Personal trainers are required to maintain exceptional knowledgeable of all aspects of fitness and health, and their major responsibility is to assist their clients in achieving fitness goals and developing a better understanding of what is required to maintain optimal health. The position of a personal trainer is flexible in that they can work within an organization, for themselves, or both. Some may also need to work in conjunction with a client's personal doctor to ensure that the client is improving and not further damaging their health. While the job is very physically demanding, it also comes with many rewards as clients achieve their fitness and health goals.
Personal trainers must be able to develop and assess comprehensive fitness plans which are customized to clients' individual fitness goals and health needs. Strong written and verbal communication skills are important in this position, and creative thinking skills are beneficial to provide variety for clients. A high school diploma and field-related certification are generally required, as well.
Fitness Trainer or Aerobics Instructor 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.