Residential training courses in health and fitness are offered by a number of companies throughout the UK. Some residential training courses are full-time long term courses - for example the European Institute of Fitness offers residential personal training courses over a 6 week period, whilst others are short term; scheduled over a single weekend.
What are the benefits of residential fitness courses?
There are a number of benefits when enrolling onto a residential fitness course. Primarily, whether it's a personal trainer course or another fitness-based course, the likelihood is that the course will be intensive. Many residential courses also allow students to 'fast track' their way to a qualification. This means that graduates will pass relatively quickly, giving these new fitness professionals more time to earn money.
Whilst the term 'fast track' has been used, residential fitness still have to meet the same standards as non-residential courses. All fitness courses, fast track or otherwise, must adhere to the criteria set by outside fitness agencies, including the central YMCA Qualification (CYQ) and the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). So don't assume that fast tracking your way to a fitness qualification is taking the easy route, because it isn't. It is, however, a great way of gaining a lot of knowledge and a wealth of practical experience over a relatively short space of time, in some cases 3 weeks. Compare this to some non-residential courses that may take 12 weeks to teach a very similar syllabus.
Another benefit is that residential students have around the clock access to experienced fitness teachers and tutors, giving students ample opportunity to soak up as much knowledge about their chosen topic as possible.
Residential students will also be meeting and staying with a group of like-minded people, all interested in working within the same field. This opens up a number of opportunities for students to make new friends as well as developing a network of new connects within the health and fitness industry.
One huge benefit to studying a residential-based fitness course is that the environment is geared up for students to focus all their energies on graduating the course. On a residential fitness training course there are no outside distractions and so students can be totally committed to passing the course at the first attempt with flying colours
What courses offer residential-based training?
There are a number of courses that traditionally offer residential training, including:
- Personal Training
Yoga retreats, which offer both yoga classes and training to budding yoga teachers, have been around for many years. Now a small number of companies are offering similar style training for personal trainers and Pilates teachers.
What facilities will be available on a residential fitness course?
As you may expect from companies that offer residential fitness courses, the facilities on offer will be some of the best around. For example, the European Institute of Fitness run their personal trainer courses from Lilleshall Nation Sports Centre, which offers a secluded, relaxing environment but one which has access to fantastic gym equipment. This makes it an ideal place for budding personal trainers to learn their trade.
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