Under the direction of the Wellness Director, the Personal Trainer will assist members in attaining their
wellness potential through programs approved by the YMCA of Columbia. The position will be
instrumental in helping the member set goals, both long and short term and develop self-management
skills consistent with sustained health behavior change. This position must perform program responsibilities
in accordance with the policies, goals and mission set forth by the YMCA of Columbia.

Job Type:

Part Time

Branch Location:

Downtown YMCA

Essential Functions/Responsibilities:

– Conduct personal training sessions for YMCA members, as assigned by supervisor.
– Contribute to the development and maintenance of a positive, safe and nurturing environment.
– Track assigned members’ individual adherence and take appropriate action to motivate members to continue their YMCA membership and exercise adherence.
– Follow strength training and nutritional guidelines of the YMCA of the USA.
– Submit key indicator data as needed to supervisor and perform other duties to achieve group and
personal goals.
– Attend appropriate and required training classes offered by the YMCA of Columbia.
– Promote the “YMCA Story” with all involved in the program.
– Remain alert to the condition of equipment and report any concerns to supervisor.
– Follow accident reporting procedures and policies.
– Follow systems, practices, and training related to risk management and safety of participants and
– Submit key indicator data as needed to supervisor and perform other duties to achieve group and
personal goals.
– Clean equipment as directed by supervisor.
– Seek to learn members’ names and welcome them personally.
– Attend all required staff meetings, both departmental and branch/assoc. level.
– Be a team player and assist co-workers in other departments when needed.
– Perform team assignments associated with the Annual campaign.
– Maintain certifications by meeting continuing education requirements and keep current with trends in the field/industry.
– Refrain from diagnosing injuries, offering medical advice and dispensing or endorsing any and all
commercial health products especially nutritional supplements, vitamins, performance enhancing
substances and pain relievers.
– Be actively engaged with members on the wellness floor and in group exercise classes. This
includes talking with, assisting, demonstrating and enhancing their YMCA experience.
– Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

– Requires 1-2 years experience in the health and wellness field.
– Must have a National Personal Training or Strength Training certification from one of the following certifying bodies: ACE, ACSM, NSCA, IDEA, NETA, AFAA, Cooper’s IAR, ISSA, NASM, NPTI, NFPT, AFPA, IFPA, NSCF, NESTA or any other certification which obtain accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) or National Fitness Board of Examiners (NFBE) and must be a “live” certification.
4. Have knowledge of fitness related research and program design including basic anatomy,
physiology, exercise principles and behavior change methods.
5. Certifications required within 60 days of hire: Redwoods Bloodborne Pathogens, Hazardous
– Certifications required within the first 60 days of hire: CPR and First Aid. If working at a
location with a pool, must also complete O2 certification.
– Must obtain YMCA certifications within 60 days of employment, these include, but are not limited to, YMCA Principles of Healthy Lifestyles and YMCA Foundations of Strength & Conditioning.

Preferred Qualifications:

– 4 year college degree in a health related field is preferred.

Physical Demands:

– Work is performed in a fast-paced wellness floor/office environment.
– Visual acuity is required for reading computer screens and/or documents and making changes as
– Job requires high levels of alertness and concentration.
– Repetitive stooping and bending with occasional lifting of up to 50 pounds is required.
– Ability to sit for long periods at a time is also required.
– Ability to stand for at least 1 hour for presentations important.
– Employee must be able to hear, speak and understand the words of others, as well as, the ability
to manipulate keyboards, telephone keypads, writing utensils is essential.

Pay Rate:


Work Dates/Times:

Work schedule will vary Monday- Sunday


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