Fitness trainers provide instruction and guidance to clients in fitness centers, gyms and other facilities focused on health and wellness. These trainers spend their workdays meeting with clients and providing training on the gym floor. Fitness trainers meet with clients before beginning training programs to assess their current level of fitness and goals (for example, weight loss or building muscle). They keep records of clients' progress by taking regular measurements such as weight and body-fat percentage, as well as observing clients and talking with them. This job is often performed one on one, although some fitness trainers may choose to train small groups if he or she has a small number of clients with a common goal.
Fitness trainers must be physically fit and able to perform any exercises and techniques related to the areas in which they provide training. They need to be able to work well with others, including through providing guidance and motivation to clients. Previous experience as a trainer is generally required or preferred, and a bachelor's degree in a health- or fitness-related field may be required or preferred as well. They are responsible for keeping track of clients' progress by taking measurements using tools provided by the facility; therefore, it is important that personal fitness trainers have basic computer skills and be able to use equipment such as scales.
Fitness Trainer Tasks
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.
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.