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We’re delighted to share some great news with you about three of our most popular qualifications. We now have brand new manuals available to support the delivery of: 

YMCA Level 1 Award in Fitness and Physical Activity.
YMCA Level 1 Award in Body Image and the Relationship to Wellbeing
YMCA Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates


Our Pilates manual includes all the essential knowledge needed to prepare for and teach inspiring and effective mat Pilates sessions that will keep lovers of Pilates coming back for more. From helpful information on key principles when teaching both individuals and groups, to a useful appendix with all the forms learners will need, including forms for postural assessment and screening, our new manual covers it all.

Fitness and Physical Activity

Aimed at learners thinking about a career in, or that have interest in Fitness and Physical Activity, this new manual includes chapters on exercise and fitness knowledge, health and fitness industry information, how to develop personal fitness, how to participate in physical activity, assisting in the delivery of an exercise session and information on healthy eating.
Body Image

Our body image manual will help the learner understand and appreciate the concept of body image and explore some of the positive lifestyle choices they can make to help them lead a healthy and active lifestyle. This will also help learners to understand ways of building their confidence and self- esteem, and the benefits and components of a balanced diet
Designed for learning

All three manuals include our unique YMCA Awards icons and features to aid learning including engaging activities to help retain knowledge and detailed knowledge tests for revision, and are perfectly pitched for the appropriate level of learner.
Your opinion counts

The qualifications team at YMCA Awards would like to thank those centres who gave us invaluable feedback when we were putting this resource together. We’re always open to your thoughts and if you have any suggestions about our qualifications or resources, we’re happy to take them on board.

All of our new manuals are now available to order through our web-shop.

If you have any questions about Fitness and Physical Activity or Pilates, please contact:

For questions about Body Image please contact: