How to Become a Fitness Instructor?

Becoming a fitness instructor is a great move for those looking for a part-time career that plays into their love of all things active and sporty. Getting fit has never been more popular, and for those beginners who are looking to start on their fitness journey, exercise classes are the go-to activity. It could not be a better time to get into it. And, with the hours being flexible and available from Monday – Sunday, it couldn’t be easier to build a career to fit around your current commitments. But how to go about it, here is the information you need…



There are no official requirements needed to become a fitness instructor, but of course some credentials and experience will be hugely helpful in becoming a success. We have plenty of options to choose from when it comes to courses and qualifications to bulk out your skill set. If you would prefer to learn on the job, we can help you do that too through our apprenticeship scheme and industry contacts.



Your fitness skills and knowledge are, of course, the first tool you can use to build a successful career as a fitness instructor. But there are a few other skills that you might find useful when connecting with your clients and securing their trust and ongoing business.

  • Good communication skills.
  • A flare for planning and organisation when creating classes and programmes for your clients.
  • Good time management.
  • Good motivation skills.
  • Enjoy working with other people.


Working Hours

It depends on who you work for, but if you work as self-employed, the hours can be very flexible. Yes, classes tend to be at the same time every week, but these classes are usually in the evenings and on weekends, which can work really well when working around family life. Being freelance can also give you the freedom to work for multiple clubs and clients.



The fee freelance instructors can demand vary on where you work, the average for any area can be anywhere between £20 and £40 an hour. Your fee also depends on your level… so top up your training where you can, it helps!


Further Training

The more experience you gain, the more marketable you will become. There are loads of flexible opportunities available to help you grow your skills in a way that suits you.

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