Introduction to Fitness Diploma
Please Note: This course is not recognised by CIMSPA (formerly REPs).
Do you have a passion for a healthy lifestyle, incorporating diet and exercise into your daily routine that you now want to share with others? This diploma will teach you everything you need to know about being an effective fitness instructor/personal trainer and helping your clients achieve their fitness goals on a daily basis.
32 comprehensive modules
The Fitness Diploma is broken into comprehensive modules which will teach you everything you need to know to become a successful fitness instructor or personal trainer. The course is set in manageable modules which you can study at your own pace and in your own time while still having the benefit of a full-time position.
End of course certification
On completion of the course, you will be required to pass a test, which is made up of multiple choice questions based on the modules you have studied. Once you pass, you will be able to download and print your certificate and start using your new diploma to enjoy a successful career within the fitness industry. You also have the option of having your diploma posted to you at an additional cost.
What You Will Learn
This course is designed to provide you with a complete overview of what you need to become a successful fitness instructor or personal trainer. During the course you can expect to learn the following:
- Learn what you will need to begin your career in fitness, from the skills you will need to the role you will be expected to perform on a daily basis.
- Understand the human anatomy of the bones, their function and how exercise can impact the bones. You will also learn about how bones are affected as part of the ageing process.
- Learn more about the cardiovascular system from the heart's function to respiratory function and how these are impacted by exercise, along with the benefits.
- Get an understanding of muscles and how they work and the different muscle types.
- Understand joints and nervous system, as well as injury prevention.
- Learn more about obesity and diabetes and how the two are linked. Obesity has become a serious issue in the United Kingdom with more people being diagnosed with diabetes on a daily basis.
- Get a good understanding of a healthy and well-balanced diet and why this is so important in conjunction with exercise. Learn the five main food groups, types of food and how to set nutritional goals.
- Learn how to encourage your clients to embrace an active lifestyle and how it can benefit them in the long run.
- Identify how exercise impacts the body as a whole.
- Learn how to safely monitor your clients' exercise intensity.
- Learn how to set fitness plans in place, how to plan, difficulties you may face and standards you must adhere to.
- Get a good understanding of the importance of stretching, working with disabled customers and outdoor exercise routines.
- Learn how to work with children, from exercise to diet.
- Identify if yoga or pilates may be something you will want to specialise in.
- Know how to deal with emergencies in the fitness industry.
Benefits of taking the Fitness Diploma
The fitness diploma will provide you with a wide number of benefits to help you enjoy a successful career as a fitness instructor or personal trainer.
- Fast track your career.
- Improve your career prospects.
- Improve your knowledge and skill when it comes to the human anatomy.
- Understand the link between exercise and diet.
- Know how to work with your client, encourage them and support them to achieve their goals.
- Use any device to access the modules online, enabling you to study from anywhere at any time.
- Study at your own pace with no schedules or deadlines to adhere to.
- Be rewarded with an industry recognised certification on successful completion (this is not recognised by REPs).
- Take advantage of online support during your studies.
- Be confident in your abilities and knowledge as a fitness instructor or personal trainer.
