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The Southern Institute of Technology’s (SIT’s) first intake of students to study for a Certificate in Personal Training are set to graduate next month having completed the practical component of their training at Alpine Health & Fitness. Twelve students from the institutes Queenstown campus have spent 36 weeks both studying on campus and working with clients at the gym.
The programme aims to produce graduates who understand and are able to apply the key components of exercise and fitness, and demonstrate knowledge of national and local needs in the area of fitness and health.
Students learn to work professionally with clients, showing sensitivity to their individual needs and working with people in the gym environment was an integral part of their training Alpine Health & Fitness Manager Richie Heap said.
“We loved having the students working in the gym. They worked hard with their tutors and spent many hours putting it all into practise with their ‘more than happy to oblige’ customers, who the students worked with free of charge under the supervision of their tutors. We were happy to be able to contribute to their training and provide memberships to the students at significantly discounted rates.
“We have a great facility here for them to train in as we have the gym, pool and outdoor training grounds all in the one location,” Richie said.
The students will graduate with a strong scientific understanding of fitness, be able to apply this knowledge and manage themselves within the fitness industry and have a good awareness of the issues relating to managing people and facilities.
Alpine Health & Fitness have employed one student and several other graduates will continue to gain work experience within the facility.
Alpine Health & Fitness is a financially independent department of Lakes Leisure Ltd and receives no ratepayer funding.