It all depends on the YMCA. Some YMCA's will allow a trainer to have paid floor hours when they start so that incentivizes the trainer to stick around the facility, meet members, engage with them and just learn the culture. Understanding and representing YMCA culture is so important. If you are lucky enough to be given paid floor hours, you'll likely come in 15-20 hours a week, chat to members, make phone calls, clean machines, provide new member orientations and of course, schedule and train clients. While training your clients, you'll likely engage members around you as well because it's quite a family environment. You will learn about everyone and they will learn about you. The biggest key about working at a club like the YMCA, don't be shy. Be transparent and open and you will receive the same in return. If you try to act like "Mr. cool guy" and stay reserved, you will not enjoy your time as much.
Former Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist at YMCA
over 1 year ago
Arrive to work early, make sure room and equipment is clean and working properly. Be ready to engage others positively and enthusiastically. Performing health history checks, assessments and obtaining goals and performing excellent customer service.