How to Become a Gym Manager

How to Become a Gym Manager: Career Path Guide

If you want to become a gym manager, you first need to determine if this career path is a good fit for you. If the following description sounds like you, then you’re probably well suited for a career as a gym manager:


Those who become gym and fitness centre managers have a genuine interest in fitness and health, and enjoy working with people from different backgrounds.


They must have excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills and be very organized. Fitness centre managers are individuals that are able to combine an interest and knowledge in fitness, with an aptitude for business and management.


Below we've outlined what you'll need to begin a career as a gym manager. We've also included helpful information for this career, such as job description, job duties, salary expectations, a list of possible employers and much more!



Education Needed to Become a Gym Manager

If you have a university degree or college diploma in management or business administration, you will have an excellent chance of qualifying for a position as a gym or fitness centre manager, especially if you have work experience in a gym, or in fitness, at any capacity during your time as a student.


Some gyms and fitness centres may hire managers internally by promoting gym assistants, membership sales associates, or other members of the staff. These facilities may accept industry experience in place of a formal education.




Gym Manager Job Description

Gym managers, sometimes called "Fitness Centre Managers", oversee the operational and business activities of a facility which contains a fitness area and changing facilities. They are usually responsible for marketing the facility, managing staff and dealing with technical issues.



Gym Manager Job Duties

• Prepare cash projections for owners or senior management

• Use information related to foot traffic and popularity of hourly classes to improve timetables and cope with fluctuations in demand

• Manage inventory and order supplies and equipment when necessary

• Recruit, hire, train and manage trainers and support personnel

• Oversee the activities of trainers and gym support personnel

• Arrange for maintenance, insurance, repairs and cleaning

• Design and coordinate marketing campaigns for the facility

• Design and promote activities that respond to customer demand

• Ensure that members and patrons are receiving outstanding levels of customer service





Working Conditions of Gym Managers

Work Hours: Gym managers typically work normal weekday working hours, although it is not uncommon for them to put in time in the evenings and weekends.


Work Setting: Gym managers typically work within the facility they operate, spending time in the gym itself to speak with gym members and staff, as well as spending time in an office within the gym or adjacent to it.


Work Travel: Depending on the employer, gym managers typically only travel for such purposes as overseeing the opening of a new gym, or for attending training seminars. 



Gym Manager Salary

The salary level of gym managers can vary based on factors such as their level of experience, their level of education, where they work, and many others.


Gym Manager Salary Alberta: According to the 2011 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey, Albertans working as part of the Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors occupational group earn an average wage of between $21.63 and $30.11 per hour.


Gym Manager Salary Alberta: According to Service Canada, the average salary level of workers in the Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program and Service Directors occupational group is $53,006 per year. 



Who Hires Gym Managers?

Stand-alone fitness centres, as well as organizations that own and operate fitness facilities hire gym managers, typically on a full-time basis. Employers of gym managers include:


• Colleges and universities

• Professional and amateur sports teams

• Municipal fitness facilities

• Privately owned health clubs and fitness centres

• Hotels and resorts

• Private businesses with in-house fitness facilities



Gym Manager Jobs

Our job board below has "Gym Manager" postings in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Careers Similar to Gym Manager

Listed below are careers in our database that are similar in nature to Gym Manager, as they may involve many of the same skills, competencies and responsibilities.


Fitness Coach

Personal Trainer

Recreation and Leisure Supervisor

Spa Manager

Sports Facility Manager 



References: How to Become a Gym Manager

Please consult the references below to find more information on the various aspects of a career as a gym manager.


Alberta Learning and Information Service website:

Prospects website:



Scholarships for Becoming a Gym Manager

Scholarships in Canada and the United States listed for majors that apply to becoming a Gym Manager can be found on the following pages:


Exercise Science Scholarships

Kinesiology Scholarships

Management Scholarships


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Becoming a Gym Manager: Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point to becoming a gym manager. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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