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    EiF Personal Trainer Courses


    How to Become a Personal Trainer

    We are a nationally and internationally recognised education provider approved by the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA), Active IQ,, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). We have been delivering UK recognised personal training courses since 2005 and have considerable prior experience delivering Personal Trainer Courses in Australia as well as personal training courses in Europe, bringing an international flavour to our course delivery.


    We are the UK's only residential School of Personal Training

    We offer exclusive personal training courses to help professionals qualify in the world of fitness. With graduates all around the world and throughout the UK we offer a unique approach to personal training course education graduating only relatively small numbers of graduates every year on our personal training courses, properly prepared for their journey ahead. Our residential school is conveniently located in the heart of the UK, easily accessible via motorway or train with full accommodation on site. The school offers a 5-star residence and 5-star education to match.


    Over 10 Years of Experience in Fitness Education

    The European Institute of Fitness has been delivering fitness education for 12 years and had refined its approach over this time to offer the most comprehensive and practical-based curriculum in the UK. Getting away from distractions is a wonderful way to undertake a course offering the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience that will leave you ready and raring to embark on your new chosen career. The idyllic setting and relaxed atmosphere on-site provides a non-intimidating and focused way to retrain and enjoy the experience. This makes our courses one of a kind in the industry. Everything you need is on-site with classrooms, our own gym studio exclusively for our students and, of course, the great outdoors all on your doorstep.


    Relevant Personal Trainer Courses to Help You Become a True Master

    We don't just offer any old courses in fitness, but provide a unique way to master your new trade. Our personal training courses offers an immersive approach to qualify as a Personal Trainer. Whether you choose to study full time or part time all our UK personal training courses have an immersive experience included. Our 4-week fast track is exactly that, 4 weeks fully immersed in a full-time program here at our residential school. Our online personal training courses have 2 weeks at our residential school but with 10 weeks home study before you attend. The reason we don't have an online-only option or a home study personal training program with only one or two weekends with contact with tutors is that our goal is for you to actually be a fitness professional. That is whilst you can qualify i.e. get a certificate saying you are technically qualified as a trainer without substantial face to face technical training, we don't believe you would have a good chance of ever being one earning your living from fitness without substantial face to face technical tuition.


    How much does a Personal Trainer Earn?

    When it comes to Personal Trainer Salary - Although many ordinary gym trainers struggle, it is very possible to make really good money as a Personal Trainer. Whether you choose a small group Personal Training format to lever your time and income or Online trainer format, certainly many of our graduates are earning between £50,000 and £100,000 with a number way above this too.


    How can I become a Personal Trainer?

    When it comes to asking How to Become A Personal Trainer - again you can "just get your Level 3 personal trainer course" or you can pick a course designed to create self-confidence, practical skills and business acumen before you begin.


    Advanced Personal Training Courses

    Fitness Trainer Qualifications

    Our 4 week fully immersive Personal Trainer courses ensure you learn - FAST

    Our 4-week super-fast track to become a fitness professional offers a fully inclusive residential fitness training course for those with no formal background in fitness looking for the ultimate way to move from fitness enthusiast, and become a fitness professional in the shortest possible time. This personal trainer course runs Monday to Friday from 8.30am plus evening Personal Training Clinic and Saturday 9am to 4.30pm. Investments includes all materials, registrations with REPs and NRPT, no additional assessment charges, no resit costs should they be required, no daily commutes, no car parking charges, or any other hidden extras. This is a fully taught personal trainer course with no online study.


    Our online Personal Training courses add - FLEXIBILITY

    Our online personal training courses are for those unable to study full-time; this course offers the full flexibility of home study without the compromise associated with distance education including a 2-week residential practical element to our courses for those all-important practical skills.

    This personal training course allows students study on Saturday mornings (9am-1pm) or two weekday evenings (7.30pm-9.30pm) with the requirement of a further 4 hours private study per week before attending their Practical at our residential school offering greater flexibility but without losing the benefits of tutor-led learning and practical face-to-face training.


    Our Master Personal Trainer Courses are the Ultimate way to Qualify

    Our Master Personal Trainer Courses have empowered students to enter the workplace and excel as fitness trainers since 2005. We are able to incorporate far more content than other relatively short courses due to the fact we are and have always been a residential personal trainer course. This enables students to eat, sleep and breathe personal training by getting away from the distractions of everyday life to study with like-minded people at our School.

