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The Health and Fitness Institute

Contact  |  Updates
Our highly experienced teachers are always available to support you.
Our highly experienced teachers are always available to support you. / The Health and Fitness Institute
Our courses are practically focused to ensure you’re ready to hit the ground running.
Our courses are practically focused to ensure you’re ready to hit the ground running. / The Health and Fitness Institute
Our immersive learning platform allows you to learn anywhere, anytime.
Our immersive learning platform allows you to learn anywhere, anytime. / The Health and Fitness Institute
About us
All fitness education providers currently out there are one and the same. They vary in price, or how they deliver the course, but the end result is the same piece of paper at the end of the course with no meaningful difference on who you worked with.

THFI are here to make that difference to the Personal Training education marketplace.

In an industry that simply tries to churn out as many ‘qualified PTs’ as possible, we measure ourselves on our ability to deliver long term success, and rewarding, successful careers for new and current fitness professionals.

THFI was born out of frustration with Personal Trainer education companies. We make the difference in a market that focuses on volume not quality. Our core principles focus on preparing PT’s for the real world; we continue to mentor individuals through their first 12 months, after achieving their qualifications

Key products and services
We truly believe that being a great Personal Trainer is one of the most powerful and impactful jobs on the planet. Yes, you read that right. One of the most powerful, significant, and criminally underused jobs on this earth. What other profession allows you multiple touch points every single week to help fix someone's health and fitness? To change someone’s life?

Yet until now, those who choose this admirable career path have been let down. Underprepared, under-equipped. An industry that should be replete with fantastic people doing fantastic work is too often held back by inadequately trained, inadequately educated, inadequately motivated trainers.

That needed to change. That is what we are here to do.

Qualifying as a Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach or a Nutrition Coach with The Health and Fitness Institute is not the same box ticking exercise you experience with other providers. Our responsibility to you is to ensure that you are prepared for a long and successful career in health and fitness, and that means more than just passing your certification.

We will ensure that you have a true understanding of what it takes to be a success in your chosen career path, and prepared for all the trials and tribulations that come your way. Your certification is important, but it is only one part of what makes qualifying with THFI unique.

Unlike other providers, our service to you doesn’t stop as you complete your course. We are invested in your success. Our team offer continued support in those difficult days, and mentor you as you navigate your chosen career path.

In 90% of gyms, once you qualify, you’re on your own. But with our unparalleled mentoring programme and ongoing support from some of the leading personal training executives in the world, you couldn't be better placed to make a success of your career.
Plans for the next 12 months
Our focus is to provide unique education, support and mentoring opportunities to change the landscape of health and wellness education.

Our core aim is to improve the career opportunities for individuals within our sector. Be that with market leading entry qualifications and mentoring, or unique CPD opportunities to help people thrive in their chosen career pathway.
Key personnel
Dan Rees, managing director
Greg Sayer, head of operations
Key customers
Our key customers are people who have a passion for wanting to change and improve their clients lives, across multiple positive touch points, such as Nutrition, Physical activity and exercise, sleep, rest, recovery and resilience.
Testimonial
"Wow! I spent ages shopping around for a personal training course and am so glad I chose THFI as it feels incredibly personal, professional and structured.

"I’ve found that the course and tutors really keep you accountable and motivate you to ensure you keep a close eye on course content and digest it properly.

"For someone that has always struggled to read, webinars are certainly the way forward. There are live and pre-recorded webinars and of course you can watch all of the material back.br>
THFI cover all types of learning styles which further demonstrates how personalised it is."
– Olivia, Trainee PT (via Trust Pilot)
"I’m only 19, so deciding the right course for me was really difficult but spoke to a someone called Hakeem who made it really easy to understand what would benefit me and it was really good that I was actually talking to someone that was a personal trainer too.

"I decided to choose THFI because of the support I was going to receive and the help making sure I was qualified to a high level. Best decision!"
– EJ, Trainee Wellness Coach (via Trust Pilot)
"I was super keen to become a PT and The Health and Fitness Institute explained everything I needed to know. All the questions I asked, were answered and I was not rushed into making any decisions there and then, as it was big commitment.

"I opened up my course in the learning platform and downloaded the app, so I started learning straight away, A&P was tough but THFI laid it out in really easy digestible chunks. I have more to complete but wanted to recommend THFI to anyone wanting to become a PT. Thank you"
– Reuben, Trainee PT (via Trust Pilot)
updates & press releases
21 May 2024
CIMSPA's 'Enhancing' rating validates THFI's industry dominance, setting an inspirational benchmark for all upcoming businesses
THFI (The Health and Fitness Institute) proudly announces its recent recognition by CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) with an esteemed 'enhancing' rating. This distinction not only signifies THFI's unwavering commitment to providing top-tier educational experiences in the fitness sector but also serves as inspiration for smaller organisations and those up-and-coming in the industry.

THFI's level of excellence sets a standard that others should aspire to achieve.
CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) is the professional body for the sport and physical activity workforce, ensuring excellence in education and training to support career development in the sector.

CIMSPA's rigorous quality assurance framework assesses education providers across various criteria to ensure they meet and exceed industry standards.

"We are thrilled to receive the CIMSPA 'enhancing' rating, which serves as a testament to our relentless pursuit of quality and innovation in fitness education," said Dan Rees, Managing Director at THFI. "This achievement reflects our team's tireless efforts to provide exceptional learning experiences that empower individuals to thrive in their careers."

THFI has consolidated its standing by employing a multifaceted approach that actively prioritises and supports students across various avenues, resulting in its commendable recognition and ratings.

Meeting Employer Needs: THFI identified and addressed gaps in graduate readiness for fitness roles by introducing a business accelerator program integrated into enhanced PT courses.

Developed in collaboration with industry leaders like Total Fitness and Ultimate Performance, this initiative aligns courses with specific employer requirements, enhancing graduate readiness for recruitment and retention.

