Magazine article Techniques

Fitness Trainer

Magazine article Techniques

Fitness Trainer

Article excerpt

FITNESS TRAINERS MAY WORK AS GROUP INSTRUCTORS OR AS PERSONAL TRAINERS, INSTRUCTING and motivating their clients to achieve better health and physical well-being. They lead individuals or classes in activities such as cardiovascular exercises, dance, aerobics, weight lifting and other strength training regimens. They provide proper instruction on exercise techniques and the use of machines and equipment. Fitness trainers may also provide clients with information and resources to aid in diet and nutrition. In a facility such as a gym or health club, a fitness trainer may also be called upon to provide tours and help with marketing and promotion.

The Workplace

Fitness trainers work in private health clubs, gyms, yoga and Pilates studios, and public recreation and fitness centers. Some may work one-on-one in clients' homes. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, about one in 10 fitness trainers were self-employed.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that an increasing number of employers require fitness trainers hold an associate or bachelor's degree in a related health or fitness field, such as exercise science, kinesiology or physical education. They may also require certification for teaching specialties such as yoga or Pilates. Colleges and universities, as well as a number of two-year community and technical colleges, offer programs in health and sports medicine that provide students with industry knowledge, and in subjects such as anatomy and biology.


According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, in May 2016, the median annual earnings for fitness trainers were $38,160, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $72,980.

Job Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook projects that employment for fitness trainers will grow approximately eight percent from 2014 to 2024, as the battle against obesity and for healthier lifestyles rages on. This growth can also be attributed to business and government organizations offering incentives for employees to participate in health and exercise programs, and an increased interest in yoga and Pilates, especially among baby boomers.


For more information about the career of fitness trainer and the education and training it requires, here are some places to turn.

American College of Sports Medicine

American Council on Exercise

National Academy of Sports Medicine

National Federation of Professional Trainers

National Council on Strength and Fitness

National Strength and Conditioning Association

U.S. Registry of Exercise Professionals



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