    We have our own facilities ensuring maximal practice opportunities and incorporate a fully functional Personal Trainer clinic experience into our courses to ensure all graduates leave feeling confident in their abilities. This non-intimidating and supportive environment enables those truly interested in helping people change to excel regardless of the level of "gym" experience they may possess.


    In 2011, we added a post-graduate Personal Trainer course to develop the 'Coaching' skills of being a complete fitness professional. This ACSM endorsed personal training courses are designed to plug the gap between Personal Trainer Courses and Life Coaching and was integrated into our Master Personal Training courses in 2013.

    In an industry flooded with poorly trained Personal Trainers and less than 15% practical-based Personal Trainer Courses in general, there is an increasing need for trainers to provide time efficient and affordable solutions for their clients, and so our Coaching arm has become an integral aspect of our graduates' businesses and subsequently we now offer an International PT Diploma certifying students as a Fitness & Motivation Coach not just Fitness "Trainer".


    Our unique Personal Trainer Training Personal Trainer clinic

    Our unique approach offers professional skills training developing not only great skills but inner confidence and the all-important customer service element essential to stand out and attract clients. This is why our graduates are more successful when they leave. No other experience prepares you better than training real Personal Training clients in a Personal Training studio environment. Regular feedback and reflection ensure that trainee errors are ironed out well before it counts, with your own clients!

    Make sure your first paying Personal Training client isn't really your first client and doesn't receive notice delivery but a professional and refined session because you already have 15 hours of Personal Trainer Course experience under your belt before you start.


    Our Personal Trainer Courses are the only personal trainer course with a student Personal Trainer clinic. Our online personal trainer course offers LIVE and interactive online training to ensure no learner is left behind! Our live online eClasses can be accessed from wherever you have an internet connection. These live tutor-led sessions offer the chance to interact as you would in a regular classroom, but in a way that fits in with your busy lifestyle. We offer the exact same curriculum with the same levels of support as our residential 4-week residential, but with the flexibility of studying from home. For those choosing the more flexible 10 weeks online + 14-day practical option, you will attend live weekday evening eClasses before 14 days onsite covering more practical content than many other Personal Trainers provider's cover on their face-to-face programmes. All live online sessions are recorded in case you miss or need to replay a session to revise. Our online programme in unlike any other online course ensuring student success.


    Personal Training has become little more than glorified babysitting with poor earning potential and little differentiation from the traditional gym instructor. You must, therefore, avoid instructor-like training at all costs! It is today almost impossible to stand out in an increasingly competitive industry unless you do. To avoid the high dropout associated with instructor and regular gym trainer roles we recommend avoiding 'ordinary' ways of qualifying as a Personal Trainer, ignoring claims all you need is your REPs 3 Personal Trainer course. We offer courses that are completely different to create a new career in fitness and help you shine as a competent, confident, and successful fitness professional. Of course, we include your REPs registrations and of course you are insured via our partners at NRPT for everything you learn with us. We are the original fast-track provider helping students develop careers in fitness since 2005...we train students at our residential school because it's simply the best way to ensure success. Without an intensive and comprehensive program, you will possess a qualification that says you are a Fitness Trainer but will lack the confidence to recognise you actually are one.


    There are many ways to qualify as a certified Fitness Trainer but you only need to find one. The one you choose needs to provide you with the hands-on practical training and continual support after you finish to convert your commitment and hard work on your Personal Training Course into a viable new career as a fitness trainer and with the European Institute of Fitness, a Fitness and Motivation Coach.


    Warning: Most courses over assess and under train their students forcing them to continually jump through regulatory hoops, which has become the norm in the UK's tick-box approach to education. We run a completely different system with minimal exams replacing unnecessary assessments and academic assignments with personal support and practical-based on-going assessment. Our curriculum and style of delivery has been refined over the past 10 years bringing experience around the world to shape our unique and purpose-built Personal Trainer Courses. The Gold Standard in Personal Trainer Education. We are probably not your easiest option, but your best chance of success! If you are looking for a personal training course that delivers, call our team today.


    Why choose EIF?

    OK, so there are different claims and confusing information about how best to get qualified, what level to train to and how best to proceed. Here's our claim in a nutshell.


    Why Residential Personal Training Courses?

