L2/L3 Gym Instructing and Personal Training

Combined Level 2 + Level 3 Course To Qualify As A PT

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This is the core Level 3 qualification you require if you want to train clients in a 1-2-1 environment. We have combined it with the Level 2 Gym Instructing qualification so you don't need any prior experience to enrol on this course.  Delivered by five leading Personal Trainers and fitness influencers, this will set you up for ultimate success in your new career!

  • 396 Guided Learning Hours
    396 Guided Learning Hours
  • 8 Units
    8 Units
  • 100% online
    100% online

Course overview

This qualification will teach you fundamental knowledge about the human body and exercise which you will need to personally train clients in a fitness environment. Becoming a Personal Trainer is a hugely rewarding career, and we have designed a course which gets you qualified in a fun and engaging way 

Our team of industry leading Personal Trainers will teach you all about human anatomy, physiology, and nutrition, giving you the foundational knowledge to build upon. You will then learn how to run client consultations and how to plan and deliver personal training programmes. By the end of the course you will be ready to start a new career as a personal trainer with the continued support of the Leap Academy team.

Key topics covered in this course

  • Human anatomy and physiology

  • Nutrition for physical activity 

  • How to deliver client consultations 

  • How to plan and deliver personal training programmes 

  • Engaging a client and maximising their experience 

  • Business fundamentals for a Personal Trainer 

You can find out more detailed information about the course contents, team and potential career opportunities in the tabs above. Or alternatively, register your interest on the form on the right of this page and we will send you further information

What sets us apart from other training providers is that all our courses are developed and delivered by industry experts who are all currently leading the way in their industry. You will be taught through a combination of written materials, interactive learning elements and course videos which help teach important information in an engaging and fun way. Check out the video below for a example of the content you can expect in this course

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Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support
    • Learn from industry leading experts and professionals 
    • Over 100 course videos and demonstrations 
    • Tutor support via our market-leading platform
    • Study around existing commitments
    • Engaging content from videos to interactive quizzes
    • Mock exams and submission walkthroughs
Self-Paced Online Learning With Tutor Support PLUS Live Classes
    • Weekly LIVE small group online lessons with professional PTs & course tutors
    • Access to library of on-demand classes, lectures & demonstrations
    • Access to Leap Academy PT Facebook group FOR LIFE 
    • Free 6-month membership to Club Five worth £150
    • Learn from industry leading experts and professionals
    • Over 100 course videos and demonstrations
    • Tutor support via our market-leading platform
    • Study around existing commitments
    • Engaging content from videos to interactive quizzes
    • Mock exams and submission walkthroughs


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We have broken the course into 8 separate units which teach you the content step by step and build upon what you have previously learnt.

Below is a detailed breakdown of each unit: 

Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise

  1. The structure and function of the cardiorespiratory system 
  2. The structure and function of the skeleton
  3. Understanding the muscular system and its life-course
  4. The energy systems of the human body
  5. The role of the nervous system and the principles of muscle contraction 
  6. The function of the digestive system 

Unit 2: Applied Anatomy and Physiology 

  1. The cardiorespiratory system and it's relation to exercise
  2. The skeletal system and its relation to exercise 
  3. The muscular system and it's relation to exercise 
  4. Postural and core stability 
  5. The nervous system and it's relation to exercise 
  6. The endocrine system and its relation to exercise and health 
  7. Energy systems and their relation to exercise  

Unit 3: Nutrition for Physical Activity

  1. The principles of nutrition
  2. Key nutritional strategies and guidelines
  3. Understand how to use nutritional tools
  4. Collecting and analysis nutritional information 
  5. Apply the principles of nutrition

Unit 4: Client Consultations and Lifestyle Management

  1. The client consultation process in the gym environment
  2. The role of health screening, fitness testing and risk stratification
  3. Lifestyle and health promotion
  4. Understand the prevention and management of common health conditions
  5. Principles of behaviour change and exercise adherence
  6. Be able to conduct consultations and assessments

