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A Lancet study comprising of more than 1 million people has found that the health risks associated with sitting for long periods of the day can be reduced or even eliminated by regular physical activity.

The research, using the data of people from the USA, Western Europe and Australia was carried out in response to rising concerns about the health risks associated with society’s shift towards a more sedentary lifestyle. With more and more of the population employed in office based jobs, there’s a greater number of people that cannot escape sitting at their desks for prolonged periods of time.

Physical inactivity is linked to higher risks of diabetes, heart disease and some cancers and is associated with more than 5 million deaths per year.

The good news is that the increased risk of death associated with sitting for 8 hours a day can be reduced or even eliminated for those that did a minimum of 1 hour physical activity (such as brisk walking or cycling) per day.

The findings show that people who sat for 8 hours per day but who are physically active had a much lower risk of death compared to those people who sat for less hours per day, but who were not physically active. The greatest risk to health is for people that sit for long periods of time and inactive.

60-75 minutes of moderate activity is ideal to combat the effects of sitting for long periods of time, but if this is not possible, then at least doing some exercise each day can help reduce the risk.

This study therefore underlines the fundamental importance of physical activity to health, no matter how many hours an individual spent sitting.

The World Health Organisation recommend that adults do 150 minutes of physical activity per week, which is much lower then the 60-75 minutes identified in the study. Rather alarmingly, the need for progress has been highlighted by the study however, as it reveals that only 25% of those people analysed were active for an hour or more each day.

The Lancet Physical Activity Series 2012 http://www.thelancet.com/series/physical-activity

Read more about the impact to health from a sedentary lifestyle in my earlier blog:

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Monday, 29 January 2018 09:58

Learning Outcomes

Theory content and learning outcomes for our fitness courses:

Level 2 Fitness Instructor Gym Qualification:

Module 1 Anatomy & Physiology:

- Skeleton
- Muscular system
- Respirator system
- Circulatory system
- Nervous system
- Energy systems

Module 2: Supporting Clients:

- Understand how to form effective working relationships with clients
- How to address barriers to exercise
- How to support clients to adhere to exercise
- How to provide ongoing services to clients

Module 3: Health & Safety:

- Understand all H&S requirements in a fitness environment etc.

Module 4: Principles of Exercise, Fitness & Health:

- The components of fitness
- health benefits of physical activity
- the effects of exercise on the body
- how to apply the principles of exercise and variables of fitness to an exercise programme
- how to safely monitor exercise intensity
- exercise contraindications and key guidelines for special populations
- importance of healthy eating

Module 5: Planning Gym-Based Exercise:

- Collect client information to plan gym-based exercise
- Use client info. to plan gym-based exercise
- Plan gym based exercise with clients

Module 6: Instructing Gym-Based Exercise:

- Provide gym-based exercise
- Prepare self & equipment for gym-based exercise
- Prepare clients for gym-based exercise
- Instruct & supervise clients undertaking gym-based exercise
- Supporting clients taking part in gym-based exercise

Level 3 Personal Trainer Qualification:

Module 1 Anatomy & Physiology:

- The heart & circulatory system in relation to exercise & health
- The musculoskeletal system and its relation to exercise postural and core stability
- The nervous system and its relation to exercise
- The endocrine system and its relation to exercise
- Energy systems and their relation to exercise

Module 2 Applying the Principles of Nutrition to a Physical Activity Programme:

- Understand the principles of nutrition
- Understand key guidelines in relation to nutrition
- Understand nationally recommended practise in relation to providing nutritional support
- Understand the relationship between nutrition and physical activity
- Understand how to collect info relating to nutrition
- Understand how to use nutrition information
- How to collect and analyse nutritional information
- Apply the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme

Module 3 Programming Personal Training with Clients

- Understand how to prepare personal training programmes
- Understand the importance of long term behaviour change for personal training
- Collecting info to plan personal training
- How to screen clients prior to personal training
- Identifying personal training goals with clients
- Plan a personal training programme with clients
- Adapting a personal training programme with clients
- Review progress with clients

