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Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Explain and enforce safety rules and regulations governing sports, recreational activities, and the use of exercise equipment.
Offer alternatives during classes to accommodate different levels of fitness.
Plan routines, choose appropriate music, and choose different movements for each set of muscles, depending on participants' capabilities and limitations.
Observe participants and inform them of corrective measures necessary for skill improvement.
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 such as trampolines and weights.
Maintain fitness equipment.
Conduct therapeutic, recreational, or athletic activities.
Monitor participants' progress and adapt programs as needed.
Evaluate individuals' abilities, needs, and physical conditions, and develop suitable training programs to meet any special requirements.
Plan physical education programs to promote development of participants' physical attributes and social skills.
Provide students with information and resources regarding nutrition, weight control, and lifestyle issues.
Administer emergency first aid, wrap injuries, treat minor chronic disabilities, or refer injured persons to physicians.
Advise clients about proper clothing and shoes.
Wrap ankles, fingers, wrists, or other body parts with synthetic skin, gauze, or adhesive tape, to support muscles and ligaments.
Teach individual and team sports to participants through instruction and demonstration, utilizing knowledge of sports techniques and of participants' physical capabilities.
Promote health clubs through membership sales, and record member information.
Organize, lead, and referee indoor and outdoor games such as volleyball, baseball, and basketball.
Maintain equipment inventories, and select, store, or issue equipment as needed.
Organize and conduct competitions and tournaments.
Advise participants in use of heat or ultraviolet treatments and hot baths.
Massage body parts to relieve soreness, strains, and bruises.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
Dynamic Strength The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Gross Body Equilibrium The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Appointment scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
BioEx Systems Exercise Expert Data base user interface and query software
BioEx Systems Fitness Maker Project management software
BioEx Systems Nutrition Maker Plus Medical software
Contemporary Web Plus Appointment-Plus Calendar and scheduling software
DietMaster Systems DietMaster Data base user interface and query software
EZFacility Trainer Management System Enterprise resource planning ERP software
Email software Electronic mail software
Get Physical! Software Personal Trainer Pro Project management software
ICTraining Project management software
Intuit QuickBooks software Accounting software
MYOB BusinessEssentials Accounting software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Natural Fitness Concepts The Trainers Edge Project management software
Sage Peachtree software Accounting software
Sage Simply Accounting Accounting software
Vesteon Software Personal Trainer-PDA Project management software
Visual Health Information The Trainer's Exercise Toolbox Desktop publishing software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Automated external defibrillators AED Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
Balance boards Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy
Balance disks Balance beams or boards or bolsters or rockers for rehabilitation or therapy
Body fat measurement calipers Skinfold calipers
Elliptical trainers Cross trainers
Emergency first aid equipment Emergency medical services first aid kits
Exercise bands Resistance bands
Exercise steps Step aerobic equipment
Exercise tubing Resistance tubes
Fitness jog belts Fitness weights
Fitness trampolines Exercise trampolines
Free weights Fitness weights
Jump ropes Jump ropes
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Lower body weight machines Lower body resistance machines
MP3 players MP3 Players or Recorders
Manual blood pressure cuffs Mercury blood pressure units
Medical tape measures Medical tape measures
Medicine balls Exercise balls
Microphones Microphones
Multi-speaker stereo systems Portable stereo systems
Pedometers Pedometers
Personal computers Personal computers
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Pilates training equipment Pilates machines
Rowing machines Rowing machines
Stair climbers Stair climbers
Stationary exercise bicycles Stationary bicycles
Treadmills Treadmills
Upper body weight machines Upper body resistance machines
Water ankle weights Fitness weights
Weighted exercise balls Exercise balls
Weighted swim vests Fitness weights
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
Alternate Job Title(s)
Aerobic Teacher
Aerobics Instructor
Certified Aquatic Fitness Instructor
Certified Personal Trainer
Exercise Specialist
Exercise Teacher
Fitness Consultant
Fitness Coordinator
Fitness Director
Fitness Instructor
Fitness Specialist
Fitness Teacher
Fitness Technician
Fitness Trainer
Fitness Worker
Group Exercise Instructor
Group Fitness Instructor
Indoor Cycling Instructor
Karate Instructor
Martial Arts Instructor
Personal Coach
Personal Fitness Trainer
Personal Trainer
Physical Education Instructor
Physical Education Teacher (PE Teacher)
Physical Fitness Teacher
Physical Fitness Trainer
Physical Instructor
Pilates Instructor
Private Trainer
Sports Instructor
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Strenth and Conditioning Coach
Water Aerobics Instructor
Weight Trainer
Weight Training Instructor
Wellness Coach
Yoga Instructor
Yoga Teacher
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors
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