Group Exercise Instructor

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The YMCA of Greenville is a dynamic and rapidly growing association that seeks to strengthen the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. 


We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. 

We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. 

We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. 

We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. 

We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


The Group Exercise Instructor is responsible to lead group exercise classes in a safe and effective manner.


Arrives at the branch YMCA in a timely manner in order to clock or sign in and make necessary preparations to teach the class. 

Begins and ends classes on time.

Is prepared to teach the assigned class by establishing and announcing the class format and design. All equipment and music is appropriate for the class. 

All classes taught include a warm up, main body, and cool down (warm down-water classes) and stretch. 

Keeps classes fresh by incorporating new music, and exercises or movement patterns to classes.

Knows YMCA emergency procedures. Knows location of First Aid and AED equipment.

Reports all incidents/injuries to supervisor or MOD.  Fills out an incident report before leaving the building.

Responsible to leave the room in a clean and orderly condition, ensuring that all equipment is turned off and returned to appropriate storage areas, and exercise mats and bikes are wiped down. 

Works cooperatively with supervisor and fellow instructors as part of a fitness team and demonstrates a team spirit by substituting for other instructors when available.   

Speaks positively about other instructors to members and is knowledgeable about the group exercise program in order to recommend classes to members based on their abilities and/or interests. 

Acts as an ambassador for the YMCA, connecting members by learning their names.


Instructors teaching land based classes must hold a current certification with a nationally recognized organization such as ACE (American Council on Exercise), AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America), ACSM, NETA (National Exercise Trainers) to teach Group Exercise classes.

Instructors teaching water classes must hold a current certification with a nationally recognized organization such as Water Art, Water in Motion, YASA, etc. to teach water fitness classes.

Instructors teaching specialty classes such as Cycle, Pilates, Yoga, Zumba, Body Combat etc. must hold a current certification in the specialty taught.

Must hold a current CPR/AED, First Aid, Child Abuse Prevention and BBP certification.

Excellent member service skills.

Excellent knowledge of human anatomy, kinesiology, & physiology.

Computer skills involving Microsoft Office and email.

Marketing and sales ability.

Desire for health, wellness, and fitness promotion.

Ability to perform under stress and reach deadlines.

Excellent time management skills.

Personal passion for health and fitness.

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  • Permanent
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