Group Fitness Instructor

  • Part Time
  • Anywhere

YMCA of the North

1. Job Summary:

The Group Fitness Instructor instructs quality group fitness classes, provides excellent customer service to members in a safe, enjoyable, and positive environment that promotes member wellness in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.

2. Essential Functions:

  • Lead quality group fitness classes, as directed by the Program Manager, to accomplish the YMCA mission and goals.
  • Conduct energizing, fun, safe, and educational classes.
  • Maintain working knowledge of fitness industry and YMCA trends to provide effective information and training to members.
  • Keep accurate class attendance records.
  • Be able to respond and follow YMCA policies and procedures in emergency situations.

3. Relationships:

This position reports to the Program Manager who reports to the Director of Healthy Living. The incumbent works closely with the other PT instructors, supervisor, member services, and building/maintenance staff. The incumbent should address members by name and encourage participation in activities.

4. Qualifications:


  • Required Certifications: CPR, AED, National Certification (ACE, NETA, AFAA, NASM) in group fitness instruction or YMCA Foundations of Group Exercise Certification
  • Certification in areas of expertise (Cardio, Strength, Yoga, Cycle, Mat Pilates, Dance, ForeverWell, Silver Sneakers, etc.)
  • Attend and successfully complete within 90 days of hire: YMCA Healthy Lifestyles
  • Demonstrated customer service and communication skills


  • 1 year of experience teaching group fitness classes

5 . Work Conditions:

  • Ability to conduct classes and activities relating to fitness. Must be able to perform all physical aspects of the position; including walking, standing, bending, reaching, and lifting up to 50 lbs at a time.
  • Exposure to music volume ranging from moderate to loud.
  • Ability to recognize and react calmly and effectively in the event of an emergency.

6. Additional Notes:

Supervisory titles may change depending on branch.

This job description represents the major functions of the position, but it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The incumbent is also responsible for taking direction from branch representatives in completing projects or performing duties deemed necessary for the branch or Association’s success.

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