- How to start a career in the fitness industry
- The skills you need to become a fitness instructor
- The role of a fitness instructor
- How much you can earn
- The functions of the skeletal system
- The types of bones in the human body
- The effects of exercise on your bones
- What happens to the bones as we get older
- About the structure and functions of the heart and blood vessels
- About the upper and lower respiratory systems
- About the integration of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
- The functions of the cardiorespiratory system
- What muscles are and how they work
- About the types of muscles in our body
- How to keep muscles healthy and prevent injuries
- About the shape of the human body
- The main parts of the nervous system
- The different sections of the brain and how it functions
- The structure and function of the spinal cord
- About nerve cells and how they transmit messages around the body
- About the classification of joints
- What synovial joints are and how they work
- Where the hinge joints are located and their functions
- Examples of gliding joints and how they work
- What obesity is
- What diabetes is
- About the link between obesity and diabetes
- How they are best treated
- About the types of food our body needs to stay fit and healthy
- About the 5 main food groups
- About the vitamins and minerals the body needs to help it function
- How to have a balanced diet
- About ways to collect nutritional information from clients to help with their diet and fitness plan
- About the type of information needed
- How you will use this data to set goals for the client
- What you need to do to help the client achieve their goals
Module 10 : Encouraging Clients to Incorporate Activity into their Lifestyle & Understanding of Health Benefits
- About the health benefits of exercising
- How to incorporate activity into your client’s lifestyle
- What you need to consider when adding physical activity to a client’s life
- The best way to encourage clients to exercise
- The importance of physical activity
- The effects on the body during and after exercise
- The reasons for undertaking physical exercise
- How to improve your health and prevent illness
- What exercise intensity is and how to measure it
- How best to measure the heart rate
- How and when to check the pulse
- How to spot signs of overexertion
- About the exercise referral programme
- About the qualifications needed to be involved with the programme
- The benefits of exercise referral to your business
- About the patients who may be referred to the exercise programme
- How to prepare a fitness plan
- About adapting exercise plans for the client's needs
- The difficulties with creating a plan
- The standards you should follow as a trainer
- The importance of warming up and stretching before exercising
- What happens to your muscles while stretching
- How to stretch without causing injury
- How to stretch different parts of the body
- About working with disabled people
- The benefits of exercise for a disabled person
- How to design an effective exercise plan
- Types of exercises for people with a disability
- About conducting group exercise sessions
- The qualities needed to run your own group exercise classes
- How to become a group fitness instructor
- An example of a group exercise programme
- The role of an exercise instructor
- What the requirements of the job are
- How to set exercise goals
- How to design a training plan
- The role of a Personal Trainer
- How to prepare personal training plans
- The basic principles of personal training
- The best way to demonstrate exercises to your clients
- The benefits of working outdoors
- Some examples of outdoor activities
- Examples of warm-up activities
- How to use the outdoors to enhance your workout
- About fitness exercises for children
- About nutrition for children
- The benefits of exercise for children
- How to design a training plan for children
- How to become a Yoga Instructor
- Which training course is right for you
- About Yoga Teaching Associations
- About the different types of Yoga
- The essential traits of a Pilates Instructor
- The principles of Pilates
- The training required to become a Pilates Instructor
- Types of certification available
- The importance of emergency procedures
- The responsibility of a fitness centre
- The equipment needed in an emergency
- What to do in an emergency
- About the possible risks in a fitness centre
- What is considered a hazard
- Risks of machinery and equipment
- How to assess the risks in a fitness environment
- About creating a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults
- The responsibilities of a fitness instructor
- The key principles for safeguarding vulnerable people
- About the planning and supervision of activities
- What you need to know before setting up your own fitness business
- The advantages of a virtual training business
- The qualities you need to be a successful personal trainer
- Some tips for a successful business
- About the finance needed to start up your own business
- About creating a business plan
- Where to find the funding for your business
- About the Government schemes available
- About the tax deductions you can make as a fitness instructor
- About the types of insurance you will need
- About the taxes you will need to pay
- Which bookkeeping software you can use to keep track of your financial obligations
- Key marketing strategies for your business
- The different ways to advertise your business
- About using social media
- Things to avoid when marketing
- How to ensure the health and safety of everyone at a fitness centre
- How to minimise health and safety risks
- About the health and safety hazards at a fitness centre
- About how to plan for emergencies
Who can take the Fitness Diploma (Personal Trainer / Fitness Instructor) course?There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 31 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although students are free to spend as much or as little time as they feel necessary on each module.
Where / when can the course be studied?The course can be studied study at any time and from any internet connected device
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 31 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 31 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if a user fails the test?If the user doesn’t pass the test first time they will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times a test can be taken.
How long does it take to complete the Fitness Diploma (Personal Trainer / Fitness Instructor) course?We estimate that the course will take about 15 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.