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As a gym instructor you will be designing individual gym programmes and encouraging gym users to work out effectively and safely. You will also have the opportunity to improve customers’ overall health, fitness levels, raise their confidence and help them train for specific sports or events. Many gym instructors will often progress to become personal trainers.

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Working hours

As a full-time gym instructor, you would usually work up to 40 hours per week, often on a shift or rota basis covering early mornings, evenings and weekends. Some instructors also work part-time or on a casual basis. You could work in gyms, health clubs or leisure centres.


The average salary for this position will depend on location but starting salaries are usually around £14,000 a year. This can rise to between £15,000 and £20,000.

Qualifications needed

Read more about the qualifications you need to become a personal trainer or take a look at other YMCA Awards qualifications.

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