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About the course

You will learn:

  • about the change process and the 5 steps to success
  • what change fitness means and what you need to be fit for
  • the psychological demands of the change process and why some change is difficult
  • the psychological resources needed for on-going success with change
  • what it is like to experience a change fitness assessment

The course is free. We only ask that you make a serious attempt to complete the 3 units of work and complete only 1 unit per week.

Check out where change fitness coaching fits into the bigger picture.

The free course is the first 3 units of the Personal Change Fitness Program, which is a 12-week program. Obviously, you won’t get as much out of the short course, but it will give you a taste of what the Personal Change Fitness Program (PCFP) is like. If you decide you want to continue with the full program, you can do so.

The 3-week course does not carry any ICF CCE units; the PCFP does.

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We believe:

  • As a growing industry, coaches need training and professional development opportunities based on quality, evidence-based research
  • Coaches need a scientific understanding of how clients engage in the change process and what is needed to be psychologically fit and ready for change
  • Coaches need training founded on adult learning theory
  • Coaches need on-going professional development to remain ‘fresh’ in the profession, to hone their skills and improve their knowledge, and provide a quality service to their clients
  • All training should improve practice and lead to real-world benefits

Our focus is on the change process, what clients bring to the change process, and how to build their psychological capacity and readiness for the change process. Our approach brings together the best of existing research into change and our own research at the doctoral level and beyond. If you want to learn how to help your clients (and yourself) become more successful at handling change, we have the best training available – designed especially for coaches.

  • an online change fitness assessment
  • 3 units of work (Workouts) covering the change process, what the change process demands of us, and what we must supply to succeed at change
  • a 1 hour, one-on-one, online coaching session based on the 3 units of work
  • access to the online learning program
  • Are you a trained and/or experienced coach?
  • Have you had two or more years of experience as a coach?
  • Are you serious about professional development?
  • Are you ready right now to commit to a 3-week course? (3 hours per week for 3 weeks commitment)

If you answer YES to these questions, you qualify for this free course.

Please Note: We provide this free course so that practising coaches can try out our professional development training without cost or risk. We are looking for coaches who are interested and committed to completing the full training program leading to accreditation and licensing. This free course will give you a taste of what we offer and allow you to see if it is right for you. If not, no problem. However, we ask you to commit to the course and complete it within the 3-week period.

Consider These Facts

According to the 2016 Global Coaching Study conducted by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC):

  • * There are at least 53,300 independent, professional coaches worldwide
  • * Greater awareness of the benefits of coaching is needed
  • * Untrained or inadequately trained coaches is a major problem
  • * Most coaching clients are executives or high-level managers (66%)

The study reveals many more facts about the current state of coaching as a profession, but the four facts above raise some central issues:

  1. 1. With so many trained and untrained people in the coaching space, how do you stand out from the crowd and offer something unique? This issue here is distinctiveness.
  2. 2. How do you convince people that what you offer really will benefit them in the long-term? You need to be specific about this, not simply making  fluffy generalisations. The issue here is benefit.
  3. 3. You need to stay informed of the latest research related to coaching. Even if you have been properly trained as a coach, new research and new methodologies are always emerging and, as a professional, you need to stay abreast of them. The issue here is training.
  4. 4. Executives and high-level managers (who form the bulk of coaching clients) are expected to lead organisations that are constantly changing. They have to adapt to change and continually re-adapt themselves to stay relevant and competitive. The issue here is adaptability and relevance.

Change fitness coach training will:

  • * give you a real point of difference from other coaches
  • * help you provide measurable benefits in a fundamentally important issue – clients’ capacity to change successfully
  • * give you the latest research on the change process and change fitness
  • * help your clients become more adaptable and relevant


You might be wondering what’s different or new about change fitness coaching? Is it what you’re already doing, or is it something completely different? In this article you will learn 5 things about change fitness coaching. Read More >>

CLICK HERE to read about some of the benefits of our training.

This is where you can read about some people who have undertaken our coach training programs. Read On >>

The first step is called the Personal Change Fitness Program. You can learn more about this Program here.

Once coaches have satisfactorily completed the first step of our training (Personal Change Fitness Program), they may wish to proceed to the second step. This second step is called the Certified Change Fitness Practitioner Program and you can read about it here.

The Change Gym began under a different name in February 2010. If you’re interested to hear our story thus far, here it is.

Let’s go back before 2010. In the first decade of the 21st century, Steve and Stephanie Barlow (the founders) worked in government jobs. Stephanie worked mainly with unemployed people, helping them with job readiness and job education programs. Steve worked in a correctional centre running anger management programs for maximum security inmates. Read More >>

There are some read advantages in being a change fitness coach. Read about them here.