Fitness instructor

Fitness instructors organise exercise programmes to improve people's health and fitness.

Potential salary
£14,000 to £30,000
Working hours
32 to 34 a week
  • a desire to help people
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • knowledge of psychology
  • physical fitness and endurance
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • the ability to work on your own
  • customer service skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • assessing people's fitness and creating personal exercise programmes
  • demonstrating activities, exercise machines and weights
  • helping people exercise safely
  • leading group exercise classes like circuit training or aerobics
  • giving advice on healthy eating and lifestyle
  • keeping records
  • following health and safety guidelines and maintaining equipment
  • marketing your classes

You could work in the community, at a school, at a health centre or in a park.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

You could take further training to become a personal trainer or teach extra activities.

With experience and qualifications, you could become a senior instructor or manager. You could also start your own fitness club.

Data from National Careers Service.
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