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Become A Fitness Assistant

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Working As A Fitness Assistant

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $36,160

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Fitness Assistant does

  • Operated front desk and provided assistance to the Strength and Conditioning Program.
  • Instructed gym members about correct use of weight resistance and cardiovascular equipment.
  • Assist the fitness director in all aspects of the fitness center including: scheduling, cleaning, and fitness assessments.
  • Scheduled personal training sessions for members.
  • Encouraged members to continue attending group fitness classes.
  • Trained new members in proper use of equipment and circuit.
  • Trained to be alert and observational of the people in the fitness center and I received my CPR certification
  • Answered phone calls and updated client files.
  • Led and encouraged 100 children to achieve their fitness goals.
  • Worked front desk and consulted with member issues
  • Executed daily operations of the fitness center.
  • Assist participant in operating fitness equipment.
  • Maintain and supervise use of all equipment in the University Fitness Center.
  • Provide customer service and communicate with participants and staff.
  • Cleaned gym equipment and racked weights.
  • Gained clients/customers to add revenue to the membership sales dept.
  • Managed fitness facility to ensure a safe, clean atmosphere.
  • Provide proper spotting for weight room participants.
  • Educated members on proper technique while exercising.
  • Provide a safe environment for participants -Develop knowledge of fitness components i.e.

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How To Become A Fitness Assistant

The education and training required for fitness trainers and instructors varies by type of specialty, and employers often hire those with certification. Personal fitness trainers, group fitness instructors, and specialized fitness instructors each need different preparation. Requirements also vary by facility.


Almost all trainers and instructors have at least a high school diploma before entering the occupation. An increasing number of employers are requiring fitness workers, particularly personal trainers, to have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree related to a health or fitness field, such as exercise science, kinesiology, or physical education. Programs often include courses in nutrition, exercise techniques, biology, anatomy, and group fitness. Personal trainers also learn how to develop fitness programs for clients of all ages.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Employers prefer to hire fitness trainers and instructors who are certified. Many personal trainers must be certified before they begin working with clients or with members of a gym or other type of health club. Group fitness instructors can begin work without certification, but employers often encourage or require them to become certified. Most specialized fitness instructors receive certification for their preferred type of training, such as yoga or Pilates.

Many organizations offer certification. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), part of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, lists certifying organizations that are accredited.

All certification exams have a written part, and some also have a practical part. The exams measure the candidate’s knowledge of human physiology, understanding of proper exercise techniques, and ability to assess clients’ fitness levels and develop appropriate exercise programs. Many certifying organizations offer study materials to prepare for the exam, including books, webinars, other audio and visual materials, and exam preparation workshops and seminars.

Advanced certification requires an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in an exercise-related subject that includes more-specialized instruction, such as training athletes, working with people who are injured or ill, or advising clients on general health. For more information, see the profiles on athletic trainers and exercise physiologists.

Most trainers or instructors need certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators before applying for certification in physical fitness.


After becoming a certified personal trainer, new trainers typically work alongside an experienced trainer before they are allowed to train clients alone.

Training for specialized fitness instructors can vary greatly. For example, the duration of programs for yoga instructors can range from a few days to more than 2 years. The Yoga Alliance offers several credentials that require a minimum of between 200 and 500 hours, with a specified number of hours in techniques, teaching methods, anatomy, physiology, philosophy, and other areas.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Many fitness trainers and instructors must sell their services, motivating clients to hire them as personal trainers or to sign up for the classes they lead. Fitness trainers and instructors must therefore be polite, friendly, and encouraging, to maintain relationships with their clients.

Communication skills. Fitness trainers and instructors must be able to clearly explain or demonstrate exercises to clients.

Listening skills. Fitness trainers and instructors must be able to listen carefully to what clients tell them in order to determine the clients’ fitness levels and desired fitness goals.

Motivational skills. Getting fit and staying fit takes a lot of work for many clients. To keep clients coming back for more classes or to continue personal training, fitness trainers and instructors must keep their clients motivated.

Physical fitness. Fitness trainers and instructors need to be physically fit because their job requires a considerable amount of exercise. Group instructors often participate in classes, and personal trainers often need to demonstrate exercises to their clients.

Problem-solving skills. Fitness trainers and instructors must evaluate each client’s level of fitness and create an appropriate fitness plan to meet the client’s individual needs.


Fitness trainers and instructors who are interested in management positions should get a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, physical education, kinesiology, or a related subject. Experience often is required in order for a trainer or instructor to advance to a management position in a health club or fitness center. Many organizations prefer a master’s degree for certain positions.

Personal trainers may eventually advance to a head trainer position and become responsible for hiring and overseeing the personal training staff or for bringing in new personal training clients. Head trainers also are responsible for procuring athletic equipment, such as weights or fitness machines. Some fitness trainers and instructors go into business for themselves and open their own fitness centers.

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Fitness Assistant Career Paths

Fitness Assistant
Assistant Manager
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Health Fitness Specialist Program Coordinator Assistant Director
Associate Director
8 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager Account Executive Office Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Teacher Lead Teacher
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Group Fitness Instructor Fitness Director General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Hostess Office Manager Property Manager
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Personal Trainer General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Fitting Supervisor Fitness Instructor Instructor
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Case Manager Program Director
Executive Director
10 Yearsyrs
Hostess Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Personal Trainer Training Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Manager Sales Manager Corporate Sales Manager
Membership Director
5 Yearsyrs
Manager Operations Manager Assistant Director
7 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Fitting Supervisor Group Fitness Instructor Personal Trainer
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Health Fitness Specialist Program Manager General Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager General Manager
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager District Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Technician Service Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Group Fitness Instructor Fitness Instructor Personal Trainer
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Fitness Assistant Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • Swedish

  • Bulgarian

  • Khmer

  • Japanese

  • Greek

  • Armenian

  • Korean

  • Mandarin

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Top Fitness Assistant Skills

  1. Customer Service
  2. Gym Equipment
  3. Weight Room
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Promoted and maintained the highest level of customer service to all guests while staying alert to their needs.
  • Report any maintenance issues immediately to line manager, including all gym equipment.
  • Provide proper spotting for weight room participants.
  • Assist participant in operating fitness equipment.
  • Promoted health clubs through membership sales, and recorded member information.

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