Group Exercise Instructor

Gahanna/John E. Bickley YMCA
Job Description

Instructs safe, effective, and fun group exercise classes in a positive environment that promotes member wellness and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures,  as well as enhancing the quality and growth of the program and retention of the participants of the Group Fitness programs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following:

  1. Thinks, communicates and behaves as a cause-driven leader and role model for other staff and members when it comes to desired staff behaviors; promotes youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility in all job-related functions.

  2. Designs, prepares, and delivers class routines as directed by the supervisor that meet all the necessary components and safe guidelines in accordance with current accepted practices of exercise physiology.

  3. Builds effective, authentic relationships with members; helps members connect with each other and the YMCA

  4. Engages the members and supports them in achieving their goals related to healthy living 

  5. Maintains valid national certification specific to the class format they are delivering at all times as well as a working knowledge of wellness and trends to provide effective information and support to members.

  6. Record accurate class attendance and maintain a minimum of 60% target attendance with continual growth.

  7. Instructs a minimum of 2 classes per week (8/month) including but not limited to at least one sub shift per quarter, and appropriately securing a substitute instructor for own classes when needed.

  8. Begins and ends class at the scheduled time.

  9. Where needed, sets up equipment for class, assists members in cleaning equipment before and after class.

  10. Maintains equipment and keeps the group exercise area clean.

  11. Participates in Community Outreach campaign and shares announcements as directed by supervisor

  12. 12.Follows YMCA policies and procedures; responds to emergency situations.


  1. Passionate belief in the Y’s cause of nurturing the potential of all youth, supporting healthy living for all people and finding ways to help and support our neighbors.

  2. Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.

  3. Proof of current NCCA Group Fitness Certification (ACE, NETA, or AFAA) and Specialty/ Trademarked Certification upon hire (i.e. cycling, yoga, Pilates, Zumba®, Pound®, Les Mills BODYPUMP; in some circumstances, an NCCA Certified Personal Trainer Certification may be accepted in lieu of Group Fitness.

  4. Instructor is responsible to keep all certifications current and in good standing. 

  5. Outgoing personality with a natural ability to build positive and trusting relationships

  6. Strong customer service skills and the ability to promote programs and services

  7. Demonstrates a professional demeanor, enthusiastic and supportive attitude and genuine commitment to providing quality service

  8. Willing to work flexible work hours based on evolving needs of the members, class coverage and schedule adjustments

  9. High school diploma and experience teaching group exercise classes preferred. 

  10. Successful completion of class instruction demo by supervisor or designee upon hire.

  11. Must have current CPR/First aid & AED certification within the first 30 days of employment; until certification is obtained, cannot work alone.

  12. All mandatory YMCA of Central Ohio training(s) must be completed by the required date.

 As A Specialty Instructor through the YMCA of Central Ohio, I Understand That I: 

  1. May be required to purchase my own choreography/music updates in accordance with my trademarked specialty format.
  2. Am responsible to purchase my own CEC’s in accordance with my group exercise certification requirement.
  3. Will not be compensated for my previously acquired training.
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