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Fitness Instructor

Fitness Instructor

Lead activities that improve personal fitness using knowledge of fitness, training and physical wellbeing.

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

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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 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 Fitness (SIS50215).
  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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Prepare to work as a Fitness Instructor with a nationally-recognised qualification from a TAFE or Registered Training Organisation.

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How do Fitness Instructors rate their role?

Latest reviews from 3 Fitness Instructors surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Fitness/Gym Instructor
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
A lot of fun connecting with a variety of people, always expanding your knowledge with new ways to train and be creative, being active and able to join in alongside clients to help them feel included ...
The challenges
Not always a stable job, can be a lot of planning outside of work, using your own time for research and putting together/testing routines or exercises. Need to be able to improvise on the spot, which ...
3 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Completed High School (Year 12)
1 – 4 years
The good things
Great to help people and to keep active yourself
The challenges
Being self employed is hard work as you can’t take leave when ever you like. Fluctuating class numbers effect cash flow
4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
1 – 4 years
Personal trainer
The good things
If you love exercising you won’t regret it, you choose your times, organized hourly clients, good money for your time, fun working environment
The challenges
Very competitive, will have financial difficulties if you have no clients, dealing with different people requires alot of patience
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What are the job opportunities for Fitness Instructors?

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Job opportunities

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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
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Latest Fitness Instructor jobs on SEEK
LGB Supplements & Apparel
Sydney > Southern Suburbs & Sutherland Shire
We are on the lookout for highly motivated, confident & outgoing female trainers for our Women's Only Fitness Studio in Engadine!
Fit n Fast
Sydney > CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Full time role with opportunities to commence a career in fitness! Close team and a fun inclusive culture passionate about achieving fitness goals
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Mitchell Shire Council
Melbourne > Northern Suburbs
Mitchell Shire Council is seeking enthusiastic applicants to join our team as Gym and Group Fitness instructors to work on a casual basis
Ascot Fitness
Melbourne > Western Suburbs
We are looking for the right person to join our already expanding team in a top of the line facility in the western suburbs.
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