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Fast Track Gym Instructor YMCA

Level 2 • Part-time • Sports & Fitness department


This qualification is specifically for learners who are aspiring to progress to an exciting and highly rewarding career as a Gym Instructor on an employed or self-employed basis. This qualification is mapped directly to The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) professional standards for a Gym Instructor, and is your first step towards a career as a Fitness Instructor in just 12 weeks! This course combines elements of both practical and theoretical learning where you will have the opportunity to apply the theory of gym instructing in our on-campus, fully equipped gym. Our industry-experienced lecturers are all fully qualified and practicing professionals themselves and will guide you every step of the way, enabling you to progress towards a career as a Gym Instructor. You’ll be learning everything industry requires from designing bespoke programme cards to developing skills when instructing on a variety of pieces of equipment in our fully equipped college gym. You will cover everything that makes up a session including warm ups through to the use of cardiovascular and resistance machines as well as free weight and body weight exercises. In essence, you’ll be developing all of the essential skills you need to start your journey towards a career as a Gym Instructor. If you want to work in the fitness industry as a Gym Instructor, our fast track course is for you. Taking place over a 12-week period you will study the elements required to be able to plan and deliver gym-based sessions to clients within a gym or health club facility. Our highly-skilled and motivated staff have a wealth of industry and are here to give you the very best start to your career as a Gym Instructor.

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YMCA Diploma in Exercise Referral

Level 3 • Part-time • Sports & Fitness department


The role of an exercise referral instructor is one of the most important in the industry. With health conditions such as obesity, depression and type 2 diabetes on the rise, using exercise to reduce the implications of these conditions is becoming an essential intervention and supported by medical professionals worldwide. If having a rewarding career where you positively improve the health of an individual is for you then this course could be your next step. Cornwall College has a working exercise referral scheme with St Austell healthcare so those undertaking the course will have hands on experience of the entire process involved from the client being referred, to the exit strategies of the scheme when the client has completed and hopefully achieved their goals. In addition to this you will have the opportunity to gain experience with real clients in collaboration with other referral schemes in the community where partnerships have been made to enhance your learning experience. This will allow you to get the most out of your learning by directly applying theory into practice with the guidance of not only your college tutor but other industry experts. Our industry experienced lecturers are fully qualified and practicing fitness professionals themselves and will guide you towards a career as an exercise referral instructor. You will learn about a variety of medical conditions and how to prescribe safe and effective exercise. You will gain knowledge on the exercise referral process and how the fitness professional is involved as well as risk stratification ensuring that the benefit of exercise for the client outweighs the risk it may pose. This course is perfect for qualified personal trainers who are looking to develop their breadth of clients to those who have more complex medical conditions. In addition to this the NHS long term plan envisages that by 2023 nearly 1 million people will be referred to schemes involving exercise referral meaning that specific job roles in the NHS will be more readily available than they are already.

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