Sequenced Learning: THFI meticulously sequenced its courses to ensure comprehensive knowledge transfer. Through diverse communication channels such as email, phone, live webinars, support sessions, and community chats, THFI facilitated effective learning experiences, equipping graduates with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills essential for success in the fitness industry.

Opportunities for Continued Learning: Beyond course completion, THFI provided extensive support to graduates, including assistance with CV building, access to employment opportunities, CPD opportunities, and guidance on CIMSPA membership. Additionally, THFI's 12-month mentorship program post-course completion facilitated ongoing professional development, enabling students to thrive in their careers.

Inclusive Organisational Culture: THFI actively fostered an inclusive organisational culture and education delivery. Collaborative efforts with entities like the UK Sports Institute led to the creation of career opportunities for athletes transitioning from sports careers.

Furthermore, THFI's involvement in the development of apps aimed at supporting PTs and gym instructors in working with disabled clients exemplifies its commitment to promoting inclusivity within the fitness sector.

These initiatives underscore THFI's dedication to meeting CIMSPA standards and providing learners with high-quality education and training tailored to industry needs. By addressing specific challenges, fostering continuous learning opportunities, and promoting inclusivity, THFI serves as a beacon of excellence in the fitness education landscape, inspiring smaller organisations and those up-and-coming to strive for similar levels of achievement.

THFI (The Health and Fitness Institute) is a leading provider of fitness education, dedicated to delivering exceptional learning experiences and fostering industry-ready professionals. With a commitment to innovation and excellence, THFI equips learners with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the evolving fitness landscape.
CIMSPA is the professional body for the sport and physical activity workforce Credit: THFI
16 Apr 2024
The future of fitness education: The Health and Fitness Institute champions digital learning
The Health and Fitness Institute (THFI) is leading a revolutionary paradigm shift in fitness education by fully embracing digital learning.

This bold move marks not just an evolution, but a profound transformation, leveraging cutting-edge digital technologies to redefine the learning experience. Departing from standard methodologies, THFI is breaking free from the constraints of traditional approaches to education. Our mission is crystal clear: to prepare graduates for careers deeply entrenched in digital technology, aligning with the advancements seen across the leading health, wellbeing, and fitness operators. Through this innovative approach, we are not merely modernising education; we are paving the way for a new era of accessibility, flexibility, and unparalleled opportunity for aspiring personal trainers.

In today's dynamic educational landscape, digital learning stands out as a transformative force, offering myriad benefits that are reshaping the future of education. THFI, recognised as a leader within the fitness education sector, is at the forefront of this transformation, leveraging digital technologies to make world-class education accessible and affordable to anyone looking to obtain professional qualifications and embark on a career in the health and fitness industry.

The cornerstone of THFI's approach is its commitment to the benefits of digital learning. By harnessing the power of technology, THFI offers learners unparalleled accessibility and flexibility, allowing them to pursue their educational goals from anywhere in the world, at any time. You can learn at a pace that is convenient to you. What’s more, all of our courses are housed on a mobile-friendly learner platform, with no more costly, time-consuming travel to classes.

Through its innovative ‘live learning through digital technology' approach, THFI provides dedicated 24/7 support and a variety of professional development courses aimed at broadening knowledge and enhancing skill sets.

Daniel Rees, Managing Director of The Health and Fitness Institute, underscores the institute's dedication to embracing digital learning: "I find it frustrating that in 2024 we still see education providers whose leadership and management teams lack the ability to horizon scan and transform the learning outcomes for their learners – essentially, they’re doing the same thing that’s been done for the last 15 years.

“At THFI we consistently challenge our best practices, we are frontier thinkers in developing digital pedagogies. Our industry has taken huge steps forwards over the last decade, and we are committed to providing our learners with an experience that not only prepares them for industry today, but exposes learners to technology that will help them build and scale successful Personal Training businesses for the future. We also take that one step further with our graduate mentoring programmes. Graduates have a world-class team with decades of experience in their corner, helping them find a job, settle into, and grow a career with endless earning potential.”

Digital learning not only offers flexibility and accessibility but also fosters personalised learning experiences tailored to the unique needs and learning styles of each individual. Through interactive multimedia elements and adaptive technologies, THFI engages learners in theoretical and practical immersive and dynamic educational experiences, offering unparalleled outcomes of comprehension, retention and application of skills.

Moreover, THFI provides a range of additional benefits to its learners, including live tutoring, one-to-one support, interactive support sessions, on-demand webinars, tech supported practical assessments utilising leading global platforms, and a community hub to collaborate with other learners. With such comprehensive support and resources, THFI ensures that learners have access to everything they need to succeed.

Furthermore, digital learning facilitates collaboration and networking among students and educators on a global scale. THFI's partnerships with industry-leading organisations ensure that its education, training, and qualifications meet industry standards and are valued by employers worldwide, creating a comprehensive network of career opportunities for its learners.

As the demand for proficient online coaches continues to surge, THFI remains unwavering in its dedication to harnessing the transformative power of digital learning. Our commitment extends beyond education; we aim to empower individuals to capitalise on the lucrative opportunities in the digital fitness realm. By immersing learners in tech-enabled learning experiences, we not only equip them with essential skills but also cultivate a deep understanding of how technology can serve as a catalyst for scaling their businesses. At THFI, we believe in preparing our students not just for success, but for mastery in an ever-evolving industry landscape.

Join THFI in embracing the future of fitness education through digital learning. For more information and to enrol, visit thfi.com/pages/online-personal-trainer-courses
Digital learning stands out as a transformative force Credit: shutterstock.com / ORION PRODUCTION
11 Mar 2024
UK Sports Institute names THFI as preferred personal training provider ahead of summer of sport
The Health and Fitness Institute (THFI) proudly announces its prestigious partnership with The UK Sports Institute ahead a busy summer of sport. This collaboration is aimed at empowering current UK elite athletes with robust career pathways in the health, fitness, and wellbeing sector, emphasising the importance of preparing athletes for life beyond the competitive arena. 

