A fitness specialist is responsible for offering fitness training, advice, and motivation for their health-minded clients. This is position requires a high school diploma or equivalent, and applicants must display proven knowledge in exercise sciences (available through recognized athletic organizations, workshops, and seminars). Some organizations do require an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in an area such as kinesiology, exercise science, or physical education. First-aid certification is generally required, as well.
Fitness specialists do not typically keep traditional office hours, as many will work with clients during extended weekend- and evening-hours. They may work in a variety of environments, including healthcare facilities, health clubs, resorts, country clubs, hospitals, fitness centers, gyms, and schools, as well as one-on-one with clients. A fitness specialist may work alone or with a group of other specialists, depending on their employer.
Fitness specialists have a variety of responsibilities, including: holding personal training sessions; assisting with rehabilitating injuries; leading fitness classes and activities; leading class stretches; offering suggestions to individuals regarding fitness; supervising clients who are exercising; developing personalized fitness plans; demonstrating workouts; maintaining a positive attitude with clients; and communicating effectively with both current and potential clients.
Those in this position must have professional and friendly communication skills with an internal desire to motivate and improve their clients’ health and wellness. This person must be in optimal physical shape, as they generally serve as role models for their clients. The job may also require administrative duties and record-keeping, so the ability to multitask and maintain organization is a must.
Fitness Specialist Tasks
Design custom exercise and lifestyle plans for people of different ages and abilities.
Monitor and chart customer’s changes in fitness levels over a period of time.
Teach individuals or groups how to properly perform exercises and use exercise equipment.