Personal Trainer or Fitness Instructor

Fitness instructors and personal trainers are individuals who love physical exercise and have a strong desire to motivate people to increase their level of physical fitness. Fitness instructors and personal trainers work mainly in indoor gyms and workout facilities but the sometimes make house calls to individual clients’ homes to conduct one-on-one training sessions. When they make house calls they are often responsible for bringing equipment mats and other work-out related items with them. They work not only on weekdays but also evenings and weekends to accommodate clients that work during regular business hours. The majority of fitness instructors and personal trainers work in recreational and health clubs as group fitness instructors or personal fitness coaches. However some work in hospitals wellness centers sponsored by a health insurance group colleges and universities or for civic and social organizations. Personal trainers must be well-versed in all aspects of fitness including strength training aerobic training flexibility and nutrition. Fitness instructor-personal trainers need a high school diploma with experience in athletic activities. However it is preferable to have a bachelor’s or advanced degree in a field such as physical education exercise science kinesiology or sports medicine. According to the website www.livestrong.com many gyms require employees to have first aid training including CPR. In addition certifications from organizations such as the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and the National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) may be required by some employers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics demand should be high for this occupation with part-time work more available than full-time work. The median annual income is approximately $29200 with self-employed individuals earning more than those working for organizations. Hourly wages depend on skills and experience but the website www.buzzle.com says they range from $10 to $50.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Certification and/or License
Avg Salary: $62400
High Salary: $104000
Low Salary: $20800
Tasks: Develops programs for weight loss.
Helps clients with body building techniques.
Motivates clients to exercise.
Knows about nutrition and eating healthy foods.
Also Called: Work-Out Instructor
Gym Trainer
Body-Building Trainer
Physical Education Instructor
Additional Resources: http://www.livestrong.com/article/292205-fitness-instructor-job-description/
http://www.personalpowertraining.net/Articles/Personal_Trainer_Job_Description.htm
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/personal-trainer-job-description.html