Fitness Department

Certified Personal Trainer

Position Summary:
Responsible for providing excellent and safe instruction, motivation, and support to participants.

Our Culture:
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.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepares personalized programs in accordance with YMCA guidelines
  • Provides positive and regular feedback to participants
  • Directs questions requiring additional expertise or attention to the supervisor
  • Finds substitutes according to set procedures
  • Maintains a clean, safe, and sanitary environment.
  • Communicates and enforces any wellness center rules at participants’ comprehension level.
  • Trains participants in a manner that is both demonstrative and professional.
  • Watches and corrects participants when exercising in an unsafe manner.
  • Educates members on appropriate and comfortable attire for exercising.
  • Develops positive relationships with members and provides motivational support and guidance.
  • Exemplifies a healthy lifestyle.
  • Inspects all equipment used for safety hazards, damage, or wear.
  • Communicates to the direct supervisor any concerns or incidents that may need follow-up.

Core Expectations:

  • Knows and administers the appropriate EAP (emergency action plan) for any situation, including first aid or CPR, work-related employee injuries, etc.
  • Completes incident and accident reports as required.
  • Is courteous and gives sincere attention to members by answering questions and providing positive and regular feedback to program participants.
  • Knows the names of members and uses their names when speaking with them.
  • Maintains appropriate certifications and records.
  • Carries out other duties as assigned by the Progam and Wellness Director

Education and Certifications

  • Must be 18 years of age. High school diploma or GED required.
  • A 2-year college degree in Physical Education/Exercise Science/related field or applicable experience is preferred.
  • Personal Training Certificate. Need to be certified by a nationally recognized certification agency (ASCM, NASM, ACE etc.), as approved by the Lakota Family YMCA.


  • Minimum of six months or more of related fitness experience preferred and a high level of interest in the fitness field.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time, to talk and hear, to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, to climb or balance, to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, occasional bending or squatting. The incumbent is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls.

Job Type: Part-time


FIT Desk Staff

Must be able to work two-three days a week between the hours of 2pm-10pm M-TH and on weekends/Holidays.

Key Job Requirements:

  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • Exhibits an outgoing and enthusiastic personality at all times.
  • Greets all members in a professional and friendly manner, using their names whenever possible, and offering to assist them with work out needs.
  • Regularly circulates the Wellness Center to actively and purposefully interact with and engage members.
  • Able to assist with Tiny Tot Sports (practices and scrimmages)
  • Understands the basic components of a safe and effective exercise program.
  • Listens to and responds appropriately to the needs of Wellness Center members.
  • Follows all YMCA policies and procedures and enforces all policies and guidelines of the Wellness Center.
  • Ensures the cleanliness and maintenance of all Wellness Center equipment. Reports any damaged or broken equipment to the Wellness Director
  • Reliable transportation
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills and must be able to meet the physical demands of the position
  • Able to work well independently as well as with a team

Lakota Family YMCA Employment Application (fillable)


Group Exercise Instructor

We're hiring Group Exercise Instructors to join the team at the Lakota Family YMCA!

Do you consider yourself a leader? Do you have a great passion for health and wellness, and want to share that love with others? Consider becoming a valued member of our wellness team as a group exercise instructor. The Y offers a variety of classes from boot camp to cycling and so much more! This ever-growing, fast-paced environment is perfect for those looking to challenge themselves. Our instructors engage with people of diverse backgrounds and encourage them to accomplish their goals through support and motivation. If you’re looking for something new and exciting in your life then join our team and share your passion with others.

Group Fit Classes Available:

  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • BANG!
  • Muscle Mix
  • Abs Classes


  • Prepare for & instruct group exercise classes.
  • Clean up the area and return materials after class.
  • Understand the needs and goals of participants and provide them with a positive, enjoyable environment in which to achieve their fitness goals.
  • Provide quality group exercise class that begins and ends on time, and is at the proper intensity level.
  • Respect the individual goals, needs, and perspectives of each member.
  • Demonstrate a genuine interest in, and dedication to improving the health and fitness of clients

Lakota Family YMCA Employment Application (fillable)