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    How YOU can Become a Personal Trainer


    There are many ways to become a personal trainer. But simply asking how do I become a personal trainer is not enough. You see there are more than 10,000 new personal trainers qualifying every single year in the UK alone. A better question than How to I become a Personal Trainer is how do I become a personal trainer AND feel confident enough to quit my job, become self-employed and stand out from other personal trainers to earn well as a personal trainer to pay my bills, save for a rainy day and prosper as a fitness professional on a mission.


    You see there are many people who love fitness. But loving fitness isn't enough. If you were to become a physiotherapist you wouldn't assume having lots of injuries would be a prerequisite, would you? If you wanted to become a football coach you don't need to be a professional footballer; and the best footballers don't make the best coaches. To be a great personal trainer you need three things: Firstly, you need to be technically competent to teach correct exercise technique, progress programs over time, assess posture and include appropriate corrective exercises in your program design, understand nutrition and advise accordingly and, of course, personalise what you deliver to different personality types. Secondly, you need to be able to motivate and guide behaviour change, coach more active lifestyles, influence behaviours when you are NOT around and help your clients feel more confident and capable indeed to help them build an unstoppable success mindset. Thirdly, you need to be able to build a small business. Even if you choose to work in a club environment, most club-based personal trainers are still self-employed, running their business inside a bigger business.


    So to answer the question how to become a personal trainer and more specifically how to succeed as one the answer is you not only need to qualify as a personal trainer but need to become highly capable technically as one, as a coach and in business.


    Personal Trainer Qualifications



    Most people thinking about retraining as a Personal Trainer like the idea of being able to train clients for a living. They smile at the thought of doing something they actual enjoy for a living. Of course you also get to be your own boss and know that you make a real difference in people’s lives.


    Knowing how to set up a small practice in the first place, how to attract the right clients, manage them and encourage referral is paramount but all too often can be overlooked.


    This is reason our courses offer a strong business theme throughout accumulating in a 2-day workshop with 12 months ongoing support after students leave to help them assert themselves as the go-to PT in their community.


    One of the secrets to success for the modern-day PT is to reach out to more people than just a wealthy few. And by offering small group and ½hr PT for example you can achieve exactly this, ensuring time-efficient and cost-effective solutions to your market.

    This is what we mean by igniting passion and helping our students get excited about their future. The goal isn’t to get qualified but is to be successful.



    It almost goes without saying your training to become a Personal Trainer must be practical-based. After all it is very much a hands-on profession. But to provide the level of practical training needed to leave confident in your new discipline does take considerable effort.


    This is why we offer a completely exclusive and private facility for our students to access unlimited practice time, fully supervised clinic hours with paying members of the public, and a commitment to go the extra mile in every practical aspect of becoming a personal trainer. For example in nutrition we take you to the local supermarket to learn how to deliver a supermarket tour, we teach you how to measure clients’ body fat percentage, how to deliver nutrition coaching sessions, provide a range of tools for you to use with your future clients such done-for-you recipe ideas, food diaries and nutrition questionnaires – indeed everything you need to stand out right from the start.


    This commitment enables our students to leave with the skills they need to operate effectively as a mobile PT and well as a gym-based PT with the technical know-how in TRX suspension training, core stability training, PT boxing and pad work, circuit training, postural retraining and corrective exercise, foam rolling an so much more…

    It is only by being residential that we can pack in such a practical-based course with 6-days a week training and all the personal support you need to be more.

    At the end of the day we believe the person becoming the qualified PT is key to their success not just the pieces of paper stating qualified. That is why we are committed to touching the lives of every student to in turn empower thousands more.



    Before I tell you more about our unique approach to training students to become Personal Trainers perhaps I should outline what is needed to become a more ordinary REP 3 Personal Trainer.


    All courses in the UK that enable registration with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) require students to sit two Anatomy and Physiology exams. These are multi-guess, I mean multi-choice questions where one of the answers is totally ridiculous, another is obviously incorrect and of the two plausible answers one is right and one is wrong.


    The direct relevance to Personal Training in limited, I mean the questions could be asked of a massage student, medical student or A Level PE student. We have a pass rate on these assessments of 100%.


    Then there are two further multi-guess exams, one in nutrition and one in fitness principles. This is for your level 3. Now the nutrition paper is still based on archaic food pyramid practices now termed the health eating plate promoting the consumption of starchy carbohydrates and limited protein or fat intake as best practice.

