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  • Personal Fitness Trainer L3

    Do enjoy keeping fit? Are you interested in helping others achieve their fitness goals? Do you want a flexible career? Then this could be the course for you. You won’t just learn how to train others effectively but you will learn how to start your own business and attract clients.

    • Course Description

      Level 3 Certificate Personal Fitness Trainer

      Course code: RETR08

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 12 Months

      Entry requirements: No prior qualification required

      Award achieved: NCFE Level 3 Certificate of Achievement Personal Fitness Trainer

      Awarding body: NCFE

      Do enjoy keeping fit? Are you interested in helping others achieve their fitness goals? Do you want a flexible career? Then this could be the course for you.

      You won’t just learn how to train others effectively but you will learn how to start your own business and attract clients.

      Being a Personal Trainer is a rewarding occupation where you can explore motivational techniques and psychology side by side with improving a client’s fitness.

    • Level 3 certificate personal fitness trainer course overview

      Upon successful completion of the course you will have achieved a Certificate of Achievement from NCFE.

      Skills gained

      • Comprehensive guide to being a personal trainer
      • Explore motivational techniques and sports psychology to help your clients achieve their fitness goals
      • Develop a programme for clients, making the most of their bodies by extending your use of biometrics

      Course outline

      This course is divided into 6 units:

      Unit 1: Exercise and lifestyle psychology

      Unit 2: Biomechanics

      Unit 3: Exercise physiology

      Unit 4: Personal training skills

      Unit 5: Functional training

      Unit 6: Business

      Course content

      Unit 1: Exercise and lifestyle psychology

      Module 1: Lifestyle psychology

      Module 2: Assessing stage of change

      Module 3: Motivational interviewing

      Module 4: Exercise adherence

      Module 5: Social support

      Module 6: Stress management

      Module 7: Exercise and stress management

      Module 8: Group dynamics

      Module 9: Goal setting

      Module 10: Application of psychology in personal fitness training

      Unit 2: Biomechanics

      Module 1: Functional anatomy

      Module 2: Division of a skeleton

      Module 3: Joint movement

      Module 4: Cartilage

      Module 5: Ligament and tendons

      Module 6: Understanding movement

      Module 7: Muscles and movement

      Unit 3: Exercise physiology

      Module 1: The cardiovascular system

      Module 2: Respiratory system

      Module 3: Cardiovascular disease

      Module 4: Metabolism and energy systems

      Unit 4: Personal training skills

      Module 1: Developing a programme

      Module 2: Resistance training

      Module 3: Myths and fallacies

      Module 4: Risk factors

      Module 5: Body composition

      Module 6: Muscle strength and endurance

      Module 7: Programme writing

      Module 8: Reps, sets and resistance

      Module 9: Progression

      Module 10: Alternative overload suggestions

      Module 11: Flexibility

      Module 12: Digestion and energy sources

      Module 13: Micronutrients

      Module 14: Calories and weight management

      Module 15: Kick start programmers

      Unit 5: Functional training

      Module 1: The kinetic chain

      Module 2: Sports performance

      Module 3: Sports specific conditioning

      Module 4: Posture and corrective exercises

      Module 5: Special populations

      Unit 6: Business

      Module 1: Business essentials

      Module 2: Setting up

      Module 3: How much do you want or need to earn?

      Module 4: Getting clients

      Module 5: Your brand

      Module 6: Client experience

      Module 7: Marketing

      Module 8: Managing and keeping clients

      Module 9: Growing your business

      Module 10: Business Planning

      Module 11: Legal status

      Module 12: Business Plan


      This course has no exams, instead there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them.

      These are for your own information and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

      Method of study

      We will send a study pack to you by courier, including your course materials and a study guide to help you through the student process.

      However, tutor marked assessments are only accepted online, rather than by post.

      Tutor support

      Our personal trainer courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 12 months. They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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      Paper Based

      If the course you have bought is paper based it will be despatched the next working day. You will receive a tracking email and a text with a 1 hour delivery slot.

      What do I do next?

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      Everyone at Absorb wishes you the best of luck on your studying journey! We know it’s both rewarding and challenging and ultimately what a difference that qualification will make to your career path and life.

      Good luck!