Personal Trainer Courses St Andrews

The fitness industry has grown by 75{00c9fc3b0c04b1c5d0a150e1e4af74c5798b192c7044c1cd852c32d3af5e6a7d} over the last decade so if you are passionate about fitness then there is no better time to kick start your career.

There are a number of skills required for you to become a good personal trainer in St Andrews.  You should be a patient person, organised, an effective motivator and a good listener. You should be someone who loves working with different types of people.

If you have decided that you have what it takes the next step is to get the qualifications behind you. – This is where BodyCore Training can help.

At BodyCore Training we provide personal trainer courses that will give you everything that you need to enter into the health and fitness industry with confidence and sound knowledge; to stay at the top of your game.

We have more than one personal trainer course to choose from, so you can be confident that you will find the course that suits your needs.

Our personal trainer courses are mentor led by PTs who are already qualified. The aim of the mentor is to support you, the trainee and it will help to ensure your success in this industry.

We take a unique immersion approach to certification that combines: PT mentoring, gym based immersion training, hardcopy manuals, national hub training days and a year of PT business mentoring.

Our national hub training days are monthly and are where you will do your exams, carry out your performed assessments and hand in your portfolios.

The immersion sessions are fast paced and hands on, in a gym in St Andrews. You can expect the immersion sessions to cover all of the anatomical and physiological terminology that you will be expected to know for your theory exams.

Once you have qualified you will be able to apply for work in St Andrews as a personal trainer. We have a lot of opportunities here at BodyCore Training, with us offering a job or your money back. You will also be able to branch out on your own and start your own private personal training business.






Erradicate Self Doubt: Female Empowerment

Written by Jayne Nisbet –


I read an article recently talking about the difference between males and females in their confidence of knowing their value and self worth. It shocked me really… but it really hit a nail on the head – too many females out there don’t believe they are good enough! WHY? Jumpup.jpgBecause for tens of thousand of years, men have always been the leaders, women haven’t had as many rights, women have been believed to be home bearers, stay being only mothers… but in this past decade everyone is starting to see and realise just how influential and powerfu women can be. With a slightly more civilised and diplomatic approach, confident in our decisions, but not cocky women are starting to make an impact, I would call it, “The Rise of the Female Boss”. Females in our day and age are really fortunate for all the hard work and effort our ancestors put in to fight for our human rights, our place and value in society. No longer are females viewed as women who go to college to get an education so they can meet the right man, they are actively encouraged to get an excellent education, be independent and fight for their rights to the life they want.

Have I been lucky?
As a child I was always encouraged to participate in everything – even though I was incredibly timid, I was a bit of a bossy boots (my brother would agree) and I wanted to partake in everything that he was doing, if he went to football camp, I wanted to go to football camp – but you are a girl? – “I don’t care that I am a girl, I want to go to football camp.” Thats how I remember is anyway. When I look back now I think, actually this is how I live my life. My friends all know this, if anybody says but you can’t do that you are not as strong us us because your a girl… I am the first to be like.. oh you wanna bet? Bring it! It’s the power of self belief! I recently had a conversation with someone who said, “you are not going to be able to change the world Jayne, maybe small parts of it, but not the world.” Then out of no where on facebook a little quote popped up, “Those who are crazy enough to think they can help change the world usually are the ones crazy enough to do it.” I thought – ah ha! SEE!

As females now, we have to realise there is no barrier to success, we need to start being as confident as men in our decisions and know that actually we are good enough and be influenced by those above us females and males, and learn! The key to success is learning, and mimicing – Take a person whom you see fit as astrong infleuntial role model for what you want to achieve in your life. If you studied that person, and viewed how they created there success and worked through how they created their success… you are highly likely to do it… but trust me its not an easy feat – it will take hard work and persistence just like it did the person before you! As an athlete, I worshipped Kasja Berqvist! She had one downfall, rose back up, another downfall, rose back up and I used to look at her and everytime I had a knockdown I was Like, “GET YOURSELF BACK UP!”

So today ladies (and gents), I want you to be rockstars! Believe in yourself, and if you don’t  then “fake it till you feel it! “When people assumed a high power pose (for example taking up space by spreading their limbs) for just two minutes their dominance hormone level went up and their stress levels went down. As a result they felt more powerful”. (Sandberg,s. 2015)
Scientific studies have been shown to prove that how you hold yourself and your posture can in 2 minutes changed your power status!!! How crazy is that!
So today in the words of Robin Sharma:
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Whatever you are doing today –
do it with confidence, wear your confidence with pride and be your best self!


How much do you make as a Personal Trainer?

As the Sales Director of Bodycore, I talk to 99{00c9fc3b0c04b1c5d0a150e1e4af74c5798b192c7044c1cd852c32d3af5e6a7d} of the people thinking of becoming a Personal Trainer. The people I talk to have pretty normal 9-5 jobs and are thinking about joining this crazy world of Personal Training. Some of them are self-employed, some single mothers, some work off-shore in oil, some have office jobs – you get the point.

The thing they have in common is – they all love the gym and they can all see themselves enjoying a career in it.

How much do you make as a Personal Trainer?

It’s the question I probably get asked most of all.

What the job adverts say

If you have ever been on gumtree loking for a job, you may have seen an advert saying:


only to find out you have to shell out a few thousand pounds for a personal training course.

Yes, it is possible to earn £70,000 a year with this, but probably not in your first year.

So what is more realistic?

The Business Plan

There are many ways to make a living as a Personal Trainer ranging from hourly wages running classes and gyms and getting salary’s for private facilities. What I will focus on is the self employed/freelance model as this is where 90{00c9fc3b0c04b1c5d0a150e1e4af74c5798b192c7044c1cd852c32d3af5e6a7d} of trainers go (e.g. Puregym).

In these gyms (please note it is different from gym to gym), you run your business by exchanging your time e.g. running classes as rent. In Puregym, you spend 15 hours a week, split into 3 x 5 hour shifts. Leaving 25 hours for you to do what you want.

The great thing about this model, is that you can charge what you want for PT when you get clients.

Let’s say you need to make £600.00 a month to meet your very basic monthly outgoings e.g. Rent, Car, Food.

The lowest rate I would advise is £25.00 per hour session. So to meet your basic costs you need to find clients who will do  24 sessions in a month (6 sessions a week).

So here’s how you do that.

Aim to get one extra session a week:

Week 1 – 0 sessions

Week 2 – 1 Session

Week 3 – 2 sessions

Week 4 – 3 Sessions

Week 5 – 4 Sessions

Week 6 – 5 Sessions

Week 7 – 6 Sessions

So in 7 weeks you could be covering your basic needs but only working 21 hours a week (15 hours on shift + 6 hour sessions per week).

When you get to week 52 after a year- there’s no reason why you can’t earn £600-900 a week with this method.

How do you get those clients though?

This is the bit some people struggle with. Especially when they first start. It takes some work but I have found this:

Talk to 10 gym-goers every day. Give them help, advice and just be a nice person.

Of those 10 people, 1 will do a consultation with you.

For every 5 consultations you will get a client.

So in theory, for every 50 people you talk to, you will get a client.

Why doesn’t every PT make this money?

I think it comes down to comfort zone. You really have to go outside your comfort zone and talk to people about them. A lot of the Personal Trainers I see not making progress are the ones who sit in the staff room and do the minimum. They begrudgingly do classes and don’t really engage people through conversation and genuine caring, and therefore don’t really get clients. They don’t DO.

At Bodycore, we push our students to live outside their comfort zone. It’s where change happens.

If you are someone who genuinely wants to get paid for doing something they love, get outside your comfort zone and start doing.


By Steve Marsden



Written by Tobias Moir. 

To this day, people still ask me how the ‘fitness training’ is going.

They say things like, “I haven’t seen you training folk in the gym for a while”, or “things must be tough with the economy”.

“no ones got money for PTs. That’s why your always sitting in the coffee shop”.

I reassure and try to convince them that I’m ok, that I am the managing director of a company called BODYCORE, and a Mentor to aspiring personal trainers.

The ‘fitness instructor’ label, I only really carried for about 1 year, more then 20 years ago!

In Canada as well- far away from those who think they know me.

I’ve NEVER in fact uttered the words “I am a fitness instructor”…I knew even then, it was a very temporary transition to PT.

The constant ‘convincing’ that I need to do, to let people know that it wasn’t a failure that led me to my current situation, ( but was more like a personal evolution), is hilarious to behold.

My wife especially finds it humorous as she’s witnessed it first hand on several occasions. I’ve given up correcting people.

After all, my happiness is not dependant on their acceptance of me or my ‘label’.

Personal training was a label I (happily) carried for 18 years, and in many ways of course, it still very much applies to me.

After all, I run a company that certifies personal trainers!


Labels however, are dangerous things.

They don’t always serve us well, and can often restrict us. Box us in. Dictate to us.

It makes people feel more comfortable if they know what all their friends and loved ones do, what their jobs are, who they are with, what their bodies look like, what faith they follow, or what foods they like to eat.

Real CHANGE challenges everything.

Not just you and your mindset, emotions, eating habits and habitual behaviours, but also the minds and hearts of those in your life.


There is often a strong RESISTANCE from those around us when we wish to change.

It may not be verbal, in fact they will often congratulate you on your new choices and say that they wish you all the best, but this is often not how they truly feel.

The people who are MOST threatened by our change tend to be our family, and our closest friends.

These tend to be the very people who RESIST the CHANGE the most.

The issue at hand is that you challenge their world view.

If you were once a fitness instructor, and are now a managing director, doctor, business owner or personal trainer, this can effect them on a deep level.

This ‘challenge’ to their world view  brings up all manner of feelings, and depends of course on what they’ve been doing with their life, whether they’ve grown and moved on, whether they have plans of change.

The feelings may be doubt, suspicion, anger, frustration, resentment, jealousy and many other negative emotions.


These feelings harboured seemingly against you, often have very little to do with YOU.

They almost always have to do with the said individuals own life.

The lack of change, the routine, the REGRET in their own lives and situations.

They are upset that you’ve gone and BETTERED yourself, and they haven’t, and feel worse about their own situations.

You’re showing them up as the failures that they feel they are already.

Your change is a THREAT!

“How dare you change and leave me here!” Is the subconscious plea that is screamed at you.


Whilst chasing your dreams and goals, and you are being ridiculed, bullied, frowned upon, if others are threatening friendships and relationships with you, if they’re asking you to choose them over your dreams, if you feel you can’t tell people whom love you all the great things that are happening in your life, KEEP GOING!!

You are definitely on the right track.

Groups tend to resonate, act, think in the same manner.

When you step out of this herd mentality, you’ll be met with varying degrees of resistance.

This will feel very uncomfortable.

It will vary from mild distrust to outright aggression and everything in between.

So many people think “This is uncomfortable, people I love are doubting me, so this can’t be right. This can’t be good for me”.

They then give up on their dreams and goals and shrink back into their ‘comfort’ – that horribly little place where everyone has you pegged, and you are desperately unhappy.

Comfort is a coffin.

Sure, we need comfort on a daily basis, that sweet spot on the sofa with our chosen poison.

Human nature ( the society of trillions of cells that dictate so much to you), calls/screams out for such comfort…but this is NOT where growth takes place.

We rest here. We pause here. We re-boot here.

Discomfort though, this is where real growth takes place.

Here we are burned, beaten, sculpted, chastised, ridiculed, doubted, refined and ultimately perfected.

Discomfort moves you from subconscious conditioning (or comfort), to a conscious, results driven, action oriented warrior!

If you want to redefine yourself and your life.

If you want success over mediocrity.

If you want to step into authenticity -Chase discomfort!

It was said that:

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”


The formula is simple.

