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Active IQ Gym Instructor and Personal Training package

Iona Bruce

Iona Bruce is based in Glasgow University.

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David Cumming


David Cumming is based in Motherwell

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Paul Garvie

Paul Garvie is based at Omega MMA in Perth.

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Sheli McCoy

Sheli McCoy is based at Sweat Box in Dundee.

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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, 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
  • 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
  • how to deliver exercise and physical activity as part of a programme for apparently healthy adults of all ages.


Mentor Led Gym Instructor and Personal Training package is delivered over 12 weeks , with weekly session will last around 2 hours, and will be delivered from the mentor’s facility.


On successful completion of these qualifications you will receive a Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training which will allow you to apply for entry onto CIMSPA at Level 3. This qualification will enable you to work as a Personal Trainer.

Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

Two Multiple choice theory Papers:

1. Applied Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise, Health and Fitness (Pass mark 28/40)
2. The principles of Nutrition and their application to Exercise and Health. (Pass mark 28/40)

Practical Assessment: There are a few modular practical observations for the following areas: Consultation, Personal Training session and Training Techniques.

From a planned programme that is devised by yourself on the course, you will deliver a Personal Training session to an experienced client using a range of Advanced training methods. Afterwards you will evaluate the session.

There are also worksheets and assignments to complete as well as a case study.

Entry Requirements

Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym-Based Exercise (or equivalent).

Progression routes

Active IQ Level 3 Applied Nutrition & Supplementation,
Active IQ Level 3 Exercise Referral
Active IQ Level 4 Specialist Courses

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