Fitness today is synonymous with a good lifestyle. Most of us are caught up in a sedentary lifestyle due to several reasons, the primary reason being work. LA Fitness is a health club chain that has centers across US and Canada. LA Fitness not only provides fitness services, but also provides good career opportunities for those who want a career in health and fitness, as we’ll see in the following lines.
LA Fitness was founded by Lewis Welsh and Chin Yol Yi in the year 1984 in Los Angeles, California. The company expanded to Southern California in the 1990s. By the late 1990s, the company began developing new clubs and expanded to upper Midwest, Pacific Northwest and the mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The rate of expansion was rapid with 180 clubs being added just between the years 2006 and 2009. The company expanded outside the US in 2007 by acquisition of six fitness clubs in Toronto, Canada.
Today, the company has more than 500 clubs across US and Canada, and employs over 1500 people. It is one of the largest fitness club chains that exist today.
LA Fitness jobs-
LA fitness offers jobs in over 40 categories, both technical and non-technical jobs included. There are several jobs ranging from personal training positions to technical jobs like database management. Although we can’t cover each and every job position, here is a brief overview of some of the jobs, both technical and non-technical types.
Personal Training Director : This position requires good people skill and influential skill. The job requires you to present and sell personal training memberships. A high school diploma or an equivalent is required in order to do this job. The emphasis is mainly on interpersonal and communication skills as it involves selling training memberships. A background in fitness and sales is a plus although not necessary.
Accounts Payable Clerk : This position requires a high school diploma along with at least 2-3 years of accounts payable experience. The candidate should be experienced in high volume data entry, matching invoices, and researching discrepancies.
Senior SQL DBA : This job is concerned with database administration and involves installation, configuration, replication, performance tuning, backup and maintenance of databases. This job requires a bachelor’s degree in computer science and experience of at least 5 years as this is a technical senior-level position.
Field Service Technician for fitness equipments : This job requires you to inspect fitness equipments for any faults and to repair any faults that are found in the faulty equipments. The candidate will also be required to use computer program for maintenance of equipments to report work performed and to keep track of parts ordered. Thus, this job requires good computer skills and good fitness as the candidate will be dealing with fitness equipments which can be heavy.
Getting a job at LA Fitness-
In order to apply for a job, you have to first head over to the official website of LA Fitness which is [ www.lafitness.com ]. Make sure you have Microsoft Silverlight downloaded and installed before viewing the website because it is essential to view the website. You will be prompted to download it in case you do not have the latest version installed. Once you are on the site, you will see that in the center of the page, there is a section titled “Career Opportunities”. Click on that. Once you are into the Career Opportunities page, you will see that the page has two parts, one is “Club Positions” (Which involves jobs in LA Fitness clubs located throughout US and Canada) and the other is “Corporate positions” (Which involves corporate jobs located in Irvine, California). Once you have chosen the job position you want to apply for, click on the “Apply Now” button at the top. This will take you to the Application form which has to be filled according to your job requirement. The good thing about the Application form is that there are fields for entering your experience in certain areas, for example, if you have management experience, you can select the number of years under the “Management Experience” dropdown as per your experience. Once all the information fields have been filled, you will see the Dispute Resolution Agreement. You might want to familiarize yourself with the legal concerns of the employment. For example, one line in that section says:
“I understand that if I do file a lawsuit regarding a dispute arising out of or relating to my candidacy for employment, employment (including its terms or compensation), or the cessation of employment, L.A. Fitness may use this Agreement to request the court to dismiss the lawsuit and require me instead to use arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, including, but not limited to, 9 U.S.C. § 9.”
Following are some details that may help you in getting a job with LA Fitness –
- Average wage for a trainer is $14.29 per hour, with reports varying from a low of $12 per hour to a high of $18.00 per hour.
- Average wage for a Front Desk job is $8.24 per hour, with reports varying from a low of $8 per hour to a high of $10 per hour.
- Average wage for a Personal Trainer job is $12.17 per hour, with reports varying from a low of $10 per hour to a high of $15 per hour.
- Average wage for a Group Fitness Instructor job is $19.33 per hour, with reports varying from a low of $16 per hour to a high of $42 per hour.
- Sample interview question – “What type of work are you looking for, part time or full time?”
- Sample interview question – The candidate may be required to show a sample workout if applying for the position of a trainer.
- Sample interview question – “Are you looking for a job or a career?”
- Sample interview question – “Why do you think you deserve this position?”
And there you have a summary of the kind of jobs available at LA Fitness and a brief idea of what are the requirements for certain technical and non-technical jobs. The working hours can be more than 60 per week and the jobs may therefore be demanding. The customer satisfaction for the jobs at LA Fitness leans towards being Neutral, so you might want to take that into consideration. But if you aspire a good career in the area of health and fitness, LA Fitness does offer a wide variety of jobs.