    There is simply no better way to retrain than intensively putting aside your life as it is for 4 or 2 weeks and immersing yourself in an experience that not only accelerates your knowledge and skills as a PT but as a Fitness & Motivation Coach. You will leave absolutely ready to embark on a new career as a reputable and successful fitness professional. We recognise commuting daily to a near-by centre is far more convenient and potentially more affordable in the short term. That said the daily commute, car parking not to mention lost time in transit come at a cost. The advantages of attending our residential school means once here everything is on your doorstep. The classrooms and gym studio and grounds help you lose yourself in the experience with accommodation all provided minimising the need to do anything other than study, train and enjoy being here. We cut to the chase and offer specific and applied fitness education every day helping every student embrace the experience and grow into the role of successful Fitness and Motivation Coach and EIF Master Trainer. (advanced Personal Training courses) We avoid the more common modular approach picking up credits as you learn to contribute one day being qualified and instead offer a coherent one-stop shop to gain the very best fitness education in the world. Our integrated approach links topics together saving time and so packing much more in. For example, the same fundamental anatomy and physiology underpins advanced programme design, functional training, and sports as well as specific populations. As all students study the entire Personal Trainer Course (not individual modules) we cover anatomy and physiology just once applying it straight away to programme design, functional training, and specific populations. Our success rate in terms of course completion is almost 100%. Student transition into the industry is tremendous and our graduates are not alone. Our dedication to ongoing student success is unrivalled. Our Personal Trainer clinic offers an opportunity for our graduates to start as experienced professionals not new recruits finding their way. Clients only buy personal training from confident and experienced trainers. Get ahead from the start and choose a personal training course with a difference.

    We are not likely your easiest option. Our courses are challenging. That said once students arrive here they stay here with everything on their doorstep returning 4 weeks (14 days for online) later fully certified and ready to go. Yes, there are certainly more convenient ways to retrain. But if you are looking for value, security in your investment and want to avoid the pitfalls experienced by so many trainers, you know now what to do. The cost of choosing a lesser course may be greater than you think.



    Weigh up your options and work out where you ideally will be 2 years from now. Get excited about this place. Now decide what is the best possible way to get there. Now get started.... Not every course is made equal.


    Online Supremacy in Personal Training Courses

    Just to be clear our online program offers live sessions so that students are not left to their own devises but can fully engage in their learning. This is much better than fully flexible home study for several reasons. Firstly, it provides structure and accountability, which is key if someone is choosing online because they already have a busy schedule. Most people studying from home get lost, distracted, and never fully commit to the program. It is one of the ways they can be sold so cheaply, most students pay but never complete, subsiding those who do. Secondly, you can't learn a new career indeed set of skills and applied knowledge base where someone else's health is at stake by figuring things out on your own. It is important to be taught by industry professionals, which is why we do it. This way the online and hugely important part of the qualifications are understood and digested properly. Thirdly, our program content is very different from other online programs. To make life easy EVERY other online Personal Training course uses the exact same awarding body curriculum. Not us.  We offer a bespoke course curriculum designed for the modern-day Personal Trainer. Now after all this, we progress to a 2-week residential. This is much more than 14 days of training. Being residential means completely immersing yourself in the training 24/7. This develops high-level competence as well as tremendous confidence, especially as you will be engaged in clinic training members of the public for real whilst you qualify in fitness. These is one more consideration before deciding. Key to success is a fitness professional’s confidence in business. We don't only provide fitness business training but include elements online and face to face. This means we really get to work with you personally to help translate your passion and interests in fitness into a new career you will love.



    If you are currently looking to change careers or advance your skills in fitness, or are simply intrigued about making fitness your profession - you are in the right place.

    We offer a totally bespoke course curriculum tailored to the 21st Century freelance Personal Trainer wanting to stand out in an increasingly competitive industry.

    If you want to avoid becoming just another ordinary PT and, instead, learn with other like-minded people, we'd love to hear from you. If you want to stand out, not fit in - you'll love our unique approach to fitness education.


    • We offer a RESIDENTIAL PERSONAL TRAINING school to get away and immerse yourself in learning 24/7
    • We offer the UKs only PERSONAL TRAINER CLINIC to leave confident with 10-20 real life Personal Trainer experience with members of the public already under your belt
    • We offer the most PRACTICAL course on the market by virtue our Personal Trainer studio is exclusively for our students' use and our courses are designed around a 6-day week 7am until late packed day &ndash; only because we are residential</li>
    • We offer a BESPOKE CURRICULUM for the modern-day Personal Trainer by packing in more content & only because we are residential.
    • We offer a unique COACHING focus preparing students to be better able to influence client behaviours when they are not around and so stand out from their competition
    • We provide a specific PERSONAL TRAINING BUSINESS component to ensure every student leaves business-savvy, confident in their plan to go out there and earn a great living once they graduate.


