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We have a new, improved Academy for 2018...

The SBS Academy is our year-long course for Personal Trainers, which has currently taught nearly 1000 students with a 97% student satisfaction rate. We’ve made some improvements for our LAST EVER intake:


Discounts on UK-Accredited L2/L3 Personal Trainer Courses

We know that one of the big hurdles for those wanting to get into Personal Training ASAP is the fact that the Academy isn’t UK-Accredited – although don’t worry, we’re working on a solution to that.

In the meantime, we’ve teamed up with L2/L3 course providers to offer Academy students the option to ‘bolt-on’ a discounted L2/L3 Personal Trainer course that’s recognised and accredited internationally, as well as being accredited by the Association for Nutrition.

Learn Better With The SBS App

Not content with having to use a third-party software to deliver the course, we’ve invested in our very own app. With a web version running briliantly, and the mobile version hot on its tail, learners have the ability to:

  • Save your lecture progress where you left off 
  • Make notes within the app, whilst watching a video
  • Download the videos for watching offline (mobile only)
  • Skip forwards and backwards 15 seconds through a video 
  • (On a mobile) lock your screen and go for a walk with Eric Helms’ dulcet tones in your ears as you learn all about peak week (mobile only).

We’re about to turn the world of Personal Trainer education upside down.

We can’t say too much just yet – but when we do, we’ll tell our email list first. Pop your email address in the box to hear about what moves we’re making next.

What do I get as an Academy student?

Academy students get an entire year of tuition and support from the Shredded By Science Team, Eric Helms and Mike Zourdos.

Over the course of that year, you’ll be taught 4 modules covering everything you need to confidently stand on your own two feet as a Personal Trainer in any setting:

Module Tutors Duration
1. Foundations of Personal Training Team SBS (and a few special guests…) 18 weeks
2. Coaching for Physique Athletes Eric Helms 10 weeks
3. Coaching for Powerlifters Dr. Mike Zourdos 10 weeks
4. Setting Up A Fitness Business Luke Johnson 8 weeks

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Students also benefit from:

  • A private student support group with access to all of the tutors and some of the brightest minds in the industry.
  • A new lesson each week, which students say keeps them motivated to learn and on-track with their education.
  • Exclusive website area with lifetime access to ALL the educational resources – students from our first ever intake in 2015 say they’re still watching the lectures and learning.
  • 12 month’s FREE subscription to Alan Aragon’s Research Review (AARR) – one of the best research reviews for Personal Trainers to further your knowledge of training and nutrition science.
  • Early-bird tickets to all SBS-run seminars and conferences.

What students have said:


“Enroling on the SBS academy was one of the best decisions I made with regards to furthering my career in the fitness industry. Over the past few months I have learnt so much more than what I would have gained from a 6-week intensive course. The academy stands out by miles from others as most of the content and values truly cannot be found on other courses – and I researched extensively before I decided to enrol.

The coaches are highly qualified and very well respected by some of the best in the industry, so I know the knowledge they are passing on to me is evidence-based and tried and tested methods.

The learning platform is so easily and always accessible, with printable slides and a live Q&A session with the coach following each module. Each webinar has been faultless with adhering to the learning objectives.

And I can’t overlook the huge benefit of the Facebook group which has been great, not only because of all the additional content posted there by the coaches but also because I have learnt so much from others also on the course. Whether it’s knowing that I’m not alone with nerves when it comes to end of module assessments or feeling comfortable to ask questions in a non-judgmental environment or simply asking other professionals for advice has been fantastic.

If I had to sum up my experience, I would say it’s the best content and support-based value for money in the fitness industry at the moment.”

Funda Ozmus

“To anybody even taking more than 5 seconds to consider whether to sign up to the academy, let me please save you your valuable time – JUST DO IT. I promise you it will single-handedly be the best decision you will make after first making the consideration to enter this career path.

I have been in the industry for around 12 years, coached over 20,000 hours of 1-1 clients and let me say this, the academy so far has been THE MOST VALUABLE TOOL I HAVE.

I just wish that the Academy had been around at the start of my career, so I didn’t have to make so many mistakes to get me to where I am today. Yes, I have learned through experience and further education throughout my career, along with spending thousands of pounds learning from the best in the industry – but with the Academy, I honestly believe that literally EVERYTHING is covered, honestly.

