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Now that I’m qualified to work as a gym instructor as well as a nutrition and weight management advisor, I’m really getting used to this health and fitness professional lark. I’m enjoying the confidence I have in giving advice when people ask me about food and exercise and I’m delivering it with tons more knowledge than before.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. In what seems like the biggest learning curve so far, I’m now tackling the Personal Trainer and Advanced Instructor module. When I’m done, I’ll be a fully qualified PT. Scary!

Description: I’m really getting used to this health and fitness professional lark.

I’m really getting used to this health and fitness professional lark.

Home Sweet Home

Since Future Fit courses are largely based around e-learning I did most of my study at home, but it can be done anywhere you can access the internet. I even did some of it on my commute to work, which was really useful – and helps to pass the time! There was a lot more to learn for the Advanced Anatomy and Physiology section than there was when we did it the first time around – you’re expected to be far more clued-up on movement, muscles and so on. If the Latin terms weren’t confusing enough during the Gym Instructor module, they certainly were this time!

As well as Anatomy and Physiology, we were asked to get familiar with the Personal Trainer section ahead of the two-day workshop. In this section, pretty much everything to do with being a personal trainer was covered, from helping people set goals to the body language you should adopt when meeting new clients. Despite the sheer load of information to take in, it definitely boosted my confidence and it seems that a lot of what makes you a good PT is the experience that you gain along the way.

Practical Magic

The two-day workshop was a great way to learn some of the more advanced aspects of the course in a real gym environment. After all those weeks of taking in words on a computer screen, we finally got to put everything we’d been learning into practice, and it really started to make sense. There were some cool practical activities, like fitness tests, strength tests and body fat analysis (not quite so much fun!), which prepared us for the real deal. We had to sit an exam based on the lessons from Advanced Anatomy and Physiology on the first day of the workshop, which wasn’t exactly fun, but all my hard studying paid off – I passed!

Description: There were some cool practical activities, like fitness tests, strength tests and body fat analysis

There were some cool practical activities, like fitness tests, strength tests and body fat analysis

There was such a range of people at the workshop, of all ages and all levels of experience. Some already worked in a gym environment while some were looking for a complete career change. After weeks of solitary learning, it was reassuring to interact with others and I found that I wasn’t alone in my anxieties. Some of the work in becoming a PT can be daunting, but it’s really comforting to know that others feel the same way.

The Final Stage…

So with the exam done and dusted and lots more applicable knowledge under my belt, I’m only one step away from qualifying as a fully blown PT. From now until the practical assessment next month, I’ll need to have trained with a client twice a week, following a programme devised by yours truly, and tracked their progress along the way. I’ll then be assessed on a week five session of the training programme in front of a Future Fit assessor, who will work through a checklist to determine whether I make the grade. If I pass, it’ll be the start of a new chapter in my life as a qualified PT. I can’t wait! ‘It seems that a lot of what makes you a good PT is the experience you gain along the way’

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