Fitness Instructor

Fitness instructors may work with individuals or groups. They demonstrate and teach proper techniques when exercising or using gym equipment. These fitness professionals assist clients with cardiovascular workouts, strength training and stretching. They may also lead exercise classes such as Pilates, yoga, water aerobics or spinning.

By consulting with clients, fitness instructors help them establish health and fitness goals. They develop a work out plan and show the client how to monitor personal progress. When clients struggle, fitness instructors assist them with alternative exercise options. While fitness instructors commonly work in gyms and health centers, they may also be found in rehabilitation facilities, colleges and even businesses, directing fitness programs for employees.

Some of the tasks of a fitness instructor include:

  • Evaluate a client’s physical condition and needs
  • Work with clients to establish health and fitness goals
  • Plan exercise routine based on the client’s abilities and desired goals
  • Demonstrate proper use of equipment and correct technique during exercises
  • Observe clients and make corrective suggestions
  • Motivate clients to continue with their fitness programs
  • Provide education and resources related to nutrition, lifestyle habits, weight loss and overall health.

Fitness Instructor Degrees

Depending on the requirements of specific employers, fitness instructors may be expected to hold an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in exercise science, physical education or health services. Employers may also require fitness instructors to earn certification as well as continuing education through conferences and certification classes.

Fitness Instructor Salary*

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports an anticipated 29% job growth through 2018 for fitness instructors, placing it among the fastest growing industries. As of 2008, the median annual wages for full time fitness instructors were $29,210 annually.

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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