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Fitness Instructor

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 organisations.

Duties & Tasks
Fitness instructors may perform the following tasks:
  • 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 programmes for individuals according to age and level of fitness
  • provide instruction in a variety of fitness activities
  • provide general non-medical nutrition advice
  • assist with the cleaning and general maintenance of the centre and ensure 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.
    Personal requirements
  • good level of physical fitness
  • enthusiastic, outgoing personality
  • background in fitness activities may be an advantage
  • good communication skills.
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