Fitness instructor (EQF 3)

It is the essential basic training for all those who wish to undertake a career in the sports industry. The basic module is the common core of all specialized training courses and is intended for people who do not yet have a certified training or diploma. At the end of the course, students have mastered the theoretical foundations essential for teaching fitness and coaching, and can move on to the
Personal Trainer EQF Level 4


You will discover the basics of anatomy, physiology, the bodybuilding platform will no longer hold any secrets for you, we will also discuss complementary tools, this is the initiation to personal training as you have never seen it.

During the training, the following topics will be covered:

  • functional anatomy
  • the physiology of effort
  • Myology
  • the weight training platform
  • the cardio tray and the different tools


The training is spread over a period of 8 weeks (2 months) and includes 6 days of classes during which theory and practice alternate. The days of training are planned so that each participant has enough time to integrate the theory and put it into practice.

Training day 1

Anatomy and physiology
  • The organization of the human body
  • From the cell to the tissues and organs
  • Anatomical description of the movement
  • The plans
  • Anatomy of the musculoskeletal system
  • Anatomy of the cardiovascular system

Training day 2

  • Muscles related to the neck and trunk
  • Neck muscles
  • Chest muscles
  • Muscles of the abdominal wall
  • The muscles of the shoulder
  • Anterior plane of the shoulder
  • Posterior plane of the shoulder
  • Gluteal muscles
  • The muscles of the thigh
  • Anterior thigh lodge
  • Posterior thigh compartment
  • The muscles of the arm
  • Anterior arm lodge
  • Posterior arm lodge

Training day 3 and 4

Bodybuilding platform
  • Anatomy of the pectoral muscles
  • The great pectoral, the small pectoral
  • Dips or repulsions on the parallel bars
  • The bench press
  • What is the bench press and why do it?
  • What are the mistakes to avoid in bench press
  • Which muscles are used
  • How to work more pectorals
Back exercises
  • The two variations of the high bar pull-ups
  • The rowing tilted bust
  • The two variations of the SHRUG to build up the trapezius muscles
  • 06 training tips
  • Which muscles are used
  • The variants of the vertical draw
  • Execution of the movements
  • Which muscles are used
Bench press exercises to build up the deltoids
  • Military developed
  • Training tip
  • Which muscles are used
  • Neck press
  • Training tip
  • Developed by Arnold
  • Execution
  • 03 training tips
  • Targeted muscles
  • Dumbbell bench press
  • Safety instructions
  • Variations of the front raise to build up the front of the shoulder
  • One-sided bird and variants
The Squat
  • What is squatting and why do it?
  • How to do a barbell squat?
  • Training tips
  • Variations of the squat
  • Which muscles are used
  • My spine extensors
  • Hip extensors
  • Knee extensors
  • The adductors
  • Knee flexors
The leg extension
  • Why do leg extension
  • The leg extension to build up the quadriceps
  • How to do the leg extension
  • The 05 training tips
  • The hack squat to build leg and buttock strength
  • Why do hack squat
  • How to do a hack squat
  • Training tip
  • The thigh press
  • Unilateral thigh press
  • The two variations of the lunges to build up the legs
  • How to do the sissy squat
  • The good morning
  • The four variations of the Supine Bar Curl
  • The triceps
  • Training tip
  • Execution
  • The two variants of the abdominal and oblique exercises
  • Execution

Training day 5 and 6

Cardio Tray
  • The speed scale – how to use it
  • Complete body training with the Bosu, work on your balance
  • The rower
  • What is an elliptical
  • What is the slam ball
  • What are the benefits of training with slam balls
  • What is the Bulgarian bag?
  • Which functional movements?
  • The undulatory string
  • The benefits of the undulating rope
  • The 03 main families of movements
  • The Mills trend

Examination day

  • Written exam (MCQ, 100 questions) and practical exam (programming)

Practical information


You will have to complete a total of 80 hours of internship to be distributed as follows:
  • 70 hours of observation training in the industry under the supervision of a certified Personal Trainer (minimum Level 4) or a state-certified physical trainer;
  • 8 hours of personal training to be documented in writing.
  • 2 hours with an approved DNA Académie Master Trainer for validation of the course (additional costs to be expected).


The training ends with a written and a practical exam.

Written exam

Multiple choice quiz of 100 questions (90 minutes – minimum 80% to take the practical exam).

Practical examination

In preparation for the exam, you are asked to write 01 training program for a fictitious client. During the practice, the examiner will evaluate your programming and coaching according to the Europe Active criteria.


On successful completion of the exam, you will receive a “FITNESS INSTRUCTOR” certificate of achievement, giving you access to the EQF level 3 register.

Our academy

DNA is an academy founded by two experts in sports coaching and physical physical preparation, Mehdi Nehme and Alexis Habich. They have more than 10 years of experience as trainers, developers and physical trainers serving fitness clients and high level athletes. Our team of trainers is composed of scientists (physiotherapists, osteopaths, nutritionists, physical and mental trainers, high level athletes. In order to deliver the best of the training our school has a system of checks and updates. Our diplomas and certifications are recognized worldwide.

We help you to go to the next level, to reach new heights!