Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors

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Also known as:
Aerobics Instructor, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Fitness Trainer, Personal Trainer, Weight Trainer, Weight Training Instructor, Yoga Instructor

ABOUT EXERCISE TRAINER AND GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR CAREERS
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With more leisure time than ever, the fitness craze has created better opportunities for sports instructors and coaches. The main difference between the two jobs is that instructors demonstrate general skills and rules of a particular sport to an individual or group, while coaches work to prepare an individual or team for competition and continue to give instruction during the competition.

Instructors may be employed by health clubs, community centers, parks and recreational facilities, or even by private business, to teach tennis, golf or swimming. Coaches work with athletes to sharpen thir skills and help them train for competitive events. Through the use of lectures and demonstrations, a coach develops the team's strategies and motivates them to succeed.

Both positions also have administrative responsibilities, such as the recruitment of new players and scheduling of lessons, practices, and contests. For both jobs, success can be measured by the cheers of a crowd, as well as the satisfaction gained from watching athletes achieve their dreams.

SNAPSHOT
Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities for the primary purpose of personal fitness. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. Develop and implement individualized approaches to exercise.
Leadership
LOW
Critical decision making
HIGH
Level of responsibilities
LOW
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
LOW
Dealing and handling conflict
LOW
Competition for this position
HIGH
Communication with others
HIGH
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
HIGH
Comfort of the work setting
HIGH
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
LOW
Exposure to job hazards
LOW
Physical demands
LOW
Daily tasks

Administer emergency first aid, wrap injuries, treat minor chronic disabilities, or refer injured persons to physicians.

Maintain fitness equipment.

Conduct therapeutic, recreational, or athletic activities.

Advise clients about proper clothing and shoes.

Instruct participants in maintaining exertion levels to maximize benefits from exercise routines.

Monitor participants' progress and adapt programs as needed.

Offer alternatives during classes to accommodate different levels of fitness.

Plan routines, choose appropriate music, and choose different movements for each set of muscles, depending on participants' capabilities and limitations.

Teach and demonstrate use of gymnastic and training equipment, such as trampolines and weights.

Evaluate individuals' abilities, needs, and physical conditions, and develop suitable training programs to meet any special requirements.

Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary for skill improvement.

MAIN ACTIVITIES
Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Training and Teaching Others Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
AREAS OF KNOWLEDGE
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Sales and Marketing Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
TOP SKILLS
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.