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Become A Group Fitness Instructor

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Working As A Group Fitness 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

  • $38,040

    Average Salary

What Does A Group Fitness Instructor Do At Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

* Plans and leads exercise/activity sessions such as cardiovascular, strength, flexibility, and/or speciality training.
* Motivates and encourages all class participants
* Advises participants on program and class procedures and policies, as appropriate.
* Ensures that safety and injury prevention policies and procedures are adhered to by participants; reports accidents and prepares accident reports, as required.
* Ensure studio and its' equipment are safe for participants to use and reports any issues immediately to manager

What Does A Group Fitness Instructor Do At University of Alaska

* Facilitate dynamic Fitness Classes at the PWSC Health & Fitness Center.
* Plans, develops, and instructs classes in the new Group Fitness Studio.
* Teaches safe and effective heath and fitness techniques.
* Provides structure, encouragement, and motivation to students.
* Monitors student performance for safe technique and injury prevention.
* Provides modifications so that exercises are safe and within the abilities of all participants.
* Offers positive and constructive feedback as needed.
* Maintains safety as top priority

What Does A Group Fitness Instructor Do At Educational Alliance, Inc.

* Customer Service
* Create a unique and memorable experience with students
* Guide students through a challenging and level appropriate class
* Maintain neat, professional attire and a courteous, helpful attitude
* Foster and grow strong relationships with our fitness facility members
* Uphold key values of 14StreetY team members: accountability, anticipating needs, Positive attitude and atmosphere
* Health & Safety
* Create and lead sequences and routines that are appropriate for the students
* Check in with students to ascertain any injuries or special needs
* Maintain CPR/AED certification
* Be familiar with and adhere to established building procedures and protocols
* Respond appropriately to emergency situations arising in class
* Other
* Announce upcoming workshops and special events to the members
* Develop professional relationships with co-workers, participants and guests
* Attend Fitness department meetings as scheduled
* Perform other duties as assigned
* Maintain certifications

What Does A Group Fitness Instructor Do At UNC Health Care

* Educates members on safe techniques and guidelines.
* Greet all members and orients new participants.
* Instructs class to the ability level of the students participating.
* Monitor participants through perceived rate of exertion.
* Works with participants to achieve fitness goals.
* Encourages new participants and orients them to class.
* Instructs group exercise classes according to schedule and according to company standards.
* Starts and finishes class on time as scheduled.
* Stores all equipment neatly and appropriately.
* Documents equipment problems in club maintenance log and reports problem to Service Manager.
* Attends instructor trainings and supervisor’s meetings.
* Participates in all Wellness Center events, promotions and marketing events.
* Qualifications
* High School diploma or GED.
* Six (6) months experience in leading group exercise activities
* Aerobic or group exercise instruction certification.
* For exercise classes where certification does not exist, verified training may be considered as a substitute for certification in areas of: Tai Chi, Pre
* Natal Yoga, Senior Fitness, Children’s Fitness, Adolescent Fitness, Hip Hop, WSI, Line Dancing, and the like.
* Primary Location:
* United States
* North Carolina
* Chapel Hill
* Department:
* Job Posting:
* Nov 2, 2017, 3:45:38 PM
* Shift:
* Variable
* Req ID

What Does A Group Fitness Instructor Do At Catapult Learning

* Attends training sessions, passes content assessment, and delivers designated instructional models and strategies in readiness, reading, mathematics, to eligible students through utilization of Company-designed materials and educational strategies.
* Develops and maintains individualized skill-appropriate lesson plans.
* Ensures supervision of students at all times, including escorting students safely to and from Company classroom or to mobile/trailer classroom.
* Establishes and maintains student forms and files as required by Company, local, state, and/or federal agencies.
* Attends and documents conferences/meetings/trainings with Company Supervisors, classroom teachers, principals, and parents as required by the Company, local, state, and/or federal agencies.
* Maintains inventory of educational materials and supplies.
* Other duties may be assigned

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How To Become A Group Fitness 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 Fitness 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

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Russian

  • Chinese

  • Arabic

  • Vietnamese

  • Mandarin

  • Thai

  • Cantonese

  • Tagalog

  • Serbian

  • Shona

  • Hindi

  • Hebrew

  • Hawaiian

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Top Skills for A Group Fitness Instructor


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Top Group Fitness Instructor Skills

  1. Strength Training
  2. Yoga
  3. Cardio
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitor and instruct new clients regarding safe and effective use of cardiovascular, flexibility and strength training equipment.
  • Lead several classes a week including Power Yoga, Kickboxing, Circuit Training and Boot Camp.
  • Help clients reach their health and fitness goals through appropriate cardiovascular, flexibility and resistance exercise.
  • Assist, monitor and instruct client to ensure safe and effective use of gym equipment and weight machines.
  • Provide variety each week through circuits, boot camp classes, step aerobics, stretch and Pilates.

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