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Fitness and Nutrition Instructor

Career Highlights

  • Coach people into better health
  • Get paid to stay fit
  • Lead by example

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Career Summary

Fitness InstructorFitness instructors are coaches who instruct their clients by placing them on diet and exercise programs. These programs are designed to help people either lose weight, or for training for sporting events.

Individual fitness instruction starts with assessing the personís current physical condition, and then determining fitness goals. From there customized regiments of weight training and cardiovascular exercises are developed on an individual basis. Additionally, a diet and a meal plan is developed and the person is expected to follow it.

Many personal fitness instructors participate with the clients as well. They meet up and coach them on proper techniques so that they can obtain their goals.

Group fitness instructors generally lead groups of people in activities such as gymnastics, karate, yoga, or aerobics. They demonstrate the techniques, give emotional support, and often times lead by example.

Fitness and Nutrition Instructors are also known as personal trainers, group exercise instructors, fitness directors, and fitness workers.




A certification and or degree in the fitness field to obtain employment.

Career Skills

  • Instruct or coach groups or individuals - Instruct exercise activities and the fundamentals of sports. Demonstrate techniques and methods of participation. Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. Those required to hold teaching degrees should be reported in the appropriate teaching category.
  • Working with people - Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Assisting & caring for others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Coaching and developing others - Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
  • Monitor processes, materials, or surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Updating and using relevant knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Handling and moving objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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