A fitness attendant is responsible for the general supervision of a fitness center. The attendant typically welcomes guests and works to ensure that they have a safe and enjoyable experience. This position is also responsible for maintaining the weights and cardiovascular fitness areas to make sure equipment is clean, functioning properly and used according to the rules of the facility.
The responsibilities of a fitness attendant typically include setting up, maintaining and cleaning equipment, welcoming guests, explaining programs and activities, teaching guests how to use the equipment, providing basic fitness information, reporting and resolving complaints, maintaining attendance records and ensuring rules and regulations are enforced. Some attendants may also help promote facility activities and organize special events.
Most employers seek candidates with a high school diploma or GED. Some may also prefer at least one year's recreation, physical fitness or customer service experience. First-aid training and CPR/AED certification may be required. As this is a physical job, there are typically physical requirements that include the ability to set up equipment and lift at least 25 pounds.
There are also personal attributes employers may seek when hiring for this position. They include an outgoing personality, love of fitness, knowledge of a fitness facility and physiology, and the ability to communicate well and teach others.
Fitness attendants are typically employed in fitness facilities at universities, recreational centers and health clubs. Fitness facilities are usually open long hours and on weekends, so attendants often work evening and weekend shifts. Many fitness attendants are part-time employees, and thus do not receive employee benefits other than free use of the facility.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 267,000 fitness workers in the United States in 2012. Jobs for fitness workers in general are expected to increase by 14 percent between 2012 and 2022, a bit faster than the average of all occupations. This may be because of increased public awareness of the benefits of physical fitness.