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Become A Group Exercise Instructor

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Working As A Group Exercise Instructor

  • 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

What Does A Group Exercise Instructor Do At University of Pittsburgh

* The group exercise instructor will be responsible for instruction of Healthy U Group Fitness Classes as assigned.
* Primary duties include, but are not limited to:
* Providing a safe, comfortable and motivating class for all participants.
* Planning and choreographing individual classes, employing new music and choreography to maintain participant interest.
* Leading the participants through a proper warm-up, fitness class and cool-down.
* Must be well-organized and prepared to teach classes to a diverse age and experience sample of participants.
* Demonstrating proper form/technique and verbally cue members to correct form.
* Providing equal and respectful treatment to all participants.
* Being appropriately dressed and providing quality customer service at all times.
* Willingness to fill in as a substitute instructor that may include early mornings, late evenings and weekends.
* Maintaining the cleanliness of class areas and storing all equipment after each exercise class.
* Reporting any equipment/facility problems, customer concerns or suggestions to supervisors.
* Acting as a first responder in case of emergency

What Does A Group Exercise Instructor Do At Erickson Living

* include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Prescribe flexibility, cardiovascular, and strength training exercises.
* Perform fitness assessments.
* Supervise members and attend to their needs in a friendly, polite, courteous, and professional manner.
* Evaluate, correct, and instruct members on proper exercise techniques.
* Take heart rates and blood pressures as needed.
* Assist with coordination, promotion, and implementation of Wellness programs.
* Communicate member news and recognition to the Wellness Manager for newsletters, press releases, etc.
* Assist Wellness Manager in hiring, supervising, and evaluating lifeguards, interns, and volunteers, if applicable.
* Assist Wellness Manager in monitoring daily operations and maintenance of pool (including monitoring chemicals) and all aquatics programs, if applicable.
* Life guard residents in aquatics center as needed.
* Document follow-up on all maintenance problems.
* Perform tasks required to keep fitness area safe and clean for members.
* Schedule appointments, process membership agreements, and perform other administrative duties as assigned.
* Maintain member information and health club statistics.
* Build relationships with residents and staff, encouraging them to be more physically active.
* Develop network within the community and make appropriate referrals to other professional services.
* Assist where needed in the training of new Wellness Department employees.
* Coordinate programs with other departments.
* Maintain community philosophy and vision statement.
* Willingness to be trained as a lifeguard and/or pool operator, if needed

What Does A Group Exercise Instructor Do At YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

* Plans and instructs fitness and/or related classes, following YMCA standards and guidelines.
* Sets up and takes down class equipment.
* Reports equipment problems.
* Attends staff meetings and approved trainings as required.
* Maintain current certifications.
* Observes and discusses individual progress with participants.
* Develops rapport with members and responds to questions related to fitness.
* Ensures safe and effective workouts.
* Responds to, and reports, accidents and incidents.
* Discusses and promotes all YMCA programs.
* Motivates members to commit to long term participation.
* Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergency procedures.
* Plans and implements a program in accordance with the goals and policies of the YMCA.
* Coordinates activities which are culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate.
* Any additional duties as assigned.
* Report any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor or the person responsible for those items at your site.
* Follow all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to managing visitors and guests at our facilities.
* Report any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor.
* Complete all child abuse prevention training as required.
* Support the YMCA’s mission and center operations as needed.
* Child Abuse Prevention
* Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
* Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
* Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
* Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
* Completing all child abuse prevention training as required
* Commitment to Inclusion
* Supports the YMCA’s commitment to inclusion of all members as required by Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
* Job responsibilities may include implementing program modifications for persons with cognitive, behavioral or physical disabilities, including but not limited to the injection of medical glucagon to members with Type 1 diabetes in emergency situations.
* Appropriate training and development will be provided to YMCA team members based on your role and responsibilities

What Does A Group Exercise Instructor Do At Riverside Healthcare

* Basic group exercise certification and experience preferred but not necessary
* Ability to bring a great attitude and creative class ideas to the table
* Strong customer service skills and a desire to drive member retention through the group exercise department
* Qualifications

What Does A Group Exercise Instructor Do At Ascension Health

* Designs fitness programs for various patient populations.
* Organizes and instructs exercise classes for all fitness levels.
* Ensures that all participants are properly trained on the use of the facility's exercise equipment.
* Develops and markets general health and wellness programs.
* Presents educational lectures/programs throughout the community

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How To Become A Group Exercise Instructor

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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Group Exercise Instructor Career Paths

Group Exercise Instructor
Fitness Coordinator Instructor Personal Trainer
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Wellness Director Program Manager General Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Wellness Coach Health Educator Registered Nurse
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager Program Director
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Health Fitness Specialist Program Coordinator Account Executive
Communications Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Personal Trainer General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Wellness Coach Yoga Instructor Adjunct Professor
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Coach Trainer Office Manager
Finance Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Personal Trainer Training Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Coach Operations Manager
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Group Coordinator Event Manager Director Of Special Events
Membership Director
5 Yearsyrs
Yoga Instructor Registered Nurse Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Exercise Physiologist Adjunct Professor Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager General Manager Account Executive
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Health Fitness Specialist Program Manager General Manager
Property Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Exercise Physiologist Registered Nurse Nursing Director
Regional Director
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Marketing Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Yoga Instructor Fitness Instructor Personal Trainer
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Wellness Director Program Director
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Nurse Practitioner Registered Nurse Supervisor
Wellness Director
7 Yearsyrs
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Group Exercise Instructor Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Italian

  • French

  • Portuguese

  • Hebrew

  • Catalan

  • German

  • Armenian

  • Urdu

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • Thai

  • Arabic

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Top Group Exercise Instructor Skills

  1. Strength Training
  2. Personal Training Sessions
  3. Yoga Classes
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Instruct Aerobic, Dance and Strength Training group exercise classes.
  • Provided one on one client centered personal training sessions to help clients obtain goals.
  • Provide weekly yoga classes to club members.
  • Conducted cardio blast and Unit Physical Fitness courses/assessments designed to target the core competencies of rigorous military physical fitness tests.
  • Planned and organized special events to include weight loss challenges, holiday parties, and community involvement.

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