SilverSneakers Instructors are knowledgeable of a variety of exercise techniques and lead fitness classes.

Instructors work in a health and wellness setting with both healthy and motivated participants who are able to exercise independently.

The instructor promotes health-related physical fitness, helps manage health risk, and encourages lasting health behavior change for all group exercise participants. SilverSneakers members represent a “special population” with unique health histories and exercise goals. Instructors need to be extra patient, aware, and mindful of the limitations this population faces.


  • Must have at least 1-2 year experience in the fitness, wellness, and exercise fields
  • Must be comfortable teaching, demonstrating, and performing group exercise classes
  • Must be able to modify class format and style dependent on class participants
  • Must be at least 16 years of age


  • CPR, First Aid, AED (must obtain within 90 days of employment)
  • New Employee Orientation (must obtain within 90 days of employment)
  • Department Specific Redwoods Trainings (must obtain within 90 days of employment)
  • Preferred Group Exercise Certification from a nationally recognized institution (AFAA, ACSM, etc.)
  • Attend required Silver Sneaker Workshops

*It is the responsibility of the employee to obtain and maintain all certifications required to perform this position, in accordance with PAV YMCA guidelines.


  • Create and ensure safe and welcoming environment
  • Ability to enforce policies, problem solve and handle emergency situations
  • Ability to assist and communicate with all populations of people regardless of race, age, and special needs
  • Demonstrate the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility
  • Attend trainings when appropriateSupport YMCA special events, signature events, and campaigns
  • Support YMCA special events, signature events, and campaigns
  • Perform all tasks to the best of your ability and with a positive attitude
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes before each exercise class and stay 5-10 minutes after to socialize with participants and answer any questions
  • Clean up and put away any exercise equipment and/or mats used for class
  • Stay aware of participants’ health issues and instructor safe and proper technique, etc.
  • Walk around and talk with members and guests and get to know their fitness goals and backgrounds
  • Willing to substitute for other instructors (class dependent) during their times of absence
  • Continually educating oneself and staying aware of new fitness trends
  • Take proper class attendance and report class size and attendances to Health and Wellness Director
  • Respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies or any injury that occurs
  • Other duties assigned by the Health and Wellness Director, Senior Program/Membership Director and/or Executive Director

To apply for this position, please submit your resume to:

Daniel Treadwell
Health & Wellness Department
708.740.0606 ext 320