Considering working in the Fitness Industry?

If you are considering working in the fitness industry, the time has never been better! If you enjoy looking after your health and fitness to the extent where it is a more than a pastime, where it is something you want to do every day then maybe a career in Health and Fitness is for you.

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The Health and Fitness industry has never been stronger. With new boutique studios and gym franchises opening daily, interest in our own wellbeing and health has driven the UK to get fitter. If you are deciding what type of career to move into it can be important to know that the future is looking strong. With the decline in other industries such as high-street retail, it is important to consider that the career you are going to choose has a bright future. The time really is now for the UK Fitness Industry.

State of the UK Fitness Industry

In the 2018 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report presented the following figures

  • The number of fitness facilities in the UK is up from 6,728 to 7,038 this year.
  • Total membership grew by 2% to 9.9 million.
  • Total market value increased by 2.9% to £4.9 billion

See more stats at: http://www.leisuredb.com/blog/2018/5/16/2018-state-of-the-uk-fitness-industry-report-out-now

This trend has seen six successive years of increases and with the increase in health and fitness comes a boost in the need for individuals who have a genuine passion for their own fitness and that of others. The scope of careers available in the industry is huge, with new styles of innovative and increasingly technological advances the future is only looking brighter. Innovative apps and the introduction of Virtual Reality into the gym experience continue to develop and excite the fitness community, with on-demand workouts and training regimens expanding the reach of the industry into people’s everyday lives.  Working in the leisure industry is not only rewarding but ultimately it can keep you fit and healthy too!

If the image of a P.E. teacher or gym instructor springs to mind when you think about careers in the world of fitness then here is a list of just some of the health and fitness jobs to remind you of how many possibilities there actually is in the world of fitness.

  • Boxing Instructor
  • Health Club Manager
  • Fitness and Nutrition journalist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Badminton Coach
  • Cycle Scheme co-ordinator
  • Personal Trainer
  • Lifeguard
  • Swimming Teacher
  • Yoga Teacher
  • Diver
  • Sports Referee
  • Jockey
  • Sports Physiotherapist
  • Sports agent
  • Outdoor activities instructor
  • Assistant Coach
  • Sports Psychologist

The training and pathways involved in the different roles can differ greatly, with some involving working in-house to progress and others needing specialist degrees. There are lots of resources out there to help you to narrow down your search. A great start is the National Careers Service. They have lots of vital information and can give you a brief nutshell of what the job in question requires and might be – check out https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/

Another helpful resource for those careers that may need an academic grounding is UCAS. They provide detailed information on a huge number of leisure industry jobs and careers and brilliant advice about how to get started on your journey – have a look at https://www.ucas.com/careers-advice

A career in the Health and Fitness industry is not always a walk in the park, but, if you chat with those who are already in the industry they will tell you it is definitely worth it. Speak to someone who works in the area you are passionate about, they might tell you about the long hours, the physical strain and the pressures of keeping training up to date. But they will also tell you they are glad they chose to do something they love to do, every day of their working life. If that is where you want to be – start your journey today.

Check out our guides to starting a career in the health and fitness industry….

How to be a lifeguard

How to be a personal trainer

How to be a cycling coach

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How to become a Personal Trainer

Do you think you could be a personal trainer?

Ever finished a work-out in the gym and looked around to see someone not quite using a machine right or another slowly pedalling on the bike not even breaking a sweat and thought – I would love to help you?

This is where many Personal Trainers come from – not just an obvious love of keeping fit and working out but from the pure buzz you can get from helping another person to achieve their goals.

If that sounds like something for you then read on – here we take a look at how you can become a Personal Trainer.

How to become a personal trainer

What does Personal Training involve and how does it fit into your future?

The role of a Personal Trainer is to work with a client to achieve their health and fitness goals. It can be a hugely rewarding role, and for those who take their own health and fitness seriously, training to qualify can be enjoyable and fulfilling. Educating and advising clients on short-term and longer-term plans to improve their fitness and nutrition takes specialist skills and knowledge. In order to be able to operate successfully as a Personal Trainer you will first need to gain a recognised qualification.

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Personal trainer courses

Courses to begin this process are available widely and UCAS provides some fantastic advice and guidance on where to find the courses and which ones are generally taken to progress along this route.

