YMCA Certificate in Gym Instructing – Distance Learning

This qualification is aimed at the learner who wants to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise.

Throughout this distance learning course candidates will learn:

  • Anatomy and physiology including:
    • the heart and circulatory system
    • the respiratory system
    • the digestive system
    • structure and function of the skeleton
    • musculoskeletal system
    • postural and core stability
    • the nervous and energy systems and their relation to exercise
  • Principles of working in the gym environment, including customer service and how to maintain health, safety and welfare
  • How to conduct consultations and promote the health benefits of physical activity
  • How to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme
  • The skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme with apparently healthy adults – both individuals and groups. This may include young people in the 13-18 age range, provided they are part of a larger adult group and older adults (50 plus).


The home study program is ideal for those individuals who are looking for a flexible and convenient learning model that can be completed at the candidate’s own pace. The program provides an interactive e-learning platform along with hard copy study materials that systematically prepares students for the certification exam. Expert instructors are readily available to provide assistance throughout your course.

Program Benefits:

  • Self-paced learning allows you to move at your own speed
  • Ideal study program for the busy adult – study anywhere, anytime
  • Instructor supported learning means all your questions are answered
  • Study using your preferred method of online or hard copy materials


Level of entry onto REPS: Level 2

CIMSPA Endorsed


  • multiple choice theory paper
  • practical examination
  • worksheets

Entry Requirements


Progression Routes

Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

Course Price

£680 £450

A £100 (non-refundable deposit) is required to secure a place on this course.

Our Gym Instructor and Personal Training package deal  for Distance Learning is only £1400.00 when booked together.

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