Fitness managers oversee the day-to-day operations of their facility. Their duties include setting goals and milestones for service and customer satisfaction, analyzing performance metrics to determine optimal policies, and providing guidance and supervision to subordinates. Although individuals in this position often work independently, coordination and communication with other employees and executive management is expected on a regular basis. Some positions also require the employee to work directly with financial information, ensuring revenue and expenses are in line with expectations and goals.
Fitness manager positions are typically found in facilities such as gyms and rehabilitation centers. However, some companies hire applicants for work within private employee gyms as well. These professionals generally work in an indoor environment. Some lifting may be required, while extensive amounts of walking and knowledge of equipment are necessary. Work hours vary based on the position requirements and the facility's hours of operation, and they may include anything from typical business hours to weekend and overnight shifts.
General requirements for the position often include a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Licenses and certifications required may vary from company to company and state to state; one commonly requested certification is the personal training certification. Experience requirements vary based on the pay and level of the position, ranging from entry-level openings with minimal experience requirements to higher-level positions requiring five or more years of relevant experience.
Fitness Manager Tasks
Hire, train and manage personal trainers, class instructors and other trainers.
Provide gym tours for new and prospective gym members.
Maintain records and provide feedback for personal training staff.
Educate personal training staff to the highest level in order to obtain goals and drive sales.