    Now here’s the thing. I remind you again. Our objective is PT mastery. The challenge is for you to be that stand-out PT. This is quite easy. We are the ONLY provider to have written our own PT specific curriculum that borrows from best practice from the UK, Australia and the US designed to achieve PT success.

    Then we incorporated the basic requirements of REPs into the course to ensure our students can still register with them.

    This is VERY different from blindly following the current national curriculum for level 3 in the UK, which is at best weak and miss-guided.

    Training up to the national standard for personal training in the UK will leave you under-prepared and lacking in confidence to actually do the job.

    Now here’s our curriculum.


    We teach anatomy and physiology too but with clear application to be able to analyse common gym exercises and so write better programs based on movement patterns rather than just body parts. We apply this to being able to correct posture by knowing which muscles will likely be tight or weak for example given different occupations or sports played. We cover corrective exercise and teach how to foam roll identifying specific exercises to strengthen muscle weaknesses and specific stretches to release what has become tight.


    We teach you how to deliver proper core conditioning and offer back care programs for clients; how to ensure a strong functional fitness feel to your delivery and how to advance training for clients with performance goals such as athletes.

    We cover nutrition but do a damn sight more than just teach you theory and certainly don’t teach you to encourage your clients to consume lots of starchy carbs! What we do do is take you to the supermarket and teach you how to deliver a supermarket tour, we show you how to coach nutritional change, use food diaries and measure body composition analysis. We take this aspect of your training very seriously indeed and know it just isn’t good enough to what we have always done as a profession because if we do we will just get what we’ve always gotten. We address key hormones of accelerated fat loss, the importance of insulin control and how to kick-start a sluggish metabolism.


    We believe as a modern-day Personal Trainer you will undoubtedly encounter people with diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, who are pregnant or have recently given birth, are elderly or have osteoporosis. Our training covers such specific populations as standard so that you are properly prepared from the start.

    We offer specific and highly applied business training and do all of this for one reason. We empower our students to excel. We do this by helping them develop and grow as professionals throughout our training and we are able to do this only because of the approach we take to education. Learning with EIF is an experience!


    Online Home Study. 10 weeks online home study | 11 day practical / 2 week practical

    Studying part time can often seem second best. We understand this. That’s why we created our unique online home study program with a 2 week stay at our exclusive school. Indeed some of our most successful graduates studied with us online and are now enjoying a lucrative and highly successful career in fitness.


    So what makes our home study or part time option so much better?

    Well firstly, the home study component is completely tutor-led. That means you are taught how to become a Personal Trainer as opposed to being left to learn for yourself. Experienced Personal Trainers will be teaching you what you need to know and applying it to real life situations bringing the home study component to life. When we say we breathe life into education this is what we mean – and of course this makes things much easier to learn and retain too.

    Traditional approaches are completely self-paced. Whilst on first glance this can seem attractive the problem with such an approach is that most students either never reach the end of the program or take much longer to complete the program than when they are guided through it in just 10 weeks such as with ourselves. 100% of our online students complete their studies and graduate Personal Trainers.


    Also sessions are delivered live and, although also recorded so that should you miss or wish to replay a session for revision you can, this enables the flexibility people sometimes need without compromising their education as they qualify as a PT.


    Secondly, the live format allows interaction between student and teacher. This is important as it enables questions to be asked in real time, i.e. as students learn and, of course, with the sessions being live answers can be provided immediately. It is this interaction that fosters mastery and as you know by now mastery is the name of game. The objective is not to simply pass assessments but is to become competent and confident as a fitness professional as soon as you leave.

    Thirdly, and most importantly, we believe it is critical for all qualifying trainers to train practically as only knowing theory will unlikely transform lives through fitness. Personal Training is a hands-on profession and there is only so far one can go studying from home. Our home study we believe goes much further than most. However, it is the 11 day or 2 week practical that really delivers the difference between training with EIF and training with any other provider.

    Most courses don’t offer any practical tuition! The practical days they run are almost entirely assessment based. That is you attend a weekend day to complete the necessary practical assessments associated with getting qualified (picking up your REPs 2/3). This may help to explain the poor practical and interpersonal skills of many trainers today!


    We believe mastery is key. This means significant time is required to learn how to deliver Personal Training properly. This isn’t just gym sessions but, of course, includes gym-based PT but at home or mobile PT, boxing, nutrition coaching indeed all the many practical components of being a masterful PT that otherwise just won’t be there.



    A massive feature of our curriculum is our focus on small group and partner PT. Such formats enable a unique service to clients that sustain the personal element associated with one-on-one PT but in a more cost effective format.


