Fitness Instructor

Lead activities that improve personal fitness using knowledge of fitness, training and physical wellbeing.
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What's it like to be a Fitness Instructor?

Fitness Instructors work with people to support their physical wellbeing and improve their fitness. They usually instruct groups and classes. They work in fitness centres, studios, gyms, physical rehabilitation centres and often work on a casual or part time basis, servicing more than one provider and set of clients.

Tasks and duties

  • Delivering group exercise classes and tuition in a variety of fitness activities.
  • Demonstrating and advising clients on the proper and safe use of fitness equipment.
  • Consulting with various health professionals to develop and design fitness programs.
  • Designing fitness programs based on assessment of the clients’ age, level of fitness, goals and abilities.
  • Demonstrating and teaching body movements and skills used in fitness routines.
  • Setting up and monitoring fitness equipment and ensuring that equipment is safe, clean and in working condition.
  • Reporting accidents and preparing accident reports.
  • Ensuring fitness centres are left clean and tidy at end of shift.
Fitness Instructors interact with members of the public daily often work shifts including early mornings, after hours on weeknights or on weekends. Experienced workers may specialise in a particular aspect of fitness training or fitness methodology such as Yoga or Aerobics, or work as consultants.
How to become a Fitness Instructor
There are no educational prerequisites for becoming a Fitness Instructor in Australia, however around half of workers currently in this role have qualifications in Fitness. A Fist Aid certificate is also beneficial, and a good level of fitness is required. On the job training is usually provided.
  1. Complete a qualification in fitness. This could be a Certificate III in Fitness (SIS30315), which will prepare you to become a Group Exercise Instructor or Gym Instructor.
  2. Considering completing a Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215), which will qualify you to work as a Personal Trainer or a Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management (SIS50115).
  3. Hold a current First Aid Certificate.
  4. Consider joining an industry association such as Fitness Australia or Physical Activity Australia.

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Latest Fitness Instructor reviews

Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Fitness
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Group fitness
The good things
So much fun getting paid to exercise! Very rewarding to help others on their health and fitness journey. Make a lot of friends along the way
The challenges
You can’t get sick, injured or take holidays. If you miss a class - you don’t get paid. The hourly rate seems like good money but you must pay your own tax and super.
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Aug 2023
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Fitness
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Great helping people work towards goals and motivate them.
The challenges
Lack of progression in the career. And low wages
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