Unit 5: Planning and Delivering Gym Programmes

  1. The components of fitness and programming variables
  2. Understanding gym-based exercise training 
  3. Planning and delivering gym-based training
  4. Reviewing gym-based training
  5. Safeguarding in the fitness environment

Unit 6: Planning and Delivering Personal Training Programmes

  1. Obtaining client information in inform programme planning
  2. Observing and adapting exercise technique
  3. Demonstrating professional conduct
  4. How to instruct and adapt personal training sessions to meet the needs of different clients                      

Unit 7: Maximising the Customer Experience in the Exercise Environment

  1. How to assess customer needs in a gym environment
  2. The role of customer service in the gym environment
  3. Communicating with customer and colleagues
  4. Professional practice
  5. Cleaning and waste management in the gym environment

Unit 8: Business Acumen for Personal Trainers

  1. Understand the principles of business planning and creating a business plan for a successful personal training business
  2. Managing finances related to a personal training business


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meet your team

Leap Academy courses are designed and delivered by experts and professionals who are all big personalities in the health and fitness industry. Each course leader has been specifically chosen due to their knowledge, personality and leading reputation to ensure the course content is top quality, but also highly engaging. Read more about each course leader below and which courses they have helped create and deliver

Online Personal Trainer + Business Owner

Talilla is an online fitness instructor and Personal Trainer, and coaches the LEAP Academy Level 2 Gym Instructing, Level 3 Personal Training and Level 4 Advanced Sports Nutrition qualifications. She has an extensive career in the fitness industry and has built her own online health and fitness club from scratch. Read more about her amazing journey below:

  • Unit 1: Anatomy & Physiology.
  • Unit 2: Applied Anatomy & Physiology
  • Unit 5: Planning and Delivering Gym Programmes.
Celebrity Personal Trainer + Business Owner

Brad is a professional PT and coaches the LEAP Academy Level 2 Gym Instructing and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications. He is one of the most successful and best known PTs in the UK with incredible experiences and knowledge to share. Read all about his career and story below:

  • Unit 6: Planning and Delivering PT programmes.
  • Unit 8: Business Acumen for Personal Trainers
Personal Trainer + Business Owner

James is an online fitness coach and teaches the LEAP Academy L2 Gym Instructing, L3 Personal Training and L4 Advanced Sports Nutrition qualifications. His online coaching has a strong emphasis on a 360 approach to health including mindset and nutrition based on his own personal journey. Read more about his story below:

  • Unit 3: Nutrition for Physical Activity.
  • Unit 5: Planning and Delivering Gym Programmes.
  • Unit 6: Planning and Delivering PT Programmes
Personal Trainer + Business Owner

Wes is a professional personal trainer who has launched two small-group PT gyms in south London. He coaches the LEAP Academy L2 Gym Instructing and L3 Personal Training qualifications, bringing a huge wealth of personal experiences and knowledge to the courses. Read more about his story below:

  • Unit 2: Applied Anatomy & Physiology.
  • Unit 3: Nutrition for Physical Activity.
  • Unit 4: Client Consultations and Lifestyle Management.
  • Unit 6: Planning and Delivering PT Programmes
Personal Trainer + Business Owner

Heloise is a professional personal trainer who has launched three fitness studios in London. She coaches our L2 Gym Instructing and L3 Personal training qualifications bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience. Read more about her career and journey below:

  • Unit 5: Planning and Delivering Gym Programmes.
  • Unit 7: Maximising the Customer Experience.
  • Unit 8: Business Acumen for Personal Trainers


There is no experience or previous qualifications required to enrol in this course! We are open to everyone!

We have chosen to combine the Level 2 Gym Instructing Certificate with the Level 3 Personal Training Diploma, which means you will be taught absolutely everything you need to know and do not require any previous knowledge or experience

If you are already level 2 qualified you should be able to fly through the first few units before you get onto the level 3 content

A minimum course payment of 15% must be paid before we are able to register you on the course and book your unit 1 exam. Until this threshold is met, you will be unable to sit your unit 1 exam, although you are welcome to continue working your way through the course content.


Each unit will be assessed through a combination of methods based on the course content.  You can expect a combination of multiple choice exams, written questions, video submissions, programme cards and worksheets. 

Unit 1 and Unit 2 are externally assessed by Innovate Awarding, who charge a resit fee of £29.99 if you fail on your first attempt. To ensure you feel prepared before your exams, we provide three mock exams per unit! 

Unit 3-8 are assessed by the LEAP Academy team and we offer unlimited free resits on all of these assessments!

As part of the video submissions you will require access to gym equipment, this includes cardio machines, weight machines and free weights. 

Don't worry, we will walk you through each assessment as they arrive to ensure you are fully prepared.



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Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Level 3 Diploma for the Gym Instructing and Personal Training Practitioner (RQF). This course is accredited by Innovate Awarding.

Innovate Awarding is an Ofqual regulated awarding organisation with an innovative and dynamic approach. They develop off-the-shelf, customised and fully bespoke qualifications across a growing number of sectors, all of which are on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
In the UK an accredited Level 3 Personal Training qualification is required to get any PT job in a gym, or to gain insurance if you are self-employed. This qualification is accredited by Innovate awarding and endorsed by CIMSPA. This means you will be added to the CIMSPA register after you have qualified.

Before you purchase any personal training course you MUST ensure the course is CIMSPA endorsed, or you might struggle to secure employment in a gym.

Note: You will not be issued a level 2 certificate with this qualification, only a level 3 diploma.


This course provides an excellent launchpad for anyone who wants to pursue a career in personal training and set up their own business. You will gain the skills and knowledge to engage, facilitate, educate and support clients in the gym environment. 

You may decide to start your new career as a Gym Instructor gaining valuable experience of leading client consultations, writing gym programmes, and interacting with clients on the gym floor. Or, you may choose to go straight into a Personal Training position within a fitness studio or club and gain experience within this environment. Or perhaps some of you will choose to be self-employed and build you own business and client base either online or in-person.

Either way, the course will provide you with the knowledge and understanding required to become a successful PT.

You can also take the knowledge you gain from this course into further study with one of our related courses and qualifications, enabling you to support clients in a wider capacity. A great starting point here would be the L4 Advanced Sports Nutrition qualification, which would allow you to write personal nutrition plans for clients.


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You will have access to weekly live and on-demand classes with professional Personal Trainers

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What our students say…

I am currently doing my Level 3 PT Course and bbsolutely loving it! Leap has made the course interesting and engaging. The content is explained in a very digestible form, and there are videos further break it down to help mix up the learning. The coaches that teach the content are all very relatable and understanding making them very approachable with any issues you are having. The Live sessions and social pages also make it easy to communicate with peers and course coaches, allowing you to ask any questions you have which is amazing!I would highly recommend going with LEAP to do any courses you are interested in!


Everything from the coursework to the incredible teachers has been great fun and made me eager to come back and continue the course.
The trainers are all so lovely and helpful and the course itself is so in depth and informative it’s awesome!!


I am currently in the process of doing my Level 2/3 PT course. I have been considering it for a while. Now I have started I love the way it is set up. The support you get from the trainers is bar non. I love how you can just do it in your own pace, it can take you a few months or 10 months, all depends on when you are able to do it. Thank you for everything so far. Looking forward to seeing what’s to come.


If you’re looking for a place to complete your courses within the health & wellness industry then look no further than Leap Academy!! I was looking to pursue my dream career as a PT but wasn’t sure where I was best to do them until Leap academy came along and it’s the most interactive and supportive community of learners & demonstrators. It’s so hands on and filled with different formats to mix up your learning which makes it so much more engaging and easier to learn! They also have live online classes where you can ask your trainers questions in real time and get to know your peers and makes you really feel part of the academy. I’ve had so much support from the team and recently passed my unit 1 exam for my level 2/3 PT course & I’m overjoyed!