Becoming a Level 2 Gym Instructor
Taking a Level 2 Gym Instructor course is the first steps you need to make to start a successful career in the fitness industry. To become a Gym Instructor you must be aged 16+ have a genuine passion and interest for the fitness industry, be well organised and have good communication skills with a desire to help and support others.
The role of a Gym Instructor can include a variety of different tasks;
- Goal setting
- Devising a Gym Programme card for a client
- Health Assessments
- Instruct and demonstrate different equipment and exercises
- Offer effective workouts
- Provide advice and support to new and existing clients
- Provide incentives and rewards
- Ensure effective communication
- Exceeding clients expectations
- Health and Safety
- Supporting your clients
Some clients are completely new to the gym environment and can feel intimidate having preconceptions of what a fitness organisation is like, as a fitness instructor you need to ensure all clients feel welcome, at ease and supported. You are not only representing yourself as a Gym Instructor but also the company you work for. Presenting yourself in a positive light to clients will ensure customer satisfaction, recommendations and referrals which is important for the success of your role and the company you work for.
The Gym Instructor course is available to study in many different ways including e-learning, part time or as an intensive course. Finding the right Gym Instructor course for you is very important.
By making sure you take your time and explore all different options available to you will ensure an enjoyable and successful experience. Points to take in to consideration are;
- How long is the course
- Is there support available
- Cost of the course
- Contact days
- Is the course recognised on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP’s)
- What resources are available – manuals etc
- Re-assessment procedures
- Is there any hidden costs
- System requirements if studying an ELearning course
- Check dates for contact days
- Delivery style
- Support available once the course is complete
- Result times
Studying a Gym Instructor Course will include different a range of different assessments, you will need to sit two theory multiple choice answer exams. Anatomy and Physiology and Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health. You are required to achieve 70% on each to pass, this is 28 questions correct out of 40. You will also be required to complete two worksheets, Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment and Support Clients Who Take Part in Exercise and Physical Activity. Both worksheets require 100% to achieve a pass. You will also have a practical observation, this is you in the role of a fitness instructor giving a client a full body workout, this includes you planning and preparing a Gym Programme Card that is effective for your client.
Hopefully these pointers have provided a clearer idea of what is expected of you when working as a fitness instructor in the fitness industry, also providing some useful information on what to look out for when booking your Gym Instructors course.