Fitness instructor

Alternative titles for this job include Fitness trainer

Fitness instructors organise exercise programmes to improve people's health and fitness.

Average salary (a year)

£14,000 Starter

to

£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

32 to 34 a week

You could work

as a contractor / self-employed as customers demand

How to become a Fitness instructor

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • specialist courses run by private training organisations

College

You can do a recognised qualification like:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Level 2 Diploma in Fitness and Exercise Instruction
  • Level 3 Diploma in Gym Instructing and Personal Training

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You could get into this career through an intermediate apprenticeship in exercise and fitness.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Work

You could work as a leisure centre assistant and do part-time qualifications on the job, which would allow you to apply for jobs as an instructor.

Other routes

You can do qualifications through private training companies who offer specialist courses like:

  • fitness instruction
  • personal training
  • gym instructing

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Professional and industry bodies

You can join the Register of Exercise Professionals and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity for professional development and to help with your career prospects.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to work on your own
  • customer service skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

Your public indemnity and professional liability insurance may be supplied by your employer.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • assessing people's fitness and creating personal exercise programmes
  • demonstrating activities, exercise machines and weights
  • helping people exercise safely
  • leading group exercise classes like circuit training or aerobics
  • giving advice on healthy eating and lifestyle
  • keeping records
  • following health and safety guidelines and maintaining equipment
  • marketing your classes

Working environment

You could work in the community, at a school, at a health centre or in a park.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

Career path and progression

You could take further training to become a personal trainer or teach extra activities.

With experience and qualifications, you could become a senior instructor or manager. You could also start your own fitness club.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Gym / PT Apprenticeship

  • Wage : £111.00 Weekly
  • Location: Bradford BD9 4SH

Apprentice Gym Instructor

  • Wage : £111.00 Weekly
  • Location: Bridlington YO16 4UJ

Courses In England

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Exercise and Fitness (Instructing Exercise and Fitness)

  • Provider: Eastleigh College
  • Start date: 13 September 2019
  • Location: Eastleigh

Certificate in Fitness Instructing L2 (19+ only) Level 2 Certificate

  • Provider: Blackburn College
  • Start date: 03 September 2019
  • Location: BLACKBURN

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