Module 4 Delivering Personal Training sessions:

- How to instruct exercise during PT sessions
- Understand how to adapt exercise to meet client needs during PT
- Prepare PT sessions
- Prepare clients for PT sessions
- Instruct & adapt PT sessions (includes EPTI PT Padwork & Outdoor Bootcamp Instructor modules)

Level 2 Circuit Instructor Qualification:

Unit 1: Planning a Circuit Training session

- Understand group circuit training
- Understand different methods of circuit training
- Understand the role of the circuit training instructor
- Understand the implications of using music in a circuit training session

Unit 2 : Instructing a Circuit Training session

- Know the safety considerations when teaching circuit training sessions
- Plan and instruct a safe and effective circuit training session
- Demonstrate a range of communication and evaluation skills appropriate for the circuit training
- Undertake an evaluation of their own performance and prepare an action plan for improvement

Level 2 Kettlebell Instructor Qualification:

Unit 1: Planning a Kettlebell Training session

- Understand the historical background of kettlebell training
- Understand the benefits of using kettlebells
- Understand how to incorporate kettlebell lifts into an exercise programme
- Be able to design a kettlebell programme

Unit 2 : Instructing a Kettlebell Training session

- Be able to prepare for a kettlebell exercise session
- Be able to instruct a kettlebell exercise session
- Be able to demonstrate a range of communication skills
- Be able to evaluate a kettlebell exercise session

Level 2 Suspended Movement Qualification:

Unit 1: Planning a Suspended Movement Training Exercise Session

- Understand the benefits of using suspended movement training
- Know the safety considerations for instructing a suspended movement training session
- Be able to design a suspended movement training programme

Unit 2: Instructing a Suspended Movement Training Exercise Session

- Be able to prepare for a suspended movement training exercise session
- Be able to instruct a suspended movement training exercise session
- Be able to demonstrate a range of communication skills
- Be able to evaluate a suspended movement training exercise session

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Friday, 22 December 2017 17:43

About Us

About Us

Personal Training


The European Personal Trainer Institute was founded in 2013 by Toby Clay, who had been working as a professional personal trainer since 2000. EPTI was formed when he decided to address the lack of quality fitness training providers available, and how unprepared many newly-certified PTs were.

Since that time, EPTI have established three Mediterranean training campuses where we have trained, supported and certified many hundreds of fitness professionals of all backgrounds, experience levels, and from every continent around world.

Over the years, a hand-picked team of talented tutors and assessors have also joined the EPTI family, with a shared passion for supporting others in improving their lives.

EPTI offer a fresh approach to fitness education, certification and supporting people in fulfilling their fitness career dreams, by combining the EPTI teams’ vast and varied practical and coaching skills, fitness knowledge, and extensive experience of direct professional PT delivery, as well as of running successful real-world and online-based PT businesses.

The EPTI mission (and our passion!) is to produce the most prepared, knowledgeable, skilled, and confident new personal trainers in the world, with a focus on going beyond the industry standards and honing the PT delivery skills of students to a superior standard.

The European Personal Training Institute has a tradition of providing top quality and innovative personal training courses, within a supportive and encouraging environment, enabling our students to fulfil their full potential as personal trainers. Which is why EPTI graduates are highly sought after by quality gyms and health clubs around the world.

All EPTI certifications and diplomas are delivered via blended learning: beginning with the theoretical learning and coursework – completed online on the EPTI e-Learning platform, and concluding with up to two weeks at one of 3 Mediterranean campuses coaching of all practical skills, mentoring, theory examinations, and practical assessment.

All qualifications are accredited through Active IQ and are recognised in the UK by both CIMSPA and the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs); and around the world by the International Confederation of Registers of Exercise Professionals (ICREPS).

