Fitness instructors deliver training in a range of fitness activities, including weight training, yoga, pilates, personal training and other forms of exercise at private health and fitness centres, local authority run sports and leisure centres, other public and community establishments, and in private homes.
- Assesses the fitness levels of clients
- Devises programmes of training appropriate to the needs of clients with varying levels of strength, fitness and ability
- Demonstrates and leads fitness activities and supervises exercise classes
- Ensures that clients do not injure themselves through over exertion or using incorrect training techniques
- Plans and monitors personal fitness schedules
- Understands the health and safety aspects of different forms of exercise and ensures that any statutory requirements are met.
There are no formal academic requirements. Entrants must, however, possess coaching qualifications recognised by the appropriate governing body. Applicants to coaching courses must normally be over 18 years old and hold a first-aid certificate. Background checks including a CRB check are required for those working with children.
Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £20,000 per annum and can progress up to £23,000 per annum.
Is it in growth or decline?
There are currently 4,341 employed Fitness Instructors in the region.
Destinations of Sports and Public Services Completers July 2018
51% of students went on to other Further Education at York College
21% of students went on to Higher Education
5% of students went on to employment