Level 2 Fitness Instructing (Gym Based Exercise)


This Level 2 YMCA Certificate is a qualification aimed at students who want to pursue a career in the health and fitness industry as a fitness instructor in the context of gym-based exercise. Students will cover the course over 3 lessons a week for one year.


Working in a health and fitness centre, for example inducting clients into using gym equipment both safely and with optimum results.

Students can bolt on additional instructing qualifications such as Spinning and Circuit Training.

Course Content

The Level 2 YMCA Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym Based Exercise) covers:

  • Anatomy and Physiology including:

- the heart and circulatory system
- the respiratory system
- structure and function of the skeleton
- musculoskeletal system
- postural and core stability
- the nervous and energy systems and their relation to exercise

  • How to maintain health, safety and welfare in a variety of fitness environments, including 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
  • The skills and knowledge required to plan and prepare a gym-based exercise programme with apparently healthy adults - both individuals and groups. This may include young people in the 14-16 age range, provided they are part of a larger adult group. Client groups also covered are older adults,ante and postnatal clients and disabled clients provided the relevant key safety guidelines are observed

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

Fitness Instructing (Gym Based Exercise) students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. Recently these have included:

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.


Assessment is by:

  • multiple choice theory paper
  • practical examination
  • assessment workbook

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be aged 16 or over at the time of registration.   Students should have good communication and interpersonal skills as well as a passion for sport.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the Fitness Instructing (Gym Based Exercise) Level 2 YMCA Certificate information leaflet.

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