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Become a qualified fitness professional with BSY

Achieve your ambitions of working with others to realise their fitness goals with the NCFE Fitness Instructing and Personal Training qualifications – new additions to BSY’s extensive portfolio of courses.

Be among the first to study the nationally recognised NCFE qualifications in Fitness Instructing – Gym-Based Exercise (Level 2) and Personal Training (Level 3) with BSY – the home-study college with decades of experience providing affordable, convenient learning that could literally change your life.

Did you know, experienced Fitness Instructors in England can earn up to £30,000 a year*? If you have a passion for health and wellbeing and want to help others succeed in their fitness journey, the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym-Based Exercise) qualification is the perfect stepping stone to start or develop your career.

Successfully complete this course and assessments and you could work for a gym or become a freelance Fitness Instructor, as well as join the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) at Level 2, which could enhance your employability.

The Level 2 certificate is ideal for those with no prior experience and is also the prerequisite qualification needed to study the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.

If you want to work as a Personal Trainer creating and delivering tailored workouts and providing nutritional and lifestyle guidance to your clients, successfully completing the Level 3 qualification will help you achieve this.

You could also earn around £20-£40 an hour as a freelance Personal Trainer** and will be able to join REPs at Level 3 once you have qualified.

These NCFE qualifications, regulated by Ofqual in England, aim to help learners find employment in the fitness industry and promote good practice in fitness instructing and personal training by working to a common standard that is nationally recognised. They also give learners the opportunity to demonstrate transferable skills that employers seek.

Enrol on these new BSY courses today and you will be sent comprehensive course materials to work through in your own time, at your own pace, building up a portfolio of essential knowledge of working in the fitness industry as you go.

You are assessed and supported by experienced tutors throughout your studies to ensure you gain the skills required to successfully achieve the qualifications.

You will also develop your practical skills as you learn and demonstrate your competence by submitting a recorded practical training session overseen by a qualified person (for example, in DVD format).

Visit the course pages for detailed information and a comprehensive guide to the subjects you will study.

We look forward to welcoming you to BSY’s family of students and helping you to achieve your career ambitions.

*Earning potential is a guide only. Source: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/fitness-instructor

**Earning potential is a guide only. Source: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/personal-trainer

Categories: BSY, Sports & Fitness


Stand up!

The media has been reporting that we should all stand up more, so this means standing to work rather than sitting; walking or pacing when using the telephone, and generally being upright for a lot more of the day that we are perhaps used to. So what’s behind this suggestion? There has been a flurry of recent research into this and the findings suggest that being upright and slowly mobilising whist carrying out everyday tasks can lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and also reduce obesity levels because low intensity exercise (which standing and pacing are) modify energy expenditure quite a lot. A study in 2007 by Levine and Miller outlined this process and from their research a ‘walk and stand desk’ was created.

The media has been reporting that we should all stand up more, so this means standing to work rather than sitting; walking or pacing when using the telephone, and generally being upright for a lot more of the day that we are perhaps used to. So what’s behind this suggestion? There has been a flurry of recent research into this and the findings suggest that being upright and slowly mobilising whist carrying out everyday tasks can lower the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and also reduce obesity levels because low intensity exercise (which standing and pacing are) modify energy expenditure quite a lot. A study in 2007 by Levine and Miller outlined this process and from their research a ‘walk and stand desk’ was created.

This new regime is not just for office workers though; it has been taken up by those involved in childhood obesity research, diabetes research and also stress management research because it has been found that standing up more in all daily activities can yield significant benefits for our health. Therefore reading the paper, eating breakfast, speaking to clients on the telephone, can all (it is suggested) be easily done whilst standing. Research suggests that more standing and less sitting promotes an optimum metabolic level whilst the converse has a negative effect on cholesterol levels and fat metabolism. Standing up for three hours a day can use up an extra 750 calories which is a significant amount of energy. The benefits of this rather non- physical form of exercise should not be underestimated as it has other positive effects too, for example it improves balance and posture!

Schools in the UK are using this idea to try and tackle high levels of obesity in school age children. According to the Mail Online (2014), one school involved in a recent research study have been given adjustable desks which allow them to stand and do their schoolwork so that they are not sitting all the time they are in class. The research is based on the statistics that children living in developed countries spend 65% of their waking hours sitting down and these types of sedentary habits generally continue into adulthood; so the intention is to instil a healthier approach to low intensity exercise.

References

Clark, Laura, (2014) www.dailymail.co.uk

Levine JA, and Miller J. (2007) The energy expenditure of using a “walk-and-work” desk for office-workers with obesity. British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Categories: Health and Social Care, Sports & Fitness


Finding Fitness Courses to suit you

The range of Sport and Fitness Courses available from BSY offers a great variety to choose from.  Choices range from Mid-Section Trainer to Pilates and from Chi Kung to Gym Instructor.  One factor that all of these courses have in common is that exercise is good for us and it can make us feel good too.  It relieves stress and tension in the body, which is good for us both physically and mentally, and can improve heart and lung function, along with other physical benefits.

Having already studied the Alexander Technique and Sports Injuries, Adele Page decided that she wanted to continue her professional development by studying BSY’s Clinical Personal Fitness Trainer course.  She said that she found that open learning is the best option for her.  Many students comment on how convenient they find studying with BSY, often fitting learning in with being a busy mother, or having a job where they work long hours.  The fact that there are no deadlines means that students can work at their own pace, without the pressures of deadlines and fixed examination dates.  Adele commented on the wide and varied range of courses available with BSY, and the fact that some of the courses are not available elsewhere.  In future, she would like to complement her qualifications by studying Sports Nutrition.

Evelyn Spence also chose to study with BSY.  She elected to train as a Clinical Personal Fitness Trainer so that she can continue her instructing along the GP referral route.  She too chose to study with BSY because she could study at home, and at her own pace.  She said that she was impressed by the good, quick feedback that she received.  In the future she wants to work with clients on referral schemes from their doctor.  As a first time student with BSY, she said that to anyone thinking of studying with BSY she would say that it is worthwhile and gives you more knowledge.

Melissa Rayner enrolled to study to be a Personal Fitness Trainer.  She said that she chose this from BSY’s Fitness Courses because she believed that she could do it better than the people she employed!  She runs one hour bootcamp sessions, plus day and weekend fitness camps for women.  She enrolled because studying with BSY suited her time wise.  She commented that she has a small baby, and studying is often done between 5am and 6am.  In the future, she is considering studying Yoga and Pilates courses, and to anyone thinking of studying with BSY, her advice is “go for it!”

If you would like to know more about BSY’s Fitness Courses, why not phone us and speak to one of friendly and knowledgeable tutors and advisors by calling Freephone 0800 731 9271, or visit our website

Categories: Sports & Fitness