Part Time Personal Trainer

Position: Part Time Personal Trainer
Locations: Ward Downtown YMCA (417 S Jefferson Ave Springfield, MO 65806)

Reports to: Senior Program Director

General Functions:
Under the direction of the Wellness or Membership Director, and consistent with the mission of the Y, the Personal
Trainer is responsible for planning and leading a range of individualized or group exercise/activity sessions for
clients in a fitness specialty area. The incumbent performs a variety of fitness programs that are both educational
and motivational. The incumbent follows YMCA of the USA, and Health and Fitness guidelines while providing
customer service which promotes member wellness in accordance with the Y policies and procedures in a safe,
enjoyable, and positive environment.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Instruct a variety of individualized or group exercise/activity session for members.

  • Plan and instruct progressive sessions in a specialty area. Observe and discuss individual progress with participants. Motivate and guide individuals/calls and program participation. Ensure safe and effective sessions; responding to, and reporting any accidents or incidents with an Incident Report Form.

  • Administer and evaluate the health history questionnaires and other pre-participation documentation with regard to individual exercise programs. Administer and interpret health/fitness assessments. Track client progress and maintain appropriate documentation in participant files.

  • Instruct individual clients in proper exercise technique and use of equipment. Develop and implement individualized exercise programs including, but not limited to: cardiovascular, resistance training flexibility, balance/stability, and postural components that provide optimum results for the client. Provide encouragement and support for the client, and recognize the client’s strengths and weaknesses.

  • Maintain required CEC’s and applicable national certifications.


Education and or Experience:


  • Formal training in the specialty class being taught and/or ability to demonstrate the movements and exercises recommended.

  • Education and/or equivalent knowledge related to fitness, exercise physiology, or health and wellness.

  • National Accredited Personal Training Certification such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), or National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), or other approved and accredited certifications.

  • Certifications required with 30 days of hire: CPR/First Aid, AED. 

  • Most hold appropriate certification/training in area(s) of specialty programming

  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Health/Exercise Science, or related field.

  • 1 year experience of teaching in a specialty format/program preferred.

  • 6 months experience in fitness instruction and/or personal training preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated customer service and communication skills. Being able to work with a diverse population of clients.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate either an individual or group session to help them achieve their fitness goals.

  • Ability to respond to safety and emergency situations.

  • Ability to instruct assigned classes, demonstrating exercise techniques and perform associated physical

  • activities.


How to Apply:

Please complete a job application.