Seven students training for a Level 3 Personal Training and Sports Therapy qualification at the Grimsby Institute recently attended the Regional Final of the CYQ Fitness Trainer Competition, held at Dearn Valley College with three students, Jake Rock, Clodagh Summers and Bradley Carrington, who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place respectively.
CYQ is one of the UK’s leading awarding organisations for physical activity, fitness and wellbeing. The CYQ Fitness Trainer Competition is a skills competition for the health and fitness sector. Delivered in collaboration with British Colleges Sport (BCS) the competition celebrates the excellence of fitness instructors and personal trainers educated within further education colleges across the UK.
Mike Burton, Tutor, explained: ”There are lots of student competitions for traditional sports like Football, Rugby and Tennis but there aren’t many for students training in Fitness. This is a national competition for Gym Instructors and 80 students were chosen from across the UK to go through to the Regional Heats, including seven from the Grimsby Institute.
The students were tasked with different scenarios by external judges and had to undertake the gym sessions in an unfamiliar environment. The biggest thing for these students is taking a leap of faith and having confidence in themselves to go to these competitions. Because they work with different people every day as part of their course, the fear of the unknown was taken away.
19-year-old Clodagh Summers, a former student from Hereford Technology School who achieved 2nd Place, explained:
My scenario was to work with a man who was keen on fitness and cardio but had got a bad knee injury. I had to work around that injury and make sure that whatever equipment I put him on wouldn’t have any impact on his injury.
The competition is open to anyone who is working towards, or who has already achieved a Level 2 Fitness Instruction – Gym-based Exercise, but not yet achieved a Level 3 qualification, and Jake Rock took 1st Place, making it through to the Grand Final of the competition at St George’s Park in May. Jake said:
It’s brilliant to have won the Regional Heat, I haven’t stopped talking about it. Being in the gym environment in the Institute’s Sports Centre all of the time I am getting lots of practice for the Final and I can’t wait to go to St George’s Park because I’m such a big football fan.