Gym and Personal Trainers Based in Shepperton, Surrey

Fat Als Academy


Welcome to Fat Al’s Academy. If you’re reading this it’s because you are considering a career in either gym instruction or personal training. My aim here is simple. There are a multitude of training companies out there that can qualify you as either a gym instructor or a personal trainer.  The difference with doing your qualifications with me is that you get real world experience from an athlete, coach and businessman. Most training courses are online based with very little personal interaction or practical tuition, you don’t get taught how to apply your skills to make a business, or, they are so oversubscribed with students that you get lost in the background.

What I offer

I can teach you how to be either a gym instructor or personal trainer. You get an official recognised qualification via Active IQ combined with real tutoring from a real fitness professional. I have a fully commercial gym to work within for our practical lessons and an intimate classroom for our lessons. I can take you from total novice to fully qualified. Each class is limited to a maximum of six students per course. You will be included every step of the way and guided through each section carefully. There will of course be homework but you are never told to go away and learn it alone, you will be taught it. At then end of the course you will find yourself head and shoulders above the rest of the competition.

About me

I am a world ranking lifetime natural bodybuilder, personal trainer, prep coach, ISSN sports nutritionist, fitness columnist and I own my own gym. I started like everyone else. I have a passion for exercise and fitness so I re-qualified as a PT and changed career. I worked from the ground up earning my stripes in gyms until I could open my own PT studio. This grew and grew to what it is today. I have a successful PT business, a busy gym and I have a handful of personal trainers who work for me. I am a real life example of what you can achieve if you want it. I am looking for motivated people who are driven to start a new career and have uncapped financial and personal success, I want to teach you the way to succeed where so many new personal trainers fail.

What you get

You get industry leading coaching for a worldwide recognised qualification set in an intimate and personal environment. The course is recognised by REPs so you’re able to work in any gym, anywhere, and, qualifies you to get personal liability insurance. You get full access to my gym, not only for practical lessons, but any time during the course to practise. You work in a small class which allows you to build a rapport with me and your fellow students, ask questions without worry, and feel part of a close team. You could even work with friends or colleagues exclusively if you can organise a small group.

How it works

The personal training course runs two days per week 9am-5pm for eight weeks and the gym instructor course is two days a week for two weeks. We are based in shepperton, Surrey and parking is no problem. The course has exams and physical assessments as well as coursework. Assessments can be done as and when you’re ready and are not part of the eight week course and course work can be handed in after the course has finished for marking. You will receive a mix of classroom based lessons and practical lessons with a break for lunch. Once the day is over you are able to continue further practise within the gym. When you have registered for the course and paid all due fees you will be enrolled and sent your workbook and a start date. This will outline all that is expected of you. The course is pass or fail. You must meet the minimum required standards to pass the assessments. If any part is failed you are able to re-take them as many times as necessary but there will be incurred exam fees for each re-take. The courses don’t run at set times they are based upon a booking basis and you will be given a start date when all participants are ready. I require a minimum of two students per course.

What it costs

The level 2 fitness and gym instructor course is £700 – Level 2 qualification-guidance

The Level 3 certificate in personal training is £2500 – Level 3 qualification-guidance

You must have qualified as a level 2 before enrolling onto the level 3 course.

What to do next….

If you are interested in signing up for a course please email me with your details via the contact page and I will be in touch to discuss what is required and what to do next.


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Fat Al’s Academy in association with www.griffin-training.co.uk