10 Best Personal Training Courses Compared

Are you considering becoming a personal trainer? It can be a tough choice to know where to start or which is suitable for you. Here, we’ll list 10 of the best personal training courses in the UK so you can compare, contrast and choose the one you feel will suit you the best.

Summit Fitness Solutions

SUMMIT prides itself on three key pillars for success in the fitness industry. These are unrivalled student support, flexible/distance learning for a terrific experience, and Personal Training Mentorship (via their Pathfinder Programme), which bridges the gap from finishing your course to starting your successful fitness business.

SUMMIT boasts of its own e-learning platform, which is super easy to use. Best of all, there are no exams; it’s all coursework and practical-based. You’re even able to self-tape your assessments.

While SUMMIT is a leading fitness education provider, it also wants to give advice and guidance to those thinking about a career in the fitness industry. So whether you’re in the stage of enrolling on a PT course, keen to start and grow your fitness business or want a chat for some free advice, SUMMIT have you covered. The courses are recognised by REPs and CIMSPA, regulated by Ofqual and are awarded by Focus Awards, one of the leading awarding organisations in the UK.

If you can work a computer, want to learn flexibly around your existing commitments, and values tremendous student support and customer service, you should speak to SUMMIT.

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THFI (The Health and Fitness Institute)

The Health and Fitness Institute go further to support learners new careers. By studying with THFI, you get access to proprietary content, designed in conjunction with leading Gym Operators, which helps prepare students for a successful career.

Once qualified, THFI will continue to support the first 12 months of your career with a mentoring programme.

THFI are an experienced team delivering practically focused, digital learning, their online PT courses providing a great learning experience.



Origym is one of the leading providers of fitness courses; they offer a diverse range of courses and are also available nationwide. With locations dotted around the UK in all the major cities, you can check to see if they have a location near you. Origym offer multiple study methods and the average length to complete their PT course online is 10 weeks.



HFE were one of the first active leisure providers to develop online learning. They want to raise standards for fitness professionals and give them the confidence to work in the industry. HFE deliver good value with their courses and work to facilitate growth for their students. HFE have venues throughout the UK and you can find these via their website.


Train Fitness

Founded in Australia in 1994 but now based in London, Train Fitness has become a popular choice for individuals looking to upskill themselves in the fitness industry. Train Fitness commonly uses gyms up and down the UK to deliver their courses.

You can choose whether you require the in-person study method, distance learning or a combination of the two. You can also pick up some cheap CPD courses.


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Premier Global NASM

Premier Training and NASM merged to create Premier Global NASM several years ago and are one of the leading providers in the USA, but now also in the UK. A renowned name in the fitness space, NASM are an experienced provider of active leisure education and has 50 years of experience in developing health and fitness professionals.

Premier Global offers various packages with courses with different levels of support, and career advice, with the higher tier options giving additional qualifications, such as corrective exercise, TRX master trainer and strength and conditioning.



futurefit has been in the fitness education game for over 28 years and has guided many fitness professionals into the industry. Graduates are well respected, and you can complete your course utilising flexible study options, getting started with just one hour per week.

Futurefit offers different packages when it comes to getting qualified with face-to-face workshops included and additional qualifications such as kettlebell instructor, L4 advanced personal trainer, and RSPH L4 award in nutrition.


YMCA fit

The YMCA is probably the oldest training provider, originally founded way back in 1984; they have 35 years of industry experience delivering fitness courses. YMCA fit provides high-quality education and has locations in all the major cities in the UK.

The YMCA also offer work-based apprenticeships funded by the government for young people who aren’t sure if the traditional pathway for education is right for them. They provide the L3 Diploma in PT and other CPD courses such as pad work for PT’s, indoor cycling, and high-intensity interval training.


The Fitness Group

If you’re already a Level 2 qualified gym instructor, you can join their L3 PT programme; alternatively, you can complete the L3 diploma, which combines the two.
They also offer Level 3 courses for Sports Massage and Sports Nutrition

All courses are available nationwide via their online learning platform and include career support and a business skills course, which is handy.


Diverse Trainers

Diverse Trainers aim to provide a positive learning experience to help equip students with the skills, knowledge and expertise required to succeed within the fitness industry.

Diverse provides the basic qualifications to get you started and additional CPD courses, such as L3 Sports Massage and L2 Exercise to Music.


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