UCAS lists the following as a guide to which courses to explore

To become a personal trainer, you would normally be an experienced fitness instructor with a recognised qualification, such as:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym
  • Level 2 Diploma in Health, Fitness, and Exercise Instruction
  • Level 2 Diploma in Instructing Exercise and Fitness

You can take further qualifications specific to this career, which include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training”

https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/personal-trainer

Gym instructors and fitness instructors that already work in the leisure industry often make the move into personal training. Generally, some form of work experience in the world of fitness is required to get you started. The cost of the courses to qualify vary depending on location and the level of qualifications you already hold.

The National Register of Personal Trainers has a fabulous article looking at the different types of courses and costs. Prices can range from £900 -£4000 depending on where you are starting from and which path you want to take. Have a look at: https://nrpt.co.uk/articles/how-much-does-it-cost-to-become-a-personal-trainer.htm

University courses can be part-time or full-time to suit your lifestyle. Ranging from Diplomas in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training to Awards in Instructing Outdoor Fitness. As varied as the world of fitness is, courses can be taken to specialise in your chosen area to create your profile to become the Personal Trainer you want to be.

https://nrpt.co.uk/become/training/index.htm

If becoming a Personal Trainer is a dream of yours and one you know you can achieve then the reward at the end of qualification is a career you love that you can do every single day!

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Personal Trainer jobs

A lot of Personal Trainers are self-employed meaning that you can not only do the job you love but you can do it for yourself too!

The working days, however, may be long – it is definitely worth considering the aspects of the job that come along with it. Be prepared for some clients to need you at 5 am before work, while others want a session at lunchtime, and those who don’t finish work till 7 pm will want to book you when you would probably rather be thinking about an early night.

There are other factors to consider too, for example, your client base will need to be built up. This will take time and effort. A great way to build your base is to build your reputation; once people know you are reliable, trustworthy and can provide results, the clients will find you.

As you are self-employed, you will need liability insurance, and you will also need a first aid award that includes a CPR certificate. It is a good idea to be part of a professional body such as REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) as they can help and support you on your PT journey.

You should also be prepared for lots of washing. If you are working out with your clients several times a day you will need to invest in a good washing machine or move closer to a launderette! The other aspects of your work involving writing meal plans, designing programs specific to the individual clients, and continuing to build your client base can all take time out of your already busy day.

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But…despite the fact that when you tell people you are a Personal Trainer – everyone will ask you questions about things they should be doing – the job is an amazing one. Helping people to transform their lives, re-build their health, prepare for a special occasion, recover from an injury, or train for a competition. Whatever the reason why people need and want Personal Trainers the results are amazing – you can and do make a difference every day to every single person that you work with. Not a bad way to spend a career!

The future of the Health and Fitness industry is bright. More and more people are thinking about their own fitness levels and there has truly never been a better time to consider training. Yes, it’s hard work getting there but if it is what you love to do then imagine being able to do that to earn a living and to help others to love it too!

Want to work as a PT? Get in touch with us on 01895 450640

How to become a Cycling Coach

The popularity of cycling has exploded in recent years. In this country cycling for pleasure and fitness as well as an everyday mode of transport has been on the increase steadily for the last few years.

There are many reasons why this is the case and for a more in-depth discussion around cycling and just how brilliant it is in general, we recently covered this in an article – Will more cycling jobs be coming to the UK?

Are you passionate about cycling and considering taking your passion that step further? If you have the skills to inspire others and share knowledge and expertise, then a career as a cycling coach could be for you. As a bonus, don’t forget the incredible health benefitting side-effects from working in the fitness industry too – coaching people and keeping fit at the same time – it doesn’t get any better!

How to be a cycling coach

Cycling coach jobs

There are many areas where cycling coaches are needed, such as in schools, in community groups, local racing groups, outdoor activity centres, and health clubs.

To begin your journey initially you will need a qualification from British Cycling. https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/education

In the first instance to undertake the Level One course you need to be at least 16 years old. The Level One Award in Coaching Cycling is a short course and a great starting point in your training. Once you progress through the training and up the levels, there are options to qualify in specific areas, such as cycle speedway or BMX coaching, making sure your particular passion is catered for.

