When the opportunity came up for Neil Garner to study a Personal Training Apprenticeship as part of the Fire Brigades Union’s educational offer though FBU Life Long Learning, he grabbed it with both hands – and hasn’t looked back since.
Neil is a Fire Officer with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) and was one of 14 Members in North Yorkshire who achieved the Personal Training Apprenticeship. This is as a result of educational opportunities that have opened up in North Yorkshire F.R.S, and members have benefited from the lessons learned on the Course.
Thanks to the FBU learning centre, I was able to achieve my level 3 qualification in Personal Training. This has enabled me to build a good knowledge of fitness techniques, anatomy and physiology and methods of communicating this to others.”
As a result, he has launched his own boot camps for members of the public, combining the knowledge acquired on the course and his role as a firefighter.
Neil feels that the apprenticeship has also put him in a position where colleagues come to him to ask questions or seek advice, regarding their fitness levels and how they can be improved in order to meet the required standard of the annual fitness tests our brigade now deliver.
Neil has even set up a dedicated Facebook Page - @Fit4Duty2018 – to showcase the training he offers. It has had a lot of positive reviews already including this post from one client – Ben Perkins – who said:
Very professional and friendly. After explaining my goals to Neil, he spent a session assessing my level of fitness and put together an excellent exercise plan tailored specifically for me. Even after a couple of weeks working with Neil I’m already seeing noticeable results. Highly recommended!”
My increased knowledge has also enabled me to push through my own limitations and make gains in my own training regime. I have been training for almost 20 years, but, since beginning the course, I have progressed past anything I have previously achieved. This includes carrying an injury, which I was able to accommodate for, rather than having to completely give up training.”
I think what the FBU learning centre did for us was invaluable and I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude, so thank you. I hope others will continue to receive the opportunities provided.”
FBU Lifelong Learning is now providing further opportunities with provision of our VRQ Courses to FBU Members, Fire authority Staff, family and friends.