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Clinical Personal Fitness Trainer Course

For advice or to enrol, please call us on 0800 731 9271 or 01409 220 400.
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Clinical Personal Fitness Trainer

Practitioner level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to become a Clinical Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Become a Registered BSY Clinical Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Be awarded the Level 3 ABC externally validated Certificate*

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors. There is also an essential 1 day of practical training for this course.

The danger for most of us is not that we might exercise too hard, but that we do not exercise at all.  More than forty-eight percent of us are overweight, ten percent are obese and physical activity is already compromised by disease or infirmity. Exercise then takes on an even greater importance and this course is designed for both the fitness trainers who want to help the able-bodied and those who also want to help the disabled to achieve maximum fitness and well-being.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • Career Openings
    • The Clinical Personal Trainer
      • What Is a CPFT?
      • What is Our Role as Clinical Personal Fitness Trainers?
      • Clinical PF Trainers – the Way Ahead in Preventative Health Care and Lifestyle Counselling
      • Motivation and Fun
  • Lesson Two
    • Lifestyle Changes
      • Tension – is it Good For You?
      • Balance
    • Obesity
      • Losing Weight
      • Vitamins and Minerals
  • Lesson Three
    • Exercise and Training for Health and Fitness
      • Cardiovascular Disease
      • Risk Factors Associated with Heart Attack
      • How to Avoid Heart Disease
  • Lesson Four
    • Body Fat
      • Burning Calories
      • Dieting
      • How to Plan your Training
      • Peaking Your Way to Fat Loss
      • Lose the Fat Gradually
      • Body Fat and Physical Performance
      • Fat Burners     
  • Lesson Five
    • Body Fat (Continued)
      • How to Burn Fat
      • Fact and Fiction
      • Some Rules for Fighting ‘Flab’
  • Lesson Six
    • Obesity
      • What Does it Mean?
      • What Can be Done?
      • Change your Cue Controls
      • Diabetes
      • Who Should be Screened for Diabetes?
      • Diabetes – The Facts
      • Adult Onset Diabetes Doesn’t Always Mean Injections
      • Exercise and Diabetes
  • Lesson Seven
    • Disability
      • Exercise and Disabled People
      • Equal Opportunities in Fitness
      • What Can a CPFT Do to Help?
      • Young Disabled
      • Lift Weights, Lift Depression
      • Setting Up a GP Referral Scheme
    • Arthritis
      • Why Joints Hurt
      • How You Can Help Yourself
      • Your Fitness and How Arthritis Affects You – Self-Assessment
      • Motivation
      • Gentle Exercises
    • Exercise for People with Special Needs and Problems
      • Exercise Whatever Your Age
      • Guidelines for Diabetic Clients
      • Ensuring Clients’ Safety
  • Lesson Eight
    • Regular Exercise Enhances Mental Well-Being
      • Physiology of Exercise
      • Cellular Changes
      • Anaerobic and Aerobic Exercise
      • Heart, Respiration and Exercise
      • Benefits of Exercise
      • Getting in Shape
      • Fitness Goals
      • Exercise Intensity
      • The Human Body
      • Muscular System
      • Heart
      • Cardiovascular System: Veins
      • Digestive System
      • Skeletal System
    • Carbohydrates
      • What are Carbohydrates?
      • Why do we Need Carbohydrates?
      • Sources of Carbohydrates
      • How Much Carbohydrate do we Need?
    • Cholesterol
    • Vitamins
      • Fat-Soluble Vitamins
    • Minerals
  • Lesson Nine
    • Safety First Every Time
      • The Twelve Rules
      • Listen To Your Body – Safety Rules
      • Health and Safety
      • Programming
    • Proper Safety Equipment
      • Weight Machines
      • Free Weights
      • How to Spot
      • Work Benches
      • Cable Pulleys
  • Lesson Ten
    • Exercise Prescription
      • Categories
      • Putting it All Together
    • Prevention or Cure
      • Two Major Health Problems
      • The Big Three
      • Cholesterol Education Programme
      • Dietary Treatment Programme
    • Exercise Prescription (Continued)
      • Mode of Exercise
      • Energy Systems
      • Types of Training
      • Warm up – Warm down
      • Strength Training Basic Schedule
  • Lesson Eleven
    • Designing A Strength-Training Programme For Beginners and Novices
      • Building Strength
      • Reps and Sets
      • Weight
      • When to Increase the Weight
      • Use Good Form – Control the Weight
      • How Many Sets for each Exercise?
      • How Much Rest between Sets?
      • Weight Training Basic Guide Lines
      • Large or Small Muscles Exercised First?
      • How Many Times a Week Does Your Client Need to Train?
      • Abdominal Training
      • Circuit Weight Training
      • Weight Training Exercises (Lower Body)
      • Weight Training Exercises (Upper Body)
    • Training Programmes
      • Client’s Fitness Assessment
      • A Training Programme for General Fitness
      • A Training Programme for Toning and Strengthening the Muscles
      • A Training Programme to Shape and Strengthen the Body
      • A Training Programme to Increase Muscle Mass (Bodybuilding)
      • A Training Programme Following Injury
      • A Training Programme to Increase and Maintain Fitness for a Specific Sport
      • Useful Training Tips
  • Lesson Twelve
    • Flexibility Improvement Programme
      • What you Need
      • Warm Up
      • Exercise Technique
      • Why Stretch?
      • The Developmental Stretch
      • Breathing
      • Warming Up
      • Benefits of Stretch Training Programmes
      • Warming Down and Stretching
      • Stretching Rules
      • PNF Stretching
      • Stretching Exercises
      • Sit-and-Reach Test for Hamstring Flexibility
      • Finger-Touch Test for Rotator Cuff Flexibility
    • Clients’ Goals
      • Long-Term Goals
      • Short-Term Goals
      • Immediate Goals (Mini-goals)
      • Why you Need a Plan B

1 day of Practical Training is essential for this course. Practical workshops can be held in various locations around the UK and are available for an additional fee of £75 per day. Your practical training is a valuable opportunity to learn directly from an experienced practical training tutor with specialist skills.

Enrol on this course from £70 £50

There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:

  • Pay with a deposit of £70 £50, followed by 11 monthly instalments of £30
  • OR
  • Pay the total course fee in one sum of £400 £380 and also receive a special Gift from our selection – free. Please click here to view the gifts

To enrol by phone, please call our friendly course advisors on Freephone 0800 731 9271 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

*ABC registration through BSY is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies.

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