My PT Journey

My PT Journey – Level 2 Fitness Instructor

Team Bath (Bath University) offer a blended learning course split across the Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications. You need to pass the Level 2 in order to progress on to the Level 3.
The Level 2 course is delivered over 12 compulsory units ranging from anatomy & physiology, principles of nutrition, health & safety in a fitness environment through to preparing & instructing gym-based exercise. It’s a good grounding to let you provide basic gym cover gym.
The age range on the course was never going to be a problem for me, but it was interesting to see that I wasn’t the only ‘oldie’ on the course, with the age spread from 20 to mid-50s. The biggest thing for me was going back to formal learning and exam-based assessments. There are two exams as part of the overall assessment, one in anatomy & physiology and the other in nutrition & exerise principles. The latter is arguably the easier, as it’s more common-sense, but the former is proper learning (names of muscles & bones, how the body creates & utilises energy, etc) – it’s all OK, but you do need to find the time to do your homework throughout the whole course, rather than try cramming the night before the exam.
The biggest buzz for me came from studying at Bath University – it’s an absolutely staggering facility place to learn that can’t but fail to inspire anyone studying there. To quote from the TeamBath website, they:
o – Provide an inspirational sports and fitness environment for athletes of all ages and abilities from beginners to elite athletes and from recreational to competitive.
o – And their international standard £30 million Sports Training Village is backed by a centre of expertise in physiotherapy, sport science and athlete development.

For anyone considering any career in personal training, I’d definitely recommend you take a look at Bath.

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