FITNESS TRAINER - OCCUPATIONAL ANALYSIS

The courses we deliver prepare an individual to carry out the majority of the general duties and responsibilities of a Fitness Trainer. Per the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration list, the following are core skills for fitness trainers:


  • Accommodate different levels of fitness.
  • Plan routines and choose different movements for each set of muscles, depending on participants' capabilities and limitations.
  • Evaluate individuals' abilities, needs, and physical conditions, and develop suitable training programs to meet any special requirements.
  • Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary for skill improvement.
  • Monitor participants' progress and adapt programs as needed.
  • Teach proper breathing techniques used during physical exertion.
  • Instruct participants in maintaining exertion levels to maximize benefits from exercise routines.
  • Teach and demonstrate use of gymnastic and training equipment.
  • Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations.
  • Provide information and resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues.


 The most common tools of the trade are:


  • Free weights
  • Medicine balls & Weighted exercise balls
  • Treadmills
  • Stair climbers
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles*
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits
  • Microphones & Sound Systems
  • Pedometers
  • Resistance tubes


The technology frequently used by fitness trainers is:


  • Accounting software
  • Calendar and scheduling software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Desktop publishing software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Nutritional software
  • Office suite software
  • Project management software
  • Spreadsheet software


Knowledge, as it applies to exercise, contributing to work as a fitness trainer falls primarily in these areas:


  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Biology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Psychology


General skills used in fitness training are:


  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation and Delivery
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Time Management


According to the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, a fitness trainer should normally have:


  • Gross Body Coordination
  • Multi-limb Coordination
  • Stamina
  • Dynamic Strength
  • Static Strength
  • Trunk Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Oral Expression
  • Speech Clarity
  • Oral Comprehension


* A general requirement achieved through locally provided first aid instruction (Red Cross, St. John's, etc. not through the Kilgore Academy)