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Leisure trends: The UK Leisure Industry in 2020

It’s that time of year again when we take a look at what might be the main happenings in the UK leisure industry for the year ahead. What do you think will be big in during 2020 and beyond?

This year will bring a couple of major sporting events which are sure to get more people involved, particularly in the more obscure sports – yes, it’s Olympic Games time again! This year it’s Tokyo’s turn to play host and it’s happening from late July. It’s also Euro 2020 time in international football. To mark 60 years of the tournament, rather than one country hosting all the games, 12 cities across Europe are sharing the games out, but the final will be right here in London on the 12th July.

Pile on top the usual tennis fever that hits around about Wimbledon time and the regular golf, cycling, and running events and it’s sure to be a busy one for those of us working in leisure, health & fitness especially.

But what do we think will be the big leisure trends in 2020?

Further blurring of the lines between wellness, fitness, and self-care

For more people, it’s no longer about going to the gym to do some body building, or going to a spa for a quick facial. It’s now about a more holistic wellness experience; visiting a spa or a gym is for working on all aspects of wellness, including physical and mental health, and seeing exercise and therapies as a way of improving both mind and body. Wellness retreats are increasing in number as more people are wanting to spend longer on developing their overall health and wellness rather than just hitting the gym for a quick hour after work.

This is a good look at how Barry’s Bootcamp has incorporated mental wellness alongside their core physical fitness offering –

Gareth Bale’s Rowbots programme is openly embracing active mindfulness as an important driver of physical exercise


Veganism has taken off hugely over the last couple of years and 2020 will see further growth. With a concern both for the planet’s resources and the positive impact of clean eating on the human body, more and more people are turning to animal-free diets. If your leisure facility isn’t catering to vegans, then you could be missing out on a huge chunk of the market.

What is driving the vegan trend?

Wearable tech

Yes, we’ve been saying for some time that wearable tech will be huge this year, and we’ve not been wrong. 2020 will see further developments into this arena, no doubt, with spending on wearable tech as a whole predicted to reach $52 billion by 2020.

As wearable tech gets more smaller and more integrated (gone are the days of walkie-talkie sized pedometers!) the more uses will be found for them in the fitness industry especially. You can already link an app or a FitBit to your home virtual assistant, and with the popularity of home VAs expected to explode this year, the use of fitness apps won’t be limited to only the serious health fanatics among us. Expect your children and your own nan to get excited about how many steps they’ve done today!

Photo by Rahul Chakraborty on Unsplash

In fact, improved technology is permeating on all aspects of our lives and the leisure industry is not immune to its impact –

In-home technology will continue to grow in 2020 – did you know you can even box from the comfort of your living room now? With more and more technologies available, your gym better provide something that tempts people out of their homes and training with you. What does your facility provide which in-home technology could not?

Riding the waves

Surfing is to make its debut at the summer Olympic Games. While surfing has always been reasonably popular in the UK, particularly in places like Newquay in Cornwall, 2019 also saw the beginnings of a more formal provision in the form of facilities like Surf Snowdonia and The Wave in Bristol. Could the Olympics push more people to take an interest in surfing both as a leisure activity and a sport?

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Increased convenience of health & fitness

Wellness hotels are on the increase. While a lot of hotels already have a gym for guest use, wellness hotels take this one step further. But just what are they? If you’ve never heard of a wellness hotel, this article is eye-opening

Hilton Hotels Worldwide have launched their Five Feet to Fitness concept with mini gyms, virtual fitness classes, meditation equipment and hydration stations in guest rooms.

When will this hit the UK? It already has – the Doubletree by Hilton in Islington already has these rooms available. Expect roll out to more locations in due course.


And who needs a real-life PT when you can get workouts sent directly to your phone?

You’d better start working on that USP, people!

Physical therapies on the rocks

 Cryotherapy growth is set to be anything but frozen in 2020. It is an increasingly popular therapy for injuries, discomfort, and skin conditions.

But just what is Cryotherapy?

Freezing regenerates skin cells and encourages faster healing, and you could start to see cryotherapy treatment centres in gyms and wellness centres around the country.

Have a look and see what the future may hold for the UK’s CryoAction

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….And finally, what about Brexit?

I’m sure we were having the Brexit discussion this time last year. Anyway, as we can now see, Brexit wasn’t to be in 2019 though plenty of unrest was caused just by us thinking about it. It’s been another challenging year, particularly for the spa and beauty sector where growth has been held back somewhat by the lack of qualified staff available. Maybe the future will see more leisure providers investing in bringing on and nurturing home-grown talent? The rise in apprenticeship provision has helped but demand will likely outstrip supply for the foreseeable.

Any downturn in the economy brought about by a hard Brexit will hit consumers and spending will likely fall on items which are considered to be a luxury, so start working on positioning your offering as one of life’s essentials if you want to survive the turmoil that leaving the EU is likely to generate.

If you want help navigating the waters of the leisure industry in 2020, get in touch!

Inspiring the next generation – childcare jobs, holiday club jobs, sports jobs

Holiday club jobs in south-east England

We are currently seeking enthusiastic and passionate people for breakfast and after school clubs for multiple locations across the south-east of England for a client, a market leading business providing education through sport.

kids sports jobs

You will be tasked with delivering an engaging daily club programme of activities within a breakfast and after school club setting, monitoring the effectiveness of activities and developing strong relationships with schools and parents.  

You’ll be part of a dedicated team of After School Club Supervisors and Assistants (full and part-time), ensuring a safe and secure environment is provided to children aged 4-11 years. As part of your role you will be provided with opportunities to develop your own career in childcare.

Locations include:

  • Slough, Berkshire
  • Newbury, Berkshire
  • Aldershot, Hampshire
  • Ascot, Berkshire
  • Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Fleet, Hampshire
  • Farnham, Hampshire
  • Farnborough, Hampshire
  • New Malden, Surrey
  • Godalming, Surrey
  • Dorking, Surrey
  • Goring by Sea, West Sussex
  • Orpington, Kent

After School Club Supervisors

Duties Include:

  • Supervise Care Club Assistants and Apprentices.
  • Plan and deliver engaging and fun activities at breakfast (7.45 – 8.45) and after school care clubs (2.30 – 6.00pm).
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for children at all times.

The Care Club Supervisor will be part of a dedicated team, ensuring a safe and secure environment is provided to children aged 4 – 11 years

These are permanent positions paying £18K – various locations across south-east England

After School Club Assistant

After school club assistants are required for childcare clubs in various locations in south-east England

Duties include:

  • Plan and deliver engaging and fun activities at Breakfast (7.45am – 9.00am) and/or after school clubs (2.30 – 6.00pm).
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for children at all times.
  • Manage and maintain club ratios and registers of all children attending the clubs.

Salary c£16,000 – £18,000 – various working patterns available.

If you feel you have a fun and energetic nature, can relate to and engage with children aged 4-11 why not apply and come and bring some fun and creativity to the team?


  1. You can find the corresponding job on our website at and apply directly
  2. You can email us on with a copy of your CV
  3. You can pick up the phone and call us on 01895 450640

We try to respond to candidates within 1 week of application – if you have not heard from us in this time, please consider your application unsuccessful.

School holiday club jobs

Sport and Fitness technology: What you need to know in 2019

To look for a job in the health & fitness industry, check out our Health & Fitness jobs board.

Technology has been the buzzword of 2018 in sport and fitness, and 2019 is set to be the year when fitness tech goes mainstream. But what are the implications of technology on leisure jobs? Can technology really replace humans in the leisure industry?

We take a look at some of the health and fitness technologies on our radar and assess the impact that each may have on the demand for health and fitness professionals.

Greener gym equipment

A treadmill which generates energy as its being used has been developed by a Taiwanese athletic equipment maker. It seems like something that should have been invented years ago, yet the technology to create something that uses power and generates it at the same time isn’t simple. These ‘green’ treadmills are able to generate some power and return it to the grid but it’s not going to make a dent in closing up the hole in the ozone layer; the output is minimal and the cost savings in the pennies rather than the pounds.

In terms of green credentials, it’s a good PR exercise and a gym in Brighton has already started to use them. Could knowing that you are contributing less to degrading the planet make you more likely to work out? Possibly, but it won’t dent demand for leisure professionals. It’s a good step in the right direction and who knows, with advances in technology, the fitness industry could one day be carbon neutral.

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A surge in EMS?

Electrical Muscle Stimulation – or EMS – training was all over the place at FIBO2019. EMS training combines exercise with electric currents to make your muscles work harder, safely.  This is HIIT with extra HI. This is one tech that works in tandem with a PT, who controls the EMS kit.

Find out more at Miha Bodytec

© Miha Bodytec

Do you really need a Peloton?

Apparently everyone needs a Peloton. These are high-end exercise bikes which are a bike and class all in one. With the addition of a screen and smart technology, these are interactive, inspirational, and aspirational; the price tag of £2k is certainly an investment.

Could Pelotons reduce the need for fitness instructors? Potentially, yes these could have a major impact. With punters being able to join in a live session at a time of their choosing from the comfort of their own home, trips to the gym could be eliminated. As one instructor can handle hundreds of clients at the same time rather than a couple of dozen in a gym, then you’ll see why some personal trainers are concerned.

However, this remote method of exercise doesn’t suit everyone, and the hefty price tag will put them out of reach for most of us for a while yet. The future is coming, but it’s not here yet!

What could sports tech look like in your lifetime?

We love this tool from Coral – – where you can enter your age and it will tell you what technology is likely to materialise and when. It’s good to see clothing that can help reduce impacts and minimise injuries, and also to see smart technology to help racehorses, but we’re not totally sold on the others.

We can see drones and AI being helpful to referees and umpires but we think it would be quite sad to see them take over completely – it’s not the same hurling abuse at an un-named robot when your favourite team is losing. And while robots could be a boon to those looking after sports pitches, we still think that the human touch will be essential here, as well as human knowledge. After all, someone will need to look after this growing metal army. Could some of these have an impact on leisure jobs for humans? Possibly, but we don’t think anyone needs to panic just yet.

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What is wearable technology in fitness?

When you talk about fitness tech, most people will think of wearable tech. At the moment, wearable tech seems to be limited to measuring devices, such as FitBits and heart rate monitors.

Have a look at 6 health and fitness techs for 2019

Motiv’s fitness ring is a great example of how wearable tech is getting more advanced and smaller at the same time. The days of having to carry your phone in a clunky arm pouch will soon be gone. The fitness ring is small and powerful and is a somewhat affordable £199.

Could small be beautiful in 2019?

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Can wearable tech make you healthier?

No the wearable tech cannot make you healthier – you actually have to put it on and do some exercise to be healthier. But while simply owning the tech won’t be effective on its own, it could encourage you to get out there more and enable you to track your progress, which could create a self-reinforcing cycle of good habits.

Companies like Vitality know this and are issuing insurance policy holders with tech such as Apple Watches and Garmins to encourage people into better exercise habits and rewarding (or punishing) them accordingly when they don’t reach their goals. Their aim is to get 100 million people 20% more active by 2025, and assumingly less likely to make a claim on their health and life insurance. Win/win all around.

Can wearable tech replace personal trainers?

It’s likely that some wearable tech has the potential to reduce the demand for personal trainers, but tech does not operate in a vacuum; it needs highly-skilled professionals to make, develop, and program the tech, and to interpret the data.

Not everyone will get on with the technology and there will be plenty of people happier to be shouted at by a human instead of beeped at by a robot or piece of jewellery. And there’s the social side of the gym too, and the motivational atmosphere; many people will say they’re happy to exercise at home but will they actually do it?

Much of the current technology is expensive and some have ongoing subscription fees which are commensurate with a gym and regular PT sessions. The real threat will come when it becomes cheaper and more effective to exercise using home technology than to go to a gym. Gym owners need to be mindful of the threats posed by wearable tech and try to incorporate wearable tech into their offering to complement traditional gym sessions and bring tech-lovers into the fold.

Is your job likely to be impacted by the rise in fitness technology?

One Year on – Meet The 4Leisure Recruitment Team – Tom Lewis

A year ago we were delighted to introduce our newest team member – Tom Lewis. Tom joined the Health and Fitness division and we were excited to bring him on board.

 The last year has flown by and has been an amazing one for all of us here at 4Leisure Recruitment and we thought we would just look back and check in on Tom’s first year with our recruitment team.

HI Tom, Firstly congratulations on your first anniversary with us! Now tell us some more about the last year…

What do you enjoy the most about being a leisure recruiter?

I’m thoroughly enjoying speaking to different people on a daily basis, whether that is a candidate looking for their next opportunity or a client discussing a new role, the networking and conversations are constant which keeps things exciting with slightly different objectives and outcomes each day. I’m lucky to work with a great team in the office which makes it all the more enjoyable.

What skill did you bring to the team which has been the most useful?

I think amongst my loud talking, walking around the office talking to people on the phone, I have developed myself into the designated snack provider. Everyone “complains” as they are not exactly the most ‘healthy’ snacks, but within 5 minutes they are all tucking in! Other than that, I hope I have been able to bring another dynamic to a positive and vibrant office with some good laughs and jokes, but a serious approach where required.

What’s been the high point of your 4Leisure Recruitment experience so far?

My first placement was extremely satisfying, not just because I felt like I achieved something great and made a difference to someone’s career, but I have been able to develop that respective company into a key account which has led to some real success over the last 12 months

What has surprised you most about working at 4Leisure Recruitment?

It’s such a fast-paced environment with a constant growing task list and an everchanging set of priorities. There is always someone to speak to or an objective to pursue. It’s certainly not an environment where success will fall into your lap, 110% is required at all times with desire and a passion for what you do so important to drive you on every single day.

How are the dogs?

The dogs are great, I have not been able to bring them to the office yet but I am sure I will in due course! They might be a little too distracting being so playful.

All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year in recruitment, mainly due to the nature of the role very much suiting my style and approach to the way I work, but more importantly how easy it has been to fit in with the team. The support from James, Jean and Amy has been better than I could’ve hoped for, but also the camaraderie within the office when things don’t go how you hope, we are all there for each other to pick up and move on quickly which is key in this role! I’m looking forward to another 12 months and beyond!

Thanks Tom, we have thoroughly enjoyed your first year of many too, ‘healthy’ snacks and all!

To learn more about the team here at 4Leisure Recruitment, visit us at Meet the 4Leisure Recruitment Team:

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Tom Lewis 4Leisure Recruitment

Leisure trends: The UK Leisure Industry in 2019

It’s that time of year again when we take a look at what might be big in the UK leisure industry for the year ahead. What do you think will be big in during 2019 and beyond?

There are few major sporting events in 2019. It will be at least another year until the summer Olympics in Tokyo, and a whole four years before we can recreate this summer’s football fever thanks to the World Cup (although watch out for the UEFA Nations League in the summer). That’s not to say that the leisure industry will suffer too much. There’s always demand for good leisure experiences, as our client bookings have shown throughout all of 2018.

But what do we think will be the big leisure trends in 2019?

The UK Leisure Industry in 2019

Boutique and low-cost operators thriving

Boutiques and low-cost operators continue to dominate health & fitness sector growth. Many would have been forgiven for predicting the end of the low-cost boom but there doesn’t seem to be any let up in the expansion of these budget chains although several leading operators have opted for acquisition rather than new build lately. It would seem that the public just can’t get enough of the no-frills approach.

And whilst budget operators thrive, is the boutique market being driven partially by their success? If the low-cost model is appealing to the majority of gym-goers, then there has to be a place for the more discerning enthusiast. Those that shun the mass-market environment and gravitate towards a HIIT type experience facility have endless choice of specialist gyms, each with their own strongly branded identity. And the big plus for the boutiques is the floor space they can operate within, many requiring just a couple of thousand square feet. And perhaps, that in itself is the real recipe for success. Whilst the larger gyms have been battling it out for industrial space for 5000 members, these smaller clubs have been sneakily picking off small retail units as high street shops continue to struggle.

Whilst many industry insiders will say that these boutiques go after a very different market from the mainstream and don’t compete for members, it speaks volumes that so many operators are now revamping their group exercise offerings, particularly in the premium sector to lure the enthusiasts back to a full service model.

Our predictions for 2019 are that boutique market will continue to grow, fuelled by property availability and relatively cheap, owner/operator franchise models being attractive to investors. We expect to see wilder, bolder and more tech driven businesses that will really disrupt the market.

