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Group Fitness Instructor-Evening

Department: Health & Wellness
Location: Rockford, IL


At the Y, we purposefully engage members throughout their health and wellness journeys. Group Exercise is one of many ways the Y helps support members to achieve their health and wellness goals. The Group Fitness Instructor teaches group classes in a safe, enjoyable, and positive environment that promotes member wellness and engagement in accordance with YMCA policies and procedures.


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.

Puri Family YMCA
1475 S Perryville Rd.
Rockford, IL 61108


1.    Leads energizing, fun, safe, and educational group classes, as directed by the supervisor, to accomplish the YMCA mission and goals.
2.    Answers questions from members to support them in achieving their goals related to healthy living. Maintains working knowledge of wellness and trends to provide effective information and support to members.
3.    Builds effective, authentic relationships with members; helps members connect with each other and the YMCA.
4.    Keeps accurate class attendance records.
5.    Follows YMCA policies and procedures; responds to emergency situations.
6.    Attend staff meeting and training to stay current with latest fitness trends and educational information.
7.    Instruct your scheduled class at least 90% of each quarterly session.
8.    When unable to work, instructors are responsible for obtaining their substitutes from the current staff list and notify supervisor of arrangements.
9.    Create a noncompetitive atmosphere. 
10. Assess each class to determine their ability to follow your instructions.  Adjust the workout to the various skill levels of class participants.  Offer exercise modifications frequently.
11. Change music and movements frequently.  Seek to make each class that will keep members “coming back”. 


1.  Nationally recognized certification in area of group fitness instruction or YMCA Foundations of Group Exercise certification.
2.  Certification in areas of expertise.
3.  CPR/AED & First Aid certification, Bloodborne Pathogens & Child Abuse Prevention training required upon hire
4.  At least one year of experience teaching group wellness classes preferred.
5.  High school diploma or general education degree (GED)


  • Part time hourly; evenings
  • Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays- any or all


  • $15.00 - $20.00
  • Complimentary Y Membership


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