  1. What is your VISION. How would you envision your life as having been a success? Use mind mapping to get everything out of your head, to determine what you truly desire.
  2. Put the vision into SMART GOALS. Monthly and weekly ones work best!
  3. Break down the weekly SMART GOALS into daily ACTIONS, that bring about the results which lead to accomplishment of the WEEKLY and MONTHLY goals.
  4. Have a Mentor to be accountable to! Share your goals and action plan on a weekly basis with someone whom you are accountable to. This is crucial.
  5. Celebrate the successes of stepping into discomfort, with more discomfort! Your subconscious, ( the society of trillions of cells) becomes dependant, addicted, hard wired and focused on, that which you FEED it most.
  6. Success is a habit. A condition. Becoming hardwired to succeed is a daily ritual, of doing ‘that which one feels stretched to do’. DO IT!


FOCUS your RAS to follow your passion

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new”

We quite often find ourselves not focused on what we wish to accomplish, but instead on what we do NOT want.

We focus on the past proof of failure, or fear of some yet unrealised future event.

We see what we don’t want, point to it, describe it, write about  it, sing songs about it and seek more proof to validate it!

We take our past rejection for example, suffer it today and project it into the future.

This can be disastrous for those wanting a happy, successful or healthy life.


The RAS, or Reticular Activating System is a filtering system located deep within the brain.

The brain, subconsciously, deals with 11 million bits of data within our environment.

Consciously however, we can only deal with 60 bits of information per second.

The RAS, filters this info so that we are not consciously bombarded with the massive amounts of info being thrown at us from all directions.

The RAS focuses initially on your survival:

1)It identifies threats in our environment and learns how to deal with them appropriately.

It seeks familiarity, and sees novel or new thoughts that question the STATUS QUO, as threatening.

2)Secondly, and more interestingly perhaps, it can be used to focus on ways to master our environment and work toward GOALS that are important to us, and will move us forward.

The way it knows what is important to us, is largely down to our CONSCIOUS FOCUS.

Those 60 bits of info we are seeing in our conscious mind.

You’ve all had proof of the RAS working.

If you focus on trying to spot red cars, they appear EVERYWHERE!

Even long after you’ve stopped playing the game.

My son said let’s look for copper coloured cars, and I thought to myself,  “I’ve NEVER seen copper coloured cars before.”

Now I see them, not quite everywhere, but they are there.

I didn’t even realise they existed before!

  • Pregnant woman see pregnant woman everywhere.
  • If you work out, you see others who workout.
  • If you see yourself as successful, you see successful people everywhere.

Unfortunately, we can also see the OPPOSITE of these positive images.

So, we tend to SEEK AND FIND what we mentally focus on, more primarily, what we identify with. IE, we seek things, people, places, situations, films, and images that support how we see ourselves!

How we feel about ourselves.

We seek everything that supports our current belief system about ourselves.


We filter our 70 million bits of information through our BELIEF SYSTEMS, which are created through our direct past EXPERIENCES, or the subconscious programming we were hardwired with by our teachers, parents, priest or friends.

  • So, if we’ve been abused we see abuse everywhere.
  • If we are struggling financially, we see lack and poverty everywhere.
  • Those who have a negative self image, see unfit people everywhere.

We will literally look for it in our environment, and with 70 million bits of info a second being streamed through us, it’s not hard to find what it is we are LOOKING for!


So how do we focus our thoughts on what we are DESIRING to see, be, do or have?

1)Write your goals down. Use a SMART goal format.

SPECIFIC- What  is your goal?

MEASURABLE- How will you know when it is complete?

ACHIEVABLE- What Actions would help reach this goal?

REALISTIC- What Resources are in place to ensure this goal is met?

TIME- When will this goal be completed by?

2)TALK about your goals a lot, to everyone who supports you, with passion and excitement.

That focus instantly creates ideas and thought patterns you wouldn’t have had otherwise, helping to embed these ‘new’ thoughts into your brains circuitry.

Talking about it has great power. This is a massive subject within it self, but watch your words carefully.

Only speak words that support what you WANT to see in your life!

3)Have a vision board, or screen saver of your goal on your phone, so that its high visibility and you see it often. An image that represents your goal.

The focus instantly creates ideas and thought patterns that support the search, or materialisation of your goal.

Your brain works in IMAGES and does not know the difference between fantasy and reality!

Even your physiology ( your body),will respond to an image in your head as if it were reality.