We hope that the commitment and passion we put into our courses is clear to every course participant and we are very proud of our course graduates.


Meet The EPTI Team

Toby Clay: Education Director

Toby Clay EPTIToby always dreamed of working in the fitness industry, and completed his PT certification in the UK in January 2000, while also playing national league level rugby union.

In 2000, Toby established a successful freelance personal training business across London and Essex.

In his years as a certified PT, Toby has trained 1000s of different clients from all walks of life – including actors, athletes, sports men and women, and, of course, many members of the general public, managed both corporate and commercial gym facilities, gained extensive experience as a studio group training instructor, held the position of Strength and Conditioning Coach to a number of rugby teams and clubs, and has regularly consulted for and contributed to Men’s Fitness Magazine.

Toby now enjoys life living on the Costa Blanca, and divides his time working with EPTI, providing specialist conditioning to a locally based group of elite professional tour team cyclists. He also continues to offer personal training sessions locally.


Mike Wilson: Teacher/ Assessor/ Internal Verifier

Mike Wilson EPTI

After graduating with a degree in Sport & Exercise Science in 2001, Mike began his career in the fitness industry as a Fitness Instructor with a health club chain.

Over the first 6 years of his career, Mike quickly progressed into Personal Training and Group Fitness, and then taking on management roles where he was responsible for overseeing the success of a team of Personal Trainers and a Group Fitness Programme.

In the year 2007, Mike began to focus and specialise more on fitness education, and took the position of Training & Education Manager.

In 2010, Mike decided to explore the world and enjoy traveling, and now runs his own successful Personal Training business alongside enjoying his work supporting new PTs as a tutor, assessor, and internal verifier with the European Personal Training Institute.



Chris Rogers: Teacher/ Assessor/ Internal Verifier


Chris has been working within the health & fitness industry since 2003. He began his career as a fitness instructor and group exercise coach while simultaneously studying for a degree in Sport & Exercise Science.

After graduating in 2004, Chris worked in several studio & fitness management roles for a large UK health club chain.

In 2008, Chris set up his own successful Personal Training and Bootcamp business, which he continues to run today. Chris also manages a number of gyms on behalf of Wiltshire County Council, and considers himself very fortunate to be able to able to share his knowledge, experience, and passion through his work with EPTI.


Caroline Clay: Teacher/ Assessor, SMT co-ordinator

Caroline Clay

Caroline began her Fitness career in 2000 with an Exercise to Music qualification, and continued her education and expanded her teaching experience to include Circuits, Boxercise, Aqua Gym, Core Conditioning, and Zumba.

In 2002, Caroline moved to Spain and completed her Master Personal Trainer Diploma.

Caroline enjoys training individuals 1-2-1 outdoors in the beautiful Spanish climate. She has great enthusiasm for sharing health and fitness knowledge, and qualified as a Teacher and Assessor to help students to fulfil their own career aspirations working through EPTI. She’s look forward to meeting you soon!

Phillip Quilter Teacher/ Assessor

Phillip Quilter EPTI

After achieving his degree as a PE teacher, Phil worked in England and Spain as a PE teacher for 7 years, before taking the EPTI Master PT Diploma.

Since gaining this qualification, Phil has established himself in a new chain of gyms just outside of Oslo, Norway. He currently runs group training classes for local companies and consults for local sports teams alongside his work as a PT.

Phil is combines his extensive experience as a teacher with has professional passion as a PT to help the next generation of PT's achieve their ambitions.






Wayne Fleet: CPR & First Aid Instructor (DENIA)

Wayne Fleet

Wayne moved to Spain in 2013 and is the owner of Dive Academy in Santa Pola. As part of the scuba diver instructors course, Wayne took further training to become a first aid Primary care and Secondary care instructor.

Although he takes his courses very seriously and ensures each student gains more than the required level of understanding and practical skills, he also likes to teach with a fun approach. He is always happy and excited to meet and support the next group of EPTI PT's.




