Liam Pogson is a personal trainer and fitness instructor who has studied Level 2 and 3 courses with CMS Fitness.
Huddersfield in 1991, Liam has lived in Mirfield all his life, attending
Battyeford Primary school and the Mirfield Free Grammar high school. He then
spent two years at sixth-form college.
worked in the fitness industry.
Route into a career in fitness:
A Huddersfield Town fan, Liam played
football at primary school and cricket through high school and college, until
he started working in the fitness industry, which meant working evenings and
After gaining a Btec in Sport at Kirklees College, he got a job as a fitness instructor, which was when he first began thinking about his future career options. At the same time, he started competitive body building, which inspired him to want to become a personal trainer so that he could help others to get fit and transform their physiques.
Training with CMS:
as a fitness instructor at the Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL) gym at the
Huddersfield Town grounds, Liam met Hadyn Luke from CMS, who was training
groups at the gym.
able to give him more information about the various courses on offer and Liam went on to study with CMS for a Level 2 Award in Adapting Fitness
Instruction for Adolescents and a Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training,
qualifying in 2018.
A typical day when working at Top Bodies gym
in Huddersfield is to start training clients from 9am when the gym opens. Liam
will then train himself, followed by further clients.
If he’s working at the stadium, he will
usually have clients in the morning then teach fitness classes in the
He also spends part of his time working from
home, making nutrition plans and working with clients online.
“I do a lot of online coaching and have won
new clients from this,” he says. “I also put up posters at Top Bodies,
advertising myself as a personal trainer, and will soon to be training at
Dewsbury Sports Centre, another KAL site. I also win clients through word of
mouth and online, through putting transformations on social media and running
The learning process:
The Level 3 Personal Training course Liam
followed involved workshops with practical work and some theory, for example
how to do consultations, how to win clients and how to run a PT business (see
our blog on How
to Start a Personal Training Business). This was supported with work
books for exams in areas such as nutrition and anatomy.
“There was lots to read through, including online,
but I really felt it was beneficial,” he says. “When it comes to revising, it’s
all about managing your time.”
“Competing in body building for the first time
at BNBF – the British Natural Bodybuilding Federation competition in Manchester
– and coming third. I also came third in my next competition at the WABBA International
UK Championships in Batley. The following year I trained a competitor for the
Bikini Class of the Rhinos Classic Bodybuilding competition in Lincoln. She
came fourth, and helping her was a great learning curve and a great achievement,
as you’re under pressure and in charge of someone else’s progress.”
“There are a lot of challenges, such as time
keeping and time management, but I would say the biggest one is that you’re
under pressure to provide results for your clients. That means every attention
to detail needs to be spot on, with their training and nutrition.”
Benefits of taking a CMS Fitness course:
“You will definitely learn a lot through CMS
that you didn’t know previously, from anatomy to how to plan sessions, and you
can develop your learning even further as they provide a vast number of courses,”
“I’m focusing on increasing my personal
training client list for the time being, but I’d consider doing more courses
with CMS in the future. I would definitely recommend CMS: you will get all the
help and support that you need to further your learning and pass the course.”