-to-one sessions and small groups, however, you are not permitted to plan and deliver circuits to groups.
This circuit qualification fulfils this gap in your knowledge and confidence to be able to plan and deliver safe and effective group exercise
Level 3 Personal Trainer as a Fitness Career
This is the most common path, whereby you can craft personalized fitness plans, mastering one-on-one coaching.
Personal trainers use their expertise on a daily basis to get inside the heads of their clients, design training programs that deliver results, and support life-improving health, fitness, and nutrition changes to their client’s lives.
Personal training is a results business and quite often, the results people achieve can be remarkable. It is a great progression from level 2 Gym focusing on helping clients to control of their health, fitness, and wellbeing.
Specialization in Children or Older Adults:
These specialist qualifications will allow you to tailor workouts to different life stages, fostering health at every age.
The New Level 3 Older Adult Qualification will equip you with the knowledge and skills to work with older adult clients.
You’ll become confident in planning and deliver safe, effective, and enjoyable exercise programs. Your learning will focus on promoting healthy lifestyles for adults over 65 years.
This award is perfect for fitness professionals who want to specialize in training older adults.
The course covers a wide range of topics. Including the ageing process, common health conditions, exercise adaptations, and program design.
At the other end of the age spectrum is the Level 2 Children’s fitness course.
This is the industry’s most popular ‘Children’s Fitness‘ qualification and a must-have if you want to instruct individuals or groups of children aged 5-16 years.
Physical Activity sessions for Children, come in all shapes and sizes. It may be that you set up family boot camps, kids one-to-one sessions, teenage confidence-building classes, freelance in schools, or even your own private activity-focused birthday parties.
Regardless of the style of activity, at the heart of all these sessions is a promotion of health-related exercise for children.
If you are an L2 gym or fitness instructor (or more), you are able to teach one-to-one sessions and small group sessions with adults, however, you are not permitted to plan and deliver activity sessions for those under 16 years.
This Children’s Fitness qualification fulfils this gap in your knowledge and confidence to be able to plan and deliver safe and effective children’s activities.
Mapping your Specialist Fitness Career with Long-Term Conditions
If you are looking to support clients with health conditions, completion of this Diploma will instantly expand the pool of clients you can work with. You will be able to bridge the gap between your foundational Fitness Qualifications and becoming a specialist.
A long-term condition is defined as a condition, illness, or chronic ill-health that lasts longer than three months and that can not be cured.
Such as asthma, arthritis, cancer, obesity, diabetes, chronic pain, mental health or heart disease, and more…
It’s heavily documented that over 15 million people in the UK have a long-term condition.
The likelihood of a person with a long-term condition reaching out or attending your FITPRO service is therefore high.
This is the only qualification that upskills you, and provides the knowledge and confidence to plan and deliver safe and effective programs to those who have long-term clinical conditions.
Qualify as a Level 2 Gym Instructor (plus options to add PT)
This is the fitness industry’s GOLD standard qualification to kick start a career in health and fitness & start training clients 121 and in small groups.
The Level 2 Gym Instructor is your first step into a Fitness Career. You can now combine this with the Level 3 Personal trainer, and be fully qualified within 3 months. You’ll use your expertise on a daily basis to get inside the heads of clients, design training programs that deliver results, and support life-improving health, fitness, and nutrition changes in client lives.
Personal training is a results business and quite often, the results people achieve can be remarkable. If you feel that you have what it takes to help people to take control of their health, fitness, and well-being, then maybe it’s time for you to step up and join the ranks.
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Hayley “Mapping Your Fitness Career ” Bergman
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