Youth Fitness Instructor

YMCA of Metropolitan L.A. La Cañada Flintridge, CA 2019-06-26

The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles is not only the premiere non-profit in Los Angeles, it is also a great place to work, make a difference in your community and meet like-minded individuals. With twenty-six branches, three camps and over fifty child care sites, the LA Y is a highly-collaborative, rewarding and fun environment where you will discover your passion, grow your career and make an impact!

We believe in the four Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility and understand that our staff are our biggest asset! We strive to create high-performing, strong teams in each of our branches and are looking for passionate and enthusiastic staff who will help us to strengthen our impact, empower our community and deliver incredible programming!

Position Description

Instructs group classes in a safe, enjoyable, and positive environment that promotes member wellness and engagement. The Healthy Lifestyles Instructor is responsible for leading Group Exercise classes teaching the specific skills affiliated with each particular course design, while maintaining the health and safety of each class participant.


  • Current CPR certification;
  • Foundations of YMCA Group Exercise or equivalent ACE, AFAA, or ACSM Health Fitness Instructor
    • As current non-Y certifications lapse and/or require renewal/recertification via CEC's through a 3rd party vendor (whether ACSM, NSCA, AFAA, Pilates, or other) staff may keep those certifications current at their own expense.
    • If staff choose not to keep their non-Y certifications current, as a condition of employment to continue to work for the Y, staff will be required to complete the Y-ACE certifications.
    • Y-ACE has an equivalency certification provision. Anyone holding an equivalent certification from another recognized entity can apply for an equivalency.
  • Strong character values; communication skills
  • Previous experience as a youth fitness instructor preferred


  • Create a welcoming environment by greeting children by name with a smile and eye contact.
  • Plan and lead youth fitness/recreation classes, implementing effective teaching methods, giving equal attention to all participants.
  • Responsible for administering professional and effective program-specific skills according to course description and/or curriculum.
  • Help children manage behavior using a positive approach, including redirection and using constructive discipline with natural and logical consequences.
  • Interact, initiate and encourage the children in the activities during class.
  • Address children who are not performing exercises/activities correctly by demonstrating proper form and techniques.
  • Encourage member involvement with children, parents and/or school and identify potential volunteers.
  • Respond promptly and courteously to all member inquiries/needs.
  • Responsible for building small communities by facilitating connections with and between members (children and/or parents).
  • Provide feedback to parents and/or school personnel regarding their child/children's participation and behavior in the program.
  • Maintain close supervision of children at all times. At no time will a child be left unsupervised.
  • Advise participants on program and class procedures and policies, as appropriate.
  • Distribute handouts and/or class evaluations, if appropriate, and answer questions from participants after each session.
  • Take attendance and/or record number of participants per class for every class taught.
  • Follow and enforce proper sign in/out procedures.
  • Complete additional projects, reports, and child assessments as required.
  • Set up and monitor class equipment, ensuring equipment remains in working condition. Report all equipment repair needs to supervisor immediately.
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