YMCA Level 2 Gym Instructor/YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training (Gym-based Exercise)

This qualification is aimed at learners wishing to become a Personal Trainer but who do not already hold the  pre-requisite of Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Gym Based).


 YMCA Level 2 Gym Instructor

Course Content and Job Skills

Units studied include:

Level 2 Gym

  • Health, Safety and Welfare in a Fitness Environment.
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise.
  • Principles of Exercise Fitness and Health.
  • Know How to Support Clients Who Take Part in Exercise and Physical Activity.
  • Planning Gym-Based Exercise.
  • Instructing Gym-Based Exercise.

During the course you will learn how to:

  • Identify the major bones, muscles and muscle actions of the body.
  • Explain the workings of the body's cardiovascular and energy systems.
  • Identify the components and principles of fitness.
  • Relate the Health & Safety at Work Act to the gym environment.
  • Identify good customer care and strategies for the adoption and maintenance of physical activity.
  • Plan, teach and evaluate a gym programme.
  • Demonstrate good personal technique and alignment on a range of cardiovascular equipment, fixed resistance machines and free weights.

L3 Personal Training

Anatomy and physiology including:

  • The heart and circulatory system.
  • The musculoskeletal system postural and core stability.
  • The nervous, endocrine and energy systems and their relation to exercise and health.
  • How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments.
  • The safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
  • How to programme safe and effective exercise for a range of clients.
  • The health benefits of physical activity and the importance of healthy eating.
  • How to communicate with clients effectively, and motivate clients to adhere to an exercise programme.
  • How to apply the principles of nutrition to support client goals as part of an exercise and physical activity programme.
  • How to design, manage, and adapt a personal training programme with apparently healthy adults of all ages.

Additional Qualifications:

  • YMCA Level 2 Award in Instructing Group Indoor Cycling Sessions - This course will be available for any studernts that finish their main qualification before June.
  • Level 2 Maths and English Functional Skills.
  • GCSE Maths and GCSE English (if you have not achieved a "C/4" GCSE grade in English & maths, it is mandatory that you continue to study them as part of your programme.

There will be some self- study but the majority of the course will be taught by your tutor.


You will be assessed in a number of ways which include:

  • Multiple choice theory paper/e-assessment
  • Practical examination
  • Worksheets
  • Learner assessment record
  • e-Assessment Multiple choice examination (Anatomy and Nutrition)
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical assessment

Entry Requirements

Three GCSEs at grades A C/9-4 or equivalent to include English or Merit at Level 2 in a sports qualification with with English grade A-C (4).

Applicants should also have a keen interest in fitness and fitness instructing.


This course is suitable for anyone who wants to go into the fitness instructing side of the sports industry.
The YMCA Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing - Gym-Based Exercise is the minimum qualification you need to instruct fitness.


On completion of the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing-Gym-Based Exercise (YMCA Level 2); you will then be able to progress (time permitting) onto the YMCA Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training.

Progression could also include: Level 4 Practitioner Award in programming and supervising exercise with disabled clients or Level 3 Diploma in exercise referral.


One year, 3/4 days a week

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