For a fuller list of the courses, duration and costs here is a full list from the British Cycling website:
https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/coaching/article/coast_awards_overview_page

Be a cycling coach

Should you decide to take your career to the advanced stages you could find yourself coaching future Olympic champions and be a mentor for other coaches. Whether working at a Mountain Bike Trail Centre or an indoor cycling track, working in the industry that makes you happy always has to make the training and hard work worthwhile.

Love what you do, do what you love.

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A new leisure job 4 a change of scenery?

Are you getting fed up of the same old views day in and day out? If the thought of going in to work is starting to fill you with dread, and you don’t really know why, it could be that what you need is a good old change of scenery.

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You may not hate the work, you may love your colleagues, but looking at the same old four walls, seemingly endless pool, or gym week-in and week-out may be taking its toll on your mental wellbeing. They say a change is as good as a rest, and certainly we see many candidates who aren’t unhappy in their jobs but just need a change.

At 4Leisure Recruitment, we work with gyms, pools, beauty salons and spas, and leisure resorts around the UK. Some of these are in the most amazing locations. We have placed beauty therapists in beachside hotel spas, lifeguards in the most wonderful open swimming locations, and gym staff in beautiful luxury health clubs and private facilities.

Giving your staff a change of scenery

What can you do to give your staff a break from the same old views? As is the case in many jobs, not just those in the leisure industry, you can’t simply change the location of where staff can work effectively. For example, it would be hard to take a lifeguard from the poolside just to give them a bit of visual variety.

There are things you can do, such as rotating staff through all the different areas of your centre. This will also allow them to develop different skills, and keep things interesting in other ways as well as visual. You can provide the odd day away from ‘the office’ such as a team-building excursion, or a visit to other leisure facilities for fact-finding and inspiration.

Where leisure staff are able to work from home occasionally, then enabling this will not only stop the ennui of the office environment but also cut down the time they waste commuting and add positively to their work-life balance efforts.

Investing in your club décor is also a great idea. Not only will this provide a much nicer working environment for your staff, but could also help customer retention and attraction too. No-one wants to work or play somewhere that looks neglected. Actively seek the input from the people who will be there day in and day out when you’re planning a refurbishment programme, or just giving a wall a lick of paint.

While it takes more than some snazzy wallpaper and some new lighting to retain staff who really are determined to make the move, just some small changes could keep someone with you for a little longer, reducing costly and time-consuming recruitment programmes.

Are you looking for a change of scenery?

If you’re a leisure professional getting a case of the Mondays every day, then you need to speak to us.
A change of scenery could be all you need to get the spring back in your step.

Wearable fitness tech – game changer?

As we discussed in our last blog post, people are being encouraged to abandon the confines of the gym and do more exercise outdoors. This is all well and good, especially as we move towards the better summer weather, but using equipment at the gym does has its advantages.

One of the things I miss when I’m running outside rather than on a treadmill is the little data dashboard telling me how far I’ve run, how long I’ve been running for, and my burned calories. I also quite like the heart rate monitor as it shows the exercise I’m doing is actually having an impact. Not only does the data serve as a way of showing how my fitness is improving, but it also keeps me motivated to improve. Do you agree?

Unsurprisingly, coupled with the trend towards more outdoor exercise, is the rise in wearable tech. The rise in wearable tech was one of our fitness industry predictions for this year, and so far 2015 has proved us right. Here’s the lowdown on the more popular models.

The Apple Watch

Anyone with an iPhone or iPad must be aware of the Apple Watch. Apple’s latest product is designed to do a range of stuff, including sending you notifications of emails and all sorts of other iOS staples. It can also sync with the Apple Watch app which seems to have mysteriously appeared on my iPhone5 during one of the recent upgrades. Apple Watch syncs with your iPhone (version 5 and above), and can do lots of things, including monitoring your activity levels and counting your calories. It also has an in-built heart rate sensor.

