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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.

 A full description of the Level 3 YMCA Diploma course can be found here, while more information on Macksfitness Ltd can be found on the company website: