The demand for personal trainer in London is on the rise, with hourly rates charged by qualified PTs among the highest for the UK.
London, being Europe’s financial hub, has the largest group of wealthy City professionals willing to pay premium rates for personal training services. With the population of over 8 million citizens it is a massive market for fitness professionals.
Naturally, to start the career in fitness you need solid qualifications. You may start with basic personal trainer qualifications but ideally want to upskill yourself to become fully competitive and professional.
Luckily for us living in the Greater London, our beloved city has plenty of accredited fitness course providers. Below you will find a little guide to the top academies in London. I’ve included the most reputable, well-established ones. All of the providers listed in this article offer good value for money and most importantly – can be trusted. Qualifications done with listed providers are all accredited and give you right to work as a personal trainer in the UK and abroad.
Study Active attract students from all of the UK but have a particularly strong stream of students from London. Indeed Study Active have centres in Hertfordshire which are approx 20 minutes on the train from London so its no surprise that they are a popular choice for London residents.
Study Active offer blended learning, meaning that students can learn using a combination of online learning, practical workshops, one to one mentoring and practical assessments.
Some attractive features of Study Active are that all graduates qualify for a post-course interview and are also given 10 online CPD courses free of charge. A number of payment options are available including interest free repayments and a like-for-like price beat guarantee.
Premier Global – after teaming up with NASM, Premier Global reduced their course prices which are now much more affordable. Premier offers years of experience (one of the first providers on the UK market) and a good overall quality of PT courses.
Premier has four different London academies: Cheam, Chiswick, Bloomsbury and Surrey Docks. Students from different parts of London shouldn’t have trouble travelling to the most suitable location. So many academies located on popular London public transport lines helps to cut commuting time which is especially important to the full-time students.
Courses offered by Premier. As other providers Premier offers full-time, part-time and digital course formats.
Training Room – definitely one of the reputable providers with years of experience in delivering personal trainer courses. Training Room offers courses in three different formats: full-time, part-time and online (e-learning). Al of these courses can be done in London (exams for e-learning). Training Room offers wide range of additional CPD courses for anyone willing to upskill on basic personal trainer qualifications.
Training Room students study in one London academy: The Queen Mother Sports Centre, Victoria. Which offers fully air-conditioned fitness suite and a variety of cardio and resistance equipment, swimming pool and a large, dedicated stretching area. Students will benefit from the central location of this academy with plenty of transport links available.
Origym Personal Training
Established in 2014 training centre quickly become one of the most reputable PT course providers in the UK.
Based in Hendon area, Origym London academy offers good transport links and top training facilities.
Origym London based PT courses start with £888, with 0% financing available. Qualification come with numerous benefits, including guaranteed post course interviews and alumni discounts.
Academy of Fitness Professionals
Relatively new personal trainer course provider focuses has its offer directed mainly to London fitness enthusiasts. AoFP seem to be a good choice for anyone who’s looking for a well-priced course. Interestingly, AoFP has unbeatable price offer and promises to beat any lower price by 10%.
Train Fitness – present in London for nearly 20 years (previously known as Fitness Industry Education), Train Fitness offers wide range of affordable personal trainer courses. With prices starting at £700 level, you will have a difficult time to find a better offer.
Train Fitness offers one academy based in Central London, Blackfriars. Like most other central London locations, Blackfriars offers decent public transport links.
YMCA Fit is a part of a wider YMCA family (YMCA Awards is an accreditation body). It is very likely the oldest provider still on the UK market.
While other providers seem to be more competitive in terms of pricing, YMCA offer over 30 years of experience. It had trained over 100k instructors.
With courses delivered across London in Hammersmith, Vauxhall, Kings Cross and central London, YMCA offers the biggest number of locations among London PT course providers.
As you probably realise that list could be much longer. I did, however, focused on academies I know can be trusted. I know them from my time working in fitness industry. If you would like to compare current pricing, use my comparison chart.