A fitness coordinator coordinates the fitness and wellness programs to meet the goals of their employer. These coordinators may also collaborate with other wellness professionals such as health educators, wellness specialists, or fitness instructors to ensure they are providing a well-rounded program. Some fitness coordinators may also supervise and train other wellness professionals.
Watch a video to learn what a fitness coordinator does.
How to Become a Fitness Coordinator
According to O*NET OnLine, over 70% of fitness coordinators hold at least a bachelor’s degree and almost 30% have earned a master’s degree. With experience, an individual may be able to gain a position if they hold any certifications in the field as well. Useful degrees include those in exercise science, physical education, and kinesiology. A coordinator may also start their career as a fitness instructor or wellness educator to gain enough experience to coordinate fitness programs.
Job Description of a Fitness Coordinator
A fitness coordinator runs wellness and fitness programs for their employer. This can include ensuring the fitness facility meets the demands of the program, that it is kept clean, is a safe environment, and that improvements to equipment or the facility are made when needed. They also design programs that meet their employer’s fitness goals. They may work for places such as senior centers or community organizations, so crafting unique fitness programs designed with their audience in mind is essential.
These coordinators may work with other wellness professionals and may supervise them. They would work with these other professionals to hold wellness events as well. They would also periodically collect feedback from their audience to ensure their needs are being met and then improve their existing program’s offerings.
Fitness Coordinator Career Video Transcript
Juggling or playing tennis takes physical coordination, but the coordination of fitness and wellness goals takes another level of expertise. That’s where fitness and wellness coordinators come in to tailor health programs and services to fit the needs of individuals and communities. Fitness and wellness coordinators offer one-on-one sessions to develop wellness and nutrition goals that fit a client’s budget and schedule. They often develop and teach group classes and coordinate equipment and facilities. Surveys help them measure participants’ satisfaction with the program and identify new program ideas.
These health professionals also supervise specialists, instructors, health educators, and nutritionists who can provide more detailed guidance in specific areas. Coordinators work for wellness programs in large corporations, for cities or communities, in senior residences, insurance providers, and others. Work schedules vary depending on the setting and employer. The majority of fitness and wellness coordinators have a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, physical education, kinesiology, or a related field, and a few have master’s degrees. Most are also required to obtain a professional certification.
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