Health fitness specialists work primarily in gyms, medical centers, community centers, and senior living facilities to improve clients’ health by implementing fitness-related activities. They may also lead individual or group exercise classes or hold special events such as health fairs and seminars to encourage people to become healthier.
These specialists often conduct fitness consultations and health evaluations to provide specialized recommendations for fitness activities and programs, and in-depth knowledge of nutrition is important to provide dietary advice. Health fitness specialists should be in good health to demonstrate exercises and lead classes, and customer service skills are also important. Teamwork skills are beneficial for working with other health/fitness personnel, and they may also be tasked with scheduling shifts or conducting performance reviews for other staff members.
Health fitness specialists should have up-to-date CPR certification to recognize signs of injury, fatigue, or stress and intervene appropriately, and a bachelor's degree in a relevant field may also be required by some employers.
Health Fitness Specialist Tasks
Teach individuals or groups how to properly perform exercises and use exercise equipment.
Monitor and chart customer's changes in fitness levels over a period of time.
Design custom exercise and lifestyle plans for people of different ages and abilities.