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APPLICATIONS CLOSED January 3, 2024 Personal Trainer (and Support Staff), Pulse Fitness Centre

APPLICATIONS are now CLOSED for the Fall 2024/Winter 2023 school year.

Applications close February 11th at 11:59 PM. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you!

This job consists of two roles. Personal Trainer and Support Staff. Personal Trainers strive to meet clients’ varied needs, offering proactive, flexible, client-centred programming, and providing clients with