Roles and responsibilities
- assess the needs and capabilities of individuals through weighing; measuring; and conducting fitness tests to check blood pressure, heart rate and lung capacity
- provide training and assistance to individuals and groups by preparing a routine of exercises
- provide advice to individuals on the correct method of exercising with weightlifting equipment, exercise bikes, treadmills, cross-trainers, and other training and exercise machines
- devise personal exercise programs for individuals according to age and level of fitness
- provide instruction in a variety of fitness activities
- assist in the cleaning and general maintenance of the centre and make sure that equipment is maintained and correctly set up
- work on the reception counter to take bookings or provide information about facilities
- consult doctors, physiotherapists, dieticians and other allied health professionals to create health and fitness programs for clients
As a qualified fitness instructor, you can expect to find employment in fitness centres, health studios, gymnasiums, sport and leisure centres, self-defence centres or community organisations.
Competition for available positions is strong.
New physical education techniques and equipment have led to many changes in the industry. Fashion trends also affect demand for services.
Relevant postgraduate courses include: