Fitness Trainer

Instruct or coach groups or individuals in exercise activities. Demonstrate techniques and form, observe participants, and explain to them corrective measures necessary to improve their skills.

Educational Requirements

for Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with a postsecondary training (non-degree) have a competitive advantage in the labor market.


Examples of the knowledge needed for success in this occupation is listed below, in order of importance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Examples of the skills needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Instructing: Teaching people how to do something.
  • Service Orientation: Looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness: Understanding people’s reactions.
  • Speaking: Talking to others.


Examples of the abilities needed for success in this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Stamina: Exercising for a long time without getting out of breath.
  • Gross Body Coordination: Moving your arms, legs, and mid-section together while your whole body is moving.
  • Trunk Strength: Using your lower back and stomach.
  • Oral Expression: Communicating by speaking.
  • Extent Flexibility: Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching with your body, arms, and/or legs.

Detailed Work Activities

Examples of the detailed work activities involved with this occupation are listed below, in order of importance.
  • Develop educational or training programs.
  • Evaluate capabilities or training needs.
  • Teach exercise or fitness techniques.
  • Demonstrate activity techniques or equipment use.
  • Enforce rules or regulations.