The UK Sports Institute is renowned for its commitment to excellence, having played a pivotal role in supporting athletes and coaches, contributing to over 1,000 major medals on the world stage. As a leading force in athlete development, The UK Sports Institute's dedication to success aligns seamlessly with THFI's mission to provide comprehensive education and training programs, including their market-leading Level 3 personal trainer course, that extend beyond mere certification. 

"At THFI, we recognise the critical role education plays in empowering athletes to thrive beyond their sporting careers," said THFI Managing Director, Dan Rees. "Many successful athletes, either through personal choice, deselection, or injury, find themselves retiring from competitive sport at a relatively young age. It is, therefore, really important that they start to think about an alternative career they can step into when the time is right.

"Our partnership with the UK Sports Institute and its Performance Lifestyle team represents a monumental opportunity to support athletes in charting meaningful paths as fitness professionals, personal trainers, wellness coaches, leveraging their unique skills and experiences to make a lasting impact in the health and wellness industry." 

Marcia Bailey, Performance Lifestyle Technical Lead at The UK Sports Institute, stated: "Global sporting events transcend mere athletic competition, they serve as a platform for inclusion, empowerment, and societal transformation. Through our partnership with THFI, we aim to empower athletes to transition seamlessly into fulfilling careers, leveraging their talents to create positive change in communities worldwide." 

As the world prepares for the Paris 2024 Games, THFI and the UK Sports Institute are dedicated to equipping athletes with the necessary tools and knowledge to excel in their post-competition endeavours. With a shared commitment to excellence and innovation, they work alongside UK Sport and the British Elite Athletes Association to support athlete transition and career development by ensuring that every athlete has the opportunity to flourish beyond the field of play. 

Click here for more information about The UK Sports Institute and its partnership with THFI.
The collaboration aims to empower UK elite athletes with robust career pathways Credit: THFI
08 Mar 2024
THFI and FITR break new ground in fitness education with industry-first collaboration
The Health and Fitness Institute (THFI) and FITR have embarked on an unprecedented collaboration, marking a significant milestone in fitness education and career development.

THFI proudly stands as the first education provider to join forces with FITR, a leading technology provider in the fitness industry. This partnership aims to revolutionise personal trainer courses by integrating industry leading technology into THFI's curriculum, empowering students to conduct assessments in a live learning environment and minimising the time needed for graduates to launch their businesses.

Through this innovative collaboration, THFI students will gain access to FITR's advanced technology platform, which simplifies administrative tasks, enhances client management, and streamlines program delivery. By giving access to FITR's platform, THFI’s students will develop hands-on experience in leveraging technology to elevate their coaching practices, ultimately expediting the startup process for graduates and their businesses.

“In the dynamic landscape of the fitness industry, aspiring personal trainers face numerous challenges on their journey to success," said Dan Rees, Managing Director at THFI. "At THFI, we are committed to not only providing top-tier education but also equipping our students with the tools and resources needed to thrive in the real world.

"We are proud to lead the way in revolutionising fitness education through our partnership with FITR," added Rees. "By integrating technology into our curriculum, we are empowering our students to excel in their careers and make a positive impact in the fitness industry."

The benefits of this partnership extend far beyond the classroom. By utilising FITR's platform, THFI students will be better prepared to navigate the complexities of the modern fitness landscape and establish successful practices. From streamlined administrative processes to enhanced client engagement, FITR's technology offers invaluable support for fitness professionals looking to build thriving careers.

"We are excited to partner with THFI to provide aspiring personal trainers with the tools they need to succeed," said Leon Cassidy, Founder and CEO at FITR. "At Fitr, we’re committed to helping Personal Trainers grow their businesses throughout their career. We know that getting started is the first hurdle, so we are delighted to work with THFI to empower students to hit the ground running."

For individuals looking to create a career as a personal trainer, the offer provided by THFI and FITR is invaluable. THFI students get an extended free trial during their studies and a 20% discount for 1-6 months depending on which course they’re on. By combining top-tier education with cutting-edge technology, THFI is paving the way for the next generation of fitness professionals to thrive in an ever-evolving industry.

You can find more information about THFI and FITR's innovative partnership and offerings here
THFI students get an extended free trial during their studies Credit: THFI
28 Feb 2024
THFI Launches Wellness Coaching Qualification Aimed at NHS Relief and Economic Boost
Recent data from UK Active has revealed that a shocking 25% of the UK’s population is classed as ‘inactive,’ averaging less than 30 minutes of exercise a week.

In response to this pressing need for broader health and wellbeing coaching across the UK population, The Health and Fitness Institute (THFI), the UK’s leading education and training provider in the sector, is proud to unveil their groundbreaking Wellness Coaching qualification.

The course goes above and beyond traditional Personal Training content by providing learners with research, knowledge, and skills to understand the importance of a broader approach to health.

Learners will have the opportunity to explore long-term medical conditions, mental well-being, nourishment, sleep, rest, and recovery, alongside other lifestyle factors.

With Mike Farrar, chair of UK Active, claiming this week that “We’re losing the battle for the nation’s health,” he urged industry bodies to do more to address this pandemic of poor health and reduce the financial burden on an already overstretched NHS which is having to deal with illnesses associated with poor physical health, such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular, and heart-related diseases.

Recognizing the imperative, THFI Managing Director, Dan Rees, said: “We know that people who seek the services of health and fitness professionals and personal trainers are looking for more than just learning how to perform a bench press correctly.”

“Clients want a holistic education on how to live a healthier life. This includes knowing how to manage potential long-term medical conditions through the benefits of physical activity and exercise, how to put together a sensible and sustainable eating plan, how to mitigate stress, how to rest, recover, and sleep better, as well as considerations for supplementation, where appropriate.”

