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Fitness instructors who are eager to enhance their portfolio of qualifications can now explore the new YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in Foundations of Strength and Conditioning (S&C).

YMCA Awards is overturning earlier beliefs that strength and conditioning qualifications are only for elite athletes and professional sports club coaches. Learners now have more choice and can choose to take the Level 2 S&C (Trainer) pathway or the Level 2 Gym Instructor pathway (or both) to become a personal trainer. Previously, instructors were duty bound to achieve a Level 2 Gym Instructor certificate first.

The existing Gym Instructor qualification tends to focus on maintaining the general health and fitness of members of the public, whereas the S&C (Trainer) qualification is geared towards learners who want to specifically coach sports teams, enhance performance, and improve efficiency of movement in their clients. This new qualification is said to bridge the gap between a personal trainer and a performance coach.

The YMCA Award qualification has been endorsed and mapped to CIMSPA’s professional standard. Paula Wells, director of YMCA Awards, explains why the new Level 2 Foundations of S&C certificate  is so significant, “Our new CIMSPA-endorsed qualification provides a long-awaited segue into the exciting world of sport specialisation and training. It’s a great entry point into the industry and builds upon the knowledge, skills and behaviours of professionals who want to work with a more diverse client base – from athletes to the general public and local communities. Focusing on the foundations of movement is a strong base that will improve their clients’ sporting activities, reduce the risk of injury, and benefit their everyday lives. This qualification can also be delivered alongside our Gym Instructor and/or Group Exercise qualifications, without having to repeat common modules. It’s essential to the qualification offering of every education centre.”

For more information about the new YMCA Awards Level 2 Certificate in the Foundations of Strength and Conditioning (Trainer), click HERE

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