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Exercise Trainers and Group Fitness Instructors

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities for the primary purpose of personal fitness. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills. Develop and implement individualized approaches to exercise.

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    • Evaluate individuals' abilities, needs, and physical conditions, and develop suitable training programs to meet any special requirements.
    • Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary for skill improvement.
    • Plan routines, choose appropriate music, and choose different movements for each set of muscles, depending on participants' capabilities and limitations.
    • Offer alternatives during classes to accommodate different levels of fitness.
    • Teach proper breathing techniques used during physical exertion.
    • Monitor participants' progress and adapt programs as needed.
    • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment.
    • Instruct participants in maintaining exertion levels to maximize benefits from exercise routines.
    • Teach and demonstrate use of gymnastic and training equipment, such as trampolines and weights.
    • Administer emergency first aid, wrap injuries, treat minor chronic disabilities, or refer injured persons to physicians.
    • Maintain fitness equipment.
    • Provide students with information and resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues.
    • Maintain equipment inventories, and select, store, or issue equipment as needed.
    • Plan physical education programs to promote development of participants' physical attributes and social skills.
    • Conduct therapeutic, recreational, or athletic activities.
    • Organize, lead, and referee indoor and outdoor games, such as volleyball, baseball, and basketball.
    • Teach individual and team sports to participants through instruction and demonstration, using knowledge of sports techniques and of participants' physical capabilities.
    • Promote health clubs through membership sales, and record member information.
    • Advise clients about proper clothing and shoes.
    • Advise participants in use of heat or ultraviolet treatments and hot baths.
    • Massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, and bruises.
    • Organize and conduct competitions and tournaments.


    • Instructing

      Teaching others how to do something.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.


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    • Extent Flexibility

      The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

    • Gross Body Coordination

      The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.


    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary 28410/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 13.66/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 10,500
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,900

    Typical Education


    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Social Orientation
    • Self Control
    • Independence


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