A Fitness Instructor leads an individual or group in exercise. They work with a wide cross section of people and provide interesting and motivational sessions. These may include cardiovascular work, strength, mobility and balance.
They build development plans so that participants improve their fitness with each session and give tips to help refine their movements. A Fitness Instructor should also be prepared to offer advice on nutrition and healthy living.
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Fitness Instruction is a broad role which incorporates a number of specialisms. Instructors may solely lead group activities, work with individuals as Personal Trainers, oversee activities at a gym or health club or work in just one discipline such as yoga or pilates.
An undergraduate degree in Sports Science is encouraged, though not always essential. Specialised certificates such as the Gym Instructor Course and Fitness Instructing are deemed essential, as are an in-date first-aid certificate and CRB check.
Fitness Instructors should lead by example and show that they are in shape. Regular involvement in sporting activities is favourable. Applicants should have experience of instructing people in exercise, whether this is as part of a specialised course or even in a voluntary role with a local sports club or leisure centre.