International School of Personal Training

THE UK'S ONLY RESIDENTIAL PT SCHOOL Home-study & full-time courses

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    EIF Personal Trainer Courses - How to Become a Personal Trainer


    We are a nationally and internationally recognised provider of Personal Trainer Courses, 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 <strong>personal trainer courses</strong> and taught many students <strong>How to Become a Personal Trainer</strong>, since 2005 and have considerable prior experience delivering Personal Trainer Courses in Australia, and Personal Trainer Courses in Europe, bringing an international flavour to our personal trainer course delivery. We are the UK's only residential School of Personal Training offering exclusive personal training courses to qualify in 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. The European Institute of Fitness has been delivering personal trainer courses for 10 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 Personal Trainer Course offering the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the experience that will leave you ready and raring to embark on your new chosen Personal Trainer 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.


    Our 5 week personal trainer course ensures you become a personal trainer - FAST


    Our 4 week super fast track to become a personal trainer course offers a fully inclusive residential personal training course for those with no formal background in fitness looking for the ultimate way to move from fitness enthusiast, and Become a Personal Trainer 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 course


    Our online personal training course is 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 of personal training offering greater flexibility but without losing the benefits of tutor-led learning and practical face-to-face training.


    Our Master Trainer Personal Trainer Courses - The Ultimate Way to Become a Personal Trainer


    Our Master Personal Trainer Courses have empowered students to enter the workplace and excel as Personal 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 dedicated to Personal Trainer Courses. We have our own facilities ensuring maximal practice opportunities and incorporate a fully functional Personal Training 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 Personal Trainers. This ACSM endorsed personal  trainer course designed to plug the gap between Personal Trainer Courses and Life Coaching was integrated into our Master Trainer award 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 &amp; Motivation Coach not just Personal Trainer.


    Our unique Personal Trainer clinic - Helping you learn How to Become a Personal Trainer


    Our unique Personal Trainer Courses offer 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 PT clients in a PT studio environment. Regular feedback and reflection ensures 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 novice personal training 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 PT 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 week online + 14 day practical option you will attend live weekday evening eClasses before 14 days onsite covering more practical content than many other personal training 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 baby sitting 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 PT ignoring claims all you need is your REPs 3. We offer courses that are completely different to create a new career in fitness and help you shine as a competent, confident and successful Personal trainer. 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 training program you will possess a qualification that says you are a Personal Trainer but will lack the confidence to recognise you actually are one.


    There are many ways to qualify on a Personal Trainer Course


    There are many ways to qualify as a Personal 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 Trainer Course into a viable new career as a Personal 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 Course. 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 Personal Trainer Courses?


    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 Trainer 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 a training experience that not only accelerates your knowledge and skills as a Personal Trainer but as a Fitness &amp; 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 study, train and enjoy being here.


    Why our Unique Tailored Personal Training Course Curriculum?


    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. 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 PT 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.


    Why not choose a more convenient local Personal Training Course option?


    We are not likely your easiest option. The Personal Trainer Course is challenging. That said once students arrive here they stay here with everything on their door step 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... SUMMARY 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.

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Weekly "live" and "interactive" virtual classroom sessions offer a fully tutor-led experience. All sessions recorded for anytime playback should you miss.



2-week intensive to ensure practical competence leaving every student confident to launch a new career once they graduate.



and then attend our residential school

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imagine a future you can get excited about...


We help people believe, in themselves, in others, and in what they do.

We help to shape attitudes, to be positive and infectious.

And by providing a stimulating and supportive environment, instil a sense of discipline for people to achieve their dreams.

We touch the lives of every student...and in turn empower them to touch thousands more.

And by encouraging students to explore their passions and test their limits they discover their true purpose.

Our Core Values...

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"Passing" to get a qualification is not the goal. The objective is to establish yourself as a freelance PT and lifestyle coach earning great money, doing something you love for a job making a genuine difference in peoples' lives. Here's what our graduates are up to several years on.


There are many training providers to choose from offering exactly the same qualifications as every other trainer entering the industry to compete with other already-qualified PTs. We offer an alternative to traditional tick-box education to get qualified and as a consequence nearly ALL of our graduates are working and earning as independent / freelance PTs - that's the EIF difference.

Darren Tebbenham, BSc, MSc

Darren is the CEO and founder of the European Institute of Fitness and has been training trainers since 1999. He has many thousands of hours of experience as a Personal Trainer in London, Spain and Australia and was previously a lecturer at Liverpool University.


Darren is a business owner, experienced personal trainer and business coach and remains lead tutor on the EIF Master Trainer programme. .


Having founded the European Institute of Fitness in 2005 the last ten years has brought a new perspective to PT education in the UK.


With the experience of working in one of the largest PT studio chains in the world in Australia and the expertise he has developed over many years, Darren offers a unique approach and lifestyle orientation to the discipline of personal training.

"We are very proud of our graduates; their success is our success, which is why we work so hard to create the right environment, deliver the right training and attract the right people to excel in this growing and vibrant industry. We would love to hear from you."

The beautiful Bryn Tanat Hall is set away from distractions offering a comfortable and private setting for people to relax and enjoy their training.

With five-star self-catering facilities, as well as a simple lunch, provided each day, you can relax in the evenings to cook, study, relax in the hot tub, play a set of tennis or take a run in the beautiful surrounds.


EIF Master Trainers qualify with the Belief, Attitude and Discipline to stand out. They understand, in order to achieve more, they have to be more.


Only EIF offers a residential experience to eat, sleep and breathe PT.

Only EIF offers a unique PT clinic to pick up invaluable real-life experience before you graduate. And only EIF offers a bespoke PT curriculum fit for the 21st Century PT with lifestyle coaching at its heart, business integrated throughout the course and everything you need to hit the ground running once you graduate. We realise we are not your cheapest option and likely not your most convenient. But we believe we are your best chance of success.



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