Fitness coaches have become mainstays in the fitness industry by helping those wishing to get in better shape to reach their goals, encouraging them to strive, and determining workable plans for clients on an often-individual basis, although many also conduct classes or work with groups. Given the different roles they play, some specialize in certain skills or particular areas of conditioning.
Fitness coaches provide advice and direction to clients on how to reach their goals and perform exercises to reach those goals, from the simplest to the most complex and adjusting as needed for clients. They may develop exercise plans for individuals or groups and implement them in the most effective ways possible, and some serve to promote better health by developing and selling products to assist those in search of improved fitness, including designing full-course exercise plans for home use. Others visit clients in their homes for exercise, while still others work in gyms to meet with individuals or groups and conduct fitness classes. Many concentrate on specific fitness areas, such as strength training, training for specific events, recovery from injury, or helping others reach fitness goals despite physical or other limitations.
Most fitness coaches work indoors in gyms, homes, and other locations. Those working in specific areas that involve outdoor events – like track coaches, for instance – often find themselves outdoors to train clients in locations applicable to their goals.
Educational requirements for fitness coaches vary greatly. Some have no formal education, but a clear understanding of fitness and how to pass along ways of achieving success to clients. Others, especially those training high-level athletes, have extensive education in training methods, nutrition, and physiology, up to and including graduate degrees in the field. Those lacking formal education who work in more consumer-oriented gyms are often trained for the position by their employers.
Fitness Coach Tasks
Maintain a clean and orderly fitness center.
Maintain a safe and organized free-weight area.
Design and implement fitness programs and training regiments.
Demonstrate how to use equipment safely and properly and answer questions.
Assist employees with fitness equipment.