I’m always looking for my next challenge. I’m happiest when I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone (hence my last post on learning to steer!) In recent years most of my new endeavours have been fitness related, but my latest venture isn’t taking place on the river. It’s mostly happening at my desk with a bit in the gym, as I’ve just signed up for a Level 2 gym instructor qualification with Future Fit.

I’m not about to give up the day job and become a fitness instructor, though. This is all about learning. The longer I’ve been rowing and blogging about rowing, the more gaps in my knowledge I’ve become aware of. I urgently need to know more about how the body works and what you can do to make it fitter and stronger for rowing. And that’s exactly what I’m going to be learning with Future Fit.

The course is partly online, with learning materials on anatomy and physiology, followed by gym-related modules on different types of work-outs including gym equipment and body weight training (or so I believe – I’m still on the first anatomy module so not entirely sure what’s to come!) After that there are two practical, hands-on weekends, the second of which involves a detailed assessment. By the end of it I should be much better informed and more confident in talking about strength training for rowing and much more.

I can’t deny I’m slightly daunted by the prospect of studying again after so many years. It’s a long time since I sat my last exam. But so far I’m finding it fascinating, and if it’s interesting I’m hoping it’ll go in. I’m already boring my family with “did-you-knows” and “actually-I-think-you’ll-finds”, so brace yourself for some excitable knowledge-sharing in the months to come.

So why Future Fit? Well, I like the fact the training isn’t purely online – I think it’s essential to have some hands-on work. So far their materials are thorough, readable and well laid out (and trust me, I’m fussy about these things). If that weren’t enough, Dame Kelly Holmes, no less, is currently studying with them (she’s doing the Level 3 Personal Trainer Diploma, the next one on from mine) and frankly if it’s good enough for Dame Kelly it’s good enough for me.

So do ask away if you’ve got any questions about the course. It’ll be a while before I’m ready to answer any questions about the gym, though. In the meantime, partly (OK, mostly) to show off, here are some pictures of me doing a pull-up.

Note: Future Fit have gifted me the training but are not paying me for my review. Before they approached me, I’d already been planning to study with them independently as I’d heard great things about them. As always, my views are independent and honest.