Wearable and fitness tech

Something that we have said is coming for a long time is the development of wearable fitness tech. So far, wearable tech has been fairly simple – such as an activity tracker like Fitbit – or too complex to be in anything more than in beta testing. But developments over the last couple of years especially has meant that a bigger rollout of more sophisticated wearable teach will be available to the mass market very soon, and if not in 2019, not long after.

Simple wearable tech is still popular though, and the trend will be to make that tech even more simple, less intrusive, and more a part of our bodies. For example, Motiv is releasing its fitness ring in the UK. This is smaller and easier to wear than the sometimes clumsy, clunky watches and heart rate monitors. You could almost forget you are wearing it. Could the next step be under-skin microchips?

motiv wearable fitness rings©

Safety tech is also making strides. We have talked before about drones being used to facilitate water rescues. While drones have not completely replaced lifeguards to a large extent, it will almost be certain, particularly for beach lifeguards to not only have first aid and rescue skills but also be adept at using drone technology. It’s a good job us leisure professionals are not afraid to acquire new skills!

Have a look at this drone in action

But could the big trend in 2019 be thanks to open data? With better sharing of data between health and fitness providers, more opportunities are opened up for people to meet their fitness goals using a variety of leisure providers. Whether this is through the provision of an app which helps customers find fitness classes to suit them, or through the sharing of very specific health data to tailor fitness programmes, open data is a step in the right direction.

How about using the ultimate personal data – your DNA – to tailor your health plan to your exacting physical needs? Sounds creepy, but it’s happening!

Fitness moves to the high street

Retail has clearly suffered from the threat of the collapse of major brands and closures of stores and where retail is moving out, leisure is moving in. It’s been the case for some time in many towns and cities that where the high street has been in decline for retailers, the coffee shops and restaurants have moved in. Blamed on more people shopping online, larger retail brands are having to reinvent themselves and embrace experiential shopping and more place-based activities.

More retailers, particularly larger department stores with huge floor spaces to make use of, are partnering with fitness providers and opening their space up for consumers who want more from a place than simply to buy more stuff. This autumn saw Debenhams opening an in-store gym in their Sutton branch, and 2019 will see the same in their Manchester and Bristol stores.

Be prepared to see more high street names becoming more diverse over the next few years.

In fact, mixed-use facilities are going to be a more common sight away from the traditional high street too. Wherever there is good accessibility, expect to see new spaces and places which house complementary activities, such as this new leisure centre in Exeter city centre. And yes, it’s likely that any new buildings will be put up with consideration for energy efficiency. After all, energy isn’t expected to get any cheaper!

Leisure trends 2019

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More inclusive leisure activities

In the past, health campaigns have concentrated on under-represented groups such as women. Do you remember the This Girl Can campaign? Now, the focus is turning to other groups such as disabled people and to different age groups such as the over 55s.

More funding is going to be given to sports which encourage inclusivity. If your fitness business has not really embraced disabled leisure activities yet 2019 could be a good time to start!

Younger consumers are not being left out though and there is a real drive for getting people of all ages to form an exercise habit. More and more facilities are catering to a family audience, such as Cloud Twelve.

Check out this hotel and spa in Nottinghamshire who are really going for the youth market.

(c) Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Spa

© Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Spa

Engaging with children earlier is a key tool in the fight against obesity not only in childhood but in adulthood too. Expect more campaigns and health and fitness education in schools across the UK.

More diversity in leisure provision

Interestingly, the ambition for creating industry-changing offerings has been reflected in the entertainments sector where the emphasis on an exciting visitor experience is being prioritised over large nightclub venues. This year we’ve seen darts, golf, table tennis and video gaming appearing regularly in our news feeds and we expect that to continue into 2019. How wacky, can they get? Only time will tell.

Health food trends

And what about health foods? Well, there is certainly increased awareness of the harm that can be done by some foods and changing legislation, such as the ‘sugar tax’ has made us think more about making more sensible choices. 2019 will be no exception. Expect more of the same.

Here are some ideas as to what could be big in healthy eating in the US very soon and making their way over the pond to the UK.

….And finally, what about Brexit?

Spa and Beauty has had a tumultuous year. Some extravagant new spas have been announced but the industry has been hit heavily by the lack of qualified staff available. As per our prediction last year, the looming shadow of Brexit seems to be deterring European workers from making the trip to the UK. As a knock-on effect, salaries are continuing to rise as businesses compete for staff.

If you want help navigating the waters of the leisure industry in 2019, get in touch!

Considering working in the Fitness Industry?

If you are considering working in the fitness industry, the time has never been better! If you enjoy looking after your health and fitness to the extent where it is a more than a pastime, where it is something you want to do every day then maybe a career in Health and Fitness is for you.

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The Health and Fitness industry has never been stronger. With new boutique studios and gym franchises opening daily, interest in our own wellbeing and health has driven the UK to get fitter. If you are deciding what type of career to move into it can be important to know that the future is looking strong. With the decline in other industries such as high-street retail, it is important to consider that the career you are going to choose has a bright future. The time really is now for the UK Fitness Industry.

State of the UK Fitness Industry

In the 2018 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report presented the following figures

  • The number of fitness facilities in the UK is up from 6,728 to 7,038 this year.
  • Total membership grew by 2% to 9.9 million.
  • Total market value increased by 2.9% to £4.9 billion

See more stats at:

This trend has seen six successive years of increases and with the increase in health and fitness comes a boost in the need for individuals who have a genuine passion for their own fitness and that of others. The scope of careers available in the industry is huge, with new styles of innovative and increasingly technological advances the future is only looking brighter. Innovative apps and the introduction of Virtual Reality into the gym experience continue to develop and excite the fitness community, with on-demand workouts and training regimens expanding the reach of the industry into people’s everyday lives.  Working in the leisure industry is not only rewarding but ultimately it can keep you fit and healthy too!

If the image of a P.E. teacher or gym instructor springs to mind when you think about careers in the world of fitness then here is a list of just some of the health and fitness jobs to remind you of how many possibilities there actually is in the world of fitness.

  • Boxing Instructor
  • Health Club Manager
  • Fitness and Nutrition journalist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Badminton Coach
  • Cycle Scheme co-ordinator
  • Personal Trainer
  • Lifeguard
  • Swimming Teacher
  • Yoga Teacher
  • Diver
  • Sports Referee
  • Jockey
  • Sports Physiotherapist
  • Sports agent
  • Outdoor activities instructor
  • Assistant Coach
  • Sports Psychologist

The training and pathways involved in the different roles can differ greatly, with some involving working in-house to progress and others needing specialist degrees. There are lots of resources out there to help you to narrow down your search. A great start is the National Careers Service. They have lots of vital information and can give you a brief nutshell of what the job in question requires and might be – check out

Another helpful resource for those careers that may need an academic grounding is UCAS. They provide detailed information on a huge number of leisure industry jobs and careers and brilliant advice about how to get started on your journey – have a look at

A career in the Health and Fitness industry is not always a walk in the park, but, if you chat with those who are already in the industry they will tell you it is definitely worth it. Speak to someone who works in the area you are passionate about, they might tell you about the long hours, the physical strain and the pressures of keeping training up to date. But they will also tell you they are glad they chose to do something they love to do, every day of their working life. If that is where you want to be – start your journey today.

Check out our guides to starting a career in the health and fitness industry….

How to be a lifeguard

How to be a personal trainer

How to be a cycling coach

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How to become a Personal Trainer

Do you think you could be a personal trainer?

Ever finished a work-out in the gym and looked around to see someone not quite using a machine right or another slowly pedalling on the bike not even breaking a sweat and thought – I would love to help you?

This is where many Personal Trainers come from – not just an obvious love of keeping fit and working out but from the pure buzz you can get from helping another person to achieve their goals.

If that sounds like something for you then read on – here we take a look at how you can become a Personal Trainer.

How to become a personal trainer

What does Personal Training involve and how does it fit into your future?

The role of a Personal Trainer is to work with a client to achieve their health and fitness goals. It can be a hugely rewarding role, and for those who take their own health and fitness seriously, training to qualify can be enjoyable and fulfilling. Educating and advising clients on short-term and longer-term plans to improve their fitness and nutrition takes specialist skills and knowledge. In order to be able to operate successfully as a Personal Trainer you will first need to gain a recognised qualification.

Personal trainer jobs

Personal trainer courses

Courses to begin this process are available widely and UCAS provides some fantastic advice and guidance on where to find the courses and which ones are generally taken to progress along this route.

