Aqua Group Exercise Instructor - Evenings and Weekends

Swedish Covenant Hospital
Chicago, IL
Posted 60+ days ago
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To instruct high-quality exercise class experiences structured for specific levels of fitness and/or specific populations that are effective, safe and fun. Free/fee classes run on a quarterly schedule.


Essential Functions

  • Demonstrates a commitment to the mission of Galter LifeCenter and demonstrates a service orientation and adheres to all responsibilities and standards of the Life Center.

Utilize sound exercise principles to ensure maximum safety of participants.

  • Monitor participants' target heart rates/perceived exertion, progress and exercise form.
  • Be aware of and monitor participants' special needs.
  • Recognize symptoms of fatigue and overexertion and take appropriate action.
  • Be aware of beginners and lower level exercisers and notify them throughout class of modifications; encourage these participants to work at their own level.
  • Follow exercise guidelines provided by a national certification (accreditation) and/or from specialty/licensed certifications for maximum effectiveness.

Perform each class in accordance with a prescribed method: Science of Execution

  • Execute exercises with proper technique.
  • Execute with authenticity.
  • Perform movements rhythmically (to the beat of the music).
  • Provide well-rounded exercise class with appropriate warm-up and cool down periods.
  • Deliver choreography effectively.

Ensure effective coaching, genuine connecting, and appropriate entertaining are provided to participants.

  • Motivate and coach by being caring, supportive, encouraging, and inspiring.
  • Know what to say and when to say it.
  • Make positive and specific corrections of technique throughout class.
  • Ensure that participants feel welcome and establish rapport – before, during, and after classes.
  • Be appropriately prepared for classes.
  • Coach monthly technique plans to classes as provided by Supervisor.
  • Ensure that each class delivers an experience that enhances the participants' perceived success.

Assist Supervisor in reaching group fitness program goals and objectives.

  • Assist Supervisor in establishing new schedules and new classes based on response/feedback from class participants.
  • Help provide communication to members on upcoming events including incentive programs, classes, events, and facility issues.
  • Assist in implementing, facilitating, and monitoring special programs.
  • Record accurate attendance for all classes.
  • Teach 1-1 classes or lessons when applicable.
  • Ensure accurate enrollment and attendance monitoring of fee-based programs.
  • Assist with member evaluations of programs/classes.
  • Perform pre and post measures when applicable for specific courses.

Follow all policies and procedures set forth for the group exercise program – see group fitness training manual for further details.

  • Start and end classes on time.
  • Sub classes for coworkers when available. Follow subbing policies as stated in the manual.
  • Ensure that all equipment is used correctly and stored properly at the end of class.
  • Report/Document unsafe equipment.
  • Use safe decibel levels for music and microphone and utilize appropriate music for classes.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Maintain credentials through continuing education in the fitness field.
  • Instruct classes on and off-site for SH employees and the community.
  • Attend quarterly staff meetings as well as other scheduled employee training.
  • Attain a working knowledge of LifeCenter programs.


  • Group Fitness Instructor: B.S. degree in exercise physiology or health related field, preferred ACE Certification, AFAA Certification or other national certification is required.
  • 1 or more years of group leading experience preferably in more than one format. Specialty certifications recommended.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, good rhythm and sense of music cueing, general knowledge of exercise and exercise contraindication
  • In training Instructor: Newly obtained certification or In process of obtaining certification.
  • No formal experience to less than a year of experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, good rhythm and sense of music cueing, general knowledge of exercise and

exercise contraindications.

  • Mind/Body Instructor: B.S. degree preferred in related field, and/or certification/completion of training from a recognized organization..

. * Minimum one year experience

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, good rhythm and sense of music cueing, general knowledge of exercise and

exercise and exercise contraindications.


  • ACE Certification/AFAA Certification/National Certification – Group Fitness Instructor
  • CPR/AED Certification
  • Certification /Completion of training from recognized organization- Mind/Body Instructor


  • N/A


  • GLC Members, Guests, Clients
  • All GLC Staff
  • SH Staff


  • Pleasant

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