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YMCA Fitness Industry Training 111 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NP t. 020 7343 1850 | f. 0843 221 1548 | e. bookings@ymcafit.org.uk YMCA速 is a registered trademark in Great Britain and Northern Ireland Publisher's note: this brochure describes the training programme currently run by YMCA Fitness Industry Training. Every care has been taken to ensure accuracy but changes may be introduced after publication. London Central Young Men's Christian Association Ltd trading as YMCA Fitness Industry Training; 111 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NP A registered Charity No. 1001043 Registered in England and Wales No. 2551972


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Continuing professional development CPD courses are a fantastic way for both newly qualified instructors and those who have experience within the industry to broaden their skills, remain current and significantly increase their earning potential. The number of choices has grown over time, with instructors facing a multitude of decisions about the best way forward for them. We appreciate that the decision can be tough. As such, we have done our best to assist you to find the right CPD course for you by separating the modules into four distinct categories:    PT

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Although some of our CPDs can only be accessed through completion of a specific entry level qualification, many are open to all instructors. Our recommendations are just that, recommendations, so as long as you meet the prerequisite requirements, the opportunity may well be there for you to complete any of our exceptional CPD modules.


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RECOMMENDED

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EXERCISE

Ideal for those looking to gain qualifications to become a personal trainer, or current personal trainers who wish to add specific courses which will diversify their offering.

Predominantly for instructors who have gained an initial qualification in group teaching, these modules will allow you to teach a whole new class style to make you more in-demand at health and fitness facilities.

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Working with groups who have specific requirements which fall outside of what is covered on entry level qualifications. These courses will allow you to teach classes and one-to-one sessions to this specific group.

For those who wish to take the pressure off their joints a little and start to incorporate sessions which focus on both the mind and body, these courses will be ideal as an addition to your existing sessions or to be offered as a specific session in this new area.


PT RECOMMENDED


Barefoot Running

Business Skills

3 hours workshop and 1 day

3 days/home study

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RECOMMENDED

Breaking down the conventional beliefs regarding running, this course looks into the art of natural running. Adapt and adjust running techniques to train efficiently, a skill that many consider has been lost through the western habit of wearing traditional running footwear.

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RECOMMENDED EXERCISE

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To successfully start your own business or be self-employed, you will have to take into consideration a variety of factors, some of which are required legally whilst others will assist you to succeed. This course provides a vital foundation for those looking to maximise their earning potential.

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Certificate in Personal Training

Exercise Nutrition 3 days/home study

11-18 days

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RECOMMENDED

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The ideal step up from gym instructing, this is where your career in personal training begins. As well as being able to devise detailed and effective plans for individual clients, you’ll also have the know-how to train them outside the gym environment, offer nutritional advice and implement a range of health and fitness tests to ensure that your sessions are really making a difference. The course also includes Suspension Fitness.

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It’s time to put to bed myths about nutrition. With this module, you’ll be confident in analysing food labels to understand what exactly we eat. Gain an understanding of the principles of healthy eating and weight management in relation to exercise, enabling you to offer nutritional advice in an exercise context.


Gym Instructor Module

Kettlebells 1 day

5 days

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RECOMMENDED

Ideal for currently qualified instructors who wish to try their hand on the gym floor. Gain confidence in teaching the correct techniques on CV equipment, resistance machines and free weights in order to provide gym inductions and set short-term training programmes.

   PT

RECOMMENDED EXERCISE

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Fantastic for explosive exercises that work major muscles, develop the core, burn fat, and build power, kettlebells have become extremely popular additions to gyms, and are very beneficial for a mobile PT.

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Outdoor Fitness

Padwork for PTs

3 days

1 day

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RECOMMENDED    GROUP EXERCISE Boot camp classes are springing up in the majority of local parks as exercisers discover that the gym is no longer the sole location for those looking for a challenging cardio and resistance workout. Lead your own sessions by qualifying to teach outdoor groups.

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A great skill for instructors taking group exercise or one-to-one sessions. The equipment is very portable and you can use this skill to develop power, muscular strength and endurance, and coordination. It is always a very popular workout.


Running 1 day

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RECOMMENDED

Many clients wish to run. The treadmill is not the only option. Develop a range of running drills which will build aerobic endurance, speed and power. Impart technical expertise to ensure that your clients are running in an economical and injury-free motion.

“I am looking into doing various CPD courses, including indoor cycling and Cardio Kick. I am focused on learning as much as possible and my aim is to be able to teach as big a variety of classes as possible!” Kate Halsall, ETM Instructor

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Sports Conditioning

Suspension Fitness

3 days

1 day

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RECOMMENDED

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Hurdles, ladders, cones and wobble boards are common place when devising sports-based sessions. You’ll be able to devise sessions for clients taking part in a range of sports and events, from football to fencing and tennis to triathlons.

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An approach to fitness that utilises a rope and pulley system which manipulates a client’s bodyweight to create a challenging full body workout. The portability of the equipment makes it a fantastic tool for both indoor and outdoor sessions.


Triathlon 1 day

Weight Loss Guru Practitioner 3 days

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RECOMMENDED

The increased popularity of triathlon across the UK has given rise to a new market for a personal trainer to enter. The module focuses on the fitness training facets of triathlon so you can improve the physical capability of your clients to withstand the demands of this multi-sport event.