“That is why I am absolutely delighted that we have launched our Wellness Coaching qualification - a truly groundbreaking course that will empower our learners to offer comprehensive support to their current clients, in and out of the gym. However, on a much broader perspective, it opens up the opportunity to expand their client base into the booming Health and Wellness sector.

“With the knowledge and expertise gained from our Wellness Coaching qualification, THFI learners can play a crucial role in improving health and well-being, leading to better health outcomes for their clients, and taking some of the burden off our NHS.”

By filling a crucial gap in the market for wellness-focused education, THFI aims to empower health and fitness professionals and personal trainers to play a pivotal role in reducing the incidence of chronic diseases and promoting healthier communities.

The Wellness Coaching qualification features in-depth training across a range of areas relevant to health and wellness by looking into physical fitness, mental well-being, nutrition, management of long-term medical conditions, sleep as well as lifestyle factors. The theoretical knowledge is complemented by practical strategies for implementing holistic health principles into clients' training plans. It provides guidance on fostering long-term behaviour change, as well as offering access to cutting-edge resources and expert-led sessions to enhance learning and professional development.

“By offering this comprehensive Wellness Coaching qualification, THFI is setting a new standard for education excellence for health and fitness professionals and personal trainers.” Adds Dan Rees, “We believe that investing in wellness education will prove to be essential for improving healthcare outcomes and reducing the burden on our healthcare systems, as well as being beneficial for health and fitness professionals and personal trainers, and their clients.”

Find out more information about THFI’s Wellness Coaching qualification and other courses.
Learners will have the opportunity to explore long-term medical conditions, mental well-being, nourishment, sleep, rest, and recovery, alongside other lifestyle factors Credit: THFI
01 Feb 2024
The Health and Fitness Institute forges partnership with Total Fitness to enhance personal training education and employment opportunities
The Health and Fitness Institute (THFI) has announced a collaboration with Total Fitness, aiming to redefine the landscape of personal training education and employment prospects.

This innovative partnership is set to provide a unique and comprehensive approach to education, mentorship, and employment opportunities in the health and fitness industry. 

THFI, known for challenging the conventional norms in personal training certification, is committed to ensuring the long-term success and fulfilment of its graduates. Acknowledging the startling statistic that 60% of personal trainers leave the industry within 12 months after qualification, THFI's approach goes beyond the traditional box-ticking exercise to prepare learners for enduring careers in health and fitness. 

The partnership with Total Fitness encompasses various dimensions, showcasing a commitment to enriching the personal training journey for THFI graduates. 

Graduate Supply: 
THFI will work closely with Total Fitness to supply them with qualified graduates, contributing to the continuous expansion of their personal training team. This facet reflects the commitment to fostering ongoing growth within the fitness industry. 

Mentoring Program: 
Total Fitness will actively participate in THFI’s mentoring programme, allowing successful personal trainers from Total Fitness to share insights and best practices with THFI learners. This initiative aims to bridge the gap between education and real-world experience, providing valuable guidance for aspiring personal trainers. 

CPD Platform Access: 
Current personal trainers at Total Fitness will benefit from access to THFI’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) platform. This collaboration ensures that Total Fitness trainers can pursue ongoing education and skill enhancement through courses such as nutrition, strength and conditioning, wellness, and more. 

In selecting Total Fitness as a partner, THFI considered their robust personal training model, commitment to employee well-being, and shared values, including factors such as their existing average tenure of Personal Training Staff (PTS), with PTs averaging a four-year tenure. Total Fitness, with its 15 clubs across the North of England and Wales, stands out as an employer that values its staff, fosters a positive work environment, and aligns with THFI’s mission to provide learners with exceptional experiences and opportunities.  

The partnership is marked by a reciprocal relationship where Total Fitness adds value to THFI learners’ education, while THFI provides Total Fitness with access to a pool of qualified graduates. This unique approach sets the collaboration apart from traditional partnerships and emphasises a commitment to mutual growth and success. 

THFI distinguishes itself from competitors by prioritising a holistic and industry-first approach to personal training education. The partnership with Total Fitness exemplifies a commitment to students’ success beyond certification, offering a pathway to sustainable and rewarding careers. 

THFI co-founder, Dan Rees, said: “[Our] partnership with Total Fitness represents a groundbreaking approach to personal training education. We believe in creating lasting value for our graduates, and Total Fitness shares our vision for a thriving, supported, and successful personal training community.” 
 
Total Fitness’s Head of Personal Training, Richard Wilson, expressed excitement about the collaboration, stating, “We’re really happy to be working in partnership with The Health and Fitness Institute. At Total Fitness, our promise to our people is that more is possible, and this partnership with THFI showcases our commitment to that promise, providing the support and development to our team. As a company, we are dedicated to being passionate and discerning in our partnerships, and this collaboration with THFI is a perfect fit—a refreshing approach to challenging the norms in Personal Training Education. In return, we will offer all THFI graduates an interview for our open PT positions. 

“We are also excited to continuously build on this relationship with additional fit-for-purpose training such as the 'transformational coaching course'. Such courses will aid our vision in creating additional opportunities for our PTs to grow, and in turn provide additional products and services for our members to achieve their goals.” 

Total Fitness, with a membership base of over 95,000 individuals, is dedicated to improving the health and fitness of its members and providing the space and opportunities to achieve more than they thought possible.  The partnership with THFI reflects their commitment to sourcing the best talent and offering an unparalleled fitness experience for their members. 