UCAS lists the following as a guide to which courses to explore

To become a personal trainer, you would normally be an experienced fitness instructor with a recognised qualification, such as:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health, Fitness, and Exercise Instruction
  • Level 2 Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness

You can take further qualifications specific to this career, which include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training”

Gym instructors and fitness instructors that already work in the leisure industry often make the move into personal training. Generally, some form of work experience in the world of fitness is required to get you started. The cost of the courses to qualify vary depending on location and the level of qualifications you already hold.

The National Register of Personal Trainers has a fabulous article looking at the different types of courses and costs. Prices can range from £900 -£4000 depending on where you are starting from and which path you want to take. Have a look at:

University courses can be part-time or full-time to suit your lifestyle. Ranging from Diplomas in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training to Awards in Instructing Outdoor Fitness. As varied as the world of fitness is, courses can be taken to specialise in your chosen area to create your profile to become the Personal Trainer you want to be.

If becoming a Personal Trainer is a dream of yours and one you know you can achieve then the reward at the end of qualification is a career you love that you can do every single day!

how to be a personal trainer

Personal Trainer jobs

A lot of Personal Trainers are self-employed meaning that you can not only do the job you love but you can do it for yourself too!

The working days, however, may be long – it is definitely worth considering the aspects of the job that come along with it. Be prepared for some clients to need you at 5 am before work, while others want a session at lunchtime, and those who don’t finish work till 7 pm will want to book you when you would probably rather be thinking about an early night.

There are other factors to consider too, for example, your client base will need to be built up. This will take time and effort. A great way to build your base is to build your reputation; once people know you are reliable, trustworthy and can provide results, the clients will find you.

As you are self-employed, you will need liability insurance, and you will also need a first aid award that includes a CPR certificate. It is a good idea to be part of a professional body such as REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) as they can help and support you on your PT journey.

You should also be prepared for lots of washing. If you are working out with your clients several times a day you will need to invest in a good washing machine or move closer to a launderette! The other aspects of your work involving writing meal plans, designing programs specific to the individual clients, and continuing to build your client base can all take time out of your already busy day.

PT jobs

But…despite the fact that when you tell people you are a Personal Trainer – everyone will ask you questions about things they should be doing – the job is an amazing one. Helping people to transform their lives, re-build their health, prepare for a special occasion, recover from an injury, or train for a competition. Whatever the reason why people need and want Personal Trainers the results are amazing – you can and do make a difference every day to every single person that you work with. Not a bad way to spend a career!

The future of the Health and Fitness industry is bright. More and more people are thinking about their own fitness levels and there has truly never been a better time to consider training. Yes, it’s hard work getting there but if it is what you love to do then imagine being able to do that to earn a living and to help others to love it too!

Want to work as a PT? Get in touch with us on 01895 450640

How to become a Cycling Coach

The popularity of cycling has exploded in recent years. In this country cycling for pleasure and fitness as well as an everyday mode of transport has been on the increase steadily for the last few years.

There are many reasons why this is the case and for a more in-depth discussion around cycling and just how brilliant it is in general, we recently covered this in an article – Will more cycling jobs be coming to the UK?

Are you passionate about cycling and considering taking your passion that step further? If you have the skills to inspire others and share knowledge and expertise, then a career as a cycling coach could be for you. As a bonus, don’t forget the incredible health benefitting side-effects from working in the fitness industry too – coaching people and keeping fit at the same time – it doesn’t get any better!

How to be a cycling coach

Cycling coach jobs

There are many areas where cycling coaches are needed, such as in schools, in community groups, local racing groups, outdoor activity centres, and health clubs.

To begin your journey initially you will need a qualification from British Cycling.

In the first instance to undertake the Level One course you need to be at least 16 years old. The Level One Award in Coaching Cycling is a short course and a great starting point in your training. Once you progress through the training and up the levels, there are options to qualify in specific areas, such as cycle speedway or BMX coaching, making sure your particular passion is catered for.

For a fuller list of the courses, duration and costs here is a full list from the British Cycling website:

Be a cycling coach

Should you decide to take your career to the advanced stages you could find yourself coaching future Olympic champions and be a mentor for other coaches. Whether working at a Mountain Bike Trail Centre or an indoor cycling track, working in the industry that makes you happy always has to make the training and hard work worthwhile.