The Apple Watch Sport starts from £299, with the more ‘fashion’ type models at around £599, and the special edition ones at an eye-watering £5k and above. For more details, have a look at https://www.apple.com/uk/watch/apple-watch-sport/

Apple Watch Sport

Image from Apple

The Microsoft Band

A competitor to Apple Watch is the Microsoft Band, which encourages you to leave your phone in your pocket and miss none of the special moments in your life. It is certainly not as pretty as the Apple Watch, but it’s a huge saving and has lots of great features. It has in-built GPS, heart rate monitor, and sleep tracking. You can also preview your emails as they come in. If you have a Windows phone, you can access Cortana (the Microsoft equivalent to Apple’s Siri), although the Microsoft Band is designed to work with whatever phone you own, whether this is Android, Windows, or iOS.

It is a more palatable £169.99, more info at https://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-band/en-gb

The Garmin vivofit ®

A much more affordable device is the Garmin vivofit ® – priced from £69.99, it is a very basic (in modern terms) wrist device that can be synced with the Garmin Connect app which you can download to an Android or iOS device, and compare your fitness goals with the online Garmin Connect community. More info at http://sites.garmin.com/en-GB/vivo/vivofit/

The Fitbit Flex ™

Fitbit Flex ™ comes in a range of colours and is a very simple style. There’s not much to look at while on the go, but it’s a lot more discreet and syncs with your device for later perusal. You can set goals using the free app, which tells the Fitbit Flex to keep you on track with lights and vibrations.

Priced from £79.99 – more details at http://www.fitbit.com/uk/flex

Fitbit Flex

The Fitbit Flex – From the Fitbit Flex website

Verdict

We don’t think that no one model has cracked the market yet. The fitness-specialist devices aren’t very good for doing other things like checking emails, whereas the all-round devices such as Apple Watch could do the fitness side of things much better. We are probably a few years away yet from more comprehensive offerings.

However, wearable fitness tech can pose a real threat to indoor gyms. With a relatively small investment and smart use of your existing devices, you can have your own personal trainer literally to hand 24/7. The challenge to traditional fitness companies is to find a way of incorporating this new tech into their activities – maybe syncing them with their own machines, or creating their own online communities, or finding a way of sending the data to a real Personal Trainer who can use them as a supplement to paid PT sessions.

Wearable tech can’t badger you into exercising, or shout at you if you’re slacking, or provide a friendly ear when you’re really not feeling it. In reality, wrist bands with flashing lights are no substitute for human interaction and knowledge, though us humans better be careful, because wearable tech is developing fast and it won’t be long before those pesky machines are after our jobs.

Exercise goes outdoors!

One development in leisure and fitness that you can’t failed to have noticed over the last couple of years is the move from indoors to out. Yes, gyms are still as popular as ever, with budget gyms attracting more reluctant, and less cash-rich people to join up, but rising in popularity are outdoor exercise clubs and facilities.

Buy why are they so popular, and what does it mean for those that work in fitness and leisure?

Let’s start with Parkrun. Parkrun UK is an organisation that runs weekly timed 5k runs in parks up and down the UK. They are open to all, and free to join in. You have to register on their website, with revenue being made through local corporate sponsorship of the weekly events. The local Parkrun co-ordinators are volunteers and there is a real sense of community about it. You can compare your time not only with others on the same run, but nationally.

The appeal of Parkrun is simple – organised, friendly meet-ups with no pressure to perform, but with the support if you want to push yourself. With free membership, it’s hard to see how gyms can compete, but gyms are a different offering. In theory, people would shift from a paid gym membership to a free exercise club. In reality, Parkrun is a way to share the fun of exercise with your family and friends, and a free and easy way of getting yourself timed if you want to progress. It’s something you can do alongside solitary, vigourous training at the gym, or is appealing to those who wouldn’t have been interested in the gym in the first place. Parkrun is massive, and growing, but it’s not a suitable replacement for those who enjoy the gym. Not all exercise is equal.

Another appealing outdoor exercise, if you like that sort of thing, are the extreme fitness events, such as Tough Mudder. These are a series of events which can be done individually or as a team. They are massive. They cost quite a lot of money to enter – in excess of £100 per person is not unusual – and you can also buy extras such as camping, and make a weekend of it. They are hugely popular, and it’s not hard to see why.

