The first ever students to embark on the CYQ Distance Learning Course at Mayfair Academy for the Level 2 Fitness Instructor, arrived for the first day of the seminar, on a cold and wet Saturday at the end of January. Most were, understandably, a little nervous, but their apprehension was quickly dispelled by the friendliness and professionalism of the instructors.
By lunchtime the sun was out, the day had warmed up and everyone was enjoying the practical instruction. Some students decided to stay at the Academy over lunchtime and take advantage of the extensive equipment in the Fitness Centre, whilst others opted to be whisked off to lunch in a local restaurant by the courtesy bus. During break times, all the students enjoyed the complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits. Sunday followed the same routine and the students, who ranged in ages from nineteen to forty-something, were, by then, obviously thoroughly enjoying the course.
A First Aid course was covered in the first part of the Seminar. Mayfair Academy is an affiliated centre for Heartstart UK. The Heartstart UK scheme is an initiative co-ordinated by the British Heart Foundation to teach members of the public what to do in a life-threatening emergency. It aims to facilitate and support emergency life support (ELS) training in the community. During the course, the student learns how to check for response from an unconscious casualty; how to put the casualty in the recovery position; check breathing, etc; how to deal with cardiac arrest; suspected heart attack; choking and serious bleeding. Mayfairs instructors have been trained, assessed and approved by the schemes training supervisor and the Academy has a full set of manikins for CPR practice.
By the second weekend, there was a definite sense of camaraderie and most of the students arrived at the Academy from half an hour to fifteen minutes before the 9am start. Over coffee, they enjoyed an informal exchange with their peer group and the Mayfair instructors, who are always ready and willing to clarify or elucidate any points that may appear difficult or complex at first hand. All the students agreed that the extent of knowledge of the Mayfair instructors was exceptional and went far beyond the accepted standards.
The seminar culminated on the third weekend with the practical and theory examinations. Two of the students, English not being their first language, were given the relevant extra time in the theory, then the papers were packed up and sent off to CYQ for marking. All that was left to do was the practical exam but, to add to the consternation of the students, an inspector from CYQ had arrived to make an assessment of the first practical exam to be taken in Spain. The inspector, however, was extremely impressed and, although apprehensive, needless to say, both instructors and students passed the inspection with flying colours!
Since the culmination of the seminar, Mayfair has had the results of the examinations and there has been a 100% pass rate. One student has already had the offer of job as fitness instructor on a cruise ship, which she has accepted. The majority of the first set of students are now looking towards the next level, which is Level 3 Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer, or augmenting their existing qualification with add-ons which include exercise to music (aerobics), circuit training, step exercise to music or aqua exercise to music (water based exercise). However, more Distance Learning Packs have now been distributed and a new group of students is getting ready for the next seminar in May.
By then, the Mayfair team hopes that they will be in the new premises with bigger and better facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool and an outdoor pool. The fitness centre already has all the equipment necessary for Levels 1, 2 and 3 but it is being constantly upgraded with more additions to the existing equipment.
Candidates embarking on the Distance Learning Fitness Instructor Course will learn how to plan and teach safe and effective exercise sessions; the principles of training; how to adapt exercise to suit varied fitness levels; how to use a range of teaching skills; the bodys systems and its response to exercise.
The content and structure of the course includes the theory of bones and joints; muscles and muscle actions; heart, lungs and circulation; energy systems and the components of fitness and the principles of training. Students are given a Distance Learning Exercise and Fitness Knowledge Pack and Gym Training Pack. The study time is 52 hours and students are allowed up to 90 days to complete their studies. Telephone support is available on one evening per week during the course. The course culminates with three weekends at the Academy during which time the student will undertake practical and theory exams.
The next seminar is expected to take place during May and already there are a growing number of new students, with their sights firmly set on becoming Level 2 Fitness Instructors. A limited number of places, however, are still available. To take part in the next seminar, please e-mail or telephone for information to Mayfair International Academy.