A fitness instructor uses safe and proven training methods help individuals reach their fitness goals. The individual should be able to adapt their training programs to meet the different and varied needs of each client. In addition to having the motivation and enthusiasm to help the client reach their goals, the trainer should also have a large, relevant technical background. This background should include knowledge of a wide variety of exercises that target each individual muscle and muscle group. This must include proper form and technique to prevent injury, as well as to ensure safe performance by clients when unsupervised. In addition to a strong foundation in fitness, a fitness instructor must possess a strong background in nutrition.
A personal trainer should be highly motivated, energetic, knowledgeable, and accessible. They must also posses a strong background in fitness, health, and nutrition. They should also have a strong knowledge of the human body and the way it works, including anatomy and physiology. They must be able to work in a high intensity environment, be physically able to lift large amounts of weight, and be able to move and be on their feet for the majority of the day. The applicant should be able to adapt to a changing fitness landscape; this means that a physical trainer should be able to blend both the latest advances in fitness with tried and true methods.
Fitness Instructor Tasks
- Ensure a safe class environment, informing participants of safety rules and monitoring participants throughout the class.
- Help participants tailor the class workout to their individual abilities.
- Plan and lead sessions of fitness classes, teaching participants how to properly perform exercises and use equipment.
- Make sure equipment is working properly and facilities are clean.