£10,400 Average salary at age 20
£21,320 Average Salary
26 Average hours per week


Fitness instructors deliver training in a range of fitness activities, including weight training, yoga, pilates, personal training and other forms of exercise at private health and fitness centres, local authority run sports and leisure centres, other public and community establishments, and in private homes.

Main Tasks

  • Assesses the fitness levels of clients;
  • Devises programmes of training appropriate to the needs of clients with varying levels of strength, fitness and ability;
  • Demonstrates and leads fitness activities and supervises exercise classes;
  • Ensures that clients do not injure themselves through over exertion or using incorrect training techniques;
  • Plans and monitors personal fitness schedules;
  • Understands the health and safety aspects of different forms of exercise and ensures that any statutory requirements are met.


There are no formal academic requirements. Entrants must, however, possess coaching qualifications recognised by the appropriate governing body. Applicants to coaching courses must normally be over 18 years old and hold a first-aid certificate. Background checks including a CRB check are required for those working with children.

What Fitness instructors studied in higher education

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What Fitness instructors studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(W2) Design studies1
(L3) Sociology1
(C1) Biology1
(C8) Psychology2
(W1) Fine art1
(X9) Others in education1
(W3) Music1
(Q3) English studies1
(W4) Drama1
(M1) Law by area1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport3
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine2
(B1) Anatomy, physiology & pathology2
(F3) Physics1
(B4) Nutrition1
(N1) Business studies1
(X3) Academic studies in education1
(X1) Training teachers1
(C6) Sport & exercise science63
(N2) Management studies1
(V1) History by period1
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science1
(W5) Dance3

UK Prospects

67400 Workforce Size
0.51% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
7663 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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