The age of activity

Active ageing at David Lloyd Clubs

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David Lloyd Clubs is committed to having one Fitness Trainer aged 55+ per club on average, by the end of 2022

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Helping members age well

The whole ethos of David Lloyd Clubs is to be welcoming to all ages. It’s something on which we pride ourselves, and something we very deliberately nurture and promote across all our Clubs, whether it’s through the diverse programming we offer, the way we select our teams, or the wonderful social aspect of our Clubs.

Given the wide range of health benefits that being active can bring, especially as we age, we are proud of the role our clubs are already playing in helping people age well.

Inspired by ukactive’s Reimagining Ageing report, and specifically its call to train a world-class workforce with the skills to engage and support older people – older trainers who are able to inspire their peers – David Lloyd Clubs has made a new commitment. David Lloyd Clubs is committed to having one Fitness Trainer aged 55 or over per club on average, by the end of 2022.

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Meet Dave, a 73 year old Personal Trainer

Dave Evans, 73, is one of a select group of older personal trainers already working for David Lloyd Clubs. Having worked at David Lloyd Cheshire Oaks for over 23 years, Dave started out in the gym team before personal training was offered to him.

His clients range from age 12 all the way up to 80-years-old. He comments: “I think it’s a great idea to increase the number of older personal trainers in the clubs. Younger team members don’t always understand the mindset of over-50s coming to a gym for the first time - it’s a big step for them - so older members often feel more comfortable training with someone their own age.

“And there are huge benefits for the PT, too. I find it to be a great way of socialising. I really enjoy meeting people and getting to know them. I honestly couldn’t imagine myself retired!"

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Joining David Lloyd as a Fitness Trainer

We are looking for people with brilliant people skills, enthusiastic levels of customer service and an ability to motivate and inspire our members to transform their lives. We are also looking for people who may have an ability to make members feel comfortable and welcome, challenging any perceptions that fitness, or a career in fitness, is solely for younger people.

If you’re interested in becoming a Fitness Trainer from entry level, we can help guide you to a level from where David Lloyd Clubs can provide further in-depth training and support to further advance your qualifications.

Once these qualifications are gained, recruits will then be inducted to the David Lloyd Clubs company programme including a gym engagement and Kickstart training package, and will then be able to join as Health and Fitness Coaches.

Getting Qualified

For those with little to no experience, all you need to get started is a ‘REPS’ or ‘CIMSPA’ recognised Level 2 qualification, both of which are relatively quick and inexpensive to obtain. They generally involved around 40-80 hours of study and can be undertaken via a number of training organisations, including:

 

 

Already possess a Personal Training Level 2 qualification?