The way in which then learning is set out is suitable for every learning level, the course structure is easy to follow, the various coaches presenting the units are absolutely fantastic and it’s honestly a joy to learn.

There are literally hundreds of tips I’ve picked up and been able to implement immediately with my clients and I am so thankful for that.

Let me put it this way, implementing a couple of the tips with a new client, will ensure they remain a long term client thus paying you back for the money spent on the course, so it’s almost as though the course is free

Once again – this is the best investment I’ve ever made in my career.”

Dean Connor

“As a total beginner to personal training, this is the course that was recommended to me in order to get the best content and the best support whilst learning! It’s one evening a week which even as a mum to 2 young children I’m able to easily schedule into my time, and the SBS community is simply fantastic. I’m so glad to be on this journey with these guys.”

Michelle Mohammed

“Covering everything from biochemistry, to deadlift cueing, to setting up as a business – SBS Academy is the most comprehensive course I’ve come across. The coaches are personable and incredibly knowledgeable, and the modular format makes it easy to fit in around a full time job and other commitments. In fact, I’ve often found myself trying to finish up work quicker so I can take a look at the next SBS unit – and I make video games for a living – so if that isn’t a glowing accolade I don’t know what is!”

Nat Al-Tahhan

“SBS Academy not only improved my knowledge further as a Personal Trainer, but showing me the real core reasons of how to succeed with your clients.

Learning about nutrition, training, motivation, adherence and many more!

This course really did help me massively in regards to improving as a Personal Trainer and a person.

Priceless information and an awesome team to learn from. Highly recommended for everyone in the Fitness Industry!

Thank you, SBS Academy.”

Amaru Frantz

“For anyone considering a career in the fitness industry or just wanting to get ahead with their own fitness journey – the SBS Academy is the real deal. The SBS Academy has already started opening up doors for me, I have been introduced to some really great fellow personal trainers, both during the online webinars and in the SBS Academy Facebook Group.

The whole process has given me confidence in myself as a person, and as a trainer.

I have and will continue to recommend the Academy to anyone looking at becoming a Personal Trainer, including those already in the industry who want to further their education and knowledge.”

Luke Cooke

Pricing and Enrolment

Bolt-On L2/L3 Prices

Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training – £449*
Level 2 Gym Instructor & Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training – £700
*to select this option, you must hold a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification.



Enrolment opens again on August 28th, 2018.

We’re about to turn the world of Personal Trainer education upside down.

We can’t say too much just yet – but when we do, we’ll tell our email list first. Pop your email address in the box to hear about what moves we’re making next.

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Fitness industry experts rate the SBS Academy, too - not just us!


“The SBS Academy is grounded in the diligent pursuit of scientific excellence. Their objective to make sure that all of their students are exposed to my research review (AARR) is a benchmark of their unrelenting mission to provide evidence-based education.”

Alan Aragon

“It can be difficult starting out as a Personal Trainer. Overall there is very limited support and advice on the things you really need to know when running and growing a successful PT Business.

What SBS have done with the Shredded by Science Academy is nothing short of game changing.

They have brought together some of the greatest minds in fitness to educate you on everything you need to know when it comes to training clients but not just that, he has also added real-world business advice to the academy to help you increase your income and map out your business for growth and success.

If you are a Personal Trainer that wants to go places with their business you will not find a better course to do!”

Jamie Alderton

“Personal trainers often email me asking for course recommendations to further their learning. My ‘go to’ is always the Shredded By Science Academy. The content, instructors, course design and structure are first class and this course is definitely an industry leader.”

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Scott Baptie

“There are very few places that I can feel comfortable pointing both aspiring and established fitness professionals towards when they ask about where to educate and upskill themselves. It’s hard to find a resource that not only provides evidence-based information but also teaches applicable skills that will lead to success in the real world of the fitness industry. But the Shredded By Science Academy is a resource I have no hesitation in recommending. The content is top notch, the tutors are world-class and the advice is genuine and effective.”

Danny Lennon

“When someone asks me what personal training qualification or course they should do, I was stuck for an answer before Luke and his team opened the SBS Academy. Luke and his team have pulled no punches in gathering some of the foremost experts in their fields to share their expertise on the nutrition and training modules. With everything tied together with Luke’s first-rate business insights, there’s not a better way to become a great personal trainer. “

Joseph Agu

“Our clients struggle to chose what is ‘the best diet plan’ but even we struggle to chose who and what education is the best to further our knowledge.