    We include lifestyle coaching into our course to ensure students can maximally impact on clients’ lifestyle. Especially with the advent of ½hr PT, which offers a cost effective and time efficient format, influencing those behaviours when you are now around is paramount.


    We include so much more practical training because of the format of our training so that all graduates leave ready to launch a career as a mobile PT training clients in their own homes, outdoor PT training people in the great outdoors and all the necessary skills to stand out in any gym environment or indeed open your own or small PT studio.



    Today’s Personal Trainer is a coach. A coach helps people journey between where they are to where they would rather be. A coach helps facilitate lasting change and a coach is a guide along the way.


    Your role as a PT in the 21st Century is to not only train people well but to coach them in nutrition, stress, health and lifestyle change. Results are achieved in those days when you are not around.


    This is imperative and how you positively impact on clients’ lives will define you and your new fitness business. But to coach well you need to develop specific coaching skills, tools and techniques. You will need to manage your natural urge to “fix” people and reframe from just giving out advice but become good at nurturing change from within. Clients aren’t broken. They are lost. Your job is help them find the right map and be that tour guide in their life using fitness as a vehicle to a healthier, happier and more prosperous future. Thus fitness really isn’t the destination but the journey.


    We integrate a coaching approach into ALL aspects of our training. It’s what we do and who we are as an organisation. Learn to “coach” and your clients will be the ones celebrating their greatest successes.


    Our job is to inspire you and support you to be more. Your job is to pass this forward to your clients after you leave.



    Of course, we also offer a little thing called PT clinic. Yes you get to train clients for real before you leave making sure you are confident and experienced before your first paying client.


    Graduating confident isn’t just important it is everything! Your confidence is key to instilling confidence in your clients. Members of the public turn to trainers for help and guidance and expect you to be that knowledgeable and confident trainers that, of course, you will be having many hours of real life PT experience under your belt before you even start!




    Let’s check out what is a “school”?


    We believe one would expect a building not just a concept on a website. If you agree then we are the only PT School in the UK i.e. a place where you attend and one that exclusively trains Personal Trainers.


    So yes we provide an exclusive residential school with all the practical facilities, classroom, accommodation and care you need to excel. If standing out is important to you, our school is that standout place to qualify and know once you graduate you will indeed stand out and be outstanding.

    We compare this to training in a commercial health club with a near-by classroom where you may get some access to the health club in off-peak hours but certainly won’t be able to practice your skills in a non-intimidating setting exclusively for you without members of the public looking over you.

    We think training in a commercial health club can be OK if the end goal is to be a club PT. Our students, however, want more than this and for them a commercial health club doesn’t represent a realistic model for them to consider setting up their own studio, doesn’t enable them to develop mobile PT skills and doesn’t offer the private and unrestricted access as in our school.


    Look we are a residential and exclusive school of personal training offering a specialist PT course for those more serious about their future than the average. We train world class Personal Trainers, it’s all we do and we do it well. We hope you will allow us to help instil the belief, attitude and discipline required to excel like those trainers who have gone before you.



    Our unique approach to PT education insists on an immersive experience to truly master your new chosen discipline.

    Yes we believe without such an experience you risk remaining just a fitness enthusiast with a PT qualification. However, following such an experience you “become” a Personal Trainer; have the “confidence” of a Personal Trainer and will “feel” like a Personal Trainer because you will be one.

    The superior training, real life PT clinic, amount of practical experience all contribute to you possessing so much more than just your level 3 PT award!

    This enables our students to launch straight into a career as a PT once they leave. They are nearly all practicing paid freelance PTs 12 months later and are much more successful 5 years on than any other trained trainer.


    Finally, our mastery method is also about business success. Understanding success and in particular the science of success and indeed psychology of change is key for a personal trainer. All EIF graduates understand this and are far more prepared for life as a small business owner thereafter.

    That’s why our motto “be more” separates us from all other training providers. We believe at the core of successful Personal Training is the Personal Trainer him or herself. As you grow you and develop yourself as an individual you in turn increase your chance of success.

    To achieve more you have to first be more. Our mastery method and immersive experience at our exclusive school develops the inner confidence students need to be successful.





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Our Residential PT School

Our exclusive School is located at the family run Bryn Tanat Hall set on the Shropshire-Welsh border. The idyllic setting provides the perfect place to feel comfortable and relaxed to master your new chosen profession.

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This idyllic setting offers the perfect setting to eat, sleep and breathe personal training. You have complete and exclusive access to this absolutely beautiful retreat-style facility including private gym solely for our students use so you can immerse yourself in personal training 24/7...

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Residential School: Accommodation included. Everything under one roof!



Founder Darren Tebbenham holds an undergraduate degree in sport and exercise science and a masters degree in sport psychology; he was previously a lecturer at the University of Liverpool quitting his PhD to become a personal trainer. Darren has since worked all around the world as a trainer with thousands of hours of experience including many in clinical settings. He spent 4 years in Australia where he worked at Vision Personal Training, today a $40 million a year business and one of the largest PT studio chains in the world.


Our Master Trainer program offers the only bespoke course curriculum in the UK tailored to the modern-day PT, combining the traditional fitness and nutrition aspects of being a personal trainer with the psychology and coaching elements and the all-important business skills of being a 21st Centrury fitness and lifestyle professional.

DARREN TEBBENHAM Experienced PT around the world Trainer of trainers for over 15 years Successful business owner Business coach and mentor to successful trainers excelling in their careers all over the world


Experienced trainer of trainers, Yoga master, personal trainer and previously PT Manager at David Lloyd


Owner Purity Lifestyle Studios, Telford, experienced tutor and assessor, massage therapist and Personal Trainer


International School of Personal Training since 2005


Our bespoke curriculum, tailored to the modern-day Personal Trainer, offers an alternative to traditional and more ordinary personal training courses. There are cheaper and easier ways to get qualified - but our students don't just want a piece of paper saying "qualified"; they want to stand out.

Our Double Diploma in Fitness & Coaching offers the rich blend of practical-based personal trainer training with the increasingly popular life coaching skill set that today's personal trainer requires to best help their clients make permanent lifestyle change.

Unique Personal Trainer courses to stand out
Residential Personal Trainer courses


Unique opportunity to leave 100% confident with 10-20 hours of real-life PT experience already under your belt.

Develop confidence training members of the public for real before you graduate.

How to become a personal trainer and excel
Online Personal training courses
Online fitness courses
Unique PT Fitness clinic
Practical personal trainer course


Unique hands-on approach to help students learn quicker.

Our own private studio / gym exclusively for our students with 24/7 access and therefore the most practical way possible to qualify as a personal trainer.


Become a freelance or self-employed fitness trainer with confidence. Leave with a business plan, clear strategy and business skills ready to earn the very next day.

Everything from website development to how to manage your finances including product development, marketing and business set up and growth.

Personal Training studio business
Walking personal trainer business
International personal training business
Outdoor Personal Training business Two Personal Training Studios
Womens' Personal Training weight loss business
Online PT business
Overseas personal trainer business
Bootcamp business Online and Studio Personal Training career PT studio


Lifestyle coaching to help you assure your clients the best possible results.

100% Ready to earn as a personal trainer and nutrition coach.

Learn how to manage lifestyle change and coach a winning mindset.

Bridging the gap between life coach and personal trainer.

Coaching and personal training courses
Everything we do is designed to give our graduates the very best opportunity to thrive after their time with us


We do NOT run a standard REPs curriculum. Unlike any other training provider in the UK, we created our own based on years of experience in the field, thousands of hours of PT experience around the world and then gained REPs recognition as an afterthought. This makes all the difference.

We do NOT provide a basic gym instructor / personal trainer program. Instead, we provide training in the following areas:

Covering how to deliver partner and small group training, grow a small group PT business such as ZigZag Women’s Fitness & Motivation and stand out in the market place.


Affordable and personal group training

Covering mobile and outdoor PT, studio ownership, gym training, online PT, boxing and pad work, spotting and client care and advanced coaching and communication skills for personal trainers.


Practical-based delivery


We deliver a fun sports day covering common fitness testing drills and assessments, consider how to train more athletic clients including but not limited to golf, tennis, team sports and running.

Sports training and testing

Sports day

Including how to identify and correct common pelvic tilts, people with rounded shoulders, muscle imbalances and poor form and technique. We include foam rolling, mobility drills, specific tailored programs for different postural problems and a lower back care workshop to develop confidence if delivering such training.


Foam rolling, mobility drills
and corrective exercise

We cover all areas of level 4 as part of our Master Trainer program. This includes how to train clients with diabetes, who are obese and overweight, who suffer from arthritis, osteoporosis, have an existing heart condition or high blood pressure, are or have been pregnant, are younger or who have had an injury. We do this because it is essential ALL new personal trainers can confidently manage ALL clients who approach them, whether to train them or know when and how best refer to allied health professionals. Note we do not issue L4, however offer the training and insurance to cover you in all these conditions. You can add L4 if you so choose for as little as £100 or so, from any one of a number of providers (indeed who offer it for free). However, please note this can take commonly 12-24 months from graduating with your L3 regardless of your route. L4 is NOT something you can walk away with immediately following a training course.



