A fitness instructor provides advice and teaches people at different levels and abilities. They are responsible for planning classes that usually last an hour. To keep their class motivated and everybody moving, they choose certain kinds of music and even incorporate some dance moves into their classes. Class sizes can either be small, with a few people, or large, with as many as 100. When someone new comes into their classes, an initial assessment is performed to decide their level of fitness.
Questions are asked regarding their medical history, how long since the last time they’ve exercised and what kind they would do. Age and weight are taken into account before recommending what class level they should be put in. They may also provide resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues. Fitness Instructors work in many different places, ranging from fitness training rooms in gyms, to cruise ships. Generally a couple of hours a day are spent on teaching classes, so they may also have other jobs.
Some may also be full-time employees, having the rest of their time spent on different aspects of the business, like management, or sales. Since the age of people attending ranges, some may only work with specific groups of people, such as pregnant women, seniors, or school children. These classes are generally held in evenings or weekends, so people who are working or at school can be accommodated. A fitness instructors’ income can vary depending on factors like location, experience, demand, and also the type of employer.
Hourly wages for fitness instructors ranges from minimum wage to $35 an hour, while the top instructors can earn even more. Full-time instructors generally earn anywhere from $18,000 to $55,000 a year. Bonuses may be received for signing new members if you work for a gym or club. Benefits such as health and dental coverage, paid vacations, and sick days are also received for full-time fitness instructors. While part-time and contract instructors often only receive employee discounts.
When hiring, employers generally look for applicants with experience and training in exercise or dance. Courses are available through industry organizations, but many instructors do have experience in fitness classes. Many employers often prefer certification, and these programs are offered by national and provincial fitness organizations. Since requirements vary on the organization and type of certification, you will most likely need to complete some training courses and pass a certification exam in the field you want to instruct.