Success Stories

Success Stories

See how others have succeeded after Fit Training

Ryan Clark – Personal Trainer/Programme of Study

Ryan began on our Programme of Study course for 16-18 year olds, successfully completing his course he moved onto an advanced apprenticeship working at Bodyzone Fitness where he has now completed his apprenticeship and is working full time.

Ryan shares his story with you, his tips on how to become a Personal Trainer, what he thought of Fit Training and what his future plans are

Steve Atkinson – Sports Massage Therapist/Personal Trainer

Steve, Star of our recent Facebook LIVE feeds, has just completed his Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy course with us. Making himself the ultimate PT, he has created his own package through our 19+ Advanced Learning  Government Loans.

Steve will go onto doing his Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy and GP Referral to upskill himself to continue to take on the Fitness Industry. As well as creating his own business as a well rounded Personal Trainer.

Watch Steves video to find out what he thought of the Level 3 Sports Massage course and his plans after he is fully qualified

Kerry Logan – Personal Trainer

Kerry has just completed her Level 2 Gym instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer and is an apprentice with Fit Training International. Kerry is working at Active Northumberland where Kerry is putting all her new personal trainer skills to the test ‘well she was the top of the class’

Watch Kerry’s video to find out how she found her Personal Trainer course, what she is doing with it now and what piece of advice she would give to someone wanting to become a Personal Trainer.

Dan Surtess – Personal Trainer

Dan recently qualified to become a Personal Trainer with Fit Training. Dan has a passion for fitness, previously studying Sports Coaching at Northumbria University. He wanted to turn his passion for fitness and the gym into a career and becoming a Personal Trainer has allowed him to step straight into the industry.

In this video Dan tells you about his experiences on our Fast Track Personal Trainer course, what he plans to do with his new Personal Trainer Qualification and offers advice for anyone wanting to make the career change to become a Personal Trainer.

Dan is now further upskilling himself by doing his Level 3 and 4 Sports Massage Therapist with Fit Training International.

Chris Barton – Majestic Boxing ltd

Chris, one of our qualified PT’s has his own business based in North Sheilds, where he runs successful boxing classes for all and professional personal training sessions. He has been established now for over 3 years.

After qualifying with Fit Training, Chris has gone from strength to strength owning his own business, achieving his clients goals and helping many customers find a new passion for fitness.

Chris extends his fitness services to clients in the Newcastle and surrounding areas.

Kathryn Forte – Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist

Kathryn, a recent graduate from our Sports Massage Course, tells us why she took our course, what’s next for her and her tip to anyone wanting to become a Sports Massage Therapist.

Kathryn decided to pursue a career as a Sports Massage Therapist when she got made redundant from her previous job and hasn’t looked back. She is currently building her client base through referral offers, contacts and at events. Kathryn has her own business now and with learning from her course she continues to grow as a Sports Massage Therapist each day.

Dominic Hoben – Successful Personal Trainer

Sean McGills – Successful Personal Trainer

Very enjoyable and motivating

Our father played for the Iranian national football team and my brother and I have always shared a passion for sports, so a career in the fitness industry seemed the natural choice. Working with the Fit Training team has been very enjoyable and motivating, and after successfully completing my Level 1 foundation course, I joined my brother on the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Gym Instruction. It’s been a great experience both in terms of theory and hands on delivery, and I’m feeling confident about the future. We’re both planning to go on to the Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma course with a view to setting up our own personal training company in the future.

Ashkan Sharwan (19)

Fenham, Newcastle

I feel the world is my oyster!

Nicola Auld from Cramlington wasn’t sure what to she wanted to do when she left school at the age of 16. She loved to dance and exercise but never thought she’d be able work in a field she really enjoyed.

However, after taking up a Fit Training apprenticeship programme, her career as a fitness instructor has gone from strength the strength.

Her story is so inspirational to other young people, even national newspaper, the Daily Mirror has published her story in full. From spotting an advert in the local paper, applying for and gaining a place on the programme and eventually gaining her Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification, her uplifting story motivates others to choose the fitness industry as a future career path.

Nicola’s career is thriving and she now works with GP Referral patients at Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington, and has recently passed her ‘Exercise to Music’ qualifications.

Nicola commented: “I would highly recommend a Fit Training apprenticeship programme for anyone who is looking to have a career in the fitness industry. I couldn’t have made a better decision – my confidence has grown, and now I have my qualifications I feel the world is my oyster!”

Nicola Auld (18)

Cramlington, Northumberland

I knew it was the right path for me

Sophie Tuddenham is one of the latest recruits at Virgin Active’s Wearside Health and Racquets Club at Doxford Park and, given the current job market, the 17-year-old could not be happier. However, before enrolling on an apprenticeship scheme with Gateshead-based Fit Training, the future looked less than bright. Sophie, who lives in Herrington, was eight months into a Sport and Exercise Science college course and was deeply disillusioned and desperate to drop out.

“I was really unhappy because it felt as though we were either stuck in the classroom or playing football and I hate football,” she explained. “I wanted to learn about other areas of the fitness industry and get more hands on experience. When I heard the advert for apprenticeships with Fit Training on the radio, I knew it was the right path for me. It has led to me finding a full time employment in the area I want to work in. You can’t ask for more than that.”

Sophie completed a Level 2 NVQ in Gym with Fit Training and hopes her success will inspire other young people. “The course and my tutor Michael were brilliant. There were a lot of group work and gym sessions, which give you a real insight into how gyms work. You are not stuck in a classroom but you are learning all the time.”

Sophie Tuddenham (17)


Good balance of practical and theoretical work

“After leaving the Army, Fit Training gave me to opening I needed to start my own boot camp business. The team were a pleasure to work with and gave helpful and gave clear instruction, both in the gym and on the theory side of things. What’s great about the course is that it is very flexible and a lot of the modules are completed online. Yet at the same time you get face-to-face tuition at a local sports centre, with a mixture of one-to-one and group sessions. There’s also a good balance of practical and theoretical work. I would definitely recommend it to any leaving the military and looking for a career in the fitness industry.”

Dan Smith

Former Army Sergeant and now owner of Northern Boot Camp

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