Our gym has a vast range of equipment to improve all aspects of training, including 4 squat racks, 2 competition deadlift platforms, two competition benches, a range of plate loaded resistance machines and a range of cardiovascular machines. We also have a separate studio for holding our range of ATP Group Exercise classes.
What time do the courses run?2019-06-05T07:44:03+00:00

Monday – Saturday 09:30 to 15:30
Sunday 10:00 to 16:00

Where are the courses based?2019-06-05T07:44:20+00:00

Alpha Training and Performance

ATP High Performance Gym
Unit 6 Carryduff Business Park
Co. Down

How do I book a place on a course?2019-06-05T07:44:33+00:00

Course bookings will require a deposit of £xxx with the final balance to be paid on the first day of the course. Bookings can be made over the phone, online or in person at our office in ATP High Performance Gym.
If booking onto one of the Pack Fit CPD course, payment of the full course cost will be required as deposit.

How can I make a payment?2019-06-05T07:44:52+00:00

Payments can be made in cash, via bank transfer, by credit/debit card or by gift vouchers available on our website.

What is your policy on cancellations?2019-07-23T02:30:33+00:00

Learners who wish to cancel the course must inform the Training Manager immediately and the following policy will apply:

  • Cancellations will require 30 days of notice, all cancellations will forfeit your deposit.
  • Cancellations made with less than 7 days notice will forfeit the full balance of the course.
  • If you fail to show up on the day of the course, cancel your attendance on the course day and/or have given no written notice that you will not be attending the course, then the full course fee is non-refundable and nontransferable.
  • While we try to facilitate every students’ circumstances to our best ability, ATP Academy will not accept responsibility for students’ changes to work commitments, illness or personal circumstances that result in absence from a course and will not transfer or refund fees.
  • If course numbers are not met the course will be rescheduled for the next planned rotation.
  • ATP Academy reserves the right to change course dates at short notice if necessary.
How do I become a personal trainer?2019-06-05T07:32:55+00:00

To train as a personal trainer you will first require a qualification as a level 2 fitness instructor in gym-based exercise. The fitness instructor course will provide you with the basic knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology for physical activity, along with the essentials in how to employ safe and effective technique when using the equipment found in most gyms, and as a result provide a first-rate gym induction. From here the next step will be the level 3 personal trainer course. This course will build upon the knowledge from your level 2 fitness instructor qualification to educate you on how to not only develop bespoke training programmes for a range of goals and client types, but also how to offer them nutritional advice to support those programmes.

What are the prerequisites for courses?2019-06-05T07:33:26+00:00

For the majority of courses, the prerequisite is anatomy and physiology at level 2 or 3, depending on the course you are applying for. Where these are prerequisites they are fully integrated into the cost and duration of the course. Other prerequisites for courses will be provided via course enquiries.

Do I need insurance?2019-06-05T07:33:44+00:00

We recommend all learners, no matter what level and area of qualification to have the requisite insurance.

What is the difference between a fitness instructor and a personal trainer?2019-06-05T07:34:37+00:00

A fitness instructor will be qualified to work in a gym environment providing gym inductions and basic training programmes for new gym goers, ensuring they get the most of their gym experience. They may check in with the members from time to time and give them new programmes to try out, and also deliver various group exercise classes if they have the corresponding qualifications.

A personal trainer can develop much more intricate programmes to suit a client on an individual level for their own personal goals. They will train their clients on a one-to-one or small group basis with consistent check-ins and reviews to ensure they are meeting their goals. They may also provide nutritional advice to support their clients’ programmes.

What comes next?2019-06-05T07:35:14+00:00

Coming soon..

What are the professional role boundaries of my qualification?2019-06-05T07:41:31+00:00

Level 2 Fitness Instructor (Gym-Based Exercise):
-You can work in a gym
-You can offer gym inductions
-You can take group exercise classes if you have the relevant qualifications
-You can offer basic templates of programmes for gym members
-You cannot develop bespoke progressive and long-term training programmes
-You cannot accept members as ‘clients’
-You cannot practise or advertise as a special populations instructor
Level 3 Personal Trainer:
-You can take clients on a one-to-one or small group basis
-You can develop bespoke progressive and long-term training programmes
-You can offer nutritional advice to support physical activity
-You can regularly set and review goals with clients
-You cannot practise or advertise as a special populations instructor
-You cannot diagnose injuries or ailments
-You cannot prescribe diet/nutrition plans for clients
-You are not qualified as a kettlebell/spin/circuits/boxing/suspension class instructor from this qualification
Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy:
-You can treat clients for general pains, strains and fatigue
-You can provide general maintenance treatments for clients
-You can develop a treatment plan for multiple sessions
-You can offer basic aftercare advice, stretches and exercises to prevent relapse and improve mobility
-You cannot diagnose injury or ailments
-You cannot provide long term progressive exercise programmes
-You are not qualified as a physiotherapist from this qualification
Level 4 Sports Massage Therapy:
-You can treat more specific injuries
-You can screen and assess clients for developing a treatment plan
-You can employ more advanced techniques for treatments
-You cannot diagnose injury or ailments
-You cannot provide long term progressive exercise programmes
-You are not qualified as a physiotherapist from this qualification