Fitness student Brandon Marczak reviews his journey to becoming a personal trainer through our REPs-endorsed online personal training course.


From a young age, I was in love with traditional martial arts. My obsession started from watching kung-fu movies, but a documentary about the Shaolin monks inspired me to begin my martial arts journey.

At the age of 17, I started training and exploring all sorts of traditional and modern martial arts. The journey was what truly kept me going.

I’ve learnt a lot about myself, it gave me confidence, taught me discipline, humbleness, but most importantly, it showed me that with hard work you can achieve anything.

These lessons I've learnt, the passion behind it was so strong, I wanted to share it and use it to help and empower others. The feeling of knowing you've helped someone achieve a goal they thought would be impossible is priceless.

I was looking for a 100% online provider and ICS Learn appealed to me straight away as they also work along with YMCA Awards which is one of the UK's leading and oldest fitness training providers.

Online learning courses give you the freedom to study based on your needs. They’re designed to help study on your terms.

I didn't have to attend any classes, travel to exam centres, or stress over ridiculous deadlines. Everything was done at my own pace.

Also, I had the freedom to prepare myself and sit my exams when I felt ready. That gave me the balance to study when I wanted to.

The tutors are very knowledgeable in their craft and passionate about the fitness industry. They’ve taught me valuable lessons that I’m thankful for. They never let you down and your expectations are always fulfilled as they always answered my questions on time.

The practical assessments were completed in a gym, by recording and documenting an actual session that I taught my gym buddy. My recordings were analysed by my tutor to assess how well I led my client’s session.

ICS Learn are very supportive and they care about student progress. They've ensured that I'm progressing and that I'm not stuck in the spot.

The course offered rich content that was both engaging and interactive. It’s well-structured and filled with a wide range of educational materials which made studies enjoyable and informative.

Online learning is the future of education, it’s flexible to your needs and designed for you to truly complete the course in your own terms.

As a personal trainer, my journey has just begun as I’m continuing my studies in the field of human performance. I believe that there is a gap in the fitness and healthcare industry and I’m on my way to tackling it.


Find out more about becoming a REPs-recognised personal trainer online.