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As a certified pilates instructor and Fitness Educational Director for a fitness company, the typical week involves around 20 hours in the studio teaching classes, and 20 to 25 hours out of the studio preparing new fitness programs for oneself and other Instructors. It is a rewarding career but to stay certified can become expensive. However, it keeps you modern and fresh with new ideas for fitness instruction. Getting a degree in physical education or kinesiology can prove beneficial because one is able to understand the physical body more aptly and then apply this to the certified fitness instruction.

Degree: Health and Physical Education/Fitness
Job Title: Pilates Instructor & Fitness Educational Director
Employer: Pilates Pull-Ups

Job Summary: Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors

Job Description

Fitness trainers and instructors lead, instruct, and motivate individuals or groups in exercise activities, including cardiovascular exercise (exercises for the heart and blood system), strength training, and stretching. They work with people of all ages and skill levels.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Some group fitness instructors and personal fitness trainers work other full-time jobs and teach fitness classes or offer personal training sessions during the week or on the weekend. Fitness trainers and instructors may work nights, weekends, or holidays. Some travel to different gyms or to clients' homes to teach classes or offer personal training sessions.

Certification Requirement
REequired by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$20,000 - $65,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 30 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
People skills, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Physical Sciences
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I</span> <span m='42110'>have</span> <span m='42330'>a degree in</span> <span m='42820'>kinesiology.</span> <span m='43880'>And</span> <span m='45240'>after</span> <span m='45739'>I did</span> <span m='46238'>that I worked</span> <span m='46737'>with kids</span> <span m='47236'>in</span> <span m='47735'>fitness for a</span> <span m='48234'>little while.</span> </p><p><span m='49232'>And then</span> <span m='50729'>I</span> <span m='51228'>was</span> <span m='51727'>personal trainer,</span> <span m='52226'>fitness</span> <span m='52725'>director,</span> <span m='53730'>had</span> <span m='54060'>a bunch of</span> <span m='54180'>different</span> <span m='54560'>jobs</span> <span m='54920'>at</span> <span m='55280'>a gym,</span> <span m='55663'>at a big</span> <span m='56046'>gym.</span> <span m='57070'>Left</span> <span m='57415'>that,</span> <span m='58055'>went into</span> <span m='58350'>the</span> <span m='58620'>corporate</span> <span m='58810'>world,</span> <span m='59260'>because</span> <span m='59760'>I</span> <span m='59860'>thought</span> <span m='60710'>I would</span> <span m='61170'>like that</span> <span m='61370'>more,</span> <span m='61790'>and</span> <span m='62190'>didn't.</span> <span m='62650'>Came back</span> <span m='63130'>to</span> <span m='63610'>fitness.</span> <span m='64090'>And so I've</span> <span m='64570'>now been</span> <span m='65050'>teaching for</span> <span m='66010'>about</span> <span m='66970'>15</span> <span m='67450'>years.</span> <span m='68890'>And</span> <span m='69833'>I</span> <span m='70326'>have</span> <span m='70820'>kickboxing</span> <span m='71090'>certification,</span> <span m='71910'>Pilate</span> <span m='72540'>certification,</span> <span m='74300'>pre-natal</span> <span m='74860'>certification.</span> <span m='76250'>You</span> <span m='76640'>name it, I</span> <span m='77120'>pretty much</span> <span m='77490'>have it.</span> </p><p><span m='78840'>The first</span> <span m='79160'>thing I ever</span> <span m='79440'>taught</span> <span m='79740'>was</span> <span m='80360'>water</span> <span m='80615'>aerobics.</span> <span m='81243'>And</span> <span m='81616'>I</span> <span m='81990'>still</span> <span m='82180'>love to</span> <span m='82465'>teach</span> <span m='82750'>it.</span> <span m='83620'>And</span> <span m='83810'>then,</span> <span m='84530'>what I wish</span> <span m='84930'>I</span> <span m='84980'>knew</span> <span m='85820'>is</span> <span m='86310'>that</span> <span m='87290'>it's</span> <span m='87780'>expensive</span> <span m='88270'>to stay</span> <span m='88760'>certified. 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