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How to become a leader or instructor at Friskis&Svettis
Last year 761 new leaders and instructors were trained at Friskis&Svettis. And the demand for new, inspiring leaders is increasing at the pace Friskis&Svettis is growing.
Today there are 6 815 leaders and instructors in the entire Friskis&Svettis operation, from Tromsö in the north to Paris in the south. All have gone through Friskis&Svettis? nine to ten-day long and intensive basic training, divided into Step 1 and Step 2.
But before they get this far they have also gone through a recruitment process which can make the best self-confidence a little shaky. Count on eight to nine months if you have the desire to go all the way. Count on fun and count on a job. It is not certain that your best preparation is done with your legs and arms.
Use your head as well.
Reward not in the wallet
It feels good to stand in the centre of town and lead a group of people who completely trust you to give them an hour of effective and fun training.
Just as exciting is the feeling during gym instruction that you are transferring knowledge which is sinking into the other person.
Meeting so many new people as a leader, instructor, steward or receptionist is, if you are the right person for the job, tremendously rewarding.
So if you want to be rich, rich in experience, a good start is the encounter between you and Friskis&Svettis. The reward lies namely on an entirely different plane than in your wallet. Many associations distribute a smaller remuneration, but many do not.
So what do you say about that? Everything depends on your motivation, on why you want to be a leader or instructor.
What you have to like
You must like the business concept. And the evaluations which lie as the basis for everything we do.
The business concept is this: Friskis&Svettis offers enjoyable and easily-accessible high quality training for all. We use the evaluations internally to constantly remind ourselves about the manner in which we shall live and implement the business concept.
Get in touch
If you like what you have read so far all you have to do is get in touch with the closest Friskis&Svettis. Send a mail to Jeanette Narvell or give her a call: 0762-09 03 71. Ask about the recruitment process for leaders and instructors. It differs a bit from association till association. Fairly often it is asked that you shall have trained a while at Friskis&Svettis before you can become suitable as a leader, instructor or steward.
First why, then how
Think about why before you say you want to become a leader or instructor, because you will be asked that question. A proper answer to the question is always important.
The answer to how the process goes is, you will be interviewed, receive an assignment and possibly a little acclimatisation. After going through the recruitment process you receive notification if you are accepted or encouraged to maybe try again at a later date.
The selection process
The recruitment process is not exactly the same at every Friskis&Svettis association. But always count on it taking eight to nine months from start to goal.
In the larger associations it often takes several rounds of selections. You fill out an application and are welcomed to a meeting where you take a practical exam. If for example you wish to become a jympa leader the recruiters look at how you use your body, that you can maintain the pace and not least that you can last an entire class.
You are also often interviewed. The recruiters listen for little things depending on which type of leader or instructor you want become. You can find Friskis&Svettis? offers of employment in your area on the internet.
Training occurs in two steps
Training is taken care of by Friskis&Svettis Riks and is in two steps. Step 1 is a four-day basic training for everyone. You live at a boarding school and study and train intensively.
You run 1 – 2 classes per day with a prospective leader and instructors from Friskis&Svettis associations in the whole country and receive instruction in anatomy, physiology, leadership, training theory and in Friskis&Svettis? concept, evaluations and training designs.
One month before the course start you receive a course book to study. Before you continue to Step 2 you will pass a written exam.
Step 2 focuses on just the type of training you will lead or instruct. Step 2 is 4-5 days, depending on training design and is also at a boarding school. You receive more practice and training here.
When you return home to your association you again receive one or several sponsors who support you until your certification. You can discuss moves, get tips on music and test your abilities to lead or teach your sponsor.
The final exam is called certification
The last thing that happens is that you must be approved by one of Friskis&Svettis? authorised diplomers. If you are leading jympa you get to lead a normal class while the diplomer watches that you have understood the program set-up and you are leading in a captivating and pedagogical manner. If you will instruct in the gym the diplomer goes along with you during instruction.
A bit of nervousness can set in but nobody is requiring you to be perfect the first time. If you do not pass the certification (approximately 10% do not make it the first time) you receive another chance within a couple of weeks.
Developing your talents
In order for you as a leader and instructor to receive tips for continued development, follow-ups are conducted every year. Your class or instruction is reviewed and you are given feedback which aids you in constantly developing your abilities. Inspiration for new classes and movements are continuously obtained at various courses which the associations and Friskis&Svettis Riks coordinate.
Want to know more?
Check your association’s web page in the scroll bar to the right on the first page at friskissvetttis.se. Call, mail or ask at the reception, a leader, instructor or steward about how recruitment is conducted and when the next one will be. Good luck!
We are very proud of our training operations. It started as a unique concept to educate jympa leaders and today has been developed to include for the most part, every steward’s duty in all of Friskis&Svettis.
150 courses for almost 6 000
In one year we conduct approximately 150 different courses, theme days and conventions with a total of just over 5 800 participants. (Of which some may have participated on several occasions.)
Education is the core
The interest in Friskis&Svettis? associations to become trained, whether it applies to basic training, development, further training or specialisations is enormous. During training continuous strengthening and development is unique for Friskis&Svettis. The long list of various training possibilities is getting longer and longer all the time and today consists of among other things Step 1 and 2 for Jympa, Jogga/gå, Spinning, Gym, Barn/junior, Skivstång, Ki box and Aerobics and further training as Bas, Intensiv, Senior, Vänta barn/Mamma, Rygg, Ledaruppföljning, Styrka, Puls, Station, Stavgång, Crosstraining, Vatten, Step, Ki, Ki balans, Bräda, Skivstång, Värdansvarig, Verksamhetsledare, Diplomerare och Funk.
Education is one of Friskis&Svettis Riks? most important responsibilities. Connected to education therefore are approximately 140 teachers and diplomers/licensees who contribute to the development of the education operation and holding courses and giving out diplomas.