Students get fit for work

Fifteen Gateshead College students have shown they are keen to succeed in today’s competitive job market by taking part in a three week work placement with BodyGuards Gym in Jesmond. BodyGuards Gym was established in Jesmond in 1993 and was the first, and is still the largest, most reputable personal training service of its kind in the North East of England.

Students from the Foundation Degree in Exercise, Health and Fitness seized the opportunity to put into practice what they had been learning in the classroom. Working alongside personal training staff from BodyGuards and teacher Lee Woodward, students worked with real clients to deliver personal training programmes and nutritional advice.

Kristopher Riley who is currently studying Foundation Degree in Exercise, Health and Fitness said about his experience “BodyGuards is a great company within the North East for personal training, I think working here and getting an insight from a professional environment has given me a really good experience and an advantage over a lot of other people. I definitely feel more prepared for going into the personal training industry”

Connor Mckernan from Northumberland was one of the clients for the student training sessions, he said;

 “I had a one hour session at BodyGuards with three students and their lecturer. Prior to my session the students had discussed my needs and tailored the training session toward them, this was great as it helped make my session more beneficial to me. The students were very professional and knew what they were doing.”

BodyGuards Owner and Director Tony Douglas says “It’s great to be able to give Gateshead College students work experience opportunities; the leg up BodyGuards can give to the students to get into the job market is brilliant and it’s fantastic to see the students do well in their placements”

Oliver Rodley teacher at Gateshead College says about the placements “The students working with BodyGuards have been given a great opportunity to put into practice what they have been learning on their course. This real interaction with clients allows them to develop their personal training skills but also gives them valuable insight into a real working environment and what they should expect when they gain employment.”

The Foundation Degree in Exercise, Health and Fitness is a two year full-time course awarded by the University of Sunderland and is, in essence, the first two years of their BSc in Exercise, Health and Fitness but is studied at our Academy for Sport campus.