What People Say About Our Fitness Industry Training Courses

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Any future courses/qualifications or workshops I will now always go to them first as a fitness education provider and advise anyone who is thinking or looking to start their fitness career, wanting to up-skill or add to their qualifications should look no further.

Give them a call- just do it!

Sophie – March 2021


Maria and Sue have been on such a journey doing their Level 3 Diploma Personal Training with Level 2 Gym Instructing qualification with us. Have a listen to see what they have to say about it…

Maria and Sue September 2021

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I’ve just passed my practical exam! So pleased to have passed.

The whole process ran smoothly with expert advice from the tutors and great support and encouragement from start to finish.

I really can’t recommend the course highly enough

Jenny - January 2024

After many years of enjoying taking part in Pilates Classes, I decided to take the step to enrol on a Pilates Instructor Course and was recommended to Claire at YBFIT Training

Right  from the start,  Claire  was so supportive and understanding and immediately made you feel confident and placed you at ease,, as there were many times throughout the course  I felt truly out of my comfort zone as my profession is not within the instructor field.

I took a bit longer to complete the course due to personal circumstances, however with the ongoing excellent support from Claire,  I fully completed Pilates Level 3 Certification.

Claire was  continually patient and delivered a wealth of knowledge within our lovely small learning group,  we had access to training room and also a studio on site to practice and learning manual and materials to help with our ongoing studies,  Claire helped us every step of the way.

I would recommend YBFIT Training as a Great Quality teaching in a friendly professional environment.

The support given during the whole process has been fantastic, highly recommended and I am looking to review further courses with YBFIT Training to continue with my ongoing learning / instructor path.

Thank you Claire, wishing you continued success.

Anna Vitolo - March 2023

During lockdown I started to do Pilates  with Claire who runs YBFIT Training on a regular basis and realised the benefits that mobility and strength could give me. On returning to the gym I found that I was moving a lot better and my range of movement had improved. It was therefore a natural progression to go on the Pilates level 3 course to become an instructor.

I was nervous as my last exercise instructor course had been about 10 years ago but Claire immediately put us at ease and the pace suited me. I particularly liked the 3 weekend structure giving time for practice in between the weekends.

There was a lot of practical practice, a great movement analysis session and a good breakdown and background of Pilates in the classroom.

I’m very happy to have passed and with Claire’s encouragement took the theory papers shortly after the practical so I am now ready to take my first cover class a couple of weeks after qualifying, with the certificate arriving promptly.

Thank you Claire for an enjoyable course and instilling us with great confidence.

Lynn Waddicor - February 2022

I recently completed Pilates level 3 certification at YB Fit Leatherhead, what a fantastic experience!Claire was very patient and delivered knowledge in a variety of ways so that we, as a small group could understand. They have a great training room plus access to studios on site, located in a town with parking available. I met some lovely fitness professionals and we went through the learning journey together.

I have now booked pre and post natal with YB Fit as I know I’ll have the same amazing support from Claire and the team.

Lisa McGuinness - January 2022

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I had been thinking about doing this qualification for a while when a cancer diagnosis hurled me into action, but the course started just 6 weeks post surgery and I was concerned that I was going to find it too much of a challenge. However after chatting with Marie Claire on the phone, I felt confident that it was achievable and she reassured me that my body would be healed enough to be able to do what was required. If anything it gave me a reason to push myself towards a speedy recovery.

On top of this I also could only attend half of each weekend as I work on Saturdays, so again we talked it through and came to an arrangement to meet privately a few times and cover the things that I had missed, which although I was a bit worried about it, worked absolutely fine.
I won’t lie, the learning for the exams was tough and with RadioTherapy brain, verging on ridiculous. But now I am on the other side of the exam I am delighted that I decided to do it. Marie Claire has been a brilliant support and tutor and just the right balance of ‘no nonsense’ to allow me to just get on with it without using my illness as an excuse, and that is exactly what I needed!

I really recommend the course with YBFIT and can’t wait to do Yoga next (at some point!) as my next challenge.

The weekends are an excellent balance of fun and hard work and they give you the confidence to get on with it whatever your personal challenges are!



I loved the course. Caroline Crowe was a fantastic instructor from the beginning till the end.

I loved that it was face to face and we had an opportunity to practice a lot.

Thanks Caroline and Claire!

Adrienn - December 2022

A wonderful experience and learning journey in the Aqua certification with YBFIT Training. I was fortunate to find them and so booked last minute. Administration was well taken care of. Our instructor was ‘amazing’! a fun, down to earth teaching style with a fab blend of ‘by the book’ and ‘vast hands on experience’ so the delivered is ‘user friendly’

Lots of practical practicing opportunity and encouraged open conversations.

We were a small group thankfully, all were friendly, warm and with lots of sharings, which just added to the overall experience.

Thank you Claire x 2 (Claire Baker and Claire Stone)

Kiran - August 2021

I am a recently retired gentleman and gym bunny at Cheam, previously Leatherhead, Nuffield. I do regular gym work outs plus aqua and spinning classes and I thought: why not get qualified to instruct AQUA ? The course was recommended to me by Senior Instructor Steve at Cheam Nuffield

The on-line YMCA Anatomy & Physiology and Principles of Exercise were intellectually stimulating. And have made me much more aware about my own personal training. (Yep – I had been doing it wrong and stuck in a rut for years).

But YBFIT Training’s practical Water Based Exercise course at Leatherhead can only be described as OUTSTANDING . Big thanks to the Claires – Baker and Stone – for the structured, professional and fun delivery. And for the great material. An unexpected amount of mid night oil doing the (mandatory) session planning. And for personal reasons I had to do the practical in two hits. But win-win this allowed me to prepare the mid night oil paperwork more easily second time round. And quite frankly, I enjoyed doing the course twice. A couple of fun days, twice over, and big thanks to the Claires.

Come on, all you gym bunnies – get qualified!

Colin – April 2021

“I recently attended a 2 day course in Water Based Exercise (Aqua Aerobics) provided by YBFIT Training.

I’m currently a Group Exercise instructor, predominantly teaching Indoor Cycle. I wanted to add to my fitness knowledge and open up other opportunities to teach different classes, so decided to take the WBE course.

YBFIT Training had been recommended to me, and was also at a convenient time and location so I choose this course over other providers. I would also gain a recognised qualification that the current Gym networks I work for, would be happy to accept.

The course was attended by 7 in total, with a good mix of teaching experience and backgrounds. This made for some great questions and ideas, so having never taught Water-Based Exercise before, this was also helpful. The tutor was very accommodating to the group providing ideas and suggestions, so whilst a portion of the course is class room based, it was interactive and involving rather than set in an academic format.
We had time in the pool, to begin to understand how the body can move in water and how it differs from teaching a land based exercise class. We then took our assessments.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and found it very informative. It was hard work, as there’s a lot to cover in 2 days, but I felt ready afterwards to face the public and take on a class!

It is a good starting point to then build up a bank of moves. I have a greater understanding of the limitations and opportunities of Water-Based Exercise and am excited to put it all into practice.

It is a great course, with a very professional and friendly tutor. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would happily return to YBFIT Training if I have future training needs.




I loved doing my Group Fitness Instructor qualification with YBFit. Both Claires were brilliant, their knowledge, support and energy is simply amazing

Anna Dowling - January 2023

I made the right decision when I enrolled to the Group Exercise to Music course with YBFITTraining. I had an amazing experience throughout; everyone was really friendly and supportive.

The practical days were great to understand the key concepts, and with the additional home study, to get me prepared for the exam.

As I am a newbie in the industry, I had many-many questions; especially how to start my journey once I have my certifIcate.

Claire has been amazing and helped me to understand this better too.

I can truly recommend the services of YBFIT Training; the team is responsive and they are there to help you to reach your dreams ?

Brigitta – July 2021

Hello Claire,

I just wanted to thank yourself and also Claire Stone for your fantastic ETM course. After passing on the 25th of January I managed to get straight in and teach my 1st class on the 30th of January… daunting and scary to say the least. I was very nervous but kept calm and it went very well, clients came up to me afterwards and thanked me and said they had really enjoyed the class which made me feel good.

I analysed the class afterwards as of course I made mistakes and asked the class for feedback, since then I have taught 64 classes and have improved a lot and my confidence has rocketed. Ive still got lots to work on but each class is a new opportunity to excel further. Clients thank me after lots of my classes that I have the privilege to cover and I have clients who have taken the time to put in written positive feedback. Instructors have passed my contact details recommending me and I have had so much work which I never ever imagined. Exercise classes has helped me to shed 5.5 stone so it feels great to finally give some of that enthusiasm to others and help them achieve their goals.

Again thanks to you and your team for your fabulous courses…


Paula Sadler

Geri has done her Exercise to Music Course here with us at YBFIT Training and is currently doing her Personal Training qualification.

This is what she has to say about her passion for fitness and the courses she has done


I completed Level 3 Personal Training many years ago and recently completed Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults.

Both courses were brilliantly structured and delivered. My tutors, Claire and Linda, are friendly, professional, knowledgeable and passionate in what they do. Thank you so much for all your support and advice. I will definitely return to do more fitness courses with YBFIT. Highly recommended.

The older adult course is very valuable and I have enjoyed it. I can’t wait to apply my new skills and knowledge when working with this client group.

I have enjoyed the 2 tutor-led sessions, which were informative and engaging, and completing the coursework. The content of the course was great, covering both theory and practical aspects related to designing exercise programmes for older adults.

I would like to thank you again for the sessions, and for all your help and support during this course. Really appreciate it!


Winnie Shiu - March 2023

I have just completed the Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older People which I was able to complete online. The booking process was super easy; Claire was efficient and helpful. Our tutor Linda was also lovely and really knows her stuff. I would recommend YBFIT if you are considering furthering your knowledge or just starting out in the industry.

Sian – April 2021

This is Katie after finishing the 2 weekends of training for the Gym Instructor course.

She now has the Level 3 Diploma in Personal training to complete and then she’ll be a Personal trainer, this is what she says about the training so far.

Katie Boots January 2022

This is Ollie after finishing the 2 weekends of training for the Gym Instructor course.

The level 2 Gym Instructing course is the pre requisite to doing the Personal Training qualification. Ollie has just finished the level 2 gym instructing part of his training.


Ollie Leslie January 2022

Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training

Emily Williams has recently passed her Personal Training qualification with us and she can’t wait to get training people.

Emily Williams

This is a Testimonial from one of our Students Jason who was part way through his training when the UK went into Lockdown in March 2020. Thank you Jason

‘As a PT Diploma student earlier this year I did the majority of my studies and coursework remotely during lockdown 1. It gave me something positive to focus on and if I’m honest, kept me going when things got me down. It also meant I was qualified and ready for when the restrictions eased, enabling me to get out and do what I love a lot earlier than I would otherwise. Of course I’d have preferred to be in the classroom and gym but hey, Corona put an end to that. Claire and the team were brilliant throughout. The support and motivation was imm

J Smith

This is what Maria had to say about her with us.


“I am a qualified Fitness Professional”

I started my journey with YBFIT Training back in March with a phone call to enquire about courses. I have been a qualified Nordic Walking instructor for a few years but wanted to further my anatomical & physiological knowledge.

I signed up for Gym Instruction and Personal Trainer bundle courses. Both these courses have exceeded my expectations, I now have the confidence to change the direction of my business with the skills I’ve learnt, especially through the market research & business planning assignments and also through my own self-reflection.

YBFIT Training have been by my side, at the end of the phone or an email, the whole way through this process. From my initial enquiry I knew that I had stumbled across an awesome training establishment.

These courses have been no walk in the park, it has been tough. I have studied, researched and written enough notes to write a book, or two! I have been emotionally, physically and mentally challenged; have laughed, cried, spent many an hour talking to myself in the gym and have covered the family in Post-It notes on more than one occasion!

I highly recommend YBFIT Training, especially if you are coming into the fitness industry later on in life. You are never too old to learn new skills.

Thank you, Claire and Debs.

It has been hard work but I have loved it. I can’t wait to see where this journey is going to take me.


Maria Kaley September 2021

Great Quality teaching in a friendly professional environment. The support given to me during the whole process has been fantastic, highly recommended.

Thank you Claire, Deb and Tim!


Jon - September 2021

Emily Taylor has successfully qualified as a Personal Trainer with us. Hear what she has to say about her course with us here at YBFit Training.

Emily Taylor

‘I completed 2 courses with YBFIT Training in 2016, the level 2&3 personal trainer course .
I really enjoyed the courses and because the courses were held over weekends, it fitted in really well with my other job and family commitments .

The instructors were very good and made the leading fun and also were very supportive to all our specific needs. (Some of us had more experience/ confidence than others ).

The venue is easy to get to and the facilities excellent .

I am hoping to do another course there this year.

Thank you YBFIT Training ‘


Maria G

Tonja has done her Level 3 Exercise Referral and also a First Aid Qualification with us and here she tells us what she thought of training with us at YBFIT Training.


This is Kathy, she has done the Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral qualification with us.

Have a listen to see what she has to say about it.


Helen has completed her Level 2 Gym Instructor, Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications and now the Level 3 Exercise Referral qualification with us!

She is looking forward to moving to Cornwall and using her qualification to launch her Fitness Industry career…


Aiming to become a Powerhoop Trainer, I decided to take the Level 3 Tutor/Assessor Course at YBFIT Training. It turned out to be one of the best things I’ve ever done. The team were extremely supportive, provided excellent materials and the teaching was enjoyable and of a very high standard. I was given every assistance with the coursework, able to watch Exercise to Music training in progress and provided with sufficient information and knowledge to be able to carry out my own assessment. I cannot praise YBFIT highly enough – and everything I learned on the course will help me in my new position of Powerhoop Trainer/Assessor.


Sheila Frampton

Pilates, Exercise Referral and Low Back Pain qualifications

In my opinion what makes YBFIT Training different from other training providers I have encountered is the director Claire, not only is she passionate about her role, she really cares about the welfare of her learners. YBFIT is not just a training provider which gives good quality training courses, Claire has also created a nurturing environment that enables the learners to blossom and become better instructors. To me, that is what makes YBFIT stand out. The tutors she takes onboard are of the high calibre, experienced, knowledgeable and supportive, not to mention with good humour. I always have a good laugh on their courses, which makes learning fun and enjoyable.

I came across YBFIT when I was searching for Aqua course, it was not an easy decision to go with YBFIT as the location is not convenient for me, which means extra costs incurred for travel and hotel. After numerous phone calls with the the Aqua tutor and Claire, I was really happy to book on the course; a decision I’ve never looked back on.

I have tried a couple of other training providers (purely because they are closer to me), but was bitterly disappointed. If you are happy to be part of a production line, need minimum to no support for the courses, happy to grab your certificate and be confident at what you just spent a weekend learning with the other 14 learners, then you might be ok.

However if you are like me, who not only want a good quality training course, but need that little extra help and support, YBFIT is for you. The groups at YBFIT are normally small, which means the tutor can spend time with individuals and tailored to their needs. The ongoing support is phenomenal. There have been occasions when I wasn’t even booked on a course at YBFIT but I wanted Claire’s advice, she would not hesitant to write back very quickly and gave me objective and empathetic advice.

I have done Pilates, Exercise Referral and Low Back Pain with YBFIT since Aqua, and after my disappointment with other training providers, I have vowed to do all my fitness courses with YBFIT. Well done Claire/YBFIT, keep up the good work!

I am really grateful to YBFIT, I am the instructor I am today thanks to them and I will never stop learning and improving.



“I have just completed my second course with YBFIT Training. The first being ‘Exercise to music’ last spring and the second in ‘Level 3 Mat Pilates’. I would highly recommend YBFIT Training to anyone already working in the fitness industry, or someone looking for a change in career. The instructors I had for both courses were fantastic and we became to see them more as friends then teachers. I was already a Personal Trainer when I undertook my courses with YBFIT Training, and since it has really helped to boost my client base and the number of sessions I am completing each week. Although the courses were challenging, the instructors along with the rest of the staff made the courses very enjoyable. They were also more than willing to give additional support, even giving up their own time.

I now feel confident and in control when teaching one to one and in my classes.”


Karen Kent

“My name is Magda Colley and I joined YBFIT Training after being made redundant from a position of a Marketing Services Manager working in the commerce sector for many years. Being a frequent visitor to a local sport club, I felt that I can face the challenge of a new career path and become a fitness instructor. I enrolled at Exercise to Music Course which proved to be a steep learning curve for me as the course was quite thorough and I had to prepare my own aerobic class for an assessment.

After a shaky start to my fitness career I arranged a Gym Instructor Course on one to one basis to fit with my limited timetable. My tutor, Becky Cuffy took me through my paces and I worked very hard both during practical session and a gym based assessment. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and feel confident towards a prospect of working as a gym instructor. When I saw that YBFit training was offering a weekend course for an Aqua Instructor and did not hesitate twice and took on that challenge once again. All the previous knowledge both from the gym and aerobic class proved to be beneficial in understanding the structure of a water based exercises. I had not waited long before finding a suitable employment.

I am currently teaching aqua in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and hope to be able to complete Pilates Instructor course with YBFIT Training in the near future. I would recommend the centre to everyone, not only because teaching standards are excellent, study materials provided in advance but as the courses are tailored to individuals needs and assessment dates flexible. It allows candidates who travel from afar to accommodate their dates to their working commitments.”


Magda Colley

My first course with YBFIT was a great experience. From the first contact I made with my enquiry to receipt of my letter confirming I had past the communication from all YBFIT staff was concise and informative. Course material supplied was easy to understand and the course was delivered in class with a fun, informative style that made it a pleasure to be there. I cannot recommend them enough and I will absolutely be returning for further modules.”


Paul Brown

YBFIT Training – Helping You to Build Your Successful Career in the Fitness Training Industry

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