This introductory course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn more about instructing gym-based exercise but doesn't want any formal assessment or qualification.
The course will cover anatomy and physiology, health and safety, planning and delivering gym-based sessions, healthy eating, communication and motivation skills.
There are no pre-requisites for this course, but it is desirable that you have some basic knowledge of health and fitness or are familiar with exercise routines in a gym-based setting.
You do not need to be physically active as you may opt out of any practical element throughout the course. It would, however, be beneficial for you to undertake these sessions.
The course will cover the theoretical content of:
There is no formal assessment on this course. However, your understanding will be reviewed through in-class questioning.
You will need to have suitable clothing for a gym environment, including indoor training footwear, personal towel and toiletries. You may wish to become a member of the College gym.
There are no additional costs for this course.
You may wish to study a full Level 2 qualification in Gym Instruction or try other health and fitness related courses which form part of our Learning for Leisure offer.
Derby College offer sport, health and leisure facilities for public use. This includes fitness centre, sports hall and outdoor pitch hire plus lots more. Located at Broomfield Hall, Johnson Building and Mackworth.
Keen runner Kirsty Peinelt has always wanted a health related career but hadn't considered sports therapy until her partner needed physiotherapy after an illness a few years ago.
His physiotherapist explained to her how soft tissue massages work so she decided to look into that area of health and fitness and found her ideal course at Derby College.
And Kirsty who is 22 and from Heanor, has been gaining valuable hands-on experience as she works towards completing her BTEC level 3 Sports Science Advanced Diploma.
Over the summer break she worked part-time at Belper Life Fitness giving sports massage treatments to people of all ages and fitness levels.
As part of her therapist's role she has treated everyone from keen athletes in training for gruelling triathlons through to older people who just want a massage in order to feel better.
Kirsty, who is soon to start the second year of her two year diploma course, hopes to go on to university and study for a degree in physiotherapy.
Once qualified she would like to work in the NHS and ideally specialise in paediatric, neurological or malignancy physiotherapy.
Luckily I found just the course I was looking for at Derby College.
My Level 2 course, which I took in 2013/2014, was fantastic – there wasn't a thing about it that I didn't love.
To be a good sports massage therapist you need to thoroughly understand physiology and anatomy, so there is a lot to learn.