6 Little-Known Responsibilities of a Fitness Instructor

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6 Little-Known Responsibilities of a Fitness Instructor

The job of a fitness instructor may look easy for an outsider looking in, but that isn’t the case at all. The instructor who stands in front of a class to guide their members through each workout does a great deal of behind-the-scenes work, as well.

Instructing a fitness class is both worthwhile and fun, but it’s no walk in the park. Here are 6 aspects of an instructor’s job that can go unnoticed.


  • Thorough Preparation


Each and every routine requires hours of preparation. Not only does an instructor have to ensure that the routine is appropriate for the class and works each muscle properly. They must also be able to (nearly) flawlessly execute that routine in a way that their class can follow. Most importantly, they must pick music that is most motivational for their class. For example, a class of 20-year-olds would have different music preferences than a class of 70-year-olds.


  • Marketing and Administration Duties


There can’t be a fitness class with no members. Gaining new clients is an important part of a fitness instructor’s job. They must utilize social media and other avenues to grow their business consistently, and have the business skills necessary to manage a growing business.


  • Creating and Maintaining a Positive Environment


Keeping existing members happy is equally as important as gaining new members. No one would attend a class if they didn’t feel comfortable and accepted. The instructor plays a huge role in setting the tone for the class. A positive environment is crucial for helping people achieve their goals and look forward to the next class.


  • Giving One-on-One Advice


While guiding the class through the day’s routine, the instructor must also look for members who are struggling with form, technique, stamina, etc. It’s not uncommon for an instructor to go around the room during a class to help individuals with certain moves. However, there is a delicate balance between providing individual attention and instructing the class as a whole.  


  • Following Safety Guidelines


Any business must adhere to certain safety guidelines, and this is especially true for those in the fitness industry. Any unnoticed spill on the floor could result in an injury that was completely preventable. Similarly, the instructor needs to be observant during classes to make sure no one is at risk of overheating or passing out.


  • Continuing Education


An instructor can’t be in the health and fitness industry without keeping up with the latest research. New information is released regularly, providing insight about current recommendations and trends in the fitness industry. An instructor may also choose to further their education by earning certain certifications or licenses.

Although fitness instructors wear many hats, those hats allow for a great workout experience for each individual member of their classes.

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