The Health and Fitness Institute is a leading provider of personal training education, dedicated to preparing individuals for successful and enduring careers in the health and fitness industry. With a focus on comprehensive education, mentorship, and industry partnerships, THFI aims to redefine personal training education standards. 
The Health and Fitness Institute (THFI) has announced a collaboration with Total Fitness Credit: THFI
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Tel: 07795 811792
Address: Acresfield , Manchester , Greater Manchester , M2 7HA, United Kingdom
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Contact  |  Updates
Our highly experienced teachers are always available to support you.
Our highly experienced teachers are always available to support you. / The Health and Fitness Institute
Our courses are practically focused to ensure you’re ready to hit the ground running.
Our courses are practically focused to ensure you’re ready to hit the ground running. / The Health and Fitness Institute
Our immersive learning platform allows you to learn anywhere, anytime.
Our immersive learning platform allows you to learn anywhere, anytime. / The Health and Fitness Institute
About us
All fitness education providers currently out there are one and the same. They vary in price, or how they deliver the course, but the end result is the same piece of paper at the end of the course with no meaningful difference on who you worked with.

THFI are here to make that difference to the Personal Training education marketplace.

In an industry that simply tries to churn out as many ‘qualified PTs’ as possible, we measure ourselves on our ability to deliver long term success, and rewarding, successful careers for new and current fitness professionals.

THFI was born out of frustration with Personal Trainer education companies. We make the difference in a market that focuses on volume not quality. Our core principles focus on preparing PT’s for the real world; we continue to mentor individuals through their first 12 months, after achieving their qualifications

Key products and services
We truly believe that being a great Personal Trainer is one of the most powerful and impactful jobs on the planet. Yes, you read that right. One of the most powerful, significant, and criminally underused jobs on this earth. What other profession allows you multiple touch points every single week to help fix someone's health and fitness? To change someone’s life?

Yet until now, those who choose this admirable career path have been let down. Underprepared, under-equipped. An industry that should be replete with fantastic people doing fantastic work is too often held back by inadequately trained, inadequately educated, inadequately motivated trainers.

That needed to change. That is what we are here to do.

Qualifying as a Personal Trainer, Wellness Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach or a Nutrition Coach with The Health and Fitness Institute is not the same box ticking exercise you experience with other providers. Our responsibility to you is to ensure that you are prepared for a long and successful career in health and fitness, and that means more than just passing your certification.

We will ensure that you have a true understanding of what it takes to be a success in your chosen career path, and prepared for all the trials and tribulations that come your way. Your certification is important, but it is only one part of what makes qualifying with THFI unique.

Unlike other providers, our service to you doesn’t stop as you complete your course. We are invested in your success. Our team offer continued support in those difficult days, and mentor you as you navigate your chosen career path.

In 90% of gyms, once you qualify, you’re on your own. But with our unparalleled mentoring programme and ongoing support from some of the leading personal training executives in the world, you couldn't be better placed to make a success of your career.
Plans for the next 12 months
Our focus is to provide unique education, support and mentoring opportunities to change the landscape of health and wellness education.

Our core aim is to improve the career opportunities for individuals within our sector. Be that with market leading entry qualifications and mentoring, or unique CPD opportunities to help people thrive in their chosen career pathway.
Testimonial
"Wow! I spent ages shopping around for a personal training course and am so glad I chose THFI as it feels incredibly personal, professional and structured.

"I’ve found that the course and tutors really keep you accountable and motivate you to ensure you keep a close eye on course content and digest it properly.

"For someone that has always struggled to read, webinars are certainly the way forward. There are live and pre-recorded webinars and of course you can watch all of the material back.br>
THFI cover all types of learning styles which further demonstrates how personalised it is."
– Olivia, Trainee PT (via Trust Pilot)
"I’m only 19, so deciding the right course for me was really difficult but spoke to a someone called Hakeem who made it really easy to understand what would benefit me and it was really good that I was actually talking to someone that was a personal trainer too.

"I decided to choose THFI because of the support I was going to receive and the help making sure I was qualified to a high level. Best decision!"
– EJ, Trainee Wellness Coach (via Trust Pilot)
"I was super keen to become a PT and The Health and Fitness Institute explained everything I needed to know. All the questions I asked, were answered and I was not rushed into making any decisions there and then, as it was big commitment.

"I opened up my course in the learning platform and downloaded the app, so I started learning straight away, A&P was tough but THFI laid it out in really easy digestible chunks. I have more to complete but wanted to recommend THFI to anyone wanting to become a PT. Thank you"
– Reuben, Trainee PT (via Trust Pilot)
updates & press releases
21 May 2024
CIMSPA's 'Enhancing' rating validates THFI's industry dominance, setting an inspirational benchmark for all upcoming businesses
THFI (The Health and Fitness Institute) proudly announces its recent recognition by CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) with an esteemed 'enhancing' rating. This distinction not only signifies THFI's unwavering commitment to providing top-tier educational experiences in the fitness sector but also serves as inspiration for smaller organisations and those up-and-coming in the industry.

THFI's level of excellence sets a standard that others should aspire to achieve.
CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) is the professional body for the sport and physical activity workforce, ensuring excellence in education and training to support career development in the sector.

CIMSPA's rigorous quality assurance framework assesses education providers across various criteria to ensure they meet and exceed industry standards.

"We are thrilled to receive the CIMSPA 'enhancing' rating, which serves as a testament to our relentless pursuit of quality and innovation in fitness education," said Dan Rees, Managing Director at THFI. "This achievement reflects our team's tireless efforts to provide exceptional learning experiences that empower individuals to thrive in their careers."

THFI has consolidated its standing by employing a multifaceted approach that actively prioritises and supports students across various avenues, resulting in its commendable recognition and ratings.

Meeting Employer Needs: THFI identified and addressed gaps in graduate readiness for fitness roles by introducing a business accelerator program integrated into enhanced PT courses.

Developed in collaboration with industry leaders like Total Fitness and Ultimate Performance, this initiative aligns courses with specific employer requirements, enhancing graduate readiness for recruitment and retention.

Sequenced Learning: THFI meticulously sequenced its courses to ensure comprehensive knowledge transfer. Through diverse communication channels such as email, phone, live webinars, support sessions, and community chats, THFI facilitated effective learning experiences, equipping graduates with both theoretical knowledge and practical skills essential for success in the fitness industry.

Opportunities for Continued Learning: Beyond course completion, THFI provided extensive support to graduates, including assistance with CV building, access to employment opportunities, CPD opportunities, and guidance on CIMSPA membership. Additionally, THFI's 12-month mentorship program post-course completion facilitated ongoing professional development, enabling students to thrive in their careers.

Inclusive Organisational Culture: THFI actively fostered an inclusive organisational culture and education delivery. Collaborative efforts with entities like the UK Sports Institute led to the creation of career opportunities for athletes transitioning from sports careers.

Furthermore, THFI's involvement in the development of apps aimed at supporting PTs and gym instructors in working with disabled clients exemplifies its commitment to promoting inclusivity within the fitness sector.

These initiatives underscore THFI's dedication to meeting CIMSPA standards and providing learners with high-quality education and training tailored to industry needs. By addressing specific challenges, fostering continuous learning opportunities, and promoting inclusivity, THFI serves as a beacon of excellence in the fitness education landscape, inspiring smaller organisations and those up-and-coming to strive for similar levels of achievement.

THFI (The Health and Fitness Institute) is a leading provider of fitness education, dedicated to delivering exceptional learning experiences and fostering industry-ready professionals. With a commitment to innovation and excellence, THFI equips learners with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the evolving fitness landscape.
CIMSPA is the professional body for the sport and physical activity workforce Credit: THFI
16 Apr 2024
The future of fitness education: The Health and Fitness Institute champions digital learning
The Health and Fitness Institute (THFI) is leading a revolutionary paradigm shift in fitness education by fully embracing digital learning.

This bold move marks not just an evolution, but a profound transformation, leveraging cutting-edge digital technologies to redefine the learning experience. Departing from standard methodologies, THFI is breaking free from the constraints of traditional approaches to education. Our mission is crystal clear: to prepare graduates for careers deeply entrenched in digital technology, aligning with the advancements seen across the leading health, wellbeing, and fitness operators. Through this innovative approach, we are not merely modernising education; we are paving the way for a new era of accessibility, flexibility, and unparalleled opportunity for aspiring personal trainers.

In today's dynamic educational landscape, digital learning stands out as a transformative force, offering myriad benefits that are reshaping the future of education. THFI, recognised as a leader within the fitness education sector, is at the forefront of this transformation, leveraging digital technologies to make world-class education accessible and affordable to anyone looking to obtain professional qualifications and embark on a career in the health and fitness industry.

The cornerstone of THFI's approach is its commitment to the benefits of digital learning. By harnessing the power of technology, THFI offers learners unparalleled accessibility and flexibility, allowing them to pursue their educational goals from anywhere in the world, at any time. You can learn at a pace that is convenient to you. What’s more, all of our courses are housed on a mobile-friendly learner platform, with no more costly, time-consuming travel to classes.

Through its innovative ‘live learning through digital technology' approach, THFI provides dedicated 24/7 support and a variety of professional development courses aimed at broadening knowledge and enhancing skill sets.

Daniel Rees, Managing Director of The Health and Fitness Institute, underscores the institute's dedication to embracing digital learning: "I find it frustrating that in 2024 we still see education providers whose leadership and management teams lack the ability to horizon scan and transform the learning outcomes for their learners – essentially, they’re doing the same thing that’s been done for the last 15 years.

“At THFI we consistently challenge our best practices, we are frontier thinkers in developing digital pedagogies. Our industry has taken huge steps forwards over the last decade, and we are committed to providing our learners with an experience that not only prepares them for industry today, but exposes learners to technology that will help them build and scale successful Personal Training businesses for the future. We also take that one step further with our graduate mentoring programmes. Graduates have a world-class team with decades of experience in their corner, helping them find a job, settle into, and grow a career with endless earning potential.”

Digital learning not only offers flexibility and accessibility but also fosters personalised learning experiences tailored to the unique needs and learning styles of each individual. Through interactive multimedia elements and adaptive technologies, THFI engages learners in theoretical and practical immersive and dynamic educational experiences, offering unparalleled outcomes of comprehension, retention and application of skills.

Moreover, THFI provides a range of additional benefits to its learners, including live tutoring, one-to-one support, interactive support sessions, on-demand webinars, tech supported practical assessments utilising leading global platforms, and a community hub to collaborate with other learners. With such comprehensive support and resources, THFI ensures that learners have access to everything they need to succeed.

Furthermore, digital learning facilitates collaboration and networking among students and educators on a global scale. THFI's partnerships with industry-leading organisations ensure that its education, training, and qualifications meet industry standards and are valued by employers worldwide, creating a comprehensive network of career opportunities for its learners.

As the demand for proficient online coaches continues to surge, THFI remains unwavering in its dedication to harnessing the transformative power of digital learning. Our commitment extends beyond education; we aim to empower individuals to capitalise on the lucrative opportunities in the digital fitness realm. By immersing learners in tech-enabled learning experiences, we not only equip them with essential skills but also cultivate a deep understanding of how technology can serve as a catalyst for scaling their businesses. At THFI, we believe in preparing our students not just for success, but for mastery in an ever-evolving industry landscape.

Join THFI in embracing the future of fitness education through digital learning. For more information and to enrol, visit thfi.com/pages/online-personal-trainer-courses
Digital learning stands out as a transformative force Credit: shutterstock.com / ORION PRODUCTION
11 Mar 2024
UK Sports Institute names THFI as preferred personal training provider ahead of summer of sport
The Health and Fitness Institute (THFI) proudly announces its prestigious partnership with The UK Sports Institute ahead a busy summer of sport. This collaboration is aimed at empowering current UK elite athletes with robust career pathways in the health, fitness, and wellbeing sector, emphasising the importance of preparing athletes for life beyond the competitive arena. 

