A fitness trainer or aerobics instructor is typically either self-employed or works for a gym or private studio facility. Fitness trainers are responsible for both the health and well-being of their clients, as well as the equipment and the cleanliness of the workout facility. Daily activities may involve the planning and leadership of fitness sessions or classes, instructing individual clients on how to properly perform exercises and best utilize equipment, as well as help clients to tailor a workout routine to incorporate their individual abilities and best suit his or her skills. Additionally, a fitness trainer must also ensure a safe class environment by informing participants of necessary safety rules and monitoring participants throughout the class. As such, the trainer must constantly be at a state of peak physical and mental ability. They must be prepared to teach either classes or individual students, often with minimal breaks in between.
While fitness trainers may work indoors or outdoors, most often they will be employed within a gym or training studio. He or she must be comfortable in a role of leadership, as students will often look to their instructor for information about to properly perform an exercise and will expect a fitness trainer to hold them accountable for results or lack thereof. In order to teach certain classes, certifications may be necessary; however, these are often determined based upon the class or fitness activity the instructor wishes to teach. Overall, a trainer is often his or her own boss and must be autonomous and possess strong leadership skills. More importantly, however, a trainer must be able to interact with students of all kinds and motivate them to gain the best exercise possible.
Fitness Trainer or Aerobics 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.