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New Fitness Education Partnership
February 11, 2015

Australia’s largest and longest established fitness training organisation, the Australian Institute of Fitness, has partnered with Fitness First to launch a new education partnership that will deliver a world-class fitness training experience, with regular workshops taking place at Fitness First clubs.

From March 2015, students wishing to becoming a Personal Trainer through The Institute’s popular Master Trainer program, which is considered one of the most comprehensive in the industry, will have the option of completing their study via a new ‘Blended Club Campus program’. This unique new training model integrates face-to-face study at one of the purpose-built Australian Institute of Fitness campuses nationally with online study modes through The Institute’s world class eCampus, as well as regular hands-on workshops on location at selected Fitness First clubs. The Institute’s expert Course Coaches will lead the face-to-face training on-campus, while their specialised eCoaches will continue to offer direct person-to-person contact, support and guidance for the online study modes. Fitness First Personal Training Managers will deliver the workshops at Fitness First clubs.

Designed in collaboration with Fitness First, the new three-hour practical workshop sessions will run once a fortnight as part of The Institute’s Master Trainer program. The workshops, developed by Nardia Norman, Master Coach for the Australian Institute of Fitness and the Australian Fitness Network’s Personal Trainer Of The Year 2014, will ensure that learning objectives are maintained and will provide the skills and scenarios that a Fitness First Personal Trainer would experience in their career. Through her unique experience as a Coach for The Institute for nine years, as well as ten years’ experience as a Fitness First Personal Trainer and Personal Training Manager, Nardia has designed the workshops to take the concepts learned by students in The Institute’s Master Trainer program and apply them in Fitness First clubs using Fitness First training concepts. The workshops will also offer an opportunity for students to form relationships within the clubs, to gain practical experience and increase their knowledge for future career prospects.

Through studying the Master Trainer program, students will first qualify for a Certificate III in Fitness, (Fitness Instructor), before continuing their study to complete a Certificate IV in Fitness, (Personal Trainer). The Australian Institute of Fitness Master Trainer program also goes above and beyond the standard qualifications to teach the extra skills that are important for success in the fitness industry today.

According to Dyanne Ward, CEO, Australian Institute of Fitness: “The Australian Institute of Fitness has a long standing relationship with Fitness First. In fact, 65 percent of all Fitness First PTs are Australian Institute of Fitness graduates. We are constantly looking at ways to build on our study offerings and this partnership with Fitness First will create opportunities for new experiences, more career prospects and stronger relationships for our students. It’s an exciting opportunity to integrate The Institute’s world-class training with state-of-the-art Fitness First facilities.”

Rob Hale, Head of Fitness for Fitness First adds: “We are genuinely excited about this education partnership and unique new training model to becoming a PT. As the leading fitness club brand in Australia we take pride in inspiring our members to go further in life through movement, motivation, and expertise. To deliver our vision and lead our members with a new level of fitness experience we need the very best trainers in the industry and The Australian Institute of Fitness is the leader in fitness courses and careers, making them the ideal education partner to bring this new blended program to the market.”

As part of the partnership, Fitness First members will benefit from a 10% discount across a range of The Institute’s courses including the Master Trainer program, and students of the Australian Institute of Fitness receive a free 12-week Fitness First membership.

The program will launch in selected Fitness First clubs across Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra, with more clubs to be announced later in the year. 

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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