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Personal Trainer

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Fitness Instructor
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(thousands per year)*
€20 -  
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Entrant: 20 - 25
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Leads people in exercise activities. He or she works with individuals or groups, providing both instruction and motivation.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation


Conduct needs assessments or surveys to determine interest in, or satisfaction with, wellness and fitness programs, events, or services.


Conduct or facilitate training sessions or seminars for wellness and fitness staff.


Demonstrate proper operation of fitness equipment, such as resistance machines, cardio machines, free weights, or fitness assessment devices.


Develop fitness or wellness classes, such as yoga, aerobics, strength training, or aquatics, ensuring a diversity of class offerings.


Develop marketing campaigns to promote a healthy lifestyle or participation in fitness or wellness programs.


Develop or coordinate fitness and wellness programs or services.


Interpret insurance data or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) data to develop programs that address specific needs of target populations.


Maintain or arrange for maintenance of fitness equipment or facilities.


Maintain wellness- and fitness-related schedules, records, or reports.


Manage or oversee fitness or recreation facilities, ensuring safe and clean facilities and equipment.

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Go..Fitness Advisor - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Life Coach - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Personal Trainer - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Personal Trainer - from:  iCould [UK] Video
Go..Pilates Teacher - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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