Fitness Instructor

Fitness Instructors teach classes and oversee clients in fitness centres; they are there to ensure proper exercise techniques and reduce the risk of injury. Fitness instructors are employed and trained by fitness centre managers. It is their responsibility to guide individuals and groups based on assessments and goals. They are also responsible for setting up, cleaning and maintaining exercise equipment.

Duties and tasks

  • Assess individual clients by their abilities, level of fitness, and age; discuss goals and a fitness program to reach those set goals
  • Clean, set up, and maintain equipment
  • Continuously stay up to date with current health and safety standards, and maintain a current first aid certification
  • Demonstrate body exercises used in routines; teach how to properly use equipment
  • Teach classes for groups on a set schedule
  • Work with Health Professionals and centre manager to design programs

Skills required

  • Ability to follow Safety Standards
  • Communication
  • Fit and Able to Perform Physical and Repetitive Tasks
  • Time Management 
  • Understanding of Health and Safety Regulations

Working conditions

Fitness Instructors work indoors in large facilities. They work a general Monday through Friday work week, excluding holidays. Strong communication skills are required for this career, as well as knowledge of specialised fitness equipment. They must teach clients correctly and monitor their activities to minimise risk of injuries; first aid certification is required.

Professional associations / Industry information

Fitness Australia 

Fitness Institute Australia 

Service Skills Australia 

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