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Group Exercise Instructor I

Company: YMCA of Atlanta
Location: Cumming
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

As a thought-leader and best-in-class provider in education, wellness, youth development, and community-building, The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is one of the oldest, most nimble and essential nonprofits in Atlanta. Mission-bound to serve, we are an organization designed to meet all people where, how and when they need us. In times of peace, we are a catalyst for connection; in times of crisis, a source of comfort and security. Join us as we carry out our commitment to positively impact lives and communities across the state.

The opportunities to serve are vast, and we're looking for a diverse mix of people, who share our values of CARING, HONESTY, RESPECT, and RESPONSIBILITY, to join us and do their best work.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in our people, our members, and our partners. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other wonderful characteristics that make us different.

Nature and Scope :

Under the direct supervision of the Wellness Director, the Group Exercise Instructor-Level I shall be part of a staff team who is responsible for conducting YMCA group exercise classes both on land and water. The Level I Group Exercise Instructor is responsible for appropriate music selection, for class set-up and take-down, and for class members' education about THE COACH APPROACH and other health and wellness-related issues. The Level I Group Exercise Instructor must perform program responsibilities in accordance with the policies, organizational competencies, mission, and values established by the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. The Level I Group Exercise Instructor will have a key leadership role in YMCA of the USA initiatives to "strengthen the foundations of community" through healthy living.

Minimum Requirements :

  • High school or GED degree required.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • May have less than one year of experience in teaching group exercise classes or one or more years of group exercise participation.
  • Land instructors must obtain YMCA/ACE online Group Exercise Instructor Certification (or equivalency) and supplemental courses required by Y-USA/Y-Metro Atlanta within 60 days of hire date. If teaching group strength and/or conditioning classes, the YMCA Strength and Conditioning Instructor Certification is also required.
  • Water instructors must obtain all YMCA/AEA online certification and supplemental courses required by Y-USA/Y-Metro Atlanta, including the Y-Metro Atlanta Water Fitness Specialty Course ( Prerequisite: YMCA Group Exercise Instructor Certification ) or the AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional (AFP) Certification, within 60 days of hire date.
  • Must obtain/maintain full access to Y-Link ( and to the Metro Atlanta YMCA Workday account: .
  • Must maintain certifications by uploading continuing education credits via Y-Link ( prior to date of expiration.
  • Must possess current CPR/AED certification and renew it every two years prior to date of expiration. Updated licenses shall be uploaded via Y-Link (
  • Must obtain and maintain Specialty Certifications (e.g., Y-Metro Atlanta Pilates, Group Cycling, Active Older Adult) or outside certifications approved by Metro Atlanta Y (e.g., TRX, Barre, Zumba, Pound) prior to teaching the designated format.
  • Must pass group exercise audition based upon the format(s) of group exercise instruction for which the instructor is being hired.
  • Must be knowledgeable about fitness-related issues including but not limited to aerobic vs. anaerobic exercise, nutrition, benefits of exercise, injury-prevention, and THE COACH APPROACH .
  • Must obtain THE COACH APPROACH Orientation within 30 days of hire date.
  • Must possess a high degree of human-relations skills, must be able to facilitate class interaction and socialization, and should be considered a team player by members, co-workers, and management staff.
  • Exemplify YMCA ideals and leadership qualities.
  • Possess ability to handle multiple tasks, to work independently, and to problem-solve. Possess effective time-management skills.
  • Possess strong customer-service skills and personal commitment to service and hospitality.
  • Pass a criminal background and drug-screening check.

    Responsibilities :

    • Carry out daily program tasks related directly to the position's scope and responsibilities.
    • Stay updated on current issues regarding group fitness/wellness programs.
    • Promote, monitor, evaluate, and ensure that group exercise classes run smoothly with a high level of service to participants.
    • Maintain branch and association certifications in CPR/AED and any other certifications/training required by the Metro Atlanta YMCA.
    • Maintain all wellness certifications by meeting continuing education requirements. YMCA Health & Well-Being certifications require 10 CECs every two (2) years from YMCA/ACE continuing education courses or other courses provided by/approved by national group exercise certifying organizations, which are recognized by Y of the USA, e.g., ACE, ACSM, AFAA, or NETA per Y-Link (
    • Attend all required staff meetings and trainings.
    • Secure his/her own music and select music that is suitable for a family setting.
    • Assist as needed in all aspects of the YMCA and its community.
    • Participate in and partner with wellness cabinet activities.
    • Ensure the follow-through of incident/accident reporting procedures.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.
    • Must log class attendance in GroupEx PRO by 11:59 p.m. of the night that the class is taught. Classes may be logged via the GroupEx PRO App or GroupEx PRO website.
    • Must log in to GroupEx PRO a minimum of two times/week to check for facility updates, subbing opportunities, and other important information.
    • Must secure his/her own substitute instructor in a timely manner (using the GroupEx PRO App or other process outlined by supervisor) if he/she is unable to teach a YMCA class. Substitute request must be accepted and approved before the instructor is relieved of responsibility for the class.
    • Must know, understand, and consistently apply Metro Atlanta YMCA risk and safety guidelines, best practices, and branch emergency procedures.
    • Adhere to strength training and nutrition guidelines in alignment with -USA/ACE and ACSM guidelines.
    • Refrain from diagnosing injuries, offering medical advice, and dispensing or endorsing any and all commercial health products, especially nutritional supplements, vitamins, performance-enhancing substances, and/or pain relievers.
    • The Group Exercise Instructor knows, understands, and consistently applies Metro Atlanta YMCA risk and safety guidelines, best practices, and branch emergency procedure.


      This position has a primary impact on the overall effectiveness of the wellness department and the success of services to the community. The effectiveness of this position is primarily measured by the stated satisfaction of members and by ensuring a safe, clean, controlled, and fun environment in accordance with the Metro Atlanta YMCA Philosophy.


      Sitting, bending, stooping, standing, 15% repetitive keyboard work, seeing, verbal communications, lifting up to 25 pounds, and exposure to noise levels at an average of 90 decibels (music) over an eight-hour day.

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Keywords: YMCA of Atlanta, Roswell , Group Exercise Instructor I, Other , Cumming, Georgia

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