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December 19, 2011 12:39 ET

Guide to Becoming a Fitness Instructor

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2011) - Becoming a fitness instructor may sound like your ideal job. You'll get to work with like-minded people and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. If the gym is an important part of your life, combining this with a career can be a real advantage. Here's our guide to making it as a fitness instructor.

What does being a fitness instructor involve?

Fitness instructors are employed to take gym inductions, measure people's weight and demonstrate how to use equipment. These tasks will usually be undertaken in a gym or health club environment.

Training to become a fitness instructor for many is the first step on the road to qualifying as a personal trainer. Personal training duties are a level up from a fitness instructor and include helping to achieve and maintain good physical health, to plan and implement exercise routines and also provide advice on diet, nutrition and exercise techniques.

How do I become qualified?

There are various qualifications you can gain to help you on the road to becoming a fitness instructor, ranging from academic qualifications to fitness instructor courses.


Some fitness instructors may have completed an A-level in Physical Education and Sports Studies before studying for a University degree (BSc) in areas such as sports studies, health and fitness management or sports science.

While this may be the case for some, it's by no means the only route into the industry. The most important requirement for a career as a fitness instructor is to hold a fitness qualification from an industry recognised governing body. This is what employers will look for and this is what you must gain.

Fitness instructor courses

The most well known governing body in the UK is the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP). The REP approves different qualifications relating to the fitness industry, the most common of which being the certificate in Fitness Instructing. To qualify you'll need to complete the Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification as this will enable you to be registered on the Exercise register. This is something which all employers will look for.

You can attain this qualification from various bodies including CYQ, Active IQ, OCR, VTCT and NCFE. Another advantage of attaining this qualification is that it enables you to specialise in different areas of exercise including group classes, gym work and water-based exercise.

To take it even further, if you want to become qualified as a personal trainer as well as a fitness instructor you will need to undertake the Level 3 Personal Trainer Course.

Where can I find employment?

Fitness instructors are employed in gyms, leisure centres or hotel fitness departments. Having fully qualified you'll be ideally placed to seek employment in one of these establishments.

Currently in the UK there is a continued health boom as most people are looking towards the benefits of living a healthy and active lifestyle. With that in mind there are plenty opportunities for individuals who are fully trained and committed to the industry.

Contact Information

  • Libby Herbert
    01202 665045