Getting a fitness instructor job.

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How did you get your start doing fitness instructor work, and what career moves did you make to get to your current position?

Do you need a particular educational background?


holly in Charleston, Illinois

112 months ago

Getting started can be the hardest part. Nearly ALL instructors were "discovered" as participants. So, if you want to teach in a particular club, take classes there. As you become familiar with staff members and managers, you can assess which certifications are preferred there. Every facility has a "gold standard" that can vary slightly. My current position came through much experience within a particular company and an article that received a lot of attention within the industry. The best instructors typically have a degree in a health or fitness related field and are certified by ACE, AFAA, ACSM, SCW, or one of a dozen other certifying bodies. Les Mills International has some wonderful certifications as well.


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