Love what you do, do what you love.

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Meet the Team: Alexandra Smith

4 Leisure Recruitment are delighted to introduce our new team member – Alexandra Smith. Please, can you give her a huge welcome! Alex is heading up the Spa Division and looking after the Central London area working on permanent roles as well as managing our Central London Temp Team.

Alex Smith at 4 Leisure Recruitment

Here’s more about her…..

Hi Alex, please tell us a little about you. 

Hi, I’m Alex, I’m originally from Liverpool and relocated to London in 2014 after working onboard cruise ships.  Since qualifying as a therapist, my passion for and interest in the spa and skincare industry have grown and grown both professionally and personally.

What are you most looking forward to?

I am most excited about being able to build great relationships with our spa partners and provide a reliable service of the highest calibre of therapists that fit the induvial needs of each spa.

What experience do you bring to the team?

After beginning my career working onboard 5* luxury cruise ships as a therapist, I soon progressed to a management level and since have worked in various management roles from Spa Manager, Treatments Manager, Front of House and Retail Management.

I believe I can offer insight and specialist advice to both our clients and candidates to not only provide a successful temporary service but to introduce and place the right candidate for the right role.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a dancer, I began ballet at the age of two and even performed in some professional stage shows as a child.

If you’d like to talk to Alex about your permanent or temporary leisure industry staffing needs, please call us on 01895 450640

Will more cycling jobs be coming to the UK?

Here at 4 Leisure Recruitment, we are fully expecting to see a rise in cycling jobs in the UK. Whether the rise in the popularity of cycling is down to another British Tour de France winner or a result of austerity and greater concern for the environment, we see the potential for more people cycling to create more jobs in cycling.

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Cycling Jobs

Leaving aside the people taking advantage of extra work in the gig economy as cycle couriers and delivery drivers, the leisure industry will be our main focus of cycling jobs. These jobs could include cycling for fitness coaches, cycling scheme co-ordinators, and cycling proficiency instructors. All are vital in developing cycling both as a leisure activity and a sustainable and cost-effective method of transport.

The rise of cycling

While there is a long way to go to catch up with the levels of cycling right after World War II, cycling both as a leisure activity and a mode of transport has been steadily rising over the last few years. Particularly in large cities like London where schemes such as the ‘Boris bikes’ and a huge spend on cycling provision including the cycle superhighways, cycling has experienced huge increases, almost quadrupling in twenty years. There are also large levels of cycling in student-heavy urban areas such as Oxford, Cambridge, and Edinburgh.

Compared to most other EU countries, the UK has fairly low levels of cycling. Holland, for example, has 43% of people who cycle daily – in the UK this figure is 4%. But this figure is growing and the success of Team GB in international road and track cycling events certainly hasn’t been hindered by the relative lack of cycling commuters.

To see more facts and figures about cycling in the UK, please see Cycling UK’s Cycling Statistics

UK cycling jobs

Why cycling?

Cycling as a leisure activity is relatively cheap – once you’ve bought the bike and other essential equipment, it doesn’t cost anything to use public roads. It’s a fantastic way of helping with Cardiovascular endurance, muscle development, and overall stamina. It’s lower impact than running, and can be a lot more interesting! You can certainly get further in your exercise time and see more.

Cycling as a sustainable method of transport is cheaper than running a car and better for the environment. You can also get places you couldn’t get in a car, such as dedicated cycling lanes, or free parking within a reasonable distance of your workplace. There are issues when it comes to taking passengers or being able to do much more than a small bag of shopping on the way home, but in a big city like London which has high traffic levels, dedicated cycling provision, and high parking charges, taking a cycle can make sense more often than not.

Cycle schemes such as the successful ‘Boris bikes’ in London are now spreading. There are cycle hire schemes in many major UK cities, making cycle ownership less of a necessity, which is fantastic for those who don’t have much in the way of cycle storage provision at home or in their workplace.

With increasing petrol prices, greater concern for the environment, and the emphasis on cycling for better health, cycling jobs are sure to grow for the foreseeable future.


Current jobs in cycling:-

 Here are some of the cycling jobs we have in at the moment (updated July 2018)

 Marketing Manager  – Edinburgh Cycle Hire Scheme

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