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We offer courses to help you qualify for various professions from gym instruction to personal training. See below for our full range of courses.

For more information or for price inquires please email Julie.Mills@theymca.org.uk

YMCA Awards Certificate in Fitness Instruction Gym, Level 2

YMCA Awards Certificate in Fitness Instruction Gym, Level 2
Students will learn correct technique and safe and effective use of gym equipment, in order to instruct clients safely in the gym setting.

This includes how to carry out 1-2-1 gym induction session, how to plan and teach gym exercise sessions. From here, instructors may wish to progress to the Level 3 Certificate  in Personal Training.

TARGET CANDIDATES
This course is designed for:

  • Exercise and fitness enthusiasts who wish to become Gym Instructors
  • Those who wish to take the first steps to being a Personal Trainer
  • Individuals who wish to change career
  • Those who are already working as Fitness Instructors but who have few or no relevant qualifications

PREREQUISITES

Candidates must be aged 16 or over

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The online course covers the theoretical elements of the following subjects:

  • Level 2 Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise
  • Cardio-respiratory system
  • Bones, joints and joint action
  • Muscles and muscle actions
  • Energy systems
  • Nervous system
  • Health, Safety & Welfare in a Fitness Environment
  • Emergency procedures
  • Risk control
  • Health and safety requirements
  • Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health
  • Components of fitness
  • Principles of fitness
  • Health benefits of exercise
  • Healthy eating
  • Supporting Clients in Exercise and Physical Activity
  • Effective working relationships with clients
  • Barriers to exercise
  • Customer service
  • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise
  • Safe and effective warm-up
  • Cardiovascular training
  • Resistance machine and free weight training
  • Cool down, including exercises to develop flexibility

The course includes Four Practical Training Days held at the YMCA in Cambridge.
The Theory is studied online.  Students are allowed 215 days to complete the online study and will automatically be added to the next practical course dates.

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE
Assessment is conducted at the YMCA in Cambridge and is in six parts:

  • Multiple choice Anatomy & Physiology Theory Paper
  • Health, Safety & Welfare Worksheet
  • Multiple choice Principles of Exercise, Fitness & Health Theory Paper
  • Support Clients in Exercise & Physical Activity Worksheet
  • Plan and prepare a Gym-based exercise session
  • Instruct and evaluate a Gym-based exercise session

To enrol please contact Julie on 01223 273813 or email Julie.Mills@theymca.org.uk

YMCA Awards Certificate in Fitness Instruction Gym, Level 2 (Practical Elements only)

YMCA Awards Certificate in Fitness Instruction Gym, Level 2, Practical Elements only
Gaining further skills

For instructors who have already achieved and hold Level 2 Mandatory Units. This could include Exercise to Music or Water-based Exercise instructors. The course covers correct technique and safe and effective use of gym equipment, including cardiovascular equipment, resistance machines and free weights. You will learn how to carry out 1-2-1 gym induction sessions and how to plan and teach gym exercise sessions. From here, instructors may wish to progress to the Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Personal Training.

TARGET CANDIDATES

Instructors who have already achieved the Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction and who also wish to qualify as a Gym Instructor, Exercise to Music or Water-based instructors who wish to become Personal Trainers.
For example: if you are a fully qualified Level 2 Exercise to Music Instructor and would like to qualify as a Gym Instructor, you only need to take the practical element of the Certificate in Fitness Instruction Gym.

PREREQUISITES

Candidates must already hold:

  • NVQ Level 2 Mandatory Units.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The online course covers the theoretical elements of the following subjects:

  • Planning and instructing gym-based exercise
  • Safe and effective warm-up
  • Cardiovascular training
  • Resistance machine and free weight training
  • Cool down, including exercises to develop flexibility

The course includes Four Practical Training Days held at the YMCA in Cambridge or Peterborough.

The Theory is studied online.  Students are allowed 215 days to complete the online study before the start of the practical.

