Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors


Also called : Aerobics Instructor, Fitness Instructor, Fitness Specialist, Fitness Technician, Fitness Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Private Trainer, Yoga Instruct

What they do


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.

On the job, one would


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

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

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

  • Offer alternatives during classes to accommodate different levels of fitness.

  • Teach proper breathing techniques used during physical exertion.

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.

  • English Language
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • Learning Strategies
    Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

ABILITIES


  • Extent Flexibility
    The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  • Gross Body Coordination
    The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.

  • Oral Expression
    The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

  • Stamina
    The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.

  • Speech Clarity
    The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

PERSONALITY

People interested in this work, will do well at jobs that need;

  • Dependability
    Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

  • Concern for Others
    Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

  • Integrity
    Job requires being honest and ethical.

  • Social Orientation
    Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.

  • Self-Control
    Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.

  • Independence
    Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

  • Leadership
    Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.

  • Cooperation
    Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

  • Attention to Detail
    Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

TECHNOLOGY

  • Accounting software

  • Calendar and scheduling software

  • Data base user interface and query software

  • Desktop publishing software

  • Electronic mail software

  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software

  • Instant messaging software

  • Internet browser software

  • Medical software

  • Office suite software

  • Presentation software

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

  • Preparation

    Medium Preparation Needed

  • Education

    Training in vocational schools or an Associate deg

  • Experience

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations.

  • Jobtraining

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers.

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