Level 2 Gym Instructor Course

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Become a Gym Instructor (Level 2)

If you’re looking to embark on a rewarding and lucrative career in the fitness industry, OriGym’s Level 2 Gym Instructor course, also known as the Level 2 Fitness Instructor course or Level 2 Personal Trainer, will equip you with the fundamental knowledge and skills to become an exceptional gym instructor.

Designed for those wishing to work within a gym or fitness environment, the Level 2 Gym Instructor course teaches you the essential knowledge and skills required to instruct and evaluate 1-on-1 gym programmes, qualifying you for UK or international employment, or to progress to a personal trainer qualification. This course can be taken online.

Entry Requirements:


Course Type:

Full Time, Part Time, Online

Course Length:

2 Weeks (Full Time)
6 Weeks (Part Time)



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With the huge recent boom in personal fitness, there are now more than 7000 gyms and fitness centres across the UK – fun, vibrant and exciting places to work-out, and to work-in! Striving towards their own unique fitness goals, many gym-goers look to fitness instructors for guidance and motivation.

Our industry-leading, internationally-recognised Level 2 Gym Instructor course has been developed to meet the needs of a rapidly changing industry, endorsed by REPS, CIMSPA and PD Approval. It has been designed to provide all the essential industry-standard knowledge and skills required for you to work expertly and confidently within a fitness environment, including being able to plan, instruct and evaluate one-on-one gym programmes, fully preparing you to jump-start a career as a gym instructor.

Course Length: Full-time students can achieve the award within 2 weeks of study, and part-time typically takes 6 to 8 weeks
Entry Requirements: As an entry-level course there are no qualification prerequisites, however, students must be aged 16+ to enrol.
Accreditations: The Level 2 Gym Instructor course is accredited by REPS, CIMSPA and PD Approval.
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 Fitness Instruction

Additional Resources

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

What You’ll learn

In order to be an effective gym instructor, you’ll need to know more than which machines are best for which muscle groups. In order to confidently support gym members, you’ll need expertise across a variety of topics covering anatomy, training, and psychology.

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

Motivating Groups and Individuals

It’s easy for individuals new to fitness to lose confidence and motivation, and even experienced gym-goers can feel like they’ve hit a wall sometimes. You will learn all about how to train clients in a way that keeps them both engaged by the content of your training and motivated to keep pushing themselves to new heights. 

Tailoring Training Sessions

Everybody is different, and goals can vary widely from client to client. This course will teach you how to successfully tailor your training programs to each individual, ensuring their experience is as fun and rewarding as possible.

Human Anatomy and Physiology

Understanding how the body works is fundamental to successful gym instruction. This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge to keep your 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, bodyweight and free-weight movements, and resistance training concepts’ including how to include them in an effective, varied training plan.

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 gym or fitness environment.

Learning the Business

How does a successful fitness instructor market themselves? How do they maximise business opportunities? During the course you’ll develop a great understanding of the advertising, marketing and self-promotion essentials which are fundamental for a successful career within the fitness sector. 

How You’ll Be Assessed

To qualify with your Level 2 Gym Instructor certificate, you will be required to complete a selection of assessments. Practical assessments are run every month from each of our twelve nationwide locations.

Online & Part-Time Course Assessments

Students studying the gym instructor course online or part-time will be required to complete the following assessments:

  • Multiple choice Open book online exam on anatomy and physiology - 70% pass required
  • Multiple choice Open book online paper on principles of exercise and health - 70% pass required
  • Practical Assessment on delivering a gym-based induction – Pass required

To complete the in-person practical assessment you will need to travel to an OriGym venue. These can be found in twelve major cities across the UK. 

Full-Time Course Assessments

Full-time students are also expected to complete three assessments in order to qualify as a Level 2 Gym Instructor, however the non-practical elements can be taken online:

  • Multiple choice Open book online exam on anatomy and physiology - 70% pass required
  • Multiple choice Open book online paper on principles of exercise and health - 70% pass required
  • Practical Assessment on delivering a gym-based induction - Pass required

Throughout the course and your assessments, you’ll be supported by OriGym’s tutors, improving your chances at passing first-time and succeeding in your Gym Instructor course.