4)Read, write, talk, research and look for things in your environment that SUPPORT your goals.

Your brains search function is even more powerful than a computers!

Current studies suggest that the brain is at least as agile and possibly up to 30 times faster than Sequoia Supercomputer at shifting data around!

If your goal exists- and it does- through time, focus and action your brain will find it!

5)Focus as well on what you have already that supports your goals.

An attitude of gratitude is what’s needed to focus your mind, feel good about what you do have, and your RAS will do the rest by seeking out the same or similar experiences.

Developing yourself isn’t the easiest thing but it is 100{00c9fc3b0c04b1c5d0a150e1e4af74c5798b192c7044c1cd852c32d3af5e6a7d} doable!

As a Personal Trainer I’ve found that I AM the product.

If I want people to ‘buy’ into me, it needs to be representative of what they are wanting themselves.

Self development then is crucial,and is the most powerful thing you can attend to, to create a successful business, relationship, body or mind.

1)Know what you want.

2)Focus ONLY on what you want.

3)Write down what you want.

4)Read about what you want.

5)Talk about what you want.

6)Don’t entertain anything, any thoughts, opinions, actions or contradictions to what you want!

“When you focus on what you want, everything else just falls away”.

Is a career as a Personal Trainer right for you?

I meet a lot of personal trainers in my career. Not only do I work on a day-to-day basis with many talented PT’s in Livingston, Scotland, I also get to train and mentor fledgling personal trainer’s as they embark on their journey – all the way from getting them qualified to establishing successful businesses!

It’s given me a good insight into the personal qualities of the people who build the most successful businesses and the ones who enjoy their lifestyles the most.

You really care for people

This is one of the most important aspects of personal training. Having a genuine interest in people’s wants, needs, struggles, emotions, feelings and lives is crucial.

Everyone that comes to you for help will have tried many things, given up and feel hopeless. It’s up to you, not just to help them to their goals for their body- but help them tackle sometimes lifelong problems with food, body dysmorphia, emotional eating and more.

For this listening skills and empathy are a must have. If a client really feels that you care for them and are their whenever they need you, you’ll have a client for life.

You lead by example

By this, I don’t mean you have to be at 4{00c9fc3b0c04b1c5d0a150e1e4af74c5798b192c7044c1cd852c32d3af5e6a7d} body fat all year (that’s just unsustainable) but personal training is a physical job and you need to be in good shape.

In my day I lead classes, demonstrate exercises and carry pieces of equipment to and from the weights area. From my fitness tracker, I walk an average of 6-9 miles every day around the gym (my gym is pretty big), as well as 2-3 exercises classes and countless squat demos. This means you need to eat enough every day and do all the tasks with a smile on your face!

You are self motivated

Generally, personal training jobs are self-employed. Big chains like Pure Gym, Virgin and Nuffield Health will let you set up and run a personal training business within their facility in exchange for you ‘being on shift’ (doing classes etc.,) for a portion of the week. The great thing about this is that there are little overheads when you first get started. The downside is that you are not making any money initially.

This is where the self-motivation comes in.

When I started as a PT, I aimed to get one session a week more than the previous week. At Puregym, the trainers charge between £25-£35 a session. I knew that if I could speak to as many people as possible, tell them what I could do for them and offer them a free session, I knew this was achievable.

By month two, I had 9 sessions a week. By month 6, 24 sessions a week and by month 10, I was full to the brim with clients official site.

This sort of progress is achievable, but it can only be done with self-motivation and a smile!

You love exercise and health

This is one of the more obvious ones on the list, but you have to love exercise and being healthy and be able to transfer that enthusiasm from yourself to your clients.

Having good scientific knowledge (I follow some great people like Brad Schoenfeld, Alan Aragon, Layne Norton, Ben Coomber and Bret Contreras), a finger on the pulse when it comes to fitness industry trends and a good knowledge of exercises adaptations will ensure you’re always getting your clients the results they want!

If you need any more information or help with becoming a personal trainer then just ask us. We have dedicated mentors who can help you with your business, study and life so you can create the lifestyle you want.

Happy training!