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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.

Fat Al's Academy

What I offer

I’ll teach you how to be a level 2 gym instructor through to your personal trainer diploma and level 4 advanced personal training. 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, I use a blend of distance learning through an online portal and there are workshops you’ll attend. I can take you from total novice to fully qualified. You can start anytime and work at your own pace from the comfort of your home. You will be included every step of the way and I will mentor you through each section.  At the end of the course you will find yourself head and shoulders above the rest of the competition as very few personal trainers go as far as the diploma or level 4.

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 as well as the comfort of your own home. 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 for practicals 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 starts when you enrol and you can work as fast or as slow as you choose. You’ll be given your login codes and sent all the literature to read through. You’ll be tasked to answer questions and complete your work book. You’ll get invited to attend workshops at our classrooms based north west m25, and to attend practical lesson 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 you will receive a mix of classroom based lessons, online coursework, assessments, and practical lessons. At any stage you can attend my gym and practise your new practical skills. 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 retake. The courses don’t run at set times they are based upon a booking basis and you will be given a start date when you are ready. It will take approximately five working days from enrollment to get all codes and administration sorted.

What you get

Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training & Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training


Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym)

  • Unit 1: Anatomy and physiology for exercise.

  • Unit 2: Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity.

  • Unit 3: Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment.

  • Unit 4: Principles of exercise, fitness and health.

  • Unit 5: Planning gym-based exercise.

  • Unit 6: Instructing gym-based exercise.

Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training 

  • Unit 7: Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health.

  • Unit 8: Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme.

  • Unit 9: Programming personal training with clients.

  • Unit 10: Delivering personal training sessions

Level 4 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training

Learners must hold a Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training (or equivalent)

  • Unit 1: Applied techniques to support, enhance and manage the client journey

  • Unit 2: Progressing Clients towards successful achievement of goals


  • This qualification is assessed by:

  • E-Learning / Coursework / Case Study

  • Multiple-choice exam.

  • Portfolio of evidence.

  • Practical demonstration/assignment.

  • Guided Learner Hours: 346

What it costs

For the full qualification it costs £1999.00 which must be paid in full upfront.

Level 2 qualification-guidance

Level 3 qualification-guidance

You must complete level 2 before starting 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.

or enrol at:- Become-a-pt-package and reference Alastair Stewart on your enrollment form.

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