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Job Description

A fitness instructor will lead and organise fitness routines and exercise programmes to help people to improve their health and fitness. This could include Zumba, aerobics, aqua aerobics, yoga, pilates to name but a few or it could be giving fitness assessments, showing people how to use equipment, creating a personal exercise programme or giving advice on healthy eating and lifestyle. Fitness instructors will often work early mornings, evening and weekends and are often self employed therefore salaries can vary hugely.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements. You can start as an assistant instructor at a sports centre and train on the job, or take a qualification in fitness instruction.

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) have details about training.

You'll need a first aid certificate and clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

You'll also need public indemnity and professional liability insurance, which may be supplied by your employer.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Career Path and Progression

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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • PE teacher
  • Personal trainer
  • Health trainer
  • Leisure centre assistant
  • Outdoor activities instructor

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • The ability to motivate and inspire others
  • An excellent level of fitness
  • Friendly and outgoing manner
  • A responsible attitude
  • A good knowledge of the anatomy to ensure clients do not injure themselves
  • The ability to create and deliver your own exercise routines

Starting Salary

£14,000 to £30,000

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