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Raritan Bay Area YMCA Group Exercise Instructor in Perth Amboy, New Jersey


Under the direction of the Program Director or Designee, the Group Exercise Instructor is responsible for conducting safe, effective and enjoyable exercise classes by providing leadership, up-to-date quality instruction and high energy motivation. The Group Exercise Instructor demonstrates cause driven leadership through the following YMCA Leadership Competencies-Mission Advancement; Collaboration; Operational Effectiveness and The Group Exercise Instructor engages in and promotes the YMCA mission through the core values: Honesty, Caring, Responsibility and Respect.


Essential Functions

Plans and instructs fitness and/or related classes, following YMCA standards and guidelines.
Sets up and takes down class equipment. Reports equipment problems.
Attends staff meetings and approved trainings as required. Maintain current certifications.
Observes and discusses individual progress with participants. Develops rapport with members and responds to questions related to fitness.
Ensures safe and effective workouts. Responds to, and reports, accidents and incidents.
Discusses and promotes all YMCA programs. Motivates members to commit to long term participation.
Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergency procedures.
Plans and implements a program in accordance with the goals and policies of the YMCA.
Coordinates activities which are culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate.
Any additional duties as assigned.
Effect on End Result:

Group Exercise Instructor will demonstrate excellence in ability and maintain a caring attitude at all times to provide quality programs and service while promoting the Raritan Bay Area YMCA mission.
The popularity and size of the classes and number of persons who attain their individual goals will measure achievable results.



Must have basic knowledge of fitness or equivalent work/education experience; must have at minimum 25 hours of practical experience as a fitness class instructor.

High school Diploma
CPR and First Aid (must obtain within first 6 months of employment)
C. Skills:

Ability to lead a fitness class; ability to motivate and educate members in the field of physical fitness; ability to respond to safety and emergency situations; ability to set up, move, and store equipment.
Ability to communicate to a diverse group of people.
Interpersonal Skills:

Familiar with the culture and mission of the organization
Excellent communication and organizational skills required.
Friendly and polite.
Ability to be gracious with all persons of various ages, cultures, and creeds.

This position is required to be performed on the YMCA premises. Regular interaction with members and staff. Supervision received from Program Director or Designee. May also take direction from senior staff.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; reach with hands or arms; lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee may be required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and talk or hear.

Must be physically fit to lead a class at the appropriate level.