Employers across many different industries are struggling to find and hire enough employees. From childcare facilities, to restaurants, to YMCAs and fitness centers, the hiring crunch is affecting everyone. For fitness centers, this means that their instructors may be spreading themselves thin. If there aren’t enough instructors to teach the typical class load, employees may be pushing themselves to teach and participate in too many classes. This can lead to exhaustion, burnout, and in some cases serious injuries.
Fitness instructor injuries have been an issue long before this current hiring crunch. Instructors are typically physically fit and prone to pushing themselves. They often don’t see injury as a real risk. But if they’re teaching multiple fitness classes a day, for weeks on end, and they’re participating fully in each class, it’s only a matter of time before something goes wrong. So, what can an organization do to keep their instructors safe and healthy?
Fitness Instructor Safety Tips
- If necessary, decrease the number of classes offered if there aren’t enough instructors available. While this can be frustrating for patrons, it’s better to offer fewer classes and keep instructors healthy than push them to injury.
- Have managers check in with instructors each day to see how they’re feeling and if they need a break or to teach a different class that day.
- If you have multiple locations, rotate instructors between them to allow for breaks and the opportunity to teach different types of classes.
- Make sure instructors are keeping their intensity low while teaching. If they’re pushing themselves too much that increases their injury risk. Click here for more on how to help instructors keep their intensity low while teaching.