The SBS academy is run and taught by educators who are not only at the top of the field but are also applying their expertise. This gives access to the most up to date research and coaching techniques.

Not only that you also become part of a fantastic bunch of like-minded trainers all helping each other in all aspects of business.”

Gordon Greenhorn

“I chose Shredded By Science Academy as the highest standard of education for anyone wanting to train at my gym. SBS offers its students practicality to provide trainers up to date research in the nutrition field as well as in the area of personal training and muscular development.”

Eric Lee Salazaar


Why is this the last ever intake?

The September 2018 course marks exactly 3 years since we started. Since then, just under 1000 students have enrolled on the course, and we’ve had amazing feedback from nearly everyone – so why stop?

In essence, like you – we’re constantly striving to improve. We already know what it takes to put together a world-beating standalone course, but it’s nearly time for us to evolve.

The Academy currently offers:

  • A full year of tuition from tutors who have countless hours of experience in fitness education (as well as a couple of PhDs)
  • A course curriculum that we’ve tweaked and improved over the last 3 years that’s designed to equip you for life as a Personal Trainer in the real world
  • A vibrant educational ecosystem, including:
    • Slides that are designed to maximise how much information you retain
    • Dedicated Academy software to allow you to study without distractions
    • A virtual support network of all our past and present students, dedicated SBS team members, all of the tutors as well as a few industry heavyweight “special guests”.

But we want to contribute even more when it comes to online fitness education – and we want you to be first to have it. We have always looked after our Academy students (past AND present) because, to us, they’re family. It’s one of the things students love about us: we genuinely care.

We are planning to expand in 2019 – and at first, it’s ONLY going to be available to people who are a part of the SBS extended family.

We’re growing our educational platform. We’re adding specialist courses from even more industry-leading tutors and trainers – and all that is only going to be accessible to you if you’re an Academy student.

Just so we’re clear – enrolling on this intake not only guarantees that you’ll get lifetime access to an exclusive archive of theoretical and practical lessons, but it also gives you the chance to get ahead of the curve before anyone else when our new venture is revealed.

Are there flexible payment options?

Yes, there are – we told you about those earlier, but we don’t mind if you skipped over that bit.

The pricing options are below:

Early-Bird One Off: £1,150

Early-Bird Monthly Direct Debit: 12 monthly payments of £115

General Sale One Off: £1,300

General Sale Monthly Direct Debit: 12 monthly payments of £130

Is it all online?

Yes, it is – all the lectures and assessments are delivered online so you can stumble in from your 7.30 p.m. session with Sally (who has absolutely no idea how she hasn’t lost weight only eating 1300 calories a day) and study without us complaining about the smell.

If you’re UK-based, you can add bolt-ons to also enroll on a nationally accredited Personal Training L2/L3 course.

Can I do it at my own pace?

We wanted to make sure that the SBS Academy provides you with the most thorough educational experience possible. As a result, we require you to take a full year to complete the course. We only release one lecture unit per week, to ensure that you have sufficient time to study it in the depth that we expect for the exams (yes, there are exams) at the end of each module.

Can I do specific modules only?

Currently, we don’t offer any modules for sale separately. Sorry!

Is there a Facebook group?

Yes – and it’s great. We have all our past students in there, all the tutors too; it’s just a fun place to learn and connect with all the awesome people that are the SBS Academy students.

How much time will I need to dedicate to studying?

Most students study between 2-3 hours per week, and the vast majority manage to fit it in with Personal Training, an office job, family life, looking after cats, watching videos of cats on Facebook… you get the idea.

Will I have to sit exams?

As much as we’d love to be able to certify you without exams… we can’t. At the end of each unit, there is a mini-quiz to reinforce your learning, but these don’t count towards your final grade. At the end of each module, there is an open-book exam; we use these exams to give you a final grade.

Is this course accredited?

No, but we offer discounts with Train.Fitness to take their internationally accredited L2/L3 Personal Trainer Diplomas.

We’re about to turn the world of Personal Trainer education upside down.

We can’t say too much just yet – but when we do, we’ll tell our email list first. Pop your email address in the box to hear about what moves we’re making next.