Become a Qualified ETM Instructor and teach music-driven fitness classes

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Level 2 Exercise to Music Qualification

We all have our favourite gym playlists. Music has the power to inspire, energise and relax us in equal measure, whatever athletic or fitness discipline it accompanies, and Exercise to Music (ETM) is a very popular activity combining tremendous fitness benefits with fun and social elements. 

Studying a Level 2 Exercise to Music course is a lucrative new avenue for fitness professionals looking to expand their training repertoire, or for those seeking an entrance to a new career, it is a great starting off point. OriGym’s Level 2 ETM qualification will prepare you with the latest industry practices to take charge of fun, rewarding and effective ETM and aerobics classes.

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Course Type:

Blended Learning

Course Length:

8 Weeks



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Music can play a huge part in people’s enthusiasm, passion and enjoyment of exercise. Group exercise to music classes are also shown to motivate people to stay exercising too. With the OriGym Level 2 Exercise to Music (ETM) course, you will learn to inspire fitness through music, encouraging people to enjoy fitness and find new, entertaining ways to exercise for years to come.

This exciting course provides an entry-level route into the fitness industry teaching both freestyle and choreographed group exercise to music classes, whilst also developing your understanding of exercise and fitness, the human anatomy, and how to provide inclusive classes for special populations.

Course Length: This Exercise to Music course takes students an average of 8 weeks to complete.
Entry Requirements: There are no qualification requirements, however, students must be aged 16+ to enrol.
Accreditations: The Level 2 Exercise to Music course is accredited by REPS and CIMSPA.
Cost: £599, with no hidden fees for registration, certification or examination, plus unlimited free exam re-sits
Offer & Payment Options: Spread the cost with 0% interest on all study methods.
What You’ll Qualify With: On successful completion of this course, you will qualify with:

  • 20 REPS points and entry to REPS Level 2 Status
  • 10 CIMSPA points
  • Level 2 Certificate in Group Exercise to Music

Additional Resources

Here are a few useful resources from the OriGym blog to help you understand more about becoming an Exercise to Music Instructor:

What You’ll learn

In order to excel as an ETM instructor, you’ll need to be able to inspire groups to push themselves to the limit, use creativity and imagination to plan effective and enjoyable classes, and tailor your programmes to the needs and interests of each of your exercise to music groups.

OriGym’s Level 2 Exercise to Music qualification is designed to help you develop the exact knowledge you’ll need to succeed, covering topics including:

Delivering Freestyle & Choreographed Classes

You will learn how to plan, teach, deliver and evaluate a range of ETM sessions. You will discover how to adapt to differing music styles, working to the beat and rhythm, and developing experience in both free-style dance movements and popular pre-choreographed sessions such as Les Mills and Zumba.

Teaching Special Population Classes

During the course you’ll develop valuable core skills required to instruct classes inclusive of, or specifically designed for special populations, including children, elderly, disabled and postnatal populations.

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Understanding how the body works is fundamental to successful training. This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge to keep your ETM training plans safe and effective, covering the heart and circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems. 

Principles of Exercise and Fitness

You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the principles of exercise, including effective warm-up/cool-down exercises, cardiovascular activities, and the importance of healthy eating and exercise.

Health, Safety and Welfare

Safety is paramount in fitness environments. As such you’ll learn how to identify and control risk factors, how to appropriately safeguard children and vulnerable adults, and what emergency procedures exist within a fitness environment.

How You’ll Be Assessed

To qualify with your Level 2 Exercise to Music qualification, you will be required to complete a selection of assessments. Practical assessments are run every month from each of our twelve nationwide locations whilst exams and coursework are completed through our online learning platform, “Student Zone”.

The assessment process for the Exercise to Music course with OriGym is simple:

  • One multiple choice open book online exam on anatomy and physiology - 90% pass mark required
  • One multiple choice open book online paper on principles of exercise and health - 90% pass mark required
  • Practical Assessment on delivering an exercise to music programme - Pass required
  • Coursework on programming with clients, smart goals, client screening and progressive overview - Pass Required 

The theory papers for the ETM course include some featured in our Level 2 Gym Instructor course, therefore students who have already gained these qualifications would be exempt from any theory papers they have already completed. The coursework and final practical assessment would still be required. 

Study Options

OriGym’s Exercise to Music course is available to study through part-time, blended learning, combining OriGym’s award-nominated online learning portal with expert in-person tuition at one of our 12 nationwide venues

This study method is popular amongst OriGym students as it perfectly balances learning from home and attending regular practical workshops, fitting flexibly around existing work or family commitments.

As online learning is self-paced, students can take as little or as long as they wish to complete the programme. All Level 2 Exercise to Music students are also provided support from a personal tutor, an expert group exercise to music instructor, available to reach by phone or email 7-days per week. 

Careers & Progression

After completing the Level 2 Exercise to Music course you’ll be able to join REPS with Level 2 status, taking your first steps as a registered fitness professional. As you continue your career, OriGym will continue to assist you with encouragement, advice and business support.

Careers Support

After completing your course you’ll continue to receive a whole host of support from our team to help kickstart your fitness career! 

We’ve worked hard to build strong relationships with fitness brands and independent gym chains across the UK, so as well as assisting you to prepare your CV to the highest level our expert advisors will support you with interview tips and practice, passing your CV directly to various partner gym chains looking to hire professionals to run exercise to music classes. 

Progression Routes

After graduating from your ETM course, there are plenty of opportunities to continue your education and progress within the fitness industry. For students interested in becoming a Personal Trainer, our Diploma in Personal Training combines both the Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer awards. Alternatively, another specialist course such as the Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy allows you to continue developing niche skills in lucrative industries. 

Alumni Benefits

We’ve also developed relationships with other companies operating in the exercise and fitness industry to negotiate special discounts for OriGym graduates on everything from supplements, to clothing, to insurance should you decide to become self-employed. 

OriGym is proud to qualify over 9,000 fitness professionals each year, more than any other company. We also successfully place over 80% of students in job roles right after qualifying; that is the highest rate in the industry.

We are also ISO9001 certified and are one of only a handful of providers to hold this worldwide certificate of excellence.

We are official partners with the Ministry of Defence, we run courses for QMU University, and also run the Academy for Sports Direct & JD Gyms, and are proud partners of over 200 fitness brands worldwide.

We were nominated by the Active Training Awards, the biggest awards ceremony in the UK, for ‘most innovative training provider of the year’ and ‘training provider of the year’ for two years running.

If you are still not convinced, check out our reviews on Trustpilot, where we have hundreds of reviews from very satisfied customers.

OriGym believes courses and education should be obtainable for anyone who wants to start a career within the fitness sector. We own a vast majority of training venues through our sister company, thus massively reducing overheads which other companies cover with higher fees. We also do not apply unnecessary admin fees, certification charges or exam fees that many of our competitors apply.

Absolutely! We have centres that accommodate for the physically impaired, which are fully equipped with lifts, ramps and disabled toilets. We have had dozens of physically impaired individuals complete our course and go on to be very successful personal trainers within the industry.

Submit us an enquiry detailing your disability and we can assess your suitability to undergoing this form of training. 

OriGym does offer a few funding streams for students. 

We are proud partners of the MOD (Ministry of Defence) who provide funding for current and former military personnel for qualifications that are Level 3 and above.

OriGym is also partner with the PFA (Players Football Association), who help current and former professional footballers with funding towards their qualifications.

Additionally, we partner with the PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association), who help current and former professional cricketers with funding towards their qualifications. 

Discounts for current and former rugby professionals through the RPA (Rugby Players Association) can also be obtained on enrolment.

Evidence of affiliation with these organisations is obtained prior to enrolment and is subject to check from each respective organisation.

In addition to guaranteeing interviews post course, OriGym offers free business consultations post course, CV analysis to get it looking just right, CV distribution in your local area, and interview preparation to give you the best chance of getting the role you want.

Additionally, we have lots of free business resources, videos and guides on our e-learning platform that all students can access after their course. 

OriGym is proud to have the largest student alumni system, meaning you get discounts on some of the world’s largest fitness brands, services and products for life; this means you never have to pay full retail price. With over 250 brands available to our graduates, you know you can’t go wrong.

OriGym students are provided access to a wide range of learning and support resources during their course and beyond. This includes access to a 7 days per week tutor and staff support, available by phone, chat box and email. Whether you have a query pertaining to a question you're stuck with, have an issue with your logins or just need some general motivation, we're here to help!

Students are also given access to OriGym’s multi-award nominated e-learning platform, where you’ll access online lectures, videos, exercise library, interactive learning modules, quizzes and assignments. For part-time and online learning students, this is how you will complete the majority of your qualifications. 

After you qualify you will also have access to our free business and marketing course, our hub of resources that you can use, and our post course support team, who can help you find work.

No prior qualifications are required to study the Level 2 Exercise to Music programme, which has been designed as an entry-level qualification into the fitness industry. A basic level of maths and English will be required to understand some course content. Also as practical elements are involved a basic knowledge and level of physical fitness will be necessary and students must be aged 16 years or older in order to enrol.

OriGym’s ETM Instructor course will prepare you with the essential knowledge required to instruct exciting and engaging group exercise to music classes. Topics covered include Human Anatomy and Physiology; Principles of Exercise, Health and Fitness; Delivering Freestyle and Choreographed ETM Classes; and Teaching Classes Including Special Populations. Our section on ‘What You’ll Learn’ covers each topic and what you will learn on the course in more detail.


Join hundreds of our qualified ETM instructors working with leading health clubs and fitness brands.

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Secure your dream job as an ETM instructor after graduation with guaranteed interview with leading fitness brands.

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Hundreds of exclusive discounts including supplements, clothing & insurance to help you excel as a group exercise instructor.

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Heather Hacking, Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer.

Heather Hacking

Founder of Heather Hacking PT

Fantastically Structured & Well Organised

As a mother of three children after spending the past nine years building her career as a solicitor, Heather made the decision to follow a life-long passion for health, wellness and fitness, and pursue a career as a personal trainer.

Studying part-time with OriGym to fit around family and work, I achieved my Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications. I found OriGym’s courses to be fantastically structured and well organised, and my tutor Andy Tsang was brilliant - he taught me so much!

After graduating I started my fitness business with the sole purpose of empowering women, both physically and mentally. My business has now been shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Breakthrough Personal Trainer’ category at Northern Ireland’s Health & Fitness Awards 2019 - I am so thrilled! I am very grateful to OriGym for giving me such a great foundation to launch my business from.

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Ramnik Sembi

Founder of Ramnik Personal Training

Invaluable practical experience!

Before OriGym Ramnik was facing redundancy after a 10-year career. With an existing interest in health and fitness, Ramnik knew a role helping others to reach their goals would suit his personality and ambition. Searching online, he signed up to the Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer course. 

I absolutely made the right decision to choose OriGym! I’m very grateful for their continued support and their amazing tutors. They are really encouraging, helping to build your confidence to succeed. OriGym’s approach to flexibility encouraged me to study in my own time through online assessments and tutorials. Perfect for a busy parent juggling responsibilities.

My career since has gone from strength to strength. I set up my own brand whilst studying, creating a home-based studio where I train my clients. I also work as a Group Fitness Instructor, have set up my own HIIT fitness event and work with local academies encouraging children to enjoy exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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