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE
Assessment is conducted at the YMCA in Cambridge and is in two parts:

  • Plan and prepare a Gym-based exercise session
  • Instruct and evaluate a Gym-based exercise session

For more information please contact Julie on 01223 273813 or email Julie.Mills@theymca.org.uk

Anatomy, Physiology and Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health, Level 2

Leading to the YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificates in  Fitness Instruction, Gym and Exercise to Music (ETM) 

Anatomy & Physiology and the Principles of Exercise, Fitness & Health Level 2 form the underpinning knowledge required to teach exercise and fitness at Level 2.

TARGET CANDIDATES

This course is suitable for those who wish to become either a Gym-based or a group Exercise to Music (ETM) Instructor and who:

  • Wish to study the theory element of fitness instruction at their own pace online, or
  • Wish to re-cap their Level 2 Theory, or
  • Who are working towards another Level 2 qualification

PREREQUISITES

Candidate must be 16 years old or over. There are no other entry requirements; however, for those candidates wishing to enrol for the Exercise to Music Instruction (ETM) Certificate, it is strongly recommended that you have experience of ETM classes. If you do not have experience you should attend at least ten ETM classes before the practical course so that you are familiar with the moves.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Online course covers the theoretical elements of the following subjects:

Level 2 Anatomy & Physiology for Exercise:

  • Cardio-respiratory system
  • Bones, joints and joint actions
  • Muscles and muscle actions
  • Energy systems
  • Nervous system

Principles of Exercise, Fitness and Health:

  • Components of fitness
  • Principles of fitness
  • Key exercise safety
  • Monitoring exercise intensity
  • Health benefits of exercise
  • Healthy eating

Candidates may study at their own pace and, when ready to take the written Theory Papers, book thier Assessment online or contact Tutor Support. Note: the online course must be completed within 12 months.

The Theory is studied online.  Students are allowed 215 days to complete the online study with 12 months to complete the certificate overall from the date of enrolment.

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE

Assessment is conducted at the YMCA in Cambridge and is in two parts:

  • Multiple choice Anatomy & Physiology Theory Paper
  • Multiple choice Principles of Exercise, Fitness & Health Theory Paper

To enrol please contact Julie on 01223 273813 or email Julie.mills@theymca.org.uk

YMCA Awards Certificate in Personal Training, Advanced Instruction, Level 3

YMCA Awards Certificate in Personal Training, Advanced Instruction, Level 3

Advanced programming to meet a broad range of client goals

The Personal Training, Advanced Instruction course, together with Applying the Principles of Nutrition to a Physical Activity Programme, makes up the full YMCA Awards Certificate in Personal Training.

The course covers Anatomy and Physiology Level 3, Programming Personal Training with Clients and Delivering Personal Training Sessions.

TARGET CANDIDATES
This course is designed for:

  • Individuals working towards the YMCA Awards Certificate in Personal Training
  • Gym Instructors or Fitness Supervisors who are seeking to enhance their qualifications
  • Those who are already working as Advanced Instructors but who lack a recognised qualification

PREREQUISITES
Candidates must be aged 18 or over and must already hold:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instruction

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The Online course covers the theoretical elements of the following subjects:

  • Anatomy and Physiology, Level 3
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Postural and core stability
  • Nervous system
  • Endocrine system
  • Energy systems
  • Programming personal training with clients
  • Different environments and equipment
  • Flexibility, motors skills and core stability
  • Advanced training systems
  • Long term behavioural change
  • Collecting information, fitness testing and taking measurements
  • Screening, preparing and planning
  • Identifying personal training goals
  • Managing, reviewing and adapting programmes
  • Delivering personal training sessions
  • Advanced instruction
  • Monitoring progress
  • Encouragement and support

The course includes up to seven Practical Training Days held at the YMCA in Cambridge.

In addition to the full online material, you will receive the YMCA Awards Level 3 practical manual on day 1 of the practical course.

