The increase in awareness about health and fitness in today’s world has given birth to many job opportunities such as that of nutritionists and health (or gym) instructors. The latter position is now considered important as many people flock to gyms and health clubs to shape their bodies and need the services of a gym instructor to guide them. Gyms hire trained instructors who are knowledgeable about both general health and fitness regimes and exercise machinery.
Everyone cannot be a gym instructor; if you have spent some time working out in a gym, it does not necessarily mean that you can carry out the work of a gym instructor. What you know about the gym and how it is operated will be focused on when you appear for an interview. You will need to know how to develop clientele along with helping gym patrons in using exercise machines safely.
In an interview for the position of a gym instructor, you will be scrutinized on your ability to lay out fitness programs for each of your clients which means that you will be required to understand the world of fitness from inside out. Some sample questions (and their answers) are given below to help you with your interview.
Tell me about your qualifications as a gym instructor?
I am an expert in designing and implementing personalized exercise and diet programs based on the clients’ goals and targets. I also have profound ability to recruit and retain clients, provide fitness equipment handling instructions and assess clients on regular basis. I am an expert in directing rehabilitation exercises following a sports or other injury.
What are your favorite machines for cardiovascular exercises?
My personal favorites are the elliptical, stationery bike and treadmill. These three equipments are most commonly used and most enjoyed by clients in addition to being the most effective ones.
Do you have any relevant certifications?
I am an ACE and AFAA certified gym and fitness trainer.
If a customer comes to you seeking a weight loss, how do you develop a plan for them?
I start with their initial assessments, set up a realistic targets based on the client’s specific requirements, determine their BMI and then come up with a daily or weekly routine workout plan along with special dietary instructions for them to follow.
Name a few essential exercises suitable for almost anyone?
Pushups, chin-ups and crunches work well for almost anyone.
How do you determine a person’s workout potential to avoid pushing them to the limits?
During the initial assessment and first few days I am usually able to judge the client’s potential by observing their performance and do not push them further than that. One indication of client’s threshold is that the client stops enjoying the workout after a certain time. That for me is the biggest pointer that the person has reached his or her limit.
Do you have any knowledge regarding nutrition?
I am a graduate in nutrition and understand the usefulness of various food groups and their interaction very well.
What works best in motivating an aerobics group?
In my experience upbeat music and weight loss competitions are two things that really motivate an aerobics group.
Are you more comfortable in group or personal training?
Though I specialize in personal training and enjoy setting individual goals and attaining them more, I work equally well with client groups.
What would you do if a client is injured during a workout at the gym?
Such situations rarely occur since I am very vigilant and guide the clients thoroughly as they use the gym equipment. However if it does happen, I am CPR certified and fully capable of providing first aid and calling an ambulance if needed.
What do you do to enhance clientele?
I maintain a client referral list and make cold contacts; I also promote the gym and fitness services via face book and other social media platforms.
How important do you think that gym instructors are nowadays especially since there is so much information regarding health and fitness available on the Internet?
Getting information off the Internet is one thing but actually applying it in a real time gym setting is not easy. Gym instructors help clients with the actual application of fitness programs so their importance in this setting is quite high.
How do you handle the marketing side of a gym instructor’s work?
The marketing side is very important if you want more people to join your gym. Since financial benefit is one of the most important parts of running a gym, one has to develop clientele. I make sure that I keep gym information updated on social media websites and always have a one-on-one with my clients which usually ends up in word of mouth referrals.
Most people know how to use gym machinery so why is there so much focus on training them?
It is true that people are intelligent enough to be able to use gym machinery. However, it is a gym instructor’s duty to train them anyway so that they are also aware of the potential hazards of the machine that they are using.
How do you ensure that a fitness program is effective?
Each fitness program is different for different clients and needs to be created specifically for the individual. Along with exercises comes nutrition so I inform my clients of what kind of food intake they should have and suggest supplements too. The amalgamation of all these make for an effective fitness program.
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