Group Fitness Instructor

Position Details

Job Description

Position Title Group Fitness Instructor
General Description

The Group Fitness Instructor is responsible for the safe and effective instruction of group exercise classes for participants with varying fitness levels in a fitness center setting. This position ensures the safe practice of exercises of the members/guests through observation, correction, assistance and answering questions. The instructor maintains the cleanliness and orderliness of the fitness space and stays educated on the newest techniques and changes in techniques in the industry.

Positions include: Spinning, kickboxing, aqua fitness (water aerobics, water zumba, etc)

Essential Functions

•Maintains high energy, excellent communication and social skills to effectively teach and provide advice to all guests and members in need of additional explanation.

•Identifies and implements the components of a total physical fitness program to promote healthy lifestyles.

•Through instruction of proper form and alignment, demonstrates, describes and executes the movements using verbal and non-verbal cues for different group fitness classes.

•Modifies and corrects form and alignment appropriately.

•Explains and executes variations of intensity and progressions of movements and exercises for group fitness classes.

•Explains, demonstrates, and addresses safety variables and methods for injury avoidance.

•Explains and demonstrates warm up movements, cardio-vascular, resistance, flexibility, and cool down exercises.

•Utilizes functional equipment in group exercise classes (hand weights, balls, etc.)

•Maintains the fitness center and equipment to a high standard in order to continually provide a clean and fully functional facility for our members and guests.

•Provides coverage for other fitness instructors while on vacation in order to maintain normal class scheduling for members and guests, if certified in class specialty.

•Maintains professional ethics and compliance with all Tiernan Field House rules and regulations.

•Keeps current with fitness industry trends and events

•Active support for the College’s Principles of Community and Principles of Diversity in the performance of job duties.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

•Identify the components of a total physical fitness program through instruction of proper form and alignment.

•Describes and executes the movements and cues for different group fitness classes.

•Explains and executes the variations of intensity of movements and exercise for group fitness classes, and addresses various safety variables and methods for injury avoidance.

•Explains various warm up movements, cardio-vascular training, resistance training and flexibility exercises.

•Utilizes functional equipment in a group exercise classes (hand weights, balls, etc.).

•Explains and executes the variations of intensity of movements and exercise for group fitness classes.

Qualifications & Standards

High school diploma is required. Associate or Bachelor degree is preferred in a related field such as exercise science, physical education, and kinesiology.

Minimum of 0-3 years of group exercise instruction experience in a recreation, collegiate, public or private fitness industry setting.

Licenses, Registration, and Certifications

Group fitness instructor certification needed in one of the following: AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America), AFPA (American Fitness Professionals and Associates), ACE (The American Council on Exercise), ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), NAFC (National Association for Fitness Certification) NCSM (National College of Sports Medicine), NSPA (National Strength Professionals Association) or similar certification through an accredited teaching and training organization.

Minimum of one additional specialty certification for group fitness classes (Zumba, Pilates, spinning, kickboxing, etc.)

Maintains certification through continuing education credits by attending workshops on a yearly basis.

CPR, First Aid and AED Certifications.

Classification and Status

This is a temporary non-exempt, 2-3 hours per week, 9 months per year, and non-benefits eligible position.

Hours of work will be assigned based on the needs of the department including evenings and weekends.

Supervisory Responsibility


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate.

Physical Requirements

Ability to maintain good concentration level while dealing with interruptions; attention to details with emphasis on accuracy; capable of giving, receiving, and analyzing information, formulating work plans, and articulating goals and action plans.

Sitting in a normal seated position for extended periods of time. Standing for extended periods of time. Reaching and extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than the whole hand(s), or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard. Communication skills using the spoken word. Ability to see within normal parameters. Ability to hear within normal parameters. Ability to bend and stoop, for example, to file. Ability to move about. Ability to lift and carry short distances up to 20 lbs., for example to lift or move office supplies, files, books and packages. Lifting, carry, pushing, or pulling objects up to 25lbs. Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching.

Other Information
At-Will Employment

Regular employment at the College is for no specified period of time; conditions and status of employment (hours, pay, title, duties, etc.) are subject to change at any time. Scripps College is an At-Will employer. Employees, and likewise the College, are free to end the employment relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice or cause, unless otherwise prohibited by law.

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Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter