At the Vic Inn we love food. At this time of year people are enjoying food and drink as if it’s going out of fashion. It’s therefore important to think about your health at this time of year and think about how you can stay fit in 2016. Many people will already have this in mind after weeks of self indulgence! For those who haven’t already considered the next step in their gym routine, here is thought for all of those who haven’t yet set their new years resolutions –  get qualified as a personal trainer. Whether you simply love fitness and want to learn more about exercise for your self, or you fancy a change in career, personal training could be the perfect solution for you. With the help of FLM Training we’ve put this useful guide together for you.

If you have a passion for exercise as well as helping others, you can have a great career as a personal trainer. However, it can be a bit challenging for you while trying to figure out how to begin your personal trainer courses. Here below is everything you need to know in order to understand the process of becoming a personal trainer here in the United Kingdom:

To become a personal trainer, you need to be a, first of all, a fitness instructor who is highly experienced and with recognized qualifications.

Other important attributes that you need to have include a friendly personality, being outgoing, as well as the ability to deal with people different temperaments. In addition, knowing how the body works is an added advantage.

Entry requirements

To work as a personal trainer, you will require the following entry requirements:

-Level 2 Gym Instructor Qualifications

To enter a career in the fitness industry in the UK, you need to have a certificate in level 2 gym instructor course.

This course allows you to work as a gym instructor for a healthy club, gym, or any other fitness establishment within the UK as well as internationally.

If you decide to study this course as a part time student, it will take you six weeks. If you choose to study the course as a full-time student, it will only take you eight days.

– Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification This course allows you to work as a personal trainer within the UK and internationally. This course is equivalent to A –LEVEL or a BTEC National Diploma. It is more difficult than Level 2 Gym Instructor course.

If you choose to study this course as a part- time student, it will take you 5 months to complete. Full-time students only take 3 weeks to complete it.

– First Aid Certificate

The first aid certificate is recognized by Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The purpose of this course is to teach the personal trainer how to perform basic first aid in the event that his or her client sustains an injury while training.

The certificate is valid for three years after which it has to be renewed.

– Personal Trainer Insurance This is not technically a legal requirement. However, it would not be wise for any personal trainer to offer his or her services without it.

The importance of personal trainer insurance is to cushion the personal trainer against claims for compensation in case somebody under his or her supervision gets hurt or is injured. If the personal trainer has not taken an insurance policy, he or she would be personally liable for any costs incurred in treating the injured person under his or her supervision.

These are some of the requirements for a personal trainer course in the United Kingdom.

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