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Personal Fitness Trainer

Practitioner level 4

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to become a Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Become a Registered BSY Personal Fitness Trainer
  • Receive the Level 4 Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards*

(OCN Level 4 award also available with 15 national educational credits**)

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.

Course overview

This is the dawning of the age of health and fitness and an opportunity for those who wish to channel their interest in this field, into a career or business venture, full or part-time. There is a constant demand for Personal Fitness Trainers to guide the uninitiated into achieving their health goals in an intelligent, controlled and safe way.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
    • Health and Fitness
    • Men’s and Women’s Fitness
    • Potential Fitness
    • The Benefits of Exercise
    • Safety
    • Strength, Speed, Power and Flexibility
  • Lesson Two
    • A Healthy Diet
    • Digestion
    • Carbohydrates, Proteins and Fats
    • Effects of Exercise on the Body
    • Fatigue
  • Lesson Three
    • Vitamins and Minerals
    • Water
    • Identifying your Client’s Dietary Needs
    • Menu Plan for General Training
  • Lesson Four
    • The Initial Meeting
    • Programme Development for the Individual
    • Facilities and Clothing
    • Training Issues
    • Types of Training
    • Rest and Recovery
    • Sports Injury
  • Lesson Five
    • The Warm Up
    • Routine
  • Lesson Six
    • Cardio-Vascular Fitness
    • Keeping Up-to-Date
  • Lesson Seven
    • FreeWeights
    • Station Units
    • Reps and Sets
    • Setting the Weight
    • The Workout – Shoulders and Arms
  • Lesson Eight
    • The Workout – Chest, Back and Legs
    • Mid-Section – Abdomen and Waist
    • Basic Exercises without Weights or other Equipment
  • Lesson Nine
    • Exercises
    • Training Rules
    • Exercises and Muscles Worked
  • Lesson Ten
    • Key Points
    • Other Forms of Income for the Personal Trainer
    • Developing your Practice
    • Some Useful Addresses
    • And Finally

Practical training

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.

*Registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.

**OCN registration at enrolment is optional for an additional fee. Full details on request.