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Foundations in Coaching Practice

Achieve excellence in the art of coaching and level-up your business
 

For gym owners, personal trainers, or fitness managers, this intensive and effective course is your detailed introduction to developing outstanding coaching methods.

Based on the Small Group Personal Training model, the emphasis is on putting the client first, driving member retention, and maximising long-term profitability.

Providing an invaluable technical foundation and insights into the art of session management, this is your first step in creating a fitness business defined by consistency, quality, and credibility.

Course Overview

Online Access
Who Is It For?
What You Get
Learning With Us

Flexible online format

The six-week online course is presented in an intuitive video-led format, designed to fit around you. The accompanying Digital Workbook is your guide throughout your coaching development journey.

Personalised support

The course is delivered by leading professionals with proven expertise in starting, running, and scaling successful gyms. The two coaching sessions with your mentor from the IFBA Education Team will offer tailored support for your individual coaching challenges and ongoing growth.

This course is for fitness professionals who are serious about leading the industry shift to a more coaching-led, client-centric model.

Despite being the first step in the IFBA Professional Development Framework, it’s not a ready-made certification. Self-accountability and self-insight are essential. You’ll need to be a motivated individual and be prepared to put in the hours.

The FICP course is perfect for:

  • An ambitious PT hoping to work in the Small Group Personal Training model
  • A facility owner looking to upskill themselves, their staff, or both
  • A fitness manager seeking to incorporate the SGPT approach into a mainstream setting

When you successfully complete the course, you’ll receive:

  • A display-quality printable award certificate
  • A digital certification badge for your website and social channels
  • Points towards your ongoing IFBA Development Journey, qualifying you for the next step towards full IFBA Certified Coach status

Why train with the IFBA?

The IFBA is dedicated to setting fitness industry standards and professionalising the careers of fitness practitioners and leaders worldwide. We’re also an accredited Training Provider with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Course Format

Flexible online format

The six-week online course is presented in an intuitive video-led format, designed to fit around you. The accompanying Digital Workbook is your guide throughout your coaching development journey.

Personalised support

The course is delivered by leading professionals with proven expertise in starting, running, and scaling successful gyms. The two coaching sessions with your mentor from the IFBA Education Team will offer tailored support for your individual coaching challenges and ongoing growth.

Who It Is For

This course is for fitness professionals who are serious about leading the industry shift to a more coaching-led, client-centric model.

Despite being the first step in the IFBA Professional Development Framework, it’s not a ready-made certification. Self-accountability and self-insight are essential. You’ll need to be a motivated individual and be prepared to put in the hours.

The FICP course is perfect for:

  • An ambitious PT hoping to work in the Small Group Personal Training model
  • A facility owner looking to upskill themselves, their staff, or both
  • A fitness manager seeking to incorporate the SGPT approach into a mainstream setting

What You Get

When you successfully complete the course, you’ll receive:

  • A display-quality printable award certificate
  • A digital certification badge for your website and social channels
  • Points towards your ongoing IFBA Development Journey, qualifying you for the next step towards full IFBA Certified Coach status

Learning With Us

Why train with the IFBA

The IFBA is dedicated to setting fitness industry standards and professionalising the careers of fitness practitioners and leaders worldwide. We’re also an accredited Training Provider with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Outline of the Course

Preparatory Work: Coaching Self-Evaluation

This thorough audit of your current coaching practice lays the foundation for your first coaching call – and your future development.

Coaching Call One

We’ll run through your Coaching Self-Evaluation, discuss your goals, and troubleshoot any potential challenges or sticking points that could derail your progress.

Module One: Coaching the Standard

We start by helping you define your professional philosophy and technical approach as a coach. Then, we dive into the nuts and bolts of coaching, covering the fundamental movement patterns and systemising a consistent framework.

Key topics:

  • Your Coaching Values
  • The Training Manifesto
  • The IFBA Progression and Regression System
  • Progression and Regression Strategies
  • The Fundamental Movement Patterns
  • Adapting the SGPT Model

Module Two: Communicating the Standard

We move into the often-overlooked art of coaching: how to establish rapport, deliver coaching cues effectively, and master seamless session management.

Key topics:

  • How to ‘Own the Session’
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
  • The Learning Techniques
  • Coach Positioning
  • Coaching Cue Formulation and Delivery
  • Internal and External Coaching Cues
  • Client Evaluation and Feedback

Module Three: Delivering the Standard

Finally, we piece together the fundamentals to create a framework for professional practice, defining your territory as a practitioner and giving practical examples of coaching in small and large group settings.

Key topics:

  • Filtering the Noise
  • Coaching in the Real World
  • Personalising SGPT
  • SGPT Session Delivery
  • Coaching Team Training
  • Team Training Session Delivery

Coaching Call Two

We’ll answer your questions about the course material, discuss the supplementary work in your Digital Workbook, and define a concrete plan to develop your coaching practice.

Knowledge you’ll gain from this course:

Taking control

You’ll master the big-picture skills, like session management and flow, delivering results and overseeing the member journey.

Improving and adapting

You’ll learn how to define the big stuff: goals, strategies and business plans as well as how to master the crucial day-to-day detail.

Your role as communicator

You’ll understand the value of communication and delivery and how they can hugely enhance the member experience.

Client-centric coaching

You’ll learn how to personalise the training experience and bring programming rationale to life in your sessions.

Ready to master the art of coaching?

The Foundations in Coaching Practice course costs £599

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is my time commitment?

This is an intensive six-week course with a total study time of around 30 hours – roughly four to six hours a week. It includes two 45-minute coaching calls with a member of our Education Team.

When does the course start?

You can start at any time. Once we’ve processed your payment, you’ll receive an email with login details, your Digital Workbook, and a prompt to book your first coaching call.

Can I study online?

Yes. Which means you can study anytime, anywhere.

What makes this course different?

The course focuses on upskilling fitness professionals in the Small Group Personal Training model – the core offering in the Modern Training Gym approach and the proven way to create a thriving fitness business.

And this is no passive learning experience; you’ll receive individual mentoring and support from expert coaches and business leaders.

How much does the course cost?

The Foundations in Coaching Practice Course costs £599. At checkout, you’ll be offered a range of instalment payment options through Klarna. The course is a complimentary part of the Leadership Group programme while IFBA Insights subscribers and Leadership Group staff members enjoy 50% discount.

How will I be assessed?

Your progress will be assessed through three online exams – one for each module. Plus, your Digital Workbook includes a series of exercises and culminates with a coaching development plan to discuss with your course mentor.

Do I need previous experience?

The course is aimed at fitness business professionals who have basic coaching knowledge and those who are either qualified or in the process of qualifying as a personal trainer.

What qualification will I receive?

Once you’ve completed the course successfully, you’ll receive a course award certificate to print and display as well as a digital badge for your website and social channels.

“Whether you're new to coaching SGPT or a seasoned pro, this should be an opportunity you jump at!”

Jase Donaldson
Coach, AKR Fitness

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