10 Nov 2016

Gym Instructor vs Group Exercise Instructor: What's the Difference?

Career Advice

On the gym floor or standing front and centre ready to break a sweat? When it comes to fitness instructing, you’ve got options.

Find out the differences between becoming a Gym Instructor and a Group Exercise Instructor and discover which the best fit is for you.

Gym Instructor

Providing clients with a solid foundation knowledge of fitness, a Gym Instructor is responsible for instructing and directing in classes or on the gym floor, as well as demonstrating hands-on proper fitness techniques to ensure a safe and healthy gym environment.

Working as part of a team of fitness professionals, Gym Instructors take on a variety of daily duties, including:

  • Instructing on proper and safe use of fitness equipment and machinery

  • Keeping clients and gym patrons advised of proper safety and health codes

  • Monitoring the use of fitness equipment

  • Taking proper action to report accidents and fill out accident reports

  • Working with individual clients to develop personal fitness plans

  • Assessing a patron’s fitness levels and demonstrating how to correctly use equipment and weights

How can I Become a Gym Instructor?

Become a qualified Gym Instructor with the Certificate III in Fitness.

During this qualification, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of fitness and training fundamentals, including anatomy and physiology principles. You will also learn the latest in healthy eating trends and motivational strategies to assist new members in their fitness and health journey.

Group Exercise Instructor

Leading a group of participants through movements and exercises, while keeping motivation levels consistently high, Group Exercise Instructors are the ones who take centre stage in group fitness classes.

Leading a variety of fitness activities, from step aerobics through to pilates, boxing and spin, Group Exercise Instructors are responsible for:

  • Providing a safe and fun fitness environment for participants

  • Promoting and incorporating knowledge of proper group fitness components (e.g. warm-up, aerobic exercises, flexibility techniques and cool-down exercises)

  • Being knowledgeable in techniques and dynamics of group fitness

  • Having the knowledge and confidence to lead a variety of group fitness classes

  • Providing customer service to all gym patrons

  • Maintaining the group fitness room and equipment

How can I Become a Group Exercise Instructor?

You will also gain the skills you need to lead a series of group fitness classes with a Certificate III in Fitness.

This nationally recognised qualification will provide you with the knowledge you need to deliver freestyle, pre-choreographed and circuit-style sessions to a variety of age groups and fitness levels.

Once qualified as a Group Exercise Instructor, you can also choose to undertake a number of additional training to teach specialty classes such as:

  • Les Mills Classes such as Bodypump, Bodycombat, Bodybalance or CxWorx

  • Zumba instructor

  • Functional fitness class instructor

  • Crossfit instructor

  • Spin or RPM instructor

  • Pilates instructor

  • Yoga instructor.

Become a qualified Fitness Instructor with AIPT call us today about our SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness and transform your life with a career in fitness. Call 1300 616 180 to find out more!

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