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With clients of all ages, fitness instructors jobs work in gyms, health clubs and leisure centres. Fitness instructor jobs can be varied, including everything from carrying out new member inductions through to teaching group exercise classes like circuit training or aerobics. In smaller clubs, there may also be more mundane tasks to perform such as reception, sales, and cleaning.

As the number of gyms has grown in the past twenty years, so has the demand for fitness instructor jobs. Competition can be high for good jobs, so this is a field in which a combination of quality certification, experience and personality will reap rewards.

Further training can make a big difference, allowing you to offer specialties over and above what your competitors might be offering. This is also a way for fitness instructors to increase their potential earnings. Beginners start at around ?11,000 per year full-time, while more experienced trainers can earn anything from ?14,000 to ?30,000 per year.

Most jobs are with gyms, health clubs and leisure centres, though many people also choose to work freelance. Working freelance you can expect to earn around ?10 to ?20 an hour. Other possibilities include senior instructor and supervisory positions, training other instructors or coaching a sport. There are also opportunities to work abroad, either for international hotel chains, or running activities for tour operators.

For good information on all aspects of training and certification, and also job opportunities, contact the following:

  • City and Guilds
  • Premier Training International
  • Central YMCA Qualifications (CYQ)
  • Premier International Qualifications
  • SkillsActive
  • OCR Information Bureau
  • Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs)

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