Tough Mudder

The challenge to fitness professionals then is to make exercise more fun. No-one’s ever gotten any glory beating a PB on the treadmill with no one around to watch, but pulling Pete from accounts out of a mud-pit and leading your team to glory? Fantastic fun! While some outdoor assault course companies make more money from training events prior to main thing, or by selling you their merchandise, others don’t. Established fitness companies are now getting in on the act. Xercise4Less have recently done a deal with Total Warrior to be their official training company, creating a win/win for both companies.

Then there’s the outdoor gyms that have been popping up in public parks. Designed as a way for adults to use training equipment for free, they have had a mixed story, with some being underused and left to vandals, or being used as an extension of the nearby play park by unruly tots. Others however, have thrived, with some even having their own fitness instructor ready to help clueless partakers learn how to use the equipment, and how to exercise. Read this case study from the Great Outdoor Gym Company.

Outdoor gyms are almost ubiquitous, with the Great Outdoor Gym Company alone having installed over 400 gyms around the UK. Are they a serious threat to traditional gyms? A little maybe, but not much. Again, they’re not quite the same. They might encourage people who don’t go to the gym to give it a go, or be a welcome extra for someone out on a run, but I don’t think they’re going to tempt serious gym-bods to give up their gym membership just yet.

This back to basics approach to exercise is proving to be a huge hit. With gym membership costs only being driven down by the growth of budget gyms, people are catching on to this low-cost, no-obligation business model, whether as a substitute for more expensive indoor gyms, or to complement their existing exercise regime. It’s even encouraging a few people, put off by the cost, or by misapprehensions of the gym environment, to come and give things a try and see that they are not so scary.

The question is do fitness professionals need to adapt to the changing scene? Yes and no. We think that professionals just need to be aware of, and be prepared for the coming changes. It may be that working in an air-conditioned environment with all the mod cons becomes a thing of the past, and tomorrow’s fitness instructors need to be good team leaders, resourceful, and prepared for all weathers. The options for self-employment for the more entrepreneurial professionals will increase as start-up costs for an outdoor venture can be minimal compared to a fully-equipped gym with an expensive lease.

The industry will still need skilled and inspiring role models, who have knowledge of people, exercise, and fitness. It will still need people to market the offering, and perhaps to sell membership, albeit in a way which is innovative to us at the present time, in a way in which the internet was once a ‘new thing’.

Whether outdoor fitness is a passing fad, or here to stay for the long term, only time will tell. For now, we can see huge potential in getting more people interested in exercise, which can only be a good thing.

The Growth of Budget Gyms

The rise of budget gyms

There has always been diversity of offering in the fitness and gym sector – from ladies only gyms, luxury gyms, 24-hour gyms, to fully serviced health clubs. The big story of the last few years has been the rise of the budget gym and the coinciding demise of the mid-range gym.

2014 has seen established mid-range companies such as LA Fitness run into financial problems leading to significant restructuring of their businesses.  Competition from budget gyms during the ‘age of austerity’ has given consumers an even wider choice of fitness provider, with considerably lower membership charges making savvy consumers question the value of their existing provider, and attracting reluctant gym-goers out of the woodwork.

Budget gym operators have almost sprung up out of nowhere – Xercise4Less, for example, had only nine gyms in 2013 and now have 24 with a further 17 opening soon. Even Sir Stelios is getting in on the act with his Easy brand creating easyGym, no doubt with its signature orange look.

So why are budget gyms so popular?

First there is cost. With membership contracts at around £10 – £20 per month, budget gyms are certainly cheaper than alternative providers such as David Lloyd or Virgin Active which charge much more. Yes, mid-range and high-end gyms usually have better facilities – it’s rare a budget gym has a pool or sauna for example – but not all consumers are happy to pay for ‘free’ facilities which they don’t want to, or don’t have the time to use.

Criticism in the past over long contract periods and dubious cancellation procedures have made consumers reluctant to even consider starting a costly membership in the first place. Many budget gyms offer contracts with no lock in period, and some offer pay-as-you-go membership which can be used at any of their branches, offering a huge degree of flexibility. While some consumers like the idea of being locked-in as a motivation to actually use the gym as often as possible, with changing work-life patterns, there is a need to cater to a growing army of consumers who demand greater flexibility and not being fleeced for payment when life sometimes takes over.

