Thu 28 Apr 2016

Flexing muscles in Hawera

WITT is delivering on its promise to expand the range of courses available through its new Hawera basis.

Campus manager Peter Lang has confirmed a partnership deal with Hawera gym Kiwilife to provide a National Certificate in Sport and Fitness Training.

`The south Taranaki community is extremely sports oriented and there has been a demand for a course like this for a while,  so we are very excited to get this up and running,” he said. The Level 3 course will be launched on July 25, the start of the second semester.

The course is an introduction to sports fitness and will produce students who have the skills to work in a gym as a personal trainer.

“But it is also a pathway to other things, ranging from working with sports teams to dealing with injury recovery and phsyio work and even opening a gym,” he said.

Kiwilife owner Alan Hughes said he was delighted to host the course and was confident it would be popular, and not just among young people. “There are many people nearing retirement who are active in the gym and could see this as an opportunity to use their skills for something different,” he said.

Explaining the importance of having qualifications, he added there was a lot more to being a personal trainer than reading body building magazines and thinking about Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“A good personal trainer has to show a wide range of skills – everything from motivating to counselling. So if your client comes in feeling flat, you have to motivate them – that’s how good personal trainers make their living.

“This course will show students how important those skills are.’’

The course can also open doors to the professional sports world – such coaching, physical therapy, sports management or even as a trainer for a Super 18 or ARL league team.

Alan, a former sharemilker, has first-hand knowledge of the importance of having qualified trainers.  He travelled extensively in the 1990s and enjoyed three years playing for Melrose in Scotland, where come up against the likes of Scottish rugby greats Gavin Hastings, Finlay Caulder and David Soul.

Peter Lang said WITT would be taking names for the course immediately and it’s hoped to get about 16 enrolled. The same course also runs in New Plymouth and has produced many students who have gone on to work in Taranaki gyms.