Study Options

At OriGym, we are proud of our ability to offer multiple modes of study to our students, enabling anyone to achieve a fitness instructor qualification at their own pace, in their own time and according to their individual requirements. 

Our Level 2 Gym Instructor course is taught in 12 major cities across the UK, each with excellent transport links. All of our state-of-the-art venues are handpicked to provide the best learning experience, putting you at a distinct advantage upon graduation over other newly qualified gym instructors from alternative training providers. 


Utilising our award-nominated online learning platform OriGym students can choose to study their Level 2 Gym Instructor course completely online. Making use of a series of interactive online learning resources, e-books and PDFs, online lectures, and training manuals, only a single practical assessment requires in-person attendance.

As online learning is self-paced, students can take as little or a long as they wish to complete the programme. All online gym instructor students are supported by personal tutors, who are themselves expert fitness instructors and gym instructors, available to reach by phone or email.

Part Time

Part-time provides a blended learning experience, combining in-person tuition with online study. This is one of the most popular options for many OriGym students as it perfectly balances learning from home and attending regular practical workshops.

These workshops are entirely practically focused, running from all of our 12 UK locations and restricted to small groups, ensuring you get the absolute maximum out of each day spent training. Combined with the opportunity to then study and revise online at your own pace, many students choose this option to fit their studies around their existing work, family and life commitments. 

Full Time

The full-time gym instructor course is 2 weeks of intensive study where you will learn in a classroom setting from 9am-5:30pm, Monday to Friday. From OriGym’s bespoke training centres, you will be able to study uninterrupted by gym members and staff to focus on your qualifications.

Only our most experienced tutors teach our full-time courses and you will study in groups no more than 12 to maximise your learning experience. Keeping the full-time course engaging and practically based, you will be on the gym floor everyday as well as learning in our designated, custom built classroom during the theory elements of the course.

Careers & Progression

After graduating from the Level 2 Gym Instructor course, you’ll be eligible to receive REPS Level 2 status and take your first steps into a new fitness career. As you start your journey OriGym will continue to provide assistance, encouragement and advice across topics like careers and how to continue your education. 

Careers Support

Your relationship with OriGym doesn’t stop just because you’ve graduated. 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. We guarantee interviews for all OriGym students and we’re committed to doing everything we can to help you secure your dream job.

Progression Routes

After graduating from your Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification there are multiple ways to continue growing in your new fitness career, improving your earning potential and future opportunities.

One of the most popular progression routes after a Level 2 qualification is to advance onto the Level 3 Personal Trainer award. Achieving the Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification will enable you to begin working as a dedicated personal trainer within gyms or other fitness institutions, taking on your own clients and helping them achieve their fitness goals.

If you already know you’d like to become a Personal Trainer, our Diploma in Personal Training combines both the Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer awards. 

Alumni Benefits

OriGym alumni at all levels receive special access to an ever-growing series of benefits delivered through various partners. Ranging from discounts on supplements and exercise clothing, through to special rates on the software and insurance you might need to operate on a freelance basis, OriGym continues to provide support to our students well after you’ve achieved your award.

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 Gym Instructor course. It is specifically designed to provide an entry-level qualification for the fitness industry and to begin working within gym and fitness environments.

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.

As with all OriGym courses, students must be aged 16 years or older in order to enrol.

Our Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instruction is endorsed and accredited by REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals), CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity), and PD Approval.

Students studying the programme on a full-time basis can complete the course in two-weeks, after which they will be qualified to work as a gym instructor. Part-time or online learning students complete the course in an average of 6-8 weeks.

The Level 2 Gym Instructor award is designed to provide you with all the fundamental knowledge required to begin a successful fitness career within a gym, leisure centre or other fitness institution.

Packed with expert knowledge of various subjects as well as practical skills, you’ll cover topics including human anatomy and physiology, how to motivate groups and individuals, the principles of exercise and fitness, safety and welfare in a fitness setting, and more.

Our section on ‘What You’ll Learn’ covers each topic and what you will learn on the course in more detail.

