Alumnus demonstrates long-lasting benefits of a Level 3 Personal Training qualification
Twelve years after its inception during a Level 3 Personal Training lesson at Eastleigh College, Macksfitness Ltd has grown to provide personal training and fitness classes to over 150 people per week.
Macksfitness Ltd was first established in 2009, while its director and founder Andy McNeil was studying Level 3 Personal Training at Eastleigh College. What began as a modest training initiative has developed into a diverse program that offers personal training, private fitness and corporate fitness classes. Andy’s work has seen him collaborate with a number of fellow personal trainers, including two freelance contractors who he has employed for the past five years. Clients of Macksfitness Ltd include Environment Agency, Unicef, Cisco Systems and Taylor Wimpey Homes.
Andy McNeil, director of Macksfitness Ltd, said: ‘My Level 3 PT course at Eastleigh College gave me the technical knowledge to create a career for myself in the Health, Sport and Fitness industry. I even came up with the company name and slogan – ‘You make the difference’ - during a lesson. This course gave me a chance to set up my own company, which has fulfilled a lifelong ambition of working for myself. I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing today if it wasn’t for Eastleigh College.”
The aim of a Level 3 YMCA Diploma in Personal Training at Eastleigh College is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence required to work unsupervised as a personal trainer. This includes being able to offer one-to-one training, baseline assessment, nutritional advice and progressive programming which is specific to the individual needs of a client. Learners will cover a variety of physical health and nutrition topics, while developing the business acumen and communication skills required to design, plan and manage personal training sessions to clients across a range of working environments.
Carley Avery, Sport and Fitness Lecturer at Eastleigh College, said: “The Level 3 Personal Training qualification gives learners a chance to move into a career they are passionate about and is a valuable stepping stone to development in other aspects of the industry. For example, working with special populations such as elderly, disabled or pregnant people, working with children and training for your exercise referral qualification.”
The Level 3 YMCA Diploma course has been identified as a solution for employers looking to develop future managers and plan for succession in the Health, Fitness and Sport industry. For our full list of training and succession planning opportunities in this field, please refer to our new Health, Fitness and Sport Employer Guide.
Catering learner books place in Major International Chef’s Culinary Challenge final
Level 3 Advanced Professional Catering learner Rishiram Chaudhary has emerged victorious in his Main Course competition heat to reach the final of the Major International Chef’s Culinary Challenge. The final will be hosted in March at the Excel centre in London. Rishiram’s success caps off a competitive opening heat hosted at our own East Avenue restaurant. Students from both Eastleigh College and Highbury College took part, tasked with creating a main course from scratch in fifty minutes, including preparing, cooking and presenting a two course plated dish.
Hair and Beauty learners wow NHS staff with free treatments
NHS staff in the local area have enjoyed complementary treatments from our Hair and Beauty learners, as part of a dedicated December 2021 campaign to thank them for their work throughout the pandemic. A total of twelve NHS staff members signed up for the year-end initiative, with services on offer including facials, massages, manicures, pedicures and haircuts. Learners from all levels of Hair and Beauty study were given the opportunity to participate, with Level 2 learners gaining first-time salon experience and Level 3 learners incorporating the campaign into their Wednesday afternoon commercial salon timetable slots.