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RECOMMENDED

Become a franchisee in one of the fitness industry’s most innovative businesses. Gain access to fantastic business support, promotional packages and additional clients allowing you to offer a more rounded and lucrative service for those seeking a happier, healthier lifestyle.

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GROUP EXERCISE


Aqua Training Module

Cardio Kick 1 day

3 days

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EXERCISE

Learn how the body responds differently to training in water and gain practical experience in how to deliver fun and effective sessions using a variety of different approaches such as circuits or aerobics, depending on your previous qualifications.

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EXERCISE

Incorporate martial arts combinations into an ETM class to create a challenging cardiovascular workout. Mix high intensity intervals involving kick and punch combinations into a choreographed routine, this workout is always a popular one on class timetables.

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Circuit Training

Core Stability

1 day

1 day

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EXERCISE

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An ever present on every class timetable, this is a course which is sure to put you in demand as an instructor. Developing ideas for exercises which utilise both bodyweight and equipment, teaching this class is a perfect showcase to potential one-to-one clients.

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EXERCISE

A must-have for any training programme, having knowledge about core stability will invigorate your sessions and will allow you to teach a specific class utilising equipment such as foam rollers, BOSU and core balls.


Exercise to Music Module

Keiser Cycle Foundation 1 day

6 days

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EXERCISE

The practical skills required to design and teach ETM classes such as aerobics and body conditioning. This course encourages the design of freestyle choreography to ensure you can teach innovative and exciting classes which people will want to attend again and again.

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EXERCISE

Plan the journey, involve hills and flats, sprints and recoveries, possibly split the class into two racing teams. Let your imagination run wild as you learn to take inventive indoor cycling classes to music.

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Kids’ Fitness Dance Module

Kids’ Fitness Play and Games Module

4 days

4 days

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   GROUP

EXERCISE

Perfect for instructors who wish to add to their adult teaching qualification by taking classes for children. Having fun is the name of the game when it comes to kids’ classes, but we also focus on incorporating movement to develop balance, coordination, and body and spatial awareness.

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Dance classes are a superb tool for children to develop coordination, cardiovascular fitness and an improved sense of wellbeing. Learn the skills to run exciting classes for children with a particular emphasis on street dance, cheerleading and musical theatre.


Sculpt

Step

1 day

1 day

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EXERCISE

Teach a class to music which offers a challenging whole body resistance workout. You’ll learn barbell and bodyweight exercises and variations to incoporate into your sessions as well as how to involve music to provide further inspiration and rhythmic guidance.

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EXERCISE

Designed specifically for the ETM instructor, this module builds upon basic step knowledge and allows you to develop advanced step teaching skills and techniques across a wide range of styles including tap-free, partner step, line stepping and step circuits.

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SPECIALIST


Ante and Postnatal Exercise

Exercise and Disability 2 days

2 days

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   SPECIALIST

Being able to adapt your sessions appropriately for new mums or mums-to-be will allow you to tap into an often under resourced market. You will be comfortable adapting existing sessions or potentially devising a specialist class for this demographic.

Disabled people are often not adequately provided for in fitness and gym facilities. Our course, developed as part of the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI), will provide you with confidence and expertise in writing and delivering safe, effective and fun exercise programmes for disabled people.

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Exercise for Older Adults

Exercise Referral

2 days

5 days

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For every 8,000 older adults in the UK, there is currently only one qualified specialist instructor. Stand out as a sought-after specialist by taking both classes and one-to-one sessions for a sector of society that is increasingly looking to improve its health, fitness and wellbeing.

Exercise referral schemes continue to grow in number through Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), local authorities and the private sector. Train to become involved in this extremely rewarding field working with medically referred clients with low-risk medical conditions.

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HOLISTIC


Diploma in Teaching Yoga

STOTT PILATES® Mat-Plus

9 days

8 days

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   HOLISTIC

No longer solely an activity for the rich and famous, both gyms and yoga centres are seeing an increased demand for yoga classes on their timetables. Train in the practice of Hatha Yoga – the foundation from where many popular styles of yoga have developed.

STOTT PILATES helps to develop optimal strength, flexibility, endurance and posture without building bulk or stressing joints. The Mat-Plus provides you with the skills to design and teach essential and intermediate level Pilates matwork classes, integrating small equipment which will allow you to add variety to your sessions.

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STOTT PILATES® Reformer

Supple Strength 1 day

10 days

   HOLISTIC

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Teach a broad range of Pilates exercises, variations and modifications performed on the Reformer, and learn how to combine Mat and Reformer based workouts for increased variety and intensity.

Skills which can be utilised as a specialist class or to be incorporated into current sessions, this module blends elements of yoga, Pilates and body conditioning to build a challenging holistic workout which focuses on posture, core stability and body alignment.

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Professional development Within this booklet we have detailed a variety of different options for instructors to broaden their offering, increase their earnings and develop a long and successful career teaching classes or one-to-one sessions. However, for those who have gained a great deal of experience and are at a stage where they wish to pass on their expertise to the next generation of instructors, our Professional Development option is your next step.

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Tutor Training (PTLLS) 1 day plus home study

Hone your teaching skills and develop sessions which utilise a variety of learning styles. Gain valuable teaching experience in order to successfully plan for delivering sessions and motivating learners on fitness industry courses. Recognised beyond the fitness industry, this qualification will also open the door to career development within further education.


“The fitness industry is always changing. You never stop learning.” Denise Page, Head of YMCAfit

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