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A fitness instructor’s role is to organise and design fitness and exercise programmes to help improves people’s health, well-being and fitness.
There are no set entry requirements when training to become a fitness instructor although to work with children you will need to pass a background check by the Disclosure and Barring Service, DBS, as well as public liability insurance and a first aid certificate and a good level of personal fitness yourself.
You will need to be able to motivate and inspire people to get fit, excellent communication skills as well as planning skills to create your own programmes which may be designed to suit each individuals need according to their goals.
On a daily basis you will be required to assess people’s fitness, demonstrate activities and how to use exercise machines safely. This may also include leading group exercise activities such as aerobics, circuit training or yoga.
Self-employed fitness instructors can earn between £10 and £20 per hour. Annually, this could be as much as £14,000 as a starter or £30,000 with experience as a manager.
With experience, you may decide to take further training to become a personal trainer or teaching extra activities amongst your daily responsibilities. This may include developing you skills to become a senior instructor or manager or as far as starting your own business.
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