Youth Fitness Instructor

Occupational Titles

  • Youth Fitness Instructor (Adolescents)
  • Youth Fitness Instructor (Children)

Job Purpose

To instruct health and fitness activities to children and/or adolescents within a safe, secure and fun environment toward encouraging their optimal physical, psychosocial and emotional growth. Also to work with children and/or adolescents and their families, friends and schools to promote lifelong participation in physical activity.

Occupational Description

A youth fitness instructor for children and adolescents is responsible for the planning, instructing and evaluation of activities for children (approximate ages 6-11 years) and adolescents (approximates ages 12-17 years), including (but not limited to) creative play, games providing basic skills for various sports and general exercise, individual and group fitness activities to promote a healthy lifestyle. A youth fitness instructor is responsible for encouraging children and adolescents and where possible, their family and friends, to adhere to activities that promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle, employing motivational strategies to achieve this.

Occupational Roles

A Youth Fitness Instructor should be able to:

  1. Provide a safe, supportive and inclusive environment to ensure the physical, mental and emotional health and well being of children and/or adolescents through creative play, games, general fitness and sport-based activities.
  2. Know, understand and apply the relevant scientific knowledge and practical considerations concerning youth (children aged 6-11 years, and adolescent aged 12-17 years) physical, mental and emotional development, with particular reference to the differences between chronological and maturational age.
  3. Identify individual motives and resulting short, medium and long term fitness goals for participation in activities.
  4. Plan and deliver a variety of activity sessions appropriate for the age range of the group, including (but not limited to) creative play, sports-based sessions, music-based and additional group classes activities, general exercise and healthy lifestyle sessions.
  5. Select relevant activities and exercises and design appropriate exercises/games to maximize safety and effectiveness, taking into consideration the age range of the group and any developmental differences within the group.
  6. Know how to progress activity within sessions and over time so that children/adolescents experience a sense of achievement in accordance with their age, stage of development and ability.
  7. Provide adaptations and alternatives throughout sessions to allow for individual differences.
  8. Know how to use instruments (battery tests) to evaluate youth physical condition and how to interpret the results in order to evaluate the health and fitness level of children and adolescents.
  9. Observe children/adolescent participants at all times and correct unsafe practices or technique toward the achievement of optimal movement patterns.
  10. Ensure children/adolescents exhibit appropriate and safe behavior in the activity/exercise environment.
  11. Act as a positive role model for children/adolescent to look up by using appropriate teaching (pedagogical) strategies.
  12. Demonstrate a positive and fun attitude to ensure that children/adolescents feel welcome and at ease at all times.
  13. Positively interact and motivate children/adolescents using appropriate communication and motivational strategies (using effective written, oral and presentation skills) to promote long term adherence to an active lifestyle.
  14. Know and understand the skills necessary for teaching. Show basic reflection on learning experiences and formulate learning goals - apply effective teaching styles, time management, instruction, feedback and manage indiscipline.
  15. Promote fun, healthy activities and related strategies (including general nutritional habits) for daily living to children/adolescent and their parents.
  16. Encourage children/adolescents to include friends and family in their games/fitness/sports participation.
  17. Use effective team building skills.
  18. Liaise with the parents of the children/adolescents participating and keep them informed of the activities planned and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
  19. Ensure that all personal CRB checks (and any other national guidelines and requirements) are met and undertaken prior to instructing children and are kept up to date.
  20. Ensure that all health and safety guidelines appropriate to children/adolescents, are adhered to.
  21. Know and understand how to select and use appropriate strength and cardiovascular equipment when working with children and adolescents and design basic activity programs using these mediums.
  22. Reflect on own performance to enhance personal development.
  23. Keep up-to-date with health and fitness industry developments especially in relation to children to ensure high standards and appropriate activities are selected to meet child/adolescent needs.
  24. Cooperate with a team and other professionals in organizations, demonstrating understanding of own strengths and weaknesses.
  25. Work within the parameters given at Level 4, recognizing the standards and professional limitations that this provides and referring to appropriate members of staff for guidance and support when necessary.