The Theory is studied online.  Students are allowed 215 days to complete the online study. Students are automatically booked on the next practical course that dates allow the study to be completed.

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE

  • Multiple choice Anatomy and Physiology Theory Paper
  • Observed practical assessment of physical measurements
  • Client profile
  • Detailed 4 week personal training programme
  • Overview of 12 week personal training programme
  • Viva – questions on the programme
  • Observed practical assessment of advanced training skills and application of advanced systems. Note: your client will take part in the assessment
  • Self-evaluation of your performance

For more information please contact Julie on 01223 273813 or email Julie.Mills@theymca.org.uk

YMCA Awards Certificate in Applying the Principles of Nutrition to a Physical Activity Programmes, Level 3

YMCA Awards Certificate in Applying the Principles of Nutrition to a Physical Activity Programmes, Level 3
An insight into healthy eating and weight management
The Certificate in Nutrition for Physical Activity is the second of the two course modules that make up the new YMCA Awards Certificate in Personal Training. It can also be taken as a stand-alone qualification.
The course covers nutrients, energy systems, measuring and eating for energy and the physiology and psychology of dieting. It also covers the principles of healthy eating and weight management in relation to exercise, sports and well-being and will enable the Personal Trainer to give advice on and plan for effective long-term fat/weight loss, based on sound scientific principles.

TARGET CANDIDATES
This course is designed for:

  • Instructors who are seeking to work towards the YMCA Awards Certificate in Personal Training Advanced Fitness Instructors who wish to up skill to Personal Trainer status
  • Those who wish to provide appropriate nutritional advice for a variety of client needs Gym or Group Exercise (Studio) Instructors or Fitness Supervisors who are seeking to enhance their qualifications

PREREQUISITES
Candidates must be aged 18 or over and must already hold:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction or equivalent
    Note: if applying for the full Certificate in Personal Training, candidates must hold a Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instruction
  • If applying for the Conversion to Personal Trainer status award, candidates must hold a Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Fitness Instruction

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The Online course covers the theoretical elements of the following subjects:

  • The principles of nutrition
  • Key guidelines in relation to nutrition
  • Giving nutritional advice
  • The relationship between nutrition and physical activity
  • How to collect nutritional information
  • Nutritional goal setting with clients
  • Collecting and analysing nutritional information
  • Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme

The theory is studied online, students are allowed 215 days to complete the online study. The nutrition online study is part of the Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification and needs to be completed before the Personal Trainer practical dates.
ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE
Assessment of qualification is conducted at the YMCA in Cambridge and is in two parts:

  • Multiple choice theory paper
  • Live Case Study – as part of the personal training course

Prerequisites – students must hold a current Level 2 Fitness Qualification.

For more information please contact Julie on 01223 273813 or email Julie.mills@theymca.org.uk

Online Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health Level 3

Advanced Exercise and Fitness Knowledge

This course covers the underpinning knowledge required to teach advanced training systems. It is one of the core units of all Level 3 courses and is therefore designed to be taken by individuals working towards any Level 3 qualification including Advanced Studio Instructor, Personal Trainer and Pilates or Yoga Teacher.

Please note: This module is included within the Personal Training Advanced Instruction course.

PREREQUISITES

Candidates must already hold a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Online course covers the following subjects:

  • Anatomy and Physiology, Level 3
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Postural and core stability
  • Nervous system
  • Endocrine system
  • Energy systems

The Theory is studied online.  Students are allowed 215 days to complete the online study with 12 months to complete the certificate overall from the date of employment.

ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE 

Assessment is by multiple choice Thoery Paper. Assessment dates are arranged through Julie.Mills@theymca.org.uk

 

Prerequisites
 
Any of the following qualifications are essential pre-requisites to this course. You must hold a current (dated within the past three years) certificate or have maintained Continued Professional Development in these areas. Please contact us if you are in any doubt about whether your qualifications are acceptable as pre-requisites.

To enrol on this course please contact Julie on 01223 273813 or email Julie.mills@theymca.org.uk

First Aid at Work

First Aid at Work

For anyone wanting a comprehensive introduction to First Aid

This course covers the practical skills needed by a first aider in the modern workplace and will give you the confidence and knowledge to deal with first aid emergencies. First Aid coverage in the workplace is a legal requirement. This 3 day Health and Safety Executive approved course complies with the HSE (First Aid) Regulations of 1981 and is valid for three years.

PREREQUISITES

No previous first aid experience is necessary

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The 3 day course is held in Cambridge and covers:

  • What is first aid?, first aid in the workplace, responsibilities of the appointed person, action at an emergency, primary assessment, secondary assessment, breathing and circulation, principles of resuscitation, disorders of respiration
  • Disorders of circulation, wounds and bleeding, bites and stings, disorders of consciousness, foreign objects, incident management
  • Burns and scalds, bones, joint and muscle injury, poisoning, effects of heat and cold, child and baby life support
  • Casualty management, resuscitation procedures
  • Written and Practical Assessments

To enrol on this course please contact Julie on 01223 273813 or email Julie.mills@theymca.org.uk

To arrange a group or corporate booking, please contact Julie.Martin@theymca.org.uk

Emergency First Aid at Work

Emergency First Aid at Work

Wherever they work and whatever they do, people need to be safe at work. Caring for people’s safety involves prevention as well as being prepared for emergencies such as sudden illness and accidents. This course is designed for all those who are required to administer emergency first aid in the workplace. The course complies with HSE requirements and is valid for three years.

PREREQUISITES

No previous first aid experience is necessary

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Where an employer’s assessment for First Aid needs identifies that a First Aider is not necessary, the minimum requirement is for an employer to appoint a person to take charge of the First Aid arrangements. This includes looking after the equipment and facilities and calling the emergency services when required. In the absence of First Aiders, employers must appoint a person for this purpose. Please note: it should be remembered that Appointed Persons are not First Aiders (see the First Aid at Work course).

The 1 day course is held in Cambridge and covers:

  • What is first aid?
  • First aid in the workplace
  • Responsibilities of the appointed person
  • Action at an emergency
  • Primary assessment
  • Secondary assessment
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the recovery position
  • Signs and symptoms and how to deal with them

 

ASSESSMENT

To enrol on this course please contact Julie on 01223 273813 or email Julie.mills@theymca.org.uk

For group or corporate bookings, please contact Julie.Martin@theymca.org.uk

  • The formal assessment is carried out at the YMCA in Cambridge during the one day course.
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Diploma in Mat Pilates

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PREREQUISITES

YMCA Awards recommend a basic understanding of level 2 Anatomy and Physiology for anyone without any level 2 fitness qualifications. Level 3 Anatomy will be studied on line in preparation for the practical days. Mandatory Units will also need to be completed, consisting of 2 worksheets and the Principles of Exercise Theory paper, a manual and work book will be provided for learner support.

At the end of the 10 days practical input, learners will have 8 weeks before their practical assessment to prepare a 12 week progressive plan, the final 4 weeks will be predicted, and professionally discussed as part of the final assessment,

The full cost of this course is £1750 and can be paid in instalments. Please contact the office for more information.

The course must be completed within 12 months of registration, or a fee will be charged for re registration and assessment.

It is recommended that learners purchase the book ‘A Pilates’ Primer : The Millennium Edition’
On application earners must provide evidence of prior learning of level 2 or 3 qualifications.

LEVEL 3
Diploma in Teaching Mat Pilates
DAYS DATES 2017 ASSESSMENT DATES
January 2017 Fridays 13th January – 17th March inclusive
10 days total
12th or 13th May 2017
Pre requisite: YMCA Awards recommend a basic understanding of level 2 Anatomy and Physiology for anyone without any level 2 fitness qualifications

If you already hold the level 2 Mandatory units and a Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology you can apply for Prior Learning and only complete the 10 days practical, evidence will need to be provided

 

 

 

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