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Gym Instructor course content and delivery/assessment method

The Gym Instructor course consists of 5 units:

  1. Anatomy and Physiology

  2. Providing a Positive Customer Experience

  3. Lifestyle and Health Awareness Management

  4. Gym-based Programme Delivery and Preparation

  5. Gym-based Programme Delivery and Professional Instruction


Taught element (taught courses only)

You will receive 5 taught days during which you will learn all practical elements of the course. We teach you the movement patterns of: Squat, Hinge, Press, Pull, Rotation and Anti-rotation. You will become proficient at all of the major freeweight lifts and will learn how to coach these, plus resistance machines and cardiovascular exercise to clients. Gym experience is useful - but not essential!

Distance learning element:

You will receive learning resources including manuals or elearning (extra cost) that give you the knowledge that you need to back up your practical ability. 

A sample of the elearning content can be found here.


  1. Anatomy and physiology multiple choice exam

  2. Online self-marking worksheets

  3. A Learner Assessment Record that includes a number of fitness case studies and worksheets

  4. 3 practical assessments

Assessments can be completed either during the taught days, or via elearning (attendance at a centre is only required to complete the Anatomy & Physiology unit exam). 

Course duration:

You have up to 12 months* to complete your course. However, it is common for students to complete their Gym Instructor qualification in 2-3 months.

*elearning lasts 300 days after which time you must re-purchase. All assessments must be passed within 6 months of each other or reassessment of specific units will be required.

A full Gym Instructor qualification specification can be found here.

This course is a pre-requisite to the Personal Trainer course

Taught courses available in:

- Telford, Shropshire

- Shrewsbury, Shropshire

- Penkridge, Staffordshire

- Worcester, Worcestershire

- Uckfield, Sussex

Elearning courses, nationwide!

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