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Fitness Instructor Interview Questions

25 Fitness Instructor Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
Tell me about your customer service experience.
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You will be working one-on-one with clients and building relationships with them. Your prior customer service experience will help you to communicate effectively with customers and understand their needs.
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"Through working in restaurants I learned how to handle difficult customers and keep a positive attitude. Everyone wants to be heard. I learned to be patient and listen to customer needs to give them consistent service and make sure they walked out happy."
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Question 2 of 25
What are your thoughts on a vegan lifestyle? Do you support it or think it is overrated?
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Know your audience. If you are interviewing to work for a company that encourages a plant based diet and steers clear of the meat and dairy industry, you might want to learn a thing or two about their values. Depending on which direction you sway, you can answer fairly and diplomatically along these lines:

"The vegan lifestyle is great for some individuals. I have had clients achieve excellent results by cutting out meat and dairy. I also know that for those who tend towards anemia may need to get their protein from other sources like eggs or cheese. I don't think being vegan is overrated, but I do think it's important to consider someone's health history before recommending any restrictive diet."
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"The vegan lifestyle is great for some individuals. I have had clients achieve excellent results by cutting out meat and dairy. I also know that for those who tend towards anemia may need to get their protein from other sources like eggs or cheese. I don't think being vegan is overrated, but I do think it's important to consider someone's health history before recommending any restrictive diet."
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Question 3 of 25
What techniques would you employ to increase your clientele?
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This questions goes back to sales and self-promotion. What do you do to get new clients? Some people use social media to promote themselves while others find it more effective to do face-to-face marketing. Do you have business cards, your own website and an email marketing campaign? When you're at the gym do you make an effort to introduce yourself to new members and tell them about your services? Building a reputation for training that gives results is the first step. Next is making sure everyone knows about! Share a few techniques that have helped you increase your number of clients.
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Question 4 of 25
How do you keep an aerobics group motivated throughout the exercise?
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"I see myself as a coach, pushing my clients to challenge themselves and using encouraging words and motivation to keep them going. I keep the music upbeat and fun and let them know a little bit about what to expect before the class so that they know what we'll be working on. I say things like "Keep going, you got this!" and "We're almost there!" to help them stay focused and keep the momentum."

Motivating language is so important in fitness instruction. Keep the energy of the class positive and know when to remind everyone to keep working and breathing.
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"I see myself as a coach, pushing my clients to challenge themselves and using encouraging words and motivation to keep them going. I keep the music upbeat and fun and let them know a little bit about what to expect before the class so that they know what we'll be working on. I say things like "
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Question 5 of 25
What nutrition education have you received?
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Question 6 of 25
How important is nutrition to you? Will you strongly suggest your clients follow a better diet to improve their fitness goals?
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Question 7 of 25
Tell me about an experience you've had dealing with an unhappy customer?
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Question 8 of 25
Why should we hire you over someone else?
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Question 9 of 25
This job is about getting clients, getting referrals, and making sales, how will you perform with this pressure?
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Question 10 of 25
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
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First written on: 03/18/2014
Last modified on: 08/17/2018

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Question 11 of 25
Why did you decide to become a personal trainer?
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Question 12 of 25
What education have you acquired in the art of sales?
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Question 13 of 25
If any client walks in and says they want to start training, what evaluations would you begin doing to determine their appropriate fitness program?
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Question 14 of 25
What do you know about our company?
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Question 15 of 25
What are your personal fitness goals?
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Question 16 of 25
Give me a summary of a training program you would set up for a client strictly looking for weight-loss and toning?
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Question 17 of 25
If you saw me at the gym, average build kind of guy, and you wanted to approach me to potentially sign me up for sessions, what would you say to me?
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Question 18 of 25
Name 5 cardiovascular exercises you recommend to your clients.
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Question 19 of 25
Describe to me a successful training session?
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Question 20 of 25
Are you CPR certified? Tell me about your other certifications.
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Question 21 of 25
How do you draw the line when pushing your client to the limits during a workout?
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Question 22 of 25
If a client complains about an injury suffered during your last training session, how do you handle it?
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Question 23 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 24 of 25
Have you ever helped train a friend? How did that work out?
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Question 25 of 25
Give me three essential exercises you would have any client do? Why are they in your top three?
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About Fitness Instructor

September 12th, 2018

A fitness professional is a professional in the field of fitness and exercise, most often instruction (fitness instructor), including aerobics and yoga instructors and authors of fitness instruction books or manuals. Fitness topics may also include nutrition, weight-loss, and self-help.

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