FITNESS TRAINER AND INSTRUCTOR

LEAD INSTRUCT AND MOTIVATE EXERCISE ACTIVITIES

FITNESS TRAINER AND INSTRUCTOR

DUTIES

  • Demonstrate how to carry out various exercises and routines.
  • Watch clients do exercises and show or tell them correct techniques to minimize injury and improve fitness.
  • Give alternative exercises during workouts or classes for different levels of fitness and skills.
  • Monitor clients’ progress and adapt programs as needed.
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations on sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment.
  • Give clients information or resources about nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues.
  • HOW TO BECOME ONE

    Almost all trainers and instructors have at least a high school diploma before entering the occupation. An increasing number of employers require fitness workers to have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
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    PAY

    The median annual wage for fitness trainers and instructors was $31,720.$15.25 per hour.

    The lowest 10 percent earned less than $17,630, and the top 10 percent earned more than $66,530.

    JOB OUTLOOK

    Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations

    WORK ENVIRONMENT

    Fitness trainers and instructors held about 267,000 jobs in 2012.

    Fitness trainers and instructors work in health clubs, fitness or recreation centers, gyms, country clubs, hospitals, universities, yoga and Pilates studios, resorts, and clients' homes. Some fitness trainers and instructors also work in offices.

    KNOWLEDGE, EDUCATION

    Customer-service skills. Many fitness trainers and instructors must sell their services, motivating clients to hire them as personal trainers or to sign up for the classes they lead. Fitness trainers and instructors must therefore be polite, friendly, and encouraging to maintain relationships with their clients.

    Listening skills. Fitness trainers and instructors must be able to listen carefully to what clients tell them to determine the client's fitness levels and desired fitness goals.

    Motivational skills. Getting fit and staying fit takes a lot of work for many clients. To keep clients coming back for more classes or to continue personal training, fitness trainers and instructors must keep their clients motivated.