Now that you’ve qualified, you’ll obviously be looking to kick start your career in the fitness industry as soon as possible, right? But do you know where you want to kick start this new career of yours?
It’s important to choose somewhere that suits your talents and interests, and there are plenty of different opportunities out there; suitable for a whole array of people. You don’t have to just go for the ‘Personal Trainer jobs’ or ‘gym jobs’, there are a variety of different types of fitness jobs you can go for!
So read below, see which one you feel which one is best for you, and let us lead you on the right path...
Gym or Fitness Instructor
Working in a gym, health club or leisure centre, a fitness instructor will spend time planning and supervising workouts, encouraging new members to join in and welcome them with inductions. Whilst taking part in ongoing member programmes, your duties may also include helping more qualified instructors to deliver tailored personal training plans - whether that be weight loss, dietary plans or more!
Are you outgoing, friendly and love meeting new people? Then this could be your perfect role. You’ll have the enthusiasm to inspire potential members to sign up, backed with the confidence to induct new clients around the gym. You’ll use your health and fitness knowledge to plan, supervise and help execute their workouts but your ability to motivate will make sure gym members stick to a regular exercise program.
A Personal Trainer works with individual clients to design tailored exercise programmes supported with on-hand advice on healthy nutrition and an active lifestyle. Whether working in a gym, health club or setting up an independent business, PT jobs require you to actively engage with potential clients and help them reach their goals.
Naturally charming and confident, you’ll be able to build rapport with different types of people and encourage them with your knowledge, passion and dedication to fitness. Self-motivation is essential as you’ll have to work hard to effectively market yourself in order to attract new clients. Flexibility and good organisational skills go hand-in-hand with this role, so you’ll be up to the challenge of adapting your working hours to suit your client’s schedules.
Exercise to Music Instructor
Delivering group classes to music, these instructors work in fitness centres and health clubs but many also take their skills to community centres. Common tasks involve planning, instructing and assessing workouts to music. Working in this role means that you’ll usually be working freelance or employed as a studio coordinator.
Remember, this doesn’t have to be your primary role. You can be a fully-fledged Personal Trainer, and with the appropriate qualifications you can offer classes such as these in your spare time!
A love of music, natural rhythm and a passion for group exercise – does this sound like you? If so, this role could be your dream fitness role! Primarily, the ability to use choreography and charisma to stimulate and inspire classes of various ages and abilities is essential.
Physical Activity for Children Instructor
This role combines elements of fitness and physical activity to prepare and instruct group activities for children of various ages. Games, sports, creative play and general exercise are used to deliver fun, exciting exercise sessions to guide children to continue (or even begin) an active lifestyle.
Challenging and exciting, this role is the perfect opportunity to use your enthusiasm for fitness to inspire and influence. Being able to communicate with children of all ages is an essential facet to this role, as is a flexible attitude.
Exercise Referral Instructor
Offering specialist expertise, an exercise referral instructor works with people who have been medically referred onto an exercise programme. Often working in collaboration with GPs or other healthcare professionals, the role involves creating, monitoring and applying exercise programmes for individual clients with medical conditions. Patient information is used to design safe, effective exercise that helps inspire patients to take up regular physical activity.
If you have excellent communication skills and a strong desire to improve people’s health, then exercise referral may be your dream career. For this role, it is important to support and encourage clients with a non-judgemental approach as they will often have a different outlook on fitness to yourself.