Course Detail

IFBA Foundations in Coaching

Establishing excellence in the art of coaching to level-up your business

If you’re a gym owner or personal trainer, this detailed introduction to a successful coaching approach brings consistency, quality, and credibility to your operation.

Consisting of three elements – online theory, online exams, and an in-person one-day practical workshop – the course provides a technical foundation and goes on to focus on the art of outstanding session management.

Outline of the Course


You’ll identify the qualities of a great coach and learn the difference between the three main training models. You’ll discover why Small Group Personal Training is the primary offering for the Modern Training Gym.

Module 1: Coaching the Standard

You’ll be introduced to the Training Manifesto, the methods of the progression-regression system and the fundamental movement patterns. You’ll also adapt a Small Group Personal Training session for individuals.

Module 2: Communicating the Standard

You’ll learn the importance of both verbal and non-verbal communication, such as describing the six key points of ‘owning the session’. You’ll also get tips on using coaching cues, getting members to ‘buy-in’ to the session and how to deliver feedback.

Module 3: Delivering the Standard

You’ll get insights into coaching in the ‘real world’, like how to structure and deliver the warm-up, performing testing in a Small Group Personal Training session and the key coaching points in Team Training.

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.

From theory to the real-world

You’ll understand the essential principles of programming and learn how to deliver them effectively in practice.

Ready to start master the art of coaching?

Enrolments for the Foundations in Coaching course will go live in early 2021.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a practical element to this course?

Yes, there is a one-day in person practical workshop in various locations across the UK and Ireland. Head over to the Seminars or Events section of the website to find out the dates for these workshops.

Is it compulsory to do the practical workshop as well as the online course?

Once you have completed the online course it is recommended that you come to a practical workshop, as you can put the theory into practice. However, it is not compulsory to do the practical workshop, and you will still get a certificate of completion once you’ve done the online course.

Are there exams on the course?

There are 3 exams on the course. These are all taken online, and you have the opportunity to re -sit them at no extra cost, until you pass.

How much is the course?

It’s £199 to complete the course. A 50% discount is offered to Leadership members, so they pay £99.

How do I get the discount code if I’m part of the Leadership membership?

We will email you a unique discount code for the course that you can use when purchasing the course online.

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?

Yes, you will be issued a certificate when all elements of the course have been completed.

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