This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Instructs group classes in a safe, enjoyable, and positive environment that welcomes people of all skill and fitness levels. Effectively builds community within the class. Modifies class as needed to meet varied health, ability and cultural needs.
1. Arrives 5 to 10 minutes early to greet members, welcome, and assist them with setup.
2. Conducts and organizes engaging classes agreed to on the current monthly schedule that
begin and end on time.
3. Finds their own subs when needed. After locating a sub, informs their supervisor of the
absence at least 48 hours in advance. In the case of an emergency, instructors must contact
their direct supervisor immediately. No-shows and excessive subbing of classes can lead to
disciplinary action up to and including termination.
4. Adheres to all class tracking procedures.
5. Teaches to various fitness levels simultaneously and is able to provide modifications for all
abilities, encouraging members to work at their own pace.
6. Monitors participants for proper positioning and intensity levels and is able to explain or
demonstrate the correct and safe way to perform all exercises by applying appropriate policies
7. Knows and adheres to general fitness principles and avoids contraindicated exercises.
8. Answers questions from members to support them in achieving their goals related to healthy
living. Keeps abreast of changes and trends in the fitness industry by continuing education
(reading, workshops, attending other instructor’s classes, etc.)
9. Builds effective, authentic relationships with members; helps members connect with each
other and the YMCA.
10. Takes responsibility for all audio equipment and care. Ensures that class music is current,
varied, appropriate, and interesting to participants. Controls safe volume levels to facilitate
communication with participants. Reports any equipment or studio malfunctions to the Group
Exercise Coordinator or Health and Wellness Director immediately.
11. Records time worked by clocking-in/out and completing the instructor log.
12. Maintains a professional appearance, wearing appropriate clothing; exercise tops may be worn
instead of a t-shirt or tank – must cover the midriff. Inappropriate advertising is not
permitted on clothing.
13. Checks email/text messages regularly to stay current on information and respond to requests
for feedback and information.
14. Attends and participates in Annual Group Exercise Summit, quarterly class performance
evaluations, staff meetings, trainings, and other meetings as requested.
15. Follows YMCA policies and procedures; responds to emergency situations.
16. Performs other duties as assigned.
1. Must hold a current exercise instructor certification.
a. Instructors of specialty classes such as Cycle, Pilates, Yoga, ZUMBA, BODYCOMBAT, etc. must
hold a current certification in the specialty taught.
b. Instructors of non-specialty classes must hold a current Group Exercise certification from a
nationally recognized organization such as ACE (American Council on Exercise), NETA
(National Exercise Trainers Association), AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America),
ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) etc. to teach Group Exercise classes.
2. Must hold current CPR, First Aid, and AED certifications.
3. Must complete online Blood Borne Pathogens and Child Abuse Prevention training within 30
days of hire.
4. Must complete all mandatory Columbia Y trainings by the required dates.
1-2 years of experience.
1. Ability to conduct classes and activities.
2. Ability to perform all physical aspects of the position; including: walking, standing, bending, reaching, climbing, lifting (50 lbs.), kneeling, crouching, seeing, hearing, and carrying (50 lbs.).
3. Ability to perform close, distance, and peripheral vision to monitor all participants in the exercise venue.
Monday-Friday 6am, 12p, 5:30p