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Fitness instructors are involved in the assessment, teaching, training and supervision of a variety of people in health and fitness clubs, gymnasiums, sports centres and community recreation Future Growth Very Strong organisations.

Fitness trainers and instructors assess, lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching. They work with people of all ages and skill levels. They may specialise in programs such as aquacise, spinning, zumba, or step aerobics.

Specialisations:
Fitness instructors may specialise in fields such as aerobics, aqua-fitness, personal training, exercise for specific groups (such as older people), resistance training and swimming.

Specialist Exercise Trainer
A specialist exercise trainer delivers advanced exercise programming and sports conditioning to a wide variety of clients. They may work in collaboration with allied health professionals like medical practitioners, dieticians, physiotherapists and exercise physiologists. They may also be involved in the delivery of health promotion programs and project management.

Knowledge, skills and attributes

  • good level of physical fitness
  • enthusiastic, outgoing personality and friendly personality
  • a tactful approach
  • the ability to motivate and inspire people
  • background in fitness activities may be an advantage
  • good communication skills and people skills
  • a responsible attitude to health and safety knowledge of nutrition, healthy lifestyles and diet.



Duties and Tasks

Fitness instructors may perform the following tasks: Fitness in gym

  • assess the needs and capabilities of individuals through weighing, measuring and conducting fitness tests to check blood pressure, heart rate and lung capacity
  • provide training and assistance to individuals and groups by preparing a routine of exercises to music
  • provide advice to individuals on the correct method of exercising with weightlifting equipment, exercise bikes, treadmills and other training and exercise machines
  • devise personal exercise programs for individuals according to age and level of fitness
  • provide instruction in a variety of fitness activities
  • assist in the cleaning and general maintenance of the centre and make sure that equipment is maintained and correctly set up.


Working conditions

Fitness instructors may be employed on a casual basis and work at a number of different locations, including fitness centres, clinical settings, private practice and in the workplace. Shiftwork is often involved, including early mornings and late nights.

As a full-time fitness trainer, you would usually work standard weekly hours, often on a shift or roster basis covering early mornings, evenings and weekends. Many instructors work part-time or are self-employed.

You could work in gyms, health and fitness clubs, leisure centres or community health centres. If you are self-employed, you may also run outdoor classes, and you would need to travel locally.

Tools and technologies

Fitness instructors use gym and pool equipment, weights, steps, pads, mats and safety gear during training. They also may use fitness testing equipment such as heart-rate monitors and scales to gauge a client's progress. When leading large fitness classes, they often use stereo systems and microphones.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

To become a fitness trainer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in fitness. You may be able to study through distance education.

Fitness Australia and Physical Activity Australia are responsible for all aspects of assessing and registering fitness instructors in Australia. Registration is valid nation-wide. Registration requires a current Provide First Aid Certificate and a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certificate.

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