Specific populations
and clinical exercise

Diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, arthritis,

osteoporosis, pregnancy, adolescents,

older adults and back care



Covering not just basic national healthy eating guidelines but how to specialise and establish yourself as the go-to weight management specialist in your area. We cover accelerated fat loss, hormones, metabolism and nutrition coaching as well as take you to the supermarket to teach you how to deliver a supermarket tour; we show you the latest technologies for assessing body composition and use simple nutrition tools to help manage clients’ behaviours and so create lasting solutions and lifestyle change.




Accelerated fat loss and nutrition coaching

Our signature module is that of lifestyle coaching. This is founder Darren Tebbenham’s not-so-secret passion for personal trainers to do well. Here you will learn about mindset and how to coach mindsets that better support people to change, behaviour management, coaching skills, coaching tools and how to apply principles of the Chimp Paradox, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Personal Centred Counselling to your role as a personal trainer.

Lifestyle Coaching

The Chimp Paradox meets Motivational Interviewing:

helping coach a better mindset and manage behaviour change


Finally, our strength is in ensuring our students graduate ready to earn! We cover everything from finance and accounts to website development and social media ads campaigns. We also cover off-line marketing, client management and referral and business development, so that whether you leave to establish yourself in a gym, as a freelance mobile or outdoor PT, as a specialist weight management coach, as an online coach or personal trainer, as a fitness challenge specialist, corporate fitness professional, a studio owner or conditioning coach, you will leave with the skills and confidence to differentiate yourself from the masses and start your new career in the best possible way.  And when your training finishes, it is not the end. We provide the after-care and upgrade business training when you need it to ensure you are not alone as you launch your new career.

Fitness Business

How to set up, market and earn as a fitness professional

The European Institute of Fitness offers an alternative approach.

The fitness and weight loss industries leave much to be desired in terms of lasting consumer results. We have way too many qualifying Personal Trainers fighting for lowly paid “gym jobs” and far too many members of the public struggling to lose weight, get fit and enjoy a healthy and happy lifestyle. This is despite there being more gyms, cheaper memberships, more trainers and more nutrition information more readily available than ever in our history! This is how we make a difference -

Our Online Home Study program is unlike any other! You study every week with your tutors and other students in a LIVE and interactive virtual classroom to properly learn about the human form, how it adapts to training, how to train different types of clients safely and how to guide nutritional choices effectively. You will learn about motivational theory and apply what you learn constantly to real life scenarios. Following 10 weeks of intensive online study, you will attend a 2-week residential to complete the practical training required to become an effective and highly skilled as well as confident Personal Trainer. You will complete all assessments during this time also and qualify as a L3 Personal Trainer but with much more than just a L3 award. You will be granted your Master Trainer, Master Coach and Business Mastery awards including Active IQ Diploma in Personal Training, our ACSM endorsed Fitness & Nutrition Coach award and ILM approved business training. 
(L4 also available] Alternatively, you can study full time completing the same program over a 
4-week residential stay. All training and full accommodation throughout the practical training is included in the investment. ALL students will experience our unique PT clinic to gain real life experience with paying members of the public. Mostly what distinguishes EiF graduates from ANY other is that the superior investment, superior training and subsequent superior level of both competence and confidence means our students enjoy a much higher chance of lasting success than any other!


Clear, confident and certain about yourself & your ability to transform lives through fitness.


An ability to motivate and influence behaviours when you are not around.


Proven skills across a range of fitness and nutrition aspects of being a great PT.


You will need to feel excited, 100% confident, ready to get stuck into your new career.


Our internationally recognised and bespoke course curriculum offers a triple honours diploma in fitness, business and coaching helping students set themselves apart from other personal trainers right from the start.


Boxing, gym-based, outdoor, mobile and online coaching including how to correct poor form and faulty posture, program for specific medical conditions, create functional, sport and rehabilitation programs and more...


Master Trainer

To deliver partner and small group training sessions, coaching small groups through nutritional change, manage clients behind the scenes and offer cost-effective, fun ways to enjoy fitness.


Master Coach

To assess body composition, to deliver a supermarket tour, provide recipe ideas, coaching consultations and guidance on macros, supplements and how best to accelerated fat loss...


Business Mastery

To understand how to motivate and influence lasting behaviour change, manage clients via comprehensive client management systems and ensure every client takes back control of their health, weight and fitness for good.




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