Fitness Specialist in Walpole, MA at Benchmark Senior Living

Date Posted: 7/30/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

The Fitness Specialist role is responsible for directing initiatives, fitness, and exercise programs which promote a spirit of wellness in the community and meet the individual needs of the resident.  The program is intended to fulfill basic psychological, physical, social and emotional needs while promoting self-esteem in a caring, nurturing and challenging environment.  The Fitness Specialist safely uses all fitness and pool/spa equipment when planning or implementing programming.

 **Applicants who are capable of filling in as Activities Assistant for Independent Living Residents is a plus.


  • Creates and conducts group exercise classes, including water classes where applicable
  • Instructs residents on the safe and effective use of fitness equipment
  • Develops customized exercise programs, equipment rotations, and fitness routines for individual residents and works one-on-one with residents to monitor progress and support compliance
  • Identifies relevant wellness activities, seminars, outings, and events to promote wellness through a variety of formats
  • Promotes community events, programs, activities, and social opportunities to ensure maximum participation
  • Seeks input from residents and stays abreast of relevant literature to continuously update and enhance wellness programs that will appeal to a broad range of residents
  • Participates in and attend all required in-service training and education programs as scheduled
  • Responsible for leading and implementing one-on-one, small group and large group activities according to the programming schedule
  • Supports, encourages and directs independent activity pursuits, both individually and in small groups
  • Supports the resident’s abilities by understanding their needs and desires as well as limitations
  • Demonstrates knowledge about residents in regard to background, participation needs, physical abilities, interests, cognitive capacity and attention span capability
  • Other duties as assigned


Job Requirements


  • Must have a high school diploma, bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and knowledge of aging and disability issues preferred, fitness, sports management or physical therapy background and experience.  Must be qualified by experience and training to develop programs appropriate for elders and disabled individuals
  • Possesses training and knowledge in recreational activities