Natasha Ryan reckons she has the perfect job.

“I’ve always loved exercise and I really enjoy meeting new people – that’s what makes being a fitness instructor so great,” said Ms Ryan.

“Gone are the days of monotonous weightlifting and hours on the rowing machine — now most gyms run spin bike classes, boxercise, boot camps and more.

“My job is flexible, challenging and fun – so much better than being stuck behind a desk all day!

“As a personal trainer and a mother of two young children, I realised that their was a niche in the market to provide affordable and accessible programs for health and fitness. 

“I am currently running a program for parents and their kids that involves an outdoor exercise regime by the beach. 

“The sessions are both physically and emotionally satisfying.”

Ms Ryan got into the fitness industry after initially completing a Certificate III in Fitness and continuing on to complete the Certificate IV in Fitness – Personal Trainer by correspondence.

Now NSW Sport and Recreation is offering North Coast residents a chance to do the same by enrolling in the upcoming Certificate III in Fitness – Fitness Instructor course, to be held at Lennox Head.

NSW Sport and Recreation Development Officer James Roberts said strong growth in the fitness industry makes it an attractive option for job seekers.

“Statistics reveal that the fitness industry is growing rapidly. Australian Jobsearch showed a 50% growth rate in the fitness industry compared with 13% growth across all occupations,” said Mr Roberts.

“The Certificate III in Fitness is a ten-day course and the first step towards gaining nationally recognised qualifications leading to a wide range of employment opportunities within the industry.

“The course will run from September 29 to October 10, 2008 at the Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre.

“Participants who successfully complete the course can choose to extend their qualifications by undertaking the Certificate IV in Fitness – Personal Trainer which will be held in November 2008 at Lennox Head.”

For further information and to enrol, contact NSW Sport and Recreation on (02) 6618 0400 or visit the website at www.dsr.nsw.gov.au.