GYMSHARK: British Weight lifting Level 1&2 Coaching Combined & Level 2 Award in Coaching Functional Fitness

Certification: Level 1 Award in Coaching Olympic Weightlifting

Is this course for me?

This is an entry level course for aspiring coaches in weightlifting. It is aimed at anyone aged 16 or over, who is new to coaching but has some knowledge of the sport and would like to learn how to apply that in a coaching environment.

What will I learn?

The processes and principles of coaching weightlifting to adults and children, the basic rules of weightlifting, safety in the sport, roles and responsibilities of a coach and planning a session.

You’ll also discover critical coaching skills that can optimise coaching performance, the main physical qualities that athletes need to develop in weightlifting, identify the key positions for the Snatch, Clean and Jerk, learn assistance lifts for weightlifting and learn the BWL Teaching Method to understand why we perform each one of the BWL teaching exercises.

Take a look at all 10 modules of the e-learning.

What does this course qualify me to do?

This is the start of your journey into coaching weightlifting and will enable you assist a more qualified coach to deliver sessions in a club, gym or virtual setting.


You must be at least 17 years of age when booking, be able to communicate effectively in English  and have some general experience of the lifts and weightlifting.


Certification: Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Olympic Weightlifting

 Is this course for me?

If you hold your Level 1 Award in Coaching Olympic Weightlifting and currently work under the supervision of a more qualified coach, completing your Level 2 certificate is your next step in career progression.

It will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to work as an Independent Olympic Weightlifting Coach.

With a Level 2 qualification you’ll also be able to apply for a BWL Coach License to be able to coach athletes at national competitions.

What will I learn?

Learn psychology and effective communication to help athletes realise their physical potential, gain an introduction to the anatomical demands of weightlifting and how to use the BWL Technical Model to identify errors and make interventions.

You’ll also be trained in 10 key assistance exercises that can be used to increase performance on the Snatch and Clean & Jerk, create linked and progressive sessions in a 6-week training block, design sessions for groups and individuals and gain an introduction to competition coaching.

You will be able to achieve this qualification after you have successfully completed a selection of online assessments. The course has been structured to allow you to do this from home with support from a BWL Educator who will guide you through the assessment process.

Take a look at all 17 e-learning modules.

What does this course qualify me to do?

Work as an Independent coach in Olympic Weightlifting. You can also apply for a BWL Coach License to assist athletes at national competitions.


You must be at least 17 years of age on the first day of the course, hold your Level 1 certificate in Coaching Olympic Weightlifting and be able to communicate effectively in English.


Certification: Level 2 Award in Coaching Functional Fitness Online 

Get certified as a Functional Fitness Coach by completing the Level 2 Award in Coaching Functional Fitness. As a Functional Fitness Coach you will be able to design personalized workout plans that incorporate various functional exercises, such as squats, lunges, and deadlifts to improve your clients overall strength, endurance, agility, and mobility. 

This will help to improve an athletes physical performance, reduce the risk of injury and increase strength, stability and core balance. This is an entry level course enabling you to add Functional Fitness to your coaching credentials. So whether you are already working as a trainer or instructor or new to coaching, this is a great addition to your CV. 

What will I learn? 

Effective coaching techniques and how to work with a range of different clients to develop functional fitness training sessions through learning about a system of training that encourages individuals to develop physical fitness components e.g., strength and cardiorespiratory fitness. The course will cover safe coaching practices, how to design and plan functional fitness focused training sessions, a detailed profile of key training exercises and an understanding of programming, anatomy and nutrition for developing replication of day-to-day demand of an individual’s lifestyle in some way (functional movements). For example, hinging and squatting movements that are performed in the gym provide individuals with the fitness required to pick up and lift objects safely from the floor. 

The modules covered on the course are:

 • The Functional Fitness Coach 

• Underpinning coaching theory 

• Safety in a Functional Fitness setting 

• Athlete assessment • Functional Fitness exercises 

• Weightlifting for Functional Fitness 

• Programming for Functional Fitness

 • Applied coaching 

• Holistic development of the athlete 

• Functional Fitness Coach case study


What does this course qualify me to do? 

The knowledge you will gain during this course will enable you to coach a client or group to improve their functional fitness regardless of their experience in the gym. 

Prerequisites You must be at least 16 years of age at the time of booking, have a minimum of one years’ experience participating in fitness/or strength-based activities and be able to communicate effectively in English.