Many wonder how the gyms can offer membership at such low rates. The answer is simple – no frills. At some budget gyms, you pay for the basic membership and then can pay for the extras you want, rather than having them included whether you use them or not. Classes can be included or for an extra charge, and PTs are additional if you prefer something more one-to-one. You will have to bring (or pay for) your own drinks, and possibly for extras such as the use of hairdryers. Don’t expect fancy showers or to have towels provided – you may not even get a towel hook in your shower cubicle, or a lock for your locker! (hint – bring your own)

The model relies on large numbers. Cheap membership rates attract a huge number of cash-strapped consumers keen to save money on gym membership, and while many will attend frequently, some will not. The urge to cancel the membership is not so strong when it’s ‘only’ a few pounds a month. But as even the more expensive, luxurious clubs have not been very helpful when it comes to cancelling your contract, it’s still a lot less painful to be locked-in to £10 a month than £40. For customers who don’t want the fancy extras and just need a clean, no-hassle environment to work out, it’s not hard to see the attraction of budget gyms.

We don’t think that more expensive gyms have had their day – there are plenty of consumers who do want the extras and are willing to pay for more luxurious surroundings – but the growth of the budget gym sector has forced higher-end providers to look at their offering. For example, David Lloyd promote their multi-million pound investments across several of their clubs, having made significant improvements to fitness equipment, lounges, pools, and kids clubs.

We think that there is room for all types of fitness providers which cater for many different types of consumer preferences. Some people are prepared to pay for luxury, some like the friendliness and pay-as-you-go model of the local leisure centre, and others just want to work out with no fuss. Mid-range gyms will suffer, and have suffered as this last year has paid testament, unless they can compete on price, or compete on luxury. With consumers being squeezed financially for the foreseeable future budget gyms will continue to hold their deserved place in the fitness sector.

Inspiring the next generation in Bristol – jobs in Bristol, Portishead, and Avon

Fitness jobs in Bristol

We are currently seeking enthusiastic and passionate people to run breakfast clubs, lunch clubs, and after school clubs in primary schools in Portishead and Horfield (Bristol).

Site Managers

We are seeking qualified, motivated and trustworthy people to act as site managers, planning the delivery of activity programmes and overseeing activity leaders on a team. We are looking for people who love working with children and are able to deliver regular sporting and healthy lifestyle activities.

Duties include:

  • Looking after the health and safety of your team and the children
  • Managing resources and staff to ensure efficient operations
  • Ensuring your team comply with policies and procedures
  • Seeking new sales opportunities

These are permanent full-time positions paying £17,000 – £22,000 per annum.

To apply for these positions, please email your CV to Martyn@4LeisureRecruitment.co.uk or apply online at 4LeisureRecruitment

Activity Leaders

We are also seeking activity leaders to lead planned sessions. You will be working directly with children, delivering a programme of sport and healthy lifestyle activities. We are looking for anyone who wants to work with children, with a Level 2 qualification, and ideally some experience. This could be someone with a national sports/activity leadership award, or even a nursery nurse qualification. You must be organised and able to lead groups of primary school children, and be able to assist the site manager in developing and planning sessions.

This is a part-time role working in breakfast clubs, lunch clubs, and after-school clubs. The rate is £6.50 – £8.50 per hour.

To apply for one of these positions, please email your CV to Martyn@4LeisureRecruitment.co.uk or apply online at 4LeisureRecruitment

About the client

Fit For Sport are a sport and activity provider for children and young people, who deliver activity programmes in a number of settings including schools and youth clubs. They run kids holiday camps during school holidays. They have over 20 years’ experience in delivering activities, and currently work with over 200 schools nationwide.

Fitness jobs from 4Leisure Recruitment

Fitness jobs

Fitness has been a growing industry in the UK for a long time. Even with more and more people switching to budget gyms, the demand for fitness professionals has not waned. In fact, with the trend for better value activities such as group training, good fitness instructors are in increasing demand. Clients are looking for results and fast, and personal training is becoming the norm, rather than the preserve of the rich.  If you are looking for fitness jobs, then 4Leisure Recruitment are the recruitment people for you.

Here are a selection of the fitness jobs we have available right now.