Charles & Bianca Bezuidenhout - CPR & FIRST AID INSTRUCTORS (ESTEPONA)

Into The Blue Profile

Charles and his daughter Bianca respectively own and manage ‘Into The Blue Diving’ dive centre, located in Benalmadena Costa, having moved to Spain from South Africa in 2014.

In addition to their scuba diving qualifications, both are experienced EFR CPR & First Aid Instructors who love to teach the first aid course.

Their philosophy is: the more fun you have with the course, the more you relax and focus, remember, the more beneficial it is! They enjoy meeting new students on the Estepona campus practical courses.


Rachel Watts: CPR & First Aid Instructor (MALTA)

Rachel has been delivering EFR CPR & First Aid courses since 2005, the same year that she became a qualified Diving Instructor. Before moving to Malta permanently in 2013, Rachel worked with the Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, where she was the appointed team first aider.

Rachel is now the Director of Diving for the University of Malta resource centre, having qualified as a PADI Course Director in 2017. She enjoys utilising her many years of experience teaching primary and secondary care, and looks forward to building your confidence in being prepared in your role as a PT.



Contact us on (UK) 0044 2037 691 106 or (Spain) 0034 633 094 619 for more information.

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Friday, 22 December 2017 12:43

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose to train with EPTI?

How does the online e-Learning platform work?

How long does the online study take?

What equipment do I need to complete the online learning?

What methods of support do I get throughout my training?

How do I access tutor support during my course?

How many days do I need to attend the practical course?

What kind of practical training do I get with my course?

Where does the practical course training take place?

Are your qualifications recognised in the industry?

Are the qualifications recognised abroad?

What is REP’s?

What is Active IQ?

How old do I have to be to enrol?

Are there any hidden fees, that are not included in the course fees?

Do I have to pay in full when I enrol on a course?

When can I start once I’ve enrolled?

How do I pay for the course?

Is there a deadline to finish my training?

What happens If I fail?

When will I receive my certification?

How easy is it to get a job with this qualification?

Am I guaranteed an interview with any large gym chains once I'm certified?

  • Why should I choose to train with EPTI?
    • European Personal Training Institute’s mission is to provide the fitness industry with the very best fitness instructors and personal trainers. The courses that we offer are blended between distance-taught study via our online e-Learning platform and a comprehensive practical course that develops PT skills above and beyond what is required.
    • Our tutors have their own successful personal training businesses and each have over 15 years’ experience in the field.

  • How does the online e-Learning platform work?
    • When you enrol, you receive log-in details for the Active IQ e-Learning Platform. The learning material is streamed to your computer, giving you the advantage of studying at your own pace. There are frequent quizzes and knowledge tests to check your understanding, but do not count towards your final assessment.

  • How long does the online study take?
    • Typically most students take between 10-16 weeks to get through the online e-Learning and coursework assignments for the full versions of the personal training courses. However they may be completed in a shorter time or extended, depending on the time that you have available for study.

  • What equipment do I need to complete the online learning?
    • All you require to access the e-Learning platform is an internet connection and a computer with audio; or an ipad.

  • reps accredited personal trainersWhat methods of support do I get throughout my training?

    Your tutor will be there to guide and assist you during your online study

    • Upon enrolment, you will be assigned a support tutor who will be available to you throughout your online study to provide assistance. Your tutor will also be on hand to give feedback and guidance towards completing your coursework assignments.

  • How do I access tutor support during my course?
    • Online Skype sessions with your dedicated support tutor
    • E-mail
    • Telephone

  • How many days do I need to attend the practical course?
    • The length of the practical course varies depending on which qualification you choose to study with us:
      Our practical couse training runs from 9am - 5pm each day (with breaks for snacks and lunch to enable you to refuel through the day).
      • Fitness Instructor course = 4 days
      • Personal Trainer Diploma courses are held over a fortnight window:
        • Basic PT Diploma = 8 days total (+3 free days)
        • Advanced PT Diploma = 10 days total (+3 free days)
        • Master PT Diploma = 12 days total (+1 free day)

  • What kind of practical training do I get with my course?

