This one is rather obvious. You need to be perfect at all forms of exercises to be able to teach others
This is where the motivation part steps in. You must know how to lead and motivate your clients. They might not always be confident about their efforts. Their minds might give up before their bodies do. You must be capable of driving them through.
This is also linked to your motivation skills. Your personality and speech must form a tight bond with your leadership qualities. Only then you can motivate your clients effectively.
Grasping the demands and goals of your clients entirely is important to help them achieve their fitness goals.
You are selling an essential service. Therefore, it is necessary that you become a skilled marketer.
Exercise physiologists understand how the body responds to stress created by physical activity. Working with diverse populations, ranging from world-class athletes to individuals with chronic diseases, exercise physiologists help others maintain, improve or enhance their overall fitness, health, and physical performance. An undergraduate degree in kinesiology or exercise science is usually required, along with national certification from the American College of Sports Medicine and a master’s degree and board certification from the American Society of Exercise Physiologists for clinical positions.
Sports nutritionists are experts in nutrition, in particular how the body uses food to fuel physical activity. Broadly, they help a diverse array of clients (e.g. sports teams, wellness programs) to develop nutritionally sound menus, implement nutritional education programs and assist in one-on-one nutritional counseling. State educational requirement vary, but a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, kinesiology, exercise science or related field is the typical minimum educational requirement. Certification from the American Dietetics Association or board certification from the Commission on Dietetic Registration are commonly required.
Group exercise instructors design, develop and lead group personal training sessions. Classes spread across different fitness activities, such as yoga, aerobics, cycling and Pilates. Instructors participate along with their clients who follow the lead. In their programs, group exercise instructors motivate clients, ensure they exercise safely, and implement transitional patterns from one exercise to the next. Professional certification from organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine and American Council on Fitness are typically required for employment.
Corrective exercise specialists have unique knowledge of posture and the mechanics of body movement. They help clients dealing with flexibility issues, joint pain or muscle instability by developing individualized and corrective exercise programs. Assessing clients, corrective exercise specialists work to restore full body movement in clients. Professional experience and a Certified Personal Trainer certification are generally required before earning a Corrective Exercise Specialist certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Strength and conditioning coaches have two directives when working with clients: 1) to help improve their athletic performance and 2) reduce athletic injuries. Although they traditionally work with sports teams, strength and conditioning coaches may also work in physical therapy clinics, fitness clubs and high schools. Responsible for developing conditioning programs, teaching proper lifting techniques, and monitoring athlete’s performance, strength and conditioning coaches work to ensure athletes maximize their potential while minimizing their exposure to injuries. A bachelor’s degree, previous fitness experience and certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association is typically required.