Member Service Manager – Fitness professional required to improve customer experience and improve membership retention rates at a fitness club in the High Wycombe area. We are looking for someone with a fitness background and some experience in sales/customer service.  Salary of £18k – £20k plus bonus.

Personal Trainers – for a 24-hour gym in Hemel Hempstead. This is a role which works on a revenue share basis (60:40 in your favour). Experienced or newly-qualified PTs welcome, must be REPS3 or above. Good earning potential with flexibility.

Gym and Spa Supervisor – Kensington, London. Hands-on varied role overseeing the operations of a high end leisure facility. Must have Level 2 fitness qualifications, and previous supervisor experience. Additional qualifications in PT, massage therapy, or similar preferred but not essential. Permanent, full-time, £18k salary.

Fitness Instructor – part-time for private health club in London Docklands. REPS Level 2 minimum. Customer service duties included. Working on a rota basis, this is a permanent position offering £9.15 per hour.

Fitness and Wellbeing Instructor – on a part-time basis for private high-end apartments in South West London. Working in a private facility including a gym, pool, and sauna, there are opportunities for PT and massage therapy as well as the required inductions, and leading group exercise sessions. Permanent position, starting at £7 per hour. Fantastic fitness job with good development opportunities.

Lifeguard Duty Manager – a more challenging role for a NPLQ qualified lifeguard at a unique leisure facility in South East London. Permanent role, 35 hours a week for a good £16k – £18k per annum. Fantastic opportunity for someone to develop their experience and skills in the leisure sector. If you’re not NPLQ qualified, then please get in touch. We currently have roles in High Wycombe with NPLQ training included.

Do you want to be a personal trainer but don’t know where to start? Check out this article from FutureFit

If any of these fitness jobs sound attractive to you, then please call us on 01895 450640, or email your current CV to info@4LeisureRecruitment.co.uk

How to get a job in the leisure industry

Leisure jobsGetting a job, any job these days can be a struggle. If you’re looking at getting your first job, it can seem overwhelming. Getting a job in the leisure industry is actually not that different to getting a job in another industry. You go through common application and selection procedures. There’s no secret to it, but the trick is where to look and who to butter up!

If you’re looking for a job in the leisure industry, here’s some advice from us

  • Sign up to recruitment websites. Use Twitter and Google to find suitable recruitment websites and sign up to email alerts, and follow them on social media. *hint hint* >> you can sign up to our email alerts here. With smartphone technology available, there’s no excuse for not at least knowing about the latest vacancies. Local authority job sites are also a good source of leisure jobs. A large proportion of leisure centres are owned by local authorities and you’ll need to go through the official source for a number of their vacancies.
  • If there’s somewhere specific you’d like to work, then send your CV to them and enquire about the possibility of a job in the future. For advice on creating your CV, please use our free CV builder.
  • Lack of experience is something that may be holding you back. Summer jobs and part-time weekend jobs are ideal for building up experience. Being a lifeguard is a good entry-level role, so look for lifeguard jobs if you fancy it. Don’t be afraid to take a job outside of the leisure industry. Some work experience in an unrelated or partly-related industry is better than none.
  • Volunteering is a good way of building up experience and contacts. Coaching a youth sports team, or helping out at a play-scheme shows employers that you are passionate about leisure and gives you something impressive to put on your CV.
  • Use your current contacts. Speak to your team coach about your desire to work in leisure. Maybe they’ll know someone who can help you out, or point you in the right direction. They might even be able to let you help them run things to gain some valuable first-hand experience.
  • Get qualified – Find out what qualifications current leisure industry staff hold and get them yourself. The NPLQ (National Pool Lifeguard Qualification) is essential for working as a lifeguard, and a first aid certificate is handy too. If you want to work in fitness training a qualification such as an NVQ Diploma in Instructing Health & Fitness is desirable, although take care because some qualifications need you to be in a job first so that assessments can be carried out. Speak to your careers adviser if you’re not sure.
  • Be aware you will probably have to undergo a DBS check for a lot of leisure jobs, especially those which work directly with members of the public. For more information, please check out this website.
  • Once you’ve managed to bag yourself an interview, get active! The interview is probably the most crucial part of the recruitment process. Mess it up at your peril. Read our interview tips to help you get that much-wanted leisure industry job.

Good luck!