    Training takes place at one of our campus gyms & outside on the beach (Spain) or park (Malta)

    • DSC00542This depends on the course that you choose, but the following methods are offered by EPTI for you to become the best PT:
    • Gym-based – resistance machines, free weights, body weight exercises
    • Outdoor PT
    • Functional training – cables, swiss balls
    • Group Instructor / Circuits
    • Kettle bells
    • Suspension Training (TRX)

  • Where does the practical course training take place?
    • The training takes place at our campuses in Southern Europe plus some outdoor training on the beach. All our campuses are ideally located close to international airports. Click here to view our list of campuses.

  • Are your qualifications recognised in the industry?
    • All our qualifications are endorsed and approved within the fitness industry. Our Active IQ qualifications are recognised by CIMSPA & REPS in the UK and ICREPS confederate members worldwide 

European Personal Training Institute

  • Are the qualifications recognised abroad?
    • Yes, REPS is currently recognised in the following parts of the world:
      • UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe
      • Australia & New Zealand
      • South Africa
      • USA, Canada & Caribbean
      • United Arab Emirates




  • What is REP’s?
    • The Registration of Exercise Professionals provides a system of regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet the health and fitness industry’s agreed level for qualifications and occupational standards .


  • What is Active IQ?
    • Active IQ is one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations for the leisure industry


  • How old do I have to be to enrol?
    • The minimum age to attend the practical course is 16 years; however students may begin their on-line study before this age.

  • Are there any hidden fees, that are not included in the course fees?
    • No! – The fee you pay covers all your tuition, tutor support, registration, certification and gym admission.
    • The Dénia & Estepona campus residential packages covers student accommodation and airport minibus transfer to/from the campus.
    • The course fees do not cover air travel or food during your stay with us.

  • Do I have to pay in full when I enrol on a course?
    • No, the cost of the course can be paid for over four equal monthly payments. The first payment constitutes the deposit and this covers your reservation.

  • When can I start once I’ve enrolled?
    • As soon as you are enrolled with us, e-Learning log-in details are generated for you. Typically, you will have access to all of your learning materials within one working day of your deposit being received.

  • How do I pay for the course?
    • Payment plans are available on request. Please contact EPTI for more information.

  • Is there a deadline to finish my training?
  • What happens If I fail? Certified
    • If you don't pass first time EPTI will offer you a free re-assessment

      If you are referred on any part of the assessment process, EPTI have a policy of offering free re-assessments.

    • EPTI will strive to schedule the re-assessment at a time during the practical course, if appropriate and at the discretion of EPTI.
    • If it is not possible to do this, then students may return for re-assessment, on a subsequent practical course, on a date agreed by EPTI.
    • Students also have the option of submitting a video recording to EPTI of themselves delivering a practical session following awarding body guidelines.

  • When will I receive my certification?
    • You will receive your EPTI certificate at the end of the practical course. Certificates issued by the examining board usually take between a month and six weeks to be issued.

  • How easy is it to get a job with this qualification?
    • Our Fitness Instructor & Personal Training courses are recognised by both CIMSPA & REPS, which means that as an industry-recognised qualification, students are easily able to find employment and self-employment opportunities upon graduation. 
    • Please view our PT success stories page.

  • Am I guaranteed a job interview with any large gym chains once I'm certified?
    • Yes - in the UK, Virgin Active, Fitness First and PureGym guarantee a job interview for all EPTI students at any gym location of your choice.


Virgin Active, UK Fitness First, Dubai Fitness First, Fitness 360° Dubai, Leisure People, Pure Gym, and many more
 ........all Guarantee EPTI Advanced PT Diploma graduates a job interview.



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