The UK Sports Institute is renowned for its commitment to excellence, having played a pivotal role in supporting athletes and coaches, contributing to over 1,000 major medals on the world stage. As a leading force in athlete development, The UK Sports Institute's dedication to success aligns seamlessly with THFI's mission to provide comprehensive education and training programs, including their market-leading Level 3 personal trainer course, that extend beyond mere certification. 

"At THFI, we recognise the critical role education plays in empowering athletes to thrive beyond their sporting careers," said THFI Managing Director, Dan Rees. "Many successful athletes, either through personal choice, deselection, or injury, find themselves retiring from competitive sport at a relatively young age. It is, therefore, really important that they start to think about an alternative career they can step into when the time is right.

"Our partnership with the UK Sports Institute and its Performance Lifestyle team represents a monumental opportunity to support athletes in charting meaningful paths as fitness professionals, personal trainers, wellness coaches, leveraging their unique skills and experiences to make a lasting impact in the health and wellness industry." 

Marcia Bailey, Performance Lifestyle Technical Lead at The UK Sports Institute, stated: "Global sporting events transcend mere athletic competition, they serve as a platform for inclusion, empowerment, and societal transformation. Through our partnership with THFI, we aim to empower athletes to transition seamlessly into fulfilling careers, leveraging their talents to create positive change in communities worldwide." 

As the world prepares for the Paris 2024 Games, THFI and the UK Sports Institute are dedicated to equipping athletes with the necessary tools and knowledge to excel in their post-competition endeavours. With a shared commitment to excellence and innovation, they work alongside UK Sport and the British Elite Athletes Association to support athlete transition and career development by ensuring that every athlete has the opportunity to flourish beyond the field of play. 

Click here for more information about The UK Sports Institute and its partnership with THFI.
The collaboration aims to empower UK elite athletes with robust career pathways Credit: THFI
08 Mar 2024
THFI and FITR break new ground in fitness education with industry-first collaboration
The Health and Fitness Institute (THFI) and FITR have embarked on an unprecedented collaboration, marking a significant milestone in fitness education and career development.

THFI proudly stands as the first education provider to join forces with FITR, a leading technology provider in the fitness industry. This partnership aims to revolutionise personal trainer courses by integrating industry leading technology into THFI's curriculum, empowering students to conduct assessments in a live learning environment and minimising the time needed for graduates to launch their businesses.

Through this innovative collaboration, THFI students will gain access to FITR's advanced technology platform, which simplifies administrative tasks, enhances client management, and streamlines program delivery. By giving access to FITR's platform, THFI’s students will develop hands-on experience in leveraging technology to elevate their coaching practices, ultimately expediting the startup process for graduates and their businesses.

“In the dynamic landscape of the fitness industry, aspiring personal trainers face numerous challenges on their journey to success," said Dan Rees, Managing Director at THFI. "At THFI, we are committed to not only providing top-tier education but also equipping our students with the tools and resources needed to thrive in the real world.

"We are proud to lead the way in revolutionising fitness education through our partnership with FITR," added Rees. "By integrating technology into our curriculum, we are empowering our students to excel in their careers and make a positive impact in the fitness industry."

The benefits of this partnership extend far beyond the classroom. By utilising FITR's platform, THFI students will be better prepared to navigate the complexities of the modern fitness landscape and establish successful practices. From streamlined administrative processes to enhanced client engagement, FITR's technology offers invaluable support for fitness professionals looking to build thriving careers.

"We are excited to partner with THFI to provide aspiring personal trainers with the tools they need to succeed," said Leon Cassidy, Founder and CEO at FITR. "At Fitr, we’re committed to helping Personal Trainers grow their businesses throughout their career. We know that getting started is the first hurdle, so we are delighted to work with THFI to empower students to hit the ground running."

For individuals looking to create a career as a personal trainer, the offer provided by THFI and FITR is invaluable. THFI students get an extended free trial during their studies and a 20% discount for 1-6 months depending on which course they’re on. By combining top-tier education with cutting-edge technology, THFI is paving the way for the next generation of fitness professionals to thrive in an ever-evolving industry.

You can find more information about THFI and FITR's innovative partnership and offerings here
THFI students get an extended free trial during their studies Credit: THFI
28 Feb 2024
THFI Launches Wellness Coaching Qualification Aimed at NHS Relief and Economic Boost
Recent data from UK Active has revealed that a shocking 25% of the UK’s population is classed as ‘inactive,’ averaging less than 30 minutes of exercise a week.

In response to this pressing need for broader health and wellbeing coaching across the UK population, The Health and Fitness Institute (THFI), the UK’s leading education and training provider in the sector, is proud to unveil their groundbreaking Wellness Coaching qualification.

The course goes above and beyond traditional Personal Training content by providing learners with research, knowledge, and skills to understand the importance of a broader approach to health.

Learners will have the opportunity to explore long-term medical conditions, mental well-being, nourishment, sleep, rest, and recovery, alongside other lifestyle factors.

With Mike Farrar, chair of UK Active, claiming this week that “We’re losing the battle for the nation’s health,” he urged industry bodies to do more to address this pandemic of poor health and reduce the financial burden on an already overstretched NHS which is having to deal with illnesses associated with poor physical health, such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular, and heart-related diseases.

Recognizing the imperative, THFI Managing Director, Dan Rees, said: “We know that people who seek the services of health and fitness professionals and personal trainers are looking for more than just learning how to perform a bench press correctly.”

“Clients want a holistic education on how to live a healthier life. This includes knowing how to manage potential long-term medical conditions through the benefits of physical activity and exercise, how to put together a sensible and sustainable eating plan, how to mitigate stress, how to rest, recover, and sleep better, as well as considerations for supplementation, where appropriate.”

“That is why I am absolutely delighted that we have launched our Wellness Coaching qualification - a truly groundbreaking course that will empower our learners to offer comprehensive support to their current clients, in and out of the gym. However, on a much broader perspective, it opens up the opportunity to expand their client base into the booming Health and Wellness sector.

“With the knowledge and expertise gained from our Wellness Coaching qualification, THFI learners can play a crucial role in improving health and well-being, leading to better health outcomes for their clients, and taking some of the burden off our NHS.”

By filling a crucial gap in the market for wellness-focused education, THFI aims to empower health and fitness professionals and personal trainers to play a pivotal role in reducing the incidence of chronic diseases and promoting healthier communities.

The Wellness Coaching qualification features in-depth training across a range of areas relevant to health and wellness by looking into physical fitness, mental well-being, nutrition, management of long-term medical conditions, sleep as well as lifestyle factors. The theoretical knowledge is complemented by practical strategies for implementing holistic health principles into clients' training plans. It provides guidance on fostering long-term behaviour change, as well as offering access to cutting-edge resources and expert-led sessions to enhance learning and professional development.

“By offering this comprehensive Wellness Coaching qualification, THFI is setting a new standard for education excellence for health and fitness professionals and personal trainers.” Adds Dan Rees, “We believe that investing in wellness education will prove to be essential for improving healthcare outcomes and reducing the burden on our healthcare systems, as well as being beneficial for health and fitness professionals and personal trainers, and their clients.”

Find out more information about THFI’s Wellness Coaching qualification and other courses.
Learners will have the opportunity to explore long-term medical conditions, mental well-being, nourishment, sleep, rest, and recovery, alongside other lifestyle factors Credit: THFI
01 Feb 2024
The Health and Fitness Institute forges partnership with Total Fitness to enhance personal training education and employment opportunities
The Health and Fitness Institute (THFI) has announced a collaboration with Total Fitness, aiming to redefine the landscape of personal training education and employment prospects.

This innovative partnership is set to provide a unique and comprehensive approach to education, mentorship, and employment opportunities in the health and fitness industry. 

THFI, known for challenging the conventional norms in personal training certification, is committed to ensuring the long-term success and fulfilment of its graduates. Acknowledging the startling statistic that 60% of personal trainers leave the industry within 12 months after qualification, THFI's approach goes beyond the traditional box-ticking exercise to prepare learners for enduring careers in health and fitness. 

The partnership with Total Fitness encompasses various dimensions, showcasing a commitment to enriching the personal training journey for THFI graduates. 

Graduate Supply: 
THFI will work closely with Total Fitness to supply them with qualified graduates, contributing to the continuous expansion of their personal training team. This facet reflects the commitment to fostering ongoing growth within the fitness industry. 

Mentoring Program: 
Total Fitness will actively participate in THFI’s mentoring programme, allowing successful personal trainers from Total Fitness to share insights and best practices with THFI learners. This initiative aims to bridge the gap between education and real-world experience, providing valuable guidance for aspiring personal trainers. 

CPD Platform Access: 
Current personal trainers at Total Fitness will benefit from access to THFI’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) platform. This collaboration ensures that Total Fitness trainers can pursue ongoing education and skill enhancement through courses such as nutrition, strength and conditioning, wellness, and more. 

In selecting Total Fitness as a partner, THFI considered their robust personal training model, commitment to employee well-being, and shared values, including factors such as their existing average tenure of Personal Training Staff (PTS), with PTs averaging a four-year tenure. Total Fitness, with its 15 clubs across the North of England and Wales, stands out as an employer that values its staff, fosters a positive work environment, and aligns with THFI’s mission to provide learners with exceptional experiences and opportunities.  

The partnership is marked by a reciprocal relationship where Total Fitness adds value to THFI learners’ education, while THFI provides Total Fitness with access to a pool of qualified graduates. This unique approach sets the collaboration apart from traditional partnerships and emphasises a commitment to mutual growth and success. 

THFI distinguishes itself from competitors by prioritising a holistic and industry-first approach to personal training education. The partnership with Total Fitness exemplifies a commitment to students’ success beyond certification, offering a pathway to sustainable and rewarding careers. 

THFI co-founder, Dan Rees, said: “[Our] partnership with Total Fitness represents a groundbreaking approach to personal training education. We believe in creating lasting value for our graduates, and Total Fitness shares our vision for a thriving, supported, and successful personal training community.” 
 
Total Fitness’s Head of Personal Training, Richard Wilson, expressed excitement about the collaboration, stating, “We’re really happy to be working in partnership with The Health and Fitness Institute. At Total Fitness, our promise to our people is that more is possible, and this partnership with THFI showcases our commitment to that promise, providing the support and development to our team. As a company, we are dedicated to being passionate and discerning in our partnerships, and this collaboration with THFI is a perfect fit—a refreshing approach to challenging the norms in Personal Training Education. In return, we will offer all THFI graduates an interview for our open PT positions. 

“We are also excited to continuously build on this relationship with additional fit-for-purpose training such as the 'transformational coaching course'. Such courses will aid our vision in creating additional opportunities for our PTs to grow, and in turn provide additional products and services for our members to achieve their goals.” 

Total Fitness, with a membership base of over 95,000 individuals, is dedicated to improving the health and fitness of its members and providing the space and opportunities to achieve more than they thought possible.  The partnership with THFI reflects their commitment to sourcing the best talent and offering an unparalleled fitness experience for their members. 

The Health and Fitness Institute is a leading provider of personal training education, dedicated to preparing individuals for successful and enduring careers in the health and fitness industry. With a focus on comprehensive education, mentorship, and industry partnerships, THFI aims to redefine personal training education standards. 
The Health and Fitness Institute (THFI) has announced a collaboration with Total Fitness Credit: THFI
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