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Fitness Jobs Overview

Fitness instructors are committed to improving their clients' health and well-being through the practice of exercise. Instructors often act as personal advisors on subjects including dieting and exercising, and it’s essential for instructors to be able to inspire and motivate clients to achieve their fitness goals. Successful instructors must be excellent communicators with an outgoing and enthusiastic personality. Daily tasks include offering consultations, creating tailor-made exercise programmes, delivering group and one-to-one fitness classes, as well as advising clients on suitable lifestyle changes. Jobs in fitness involve evening and weekend work, and frequent travel may be required.

Fitness Jobs Education Requirements

Some fitness instructors get into the profession through a trainee or apprentice role. Alternatively, some applicants work towards the position by gaining vocational qualifications – such as an NVQ, City & Guilds, or OCR diploma - in Exercise & Fitness or Personal Training. Knowledge of various fitness activities, from Pilates or yoga to kickboxing and weight training, is a basic requirement. DBS checks and first aid training are a common requirements.

Fitness Jobs Market

Fitness instructors work full or part-time in gyms, hotels, health and fitness clubs, and sports centres. There are also opportunities in the travel and leisure sector, for example working in cruise ships or in beach clubs both in the UK and abroad. Fitness jobs may even be available at educational facilities. Vacancies are often advertised as personal trainer jobs. According to the Office for National Statistics, nearly 50 per cent of all fitness instructors in the UK are self-employed, and the number of job offers tends to peak in the spring and summer months.

Fitness Jobs Salary Information

Trainee gym instructor jobs pay an average of £13,000 a year, increasing to £20,000 as you gain more experience. Freelance trainers can choose to get paid hourly, in which case rates go from £10 to £25 an hour depending on the number of sessions and their content. Experienced fitness instructors can earn £40,000 a year or more.

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