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Working as a fitness instructor can seem like an exciting position, hanging out at the gym all day and helping people to work out, but it is important to understand the role more fully before making a career choice.

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You'll find fitness instructors working at gyms, health clubs and fitness and leisure centers all over the country. It is a varied role, but the main duties of a fitness instructor will include:

  • Making sure that people are exercising safely and effectively
  • Leading group classes such as circuit training, aerobics or spinning
  • Conducting inductions and consultations for new members
  • Designing personal training programmes
The standard qualification is a level 2 qualification recognized by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). With more advanced training you can also specialize with groups such as older adults, children with disabilities, or medical referrals.

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