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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
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.
Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.
Critical decision making
Level of responsibilities
Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
Dealing and handling conflict
Competition for this position
Communication with others
Work closely with team members, clients etc.
Comfort of the work setting
Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
Exposure to job hazards
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Administer emergency first aid, wrap injuries, treat minor chronic disabilities, or refer injured persons to physicians.
Advise clients about proper clothing and shoes.
Provide students with information and resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues.
Instruct participants in maintaining exertion levels to maximize benefits from exercise routines.
Evaluate individuals' abilities, needs, and physical conditions, and develop suitable training programs to meet any special requirements.
Teach proper breathing techniques used during physical exertion.
Monitor participants' progress and adapt programs as needed.
Plan routines, choose appropriate music, and choose different movements for each set of muscles, depending on participants' capabilities and limitations.
Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment.
Offer alternatives during classes to accommodate different levels of fitness.
Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary for skill improvement.
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.
Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
Coaching and Developing Others
Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
Assisting and Caring for Others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
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.
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.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
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.
The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Gross Body Coordination
The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Teaching others how to do something.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.