“Don’t Limit Your Challenges – Challenge Your Limits”
Having set out to challenge myself, yet again, I’ve signed up to take my Level 2 and 3 combined certification to become a fully qualified personal trainer with Train Fitness. No – I am not giving up my job, putting my life on hold or throwing away my university degree. I am ultimately undertaking the course for 3 reasons:
1. Anyone that knows me (or has even vaguely flicked through The Habit Hunter site) knows about my passion for running. With an ultimate desire to be able to combine this passion, alongside travelling, with my degree in international business and turn it into a career (an in the pipe-line goal)I think its vitally important that I know what I’m talking about when it comes to encouraging other people into running.
2. I never thought I would say this having spent far too many hours in the Edinburgh University library during my final year of university – but I actually miss learning. Okay, I have a job that constantly pushes me to be learning on a daily basis, but on the job skills seem to come a whole lot easier than studying new concepts. So the challenge of taking on this new course in an area I covered very mediocrely in my GCSE Sports Science exam is a big driving force in this decision.
3. Health and fitness has always been a part of my life I have taken a huge amount of interest in, further increased with my challenge of completing the World Marathon Majors by April next year. And as much as I have my routine – when I go for a run, what type of workouts I combine with running and what I need to take on to fuel myself in order to be able to do all of this, I still feel overwhelmed with the abundance of information that surrounds the industry. Therefore, in order to be able to educate myself further on something that I value as an integral part of my life was a particular swaying factor in this decision.
How Did I Make A Decision as to Which Provider to Choose?
Anyone that has ever researched personal training courses has probably experienced something very similar to me – a complete oblivion of information, much of it unclear, and a huge amount of it appearing as a money making business with little resources given to the participant. The courses I came across ranged from £1000 – £4000!! And yet all seemed to offer the same thing — how can you possibly differentiate with such a crazy price difference?
So then it came down to some more in-depth research. Looking into how the courses were delivered was a key factor for me. Having a full-time job (of which I had no intention of leaving) meant that I needed a course that I could undertake outside of working hours, but still feel like I was getting a genuine qualification. Therefore, I needed to find a distance-learning course. This is where I came across Train Fitness. They offer distance, part-time & full-time courses for the personal training qualification. Having spent hours reading an abundance of reviews (all of which rave about Train Fitness) it seemed obvious I had hit jackpot! And not only was that not enough to make choice an easy one – but they offer all the course material online and via their mobile app. Allowing me access to the material at all times, without having to spend out on all the course books (the only provider I came across that seemed to offer this).
Another big defining factor was the guys I spoke to at Train Fitness. Since my first conversation with Tyrone, it was evident they were not delivering me a sales pitch but merely offering advice as to what my options were, and acting as a sounding board for where I was at and what the best option moving forward for me.
And — to top it all off! They were incomparable to others when it came to the price. Train Fitness seemed to be the only provider not forcing you into having to buy course books or additional add-ons but instead gave me a set fee, which includes all the information and support I need to not only get started, but to complete the qualification. Taking on a PT course is never going to be a cheap decision, but Train Fitness definitely make it affordable. So whilst I am new to the course and can’t yet bring much to the table as to how I am getting on with the course material, I have nothing but glowing reviews on how the process has been so far and couldn’t recommend Train Fitness highly enough!
How Long Will it Take to Qualify?
Ultimately the ball is in my court with this one – whilst I am determined to get the course completed, and will dedicate a lot of my time out of the working day in order to be able to do this, I am also training for the Madrid marathon in April, holding down a full-time job & hoping to sustain a social life amongst it all. So realistically I am setting myself a 5 month window of completion! (I’ll keep you in the loop of how I’m getting on with this goal).
So hopefully, for those of you looking to undertake a PT course this has provided an insight amongst the abundance of information out there as to where to look and what to consider. For those who know me, it’s given you a bit of an insight into why I am setting myself yet another challenge & for my parents (cheers for always being a guaranteed readership) it’s hopefully reassured you that I’m not throwing away my job in the whirlwind of my next venture!
The Habit Hunter x