The role of a Personal Trainer is to coach clients (on a one to one and small group basis) towards their health and fitness goals.
Through the design and provision of creative and personalised exercise programmes and instruction, nutritional advice and overall lifestyle management, Personal Trainers will motivate clients to positively change their behaviour and improve their overall wellbeing by providing specialist, tailored advice within their scope of practice, while always being aware of when to refer clients to relevant appropriate professionals for specialist information and guidance (e.g. physiotherapist, registered dietician, medical specialist).
A comprehensive understanding of business, finance, sales and marketing is also essential to enable the Personal Trainer to build and retain a stable client base. Personal Trainers are typically employed by a fitness or leisure centre or, once qualified, can be self-employed and should expect to work hours that may include evenings, weekends and public holidays.
This occupation exists within a sector that plays an important role in improving the health of the nation, creating opportunities that get more people, more active, more often.
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Anatomy, Physiology & Kinesiology
Lifestyle Management and Client Motivation
Health and Wellbeing
Exercise Programme Design and Delivery
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A personal trainer is a positive, professional individual committed to motivating clients to achieve their health and fitness goals through individualised coaching, taking into account lifestyle, wellbeing, fitness and nutrition for an effective holistic service.
Create and maintain positive, professional and trusting relationships with clients. Use appropriate terminology when communicating with clients. Proactively seek and provide feedback in a manner which suits each individual client.
Create a positive environment that motivates and empowers clients, and promotes adherence to the exercise and lifestyle programme. Continually strive to provide innovative and challenging exercises to keep clients engaged and motivated.
Ensure own attitude and behaviour presents a professional image which provides clients with a positive and healthy role model. Respect personal space and professional boundaries at all times. Live the ethics and values which reflect excellence in your profession.
Build strong and positive relationships with clients which reinforce the positive impact of exercise in developing their potential to live a healthy life. Educate clients and promote awareness of wellness using knowledge gained through a commitment to continuous professional development, which will assist clients to effectively bring about a positive change.
- Employers will set their own entry requirements; however applicants should have acquired relevant, active experience in the fitness sector prior to enrollment.
- It is recommended applicants will hold a Fitness Instructing (level 2) qualification.
- Employers who recruit candidates without English and Maths GCSE at Grade C or above (or approved equivalent) must ensure the individual achieves this standard prior to the completion of the apprenticeship.
Typically 15 - 18 months
Successful completion of this apprenticeship will enable further experience and training in the fitness industry to support the role into fitness management or a specialist instructor.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship the Personal Trainer will be eligible to apply to become an Affiliate of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and a Member of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS).
June 2018 unless there is evidence of industry change which employers agree warrants earlier amendment.
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