I thought today I would share with you all my experience doing my Personal Training course, as I have recently qualified as a Level 3 Personal Trainer and I have found there are so many people wanting to do a PT course themselves, either with the aim of becoming a PT too or even just for some knowledge in terms of their own training. So I thought sharing my experience with it would be super helpful for anyone who is thinking about it.
Who did I do it with?
This is the first question I get asked by anybody, and the answer is TRAINFITNESS, a centre in Southwark in London, which is actually really close for me distance wise. TRAINFITNESS has produced well-known PTs such as fellow fitness blogger Zanna Van Dijk, the amazing Tashi Skervin as well as some of my other friends. This was one of the main reasons I went with TRAINFITNESS, because I knew that they had already helped to create some amazing personal trainers, and I wanted to get in on that.
How long did it take?
TRAINFITNESS offers various options, such as an intensive course which takes 5 weeks, or there is part-time (either 12 consecutive Saturdays or 12 consecutive Sundays) or distance learning, where you learn everything at home and then go into the centre to take the assessments. As I was working a full time job at the time, I went for the Saturday part-time course, so I rocked up at TRAINFITNESS every Saturday from mid Jan to the start of April and did my course from 10-5 each Saturday. I personally enjoyed it, but I have heard from various people that the intensive course is very good, so if I had had the option I would have gone for that, however I don’t think any option is worse or better than the other, it’s amazing that they offer three different ways of learning, so that different people with different schedules can do the course no matter what.
What was the exam process?
TRAINFITNESS do their qualification through YMCA (which is one of the best course providers), and because of this Level 2 and Level 3 are the same in the fact that you have two theory papers (multiple choice) as well as a practical exam which will last about an hour. TRAINFITNESS also has free resits of the theory exams included, which sounds like something quite small but definitely took the pressure off for most of us doing the course!
How much work was involved?
I’m not going to lie to you, it wasn’t easy to work full time and do this course, I spent many a lunch hour avoiding my colleagues with my iPad out revising and just trying to learn the vast amount of content we cover. But Train Fitness have a really great online platform with modules, videos, worksheets and mock exams, which will be accessible to do you even after you’ve qualified, and this was definitely useful and user friendly. It was hard, BUT it was for a short period of time, and if you’re paying that price and you’re committing to do this then it’s not difficult to put the effort in, or at least it wasn’t for me.
What are the teachers like?
I had three different teachers whilst doing my course and they were all bloody brilliant! They each had their own style of teaching and offered such different points of views to our learning, they made sure to keep us engaged (particularly when we hit the 3pm lull) and also to provide us with valuable knowledge that we could actually take away from the course and put into being a PT. At the end of the day the learning material is limited to what the course provider sets, but each tutor made sure to add things to the material to make our experience even better than it already was.
Would I recommend it?
100%. There’s no doubt that I would tell anyone to go with TRAINFITNESS. It’s in a great location in London, the price is pretty average as far as Personal Training courses go, the teachers are great, I made some really amazing friends who I’m still in contact with now (and we developed an unhealthy love of smoked salmon sandwiches from the Pret around the corner) and above all I feel like I can now go into the personal training career and actually help people to be active, fit, healthy, happy and to achieve their goals.
Check out their website here and if you’re interested you can download their prospectus. If you have any questions just leave a comment, I’d be more than happy to answer any!