OriGym provides students studying the Level 2 Gym Instructor award with three study methods: Full-Time, Part-Time and Online. 

Full-Time students study in-person with OriGym tutors at one of our 12 specialist training venues in cities across the UK. Full-time study runs Monday to Friday.

Part-Time students study through blended learning, which combines in-person training at one of our UK venues with independent study via our award-nominated “Student Zone” e-learning platform.

Students studying the Level 2 Gym Instructor course online will complete their qualification through OriGyms award nominated e-learning platform, utilising OriGym’s expertly crafted content in the form of videos, online lectures, interactive e-learning, e-books and more. Online students are required to attend practical examinations at one of our UK venues where they will complete a formative assessment to demonstrate competency. If you refer the formative assessment, you will be asked to attend a practical based workshop (Workshop 3) to help prepare and give you extra practical help prior to re-assessment of your practical.


Join hundreds of our qualified fitness instructors working with leading UK and international gym brands.

Guaranteed Interviews

OriGym guarantees post-course interviews with leading gym brands, securing your dream gym instructor job after graduation.

Professional Guidance

Free CV analysis, 1-to-1 interview preparation, and expert career advice equip you for ongoing success.

Alumni Benefits

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

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  • JD Gyms
  • Sport Direct Fitness

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Gold Personal Trainer Course Package

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
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  • Suspension Training CPD
  • Kettlebells CPD
  • Boxing & Pad Work CPD
  • Circuits CPD
  • Group Training CPD
  • Strength & Conditioning CPD
0% Interest Payment Plans

Master Personal Trainer & Nutrition Specialist

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
  • Level 4 Nutrition in Weight Management & Athletic Performance
0% Interest Payment Plans
  • Business & Marketing CPD
  • Medicine Ball Training CPD
  • Hydration for Sport CPD
  • Body Weight Training CPD
  • Advanced Training Systems CPD
  • Advanced Periodisation Training CPD
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Dean Dallas, Qualified Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer

Dean Dallas

Personal Trainer

Thank you for such a wonderful experience!

Before OriGym Dean was pursuing a career in football. After setbacks due to injury, Dean developed an interest in strength and conditioning and injury prevention, pivoting his career into becoming a qualified personal trainer.

OriGym really stood out to me because I was able to complete my Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications in my own time without deadlines. This really took the stress off and allowed me to go about my daily schedule without interruption.

The tutors at OriGym created a great support network and provided us with practical workshops to further our development. I am now a certified personal trainer and can’t wait to help future clients in achieving their goals!

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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Guy Thompson

Former Leicester & Wasps Rugby Player

Before studying with OriGym, Guy was a professional Ruby player for both Wasps and Leicester Tigers and is currently playing for Eailing. Guy chose to complete his fitness qualifications with OriGym as the option to study around his career via online learning and OriGym looked the most "simple and professional" compared to other providers.


After being in and around professional sport for 13 years, this is a natural progression after learning from World Leading S&C coaches. Becoming a personal trainer will allow me to implement this knowledge for helping people and helping people achieve their goals away from sport. I'd really want to focus on helping people in their everyday lives through both mental and physical wellbeing.

OriGym's tutors have been excellent, with great feedback and the content is perfect for someone looking to get started in the industry. 

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee

Olympic Track Cyclist

The Best Course Provider

Jessica is a track sprint cyclist specialising in the keirin and has represented her country at the Asian Games and recent 2020 Olympics. Jessica choose OriGym to study her Personal Training and specialist Level 4 in Nutrition course after being recommended by friends.


From a sports background I have always been passionate about sport, for every elite athlete passing on knowledge and expertise is a good continuum from what I've already achieved. Although this is starting something new, it's also building on something that I already have. 

I reached out to friends who have done similar courses and OriGym was mentioned as the course to go to. After I enquired, Michelle called the next day and was really organic and genuine in our conversations, whereas other providers sent a generic email where I still had to do more research myself.

As an olympian a mission is to always pass on experience and knowledge. I'd look to eventually have my own company and client base to really pass on my passion and maybe even help create a new olympian in the future!

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