Specialised Personal Trainer

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Job Prospects Good; employment is expected to continue to grow
Brief There are in excess of 2000 registered fitness professionals (including Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers) working in South Australia. Many Specialised Trainers may manage their own Personal Training business for general population, but may also be employed to work in conjunction with select members of the Allied Health Industry

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The Fitness Industry is a dynamic and evolving industry. The fitness industry contributes to the economy by providing benefits to consumers through increased health, which may decrease demand for other health related services and free up the Government revenue for other purposes. Fitness instructors are at the entry level of a career within the Fitness industry. According to the recent Australian Fitness Industry Report 2012, trends within the industry show that aerobics, fitness or gym workouts are now the second most popular physical recreation activity after walking, amongst Australians. The fitness industry has more participants than swimming and cycling (the next biggest) combined and is continuing to grow. It also plays a supportive and preventative health role with sport specific programs, rehabilitation programs and mainstream fitness and health programs.

Education Requirements

This occupation usually requires a qualification in Fitness, typically a Diploma or above.

TAFE SA offers courses relevant to this occupation including the Diploma of Fitness. Pathways include the Certificate III and IV in Fitness. TAFE SA also offers a Certificate IV in Fitness Pathway Program incorporating the Certificate III and IV in Fitness.

Career Path

Students who complete studies at Diploma in Fitness are able to operate within the scope of practice of a Specialised Trainer and may fulfil a range of job outcomes. For those wishing for further study pathways, completion of the Diploma of Fitness may provide pathways into related higher education University qualifications (eg. Bachelor of Human Movement, Exercise Physiology or Bachelor of Health Sciences etc.)

Nature of the Job

The fitness industry is a client service industry. People working in the fitness industry need to enjoy working with others. The role of the Specialised Trainer includes advanced personal training as well as working collaboratively with medical and allied health professionals to service the health and fitness needs of clients with special requirements. is to develop and deliver exercise programs that are tailored to the goals, needs and abilities of the client. These programs are based on the information that is gathered through a health and lifestyle assessment that is conducted by the Personal Trainer with each client prior to commencing exercise. It is their role to provide their clients with health and fitness guidance, motivation, education to establish exercise and healthy eating habits into their lifestyles.

Typical Physical Working Environment

Specialised Trainers may operate in a range of working environments including: fitness facilities, community facilities, and cruise ships, Health Clubs, including 24 Hour Health Clubs, Personal Training studios, Mobile Personal Trainer, Personal Training Franchise, Health Spa/Resorts, Outdoor Fitness, Boot Camps and Sports Specific (strength and conditioning) settings. They may also operate in Allied Health Centres (Physiotherapy clinic, Rehabilitation Clinic, working with Exercise Physiologists and/or sports scientists, hospitals, and private homes.

Typical Occupational Example

The role of the Specialised Trainer includes:
· Deliver higher level fitness training, sports conditioning, sports training.
· Work in a variety of environments (e.g hospitals, fitness centres, private home etc.)
· Deliver exercise for ‘managed risk' populations in collaboration with and under the guidance and supervision of allied health professionals (eg. physiotherapists, exercise physiologists etc.)
· Manage GP referrals requesting admission into and supervision with specific approved programs
· Liaise with a range of other professionals from both the health and fitness industries and engage in health promotion

Further Information

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