Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor Kaiwhakangungu Tinana/Kaiwhakaako Whakapakari

Personal trainers/fitness instructors help people improve their general fitness or train for special events through individual programmes or classes.

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Personal trainers/fitness instructors need to be registered with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

Personal trainers/fitness instructors may do some or all the following:

  • assess clients' fitness and body types and design fitness programmes for them
  • explain and demonstrate exercises, weight training or class routines
  • give advice on nutrition and preventing or recovering from injuries
  • help out at the gym, which can involve cleaning and reception duties.

Personal trainers may also:

  • market and promote their services
  • discuss lifestyle and fitness goals with clients
  • take clients for personal training sessions
  • make bookings and keep accounts.

Physical Requirements

Personal trainers/fitness instructors need to have excellent fitness and health, and must be strong.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for personal trainers/fitness instructors includes:

  • sports training or coaching
  • dance tuition
  • work in areas such as nutrition, physiotherapy or physical education
  • customer service work.

Personal Qualities

Personal trainers/fitness instructors need to be:

  • patient, friendly, supportive and professional
  • able to lead and motivate others
  • organised and adaptable
  • good at problem solving
  • good communicators.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for personal trainers/fitness instructors includes:

  • sports training or coaching
  • dance tuition
  • work in areas such as nutrition, physiotherapy or physical education
  • customer service work.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but biology, health education and physical education to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.

Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructors can earn around $19-$25 per hour per year.

Personal trainers/fitness instructors may progress to set up their own fitness or personal training business.

They may specialise in areas such as:

  • Zumba
  • Pilates
  • yoga
  • weightlifting.
Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor

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