Turn training into a trade with new fitness academy

Mark Henry and Lois Cameron from Leisure Industry Academy with Anna McDonald

Leisure Industry Academy, a Belfast-based provider of certified training courses for personal trainers, has launched a new programme in Dublin to help people carve out a career in the gym.

The company, which also has offices in Belfast and Qatar, has teamed up with ICON Health Club to provide courses for those wanting to qualify as fitness instructors, studio instructors or personal trainers.

The move to Dublin follows a huge increase in demand for certified training in fitness.

Founded by Belfast entrepreneurs and fitness experts Lois Cameron and Mark Henry, the company already employs 10 trainers across its offices and to date has helped thousands gain certification in personal training.

LIA director Lois Cameron said: “Interest in keeping fit and healthy has grown exponentially in the last few years with more and more people wanting to build a career in the fitness industry. We are excited to be bringing our selection of courses to Dublin and expanding our already growing network of specialist trainers and students.”

The company's focus is to help people find a career suited to them in the health and fitness industry, whether it is further developing their role as a health and fitness professional or a complete career change.

The Academy ( offers courses to suit all levels and abilities including fitness instruction, kettlebell training, sports nutrition and Olympic lifting. Courses are taught by fitness professionals and tutors who specialise in areas such as pre- and post-natal exercise, mental health and diabetes and obesity.

Darren Mailey, a former student of LIA, said: "I always had an interest in the health and fitness industry, but with no qualifications thought a career like that was completely unrealistic.

"But Leisure Industry Academy helped me develop a career plan in fitness, and two years on I'm a qualified personal trainer with my own studio. I now employ three personal trainers and have around 100 clients come to my studio every week.”


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