    Become a self-employed freelance Personal Trainer with the European Institute of Fitness and take the risk out of retraining and launch into your NEW career with confidence. Sure, there are cheaper ways to "get qualified" but then there are thousands of people doing this every year. How will you stand out? Most "qualified" trainers do NOT earn well, indeed struggle and get lost in this increasingly competitive industry.

    A greater investment now, ensures you graduate a better trainer, saving you time and money in the longer term.


    But places are limited.

    Our guarantee. Retrain for life, for free!

    Come back and resit any or all of our Master Trainer course again for free for life.

    Our promise since 2005.


    So, if you are researching how best to get qualified as a personal trainer


    Rather than click for another course prospectus, watch our home page video in its entirety and learn more about our unique approach to fitness education.

    I know, you see young pretenders with REPs 3 qualifications all the time in gyms and that's NOT what you are after at all. Well I don't blame you. Gaining an average PT qualification and joining the masses hoping for an interview for the few places that exist sucks.


    Wouldn't you prefer to stand out?

    Wouldn't you like to stride apart from the ordinary Personal Trainer as a freelance fitness professional ready to stand out not fit in?


    Wouldn't this be great?

    If you could change a person's mindset not just temporary number on the scale, wouldn't that be much more satisfying? If you could really get to grips with the three cornerstones of success as a modern-day fit pro wouldn't you want to do so right from the start?


    Well, great news.

    You can!


    Book your Career Strategy Call with me today. I have been a Personal Trainer around the world. And I have thousands of hours of experience in the field. But I am also an experienced educator and mentor to many personal trainers now incredibly successful in their own right. I am certainly NOT some suit that takes people's money in exchange for a piece of paper saying qualified. My Personal Training School is dedicated to providing the very best fitness education in the world today to help serious-minded people without any formal background to change careers with confidence!

Residential School of Personal Training

 More Practical | More Comprehensive | More than just Qualified

Some people are happy with an off-the-shelf personal training course. They are cheaper and easier to complete and will get you a basic level 3 personal training qualification.


However, if you want more - there is another way!


We are a residential school offering a bespoke PT course that bridges the gap between Personal Training and Life Coaching. We specialise in business and would love for you to enquire and perhaps chat to us about your future!


Fully qualified with more than 20 real-life PT hours already under your belt before you leave.
Last few places remaining.




We are an internationally recognised training school and have been helping people qualify and thrive as successful fitness professionals since 2005. We have graduates across 6 continents and in more than 30 countries around the world. Our residential approach helps people get away and focus on their NEW career. THE BEST WAY OF MASTERING SOMETHING


Practical PT clinic
Practical learning
Become a Personal Trainer


100% confident before you leave


Hands-on training


Everything you need


Nutrition & Lifestyle Focus

Zig Zag PT
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Sports testing
Boxing for fitness


Business training included + support


Corrective Exercise


Sports Day and Fitness Testing


Boxing Skills and Pad Work

A personal training qualification is just a piece of paper saying qualified. Our philosophy is about developing the person qualifying as the personal trainer. All students leave our courses highly competent and 100% confident ready to launch into the next chapter of their lives

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Even our Online Course with
Fully Immersive 2-Week Practical
offers far more than practical training that so called "full time" courses with minimal contact designed to primarily prepare students to pass their exams.


Immediate Start (Mobile App), 10 weeks of LIVE virtual classes and a life-changing 2-week residential - Amazing!

If you are looking for an ordinary gym course, this isn't it. If you want a cheap course - this isn't for you. But if you are a mature student and this is perhaps a career change or you are looking for something more comprehensive than just an ordinary personal trainer course, request our brochure today


Limited Places. Please note we only run two 4-Week residential programs and three Online courses per year. We do NOT train high numbers of students at all. But those we do train go on to enjoy lasting careers in fitness. We specialise in fitness business and offer various opportunities to grow your business with us after your training. Please leave your details below and we'll send you more information.

Darren Tebbenham, BSc, MSc

Director & Tutor

European Institute of Fitness



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