Hi Everyone, I wanted to do a short blog on my first weekend starting my Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training with Train Fitness
I am on the part time, Saturday course for 18 weeks, covering off the Level 2 Fitness Instructor course material before starting the level 3 Diploma in March. The course is being run at the Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club in East Didsbury so handy for me to get to on the tram.
So, I'll start off with the fact that I managed to burst into someone's exam before my day started thanks to being guided around to the training room by a member of hotel staff who had a key card to open a door which was locked. Totes Awk. So, that was a tad on the embarrassing side, I went in with a big smile and enthusiastic "morning" and was shooed out of the room and told to shush. Basically, the day got off to a great start...
Once I'd left with my tail between my legs to buy a coffee in the hotel cafe, I returned and joined my actual group. There's only 5 of us for the level 2 stage which works well. Alex our trainer was honest about the amount of material we had to get through in the first day and he wasn’t kidding. I was glad to have spent Friday recapping a lot of what I'd gone through in the Anatomy and Physiology sections of the online learning. I'd recommend that to anybody before your first day. We did some art attack and some stickering which made the learning side of things less power point heavy and more interactive.
We covered a heck of a lot in a day and if I'm completely honest once I'd had lunch and my second latte from the hotel cafe I think my brain basically left for the day. I have underestimated just how hard it is to start learning again after 10 years in the same job.
So, here is what I learnt from day one, hopefully this will help anybody who's enrolled onto a personal training course either with Train Fitness or another provider.
1. Check if there's an exam before you walk in (will never quite recover from that shame)
2. Find where your nearest coffee shop is, you'll need it
3. The first day we didn't cover any practical, no need to turn up in your gym gear. I took mine in my bag just in case
4. Take your lunch, other than the hotel cafe there's nowhere close by for us to pick anything up and you won't learn anything if you're starving
5. Cover off the material you know is part of the class the day before, learning new stuff will overload you and having what you're learning fresh in your mind is helpful
6. Don't freak out if you don't know it all. I managed to forget all movements at joints and sat blank faced after everyone else in my class had named one. In silence. Picture it. Just own it and say you don't know.
I hope that for anybody considering a personal training course or becoming a personal trainer that this is helpful in some way. If you have any questions, then get in touch on Twitter @weights_wine or via email email@example.com and I'll do my best to answer anything as honestly as I can.
Thanks for reading! Back to revision for me... (might stay in my PJ's and catch up on the soaps instead)