WHAT DO FITNESS INSTRUCTORS DO?
Drop some weight and gain some dollars. Fitness instructors work for gyms, fitness centers and other recreation areas and lead groups of people many forms of exercise. From Zumba to Yoga, to weight lifting and calisthenics, personal trainers work with people of all ages and abilities to make them more fit.
Fitness instructors often stand in front of a group and lead them in stretching, aerobics, weight training or similar. Sometimes the exercise is set to music, and depending on size of the class, the instructor may use a microphone. Fitness instructors help demonstrate the exercises and keep people motivated during the session. If working for a fitness center or similar facility, fitness instructors may have other duties such as giving tours for prospective members, watching the front desk or cleaning equipment.
HOW MUCH DO FITNESS INSTRUCTORS MAKE?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2010 median income for fitness instructors was $31,090, or $14.95 per hour.
WHAT ARE THE EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS?
Training and certification is the most important factor to get started. Many fitness instructors get started with a high school diploma, but many employers are starting to look at applicants with at least an associate's degree in kinesiology, physical education, or similar. Certification depends on what type of fitness instructor you want to be. But typically, you will need certification in whatever type of fitness you are interested in, and most gyms will want you to be certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
JOB SKILLS AND REQUIREMENTS
- Customer Service: Fitness instructors have to sell their services to people at the gym, enticing them to buy classes to get fit. Being friendly and approachable will help.
- Listening: Fitness instructors need to listen to their client's needs, concerns and goals.
- Motivational Skills: Getting fit can be tough for people, and they get discouraged easily. Fitness instructors need to motivate them to keep going to make the changes they need, and make them feel positive about themselves.
- Physical Fitness: Fitness instructors exercise for a living. Whether it's participating in classes or showing the exercises to an individual, it's very important to be fit.
- Speaking Skills: Fitness instructors need to explain how to do exercises and speak in a positive, motivating way.
THE FUTURE OF FITNESS INSTRUCTORS
Fitness instructor jobs will grow by 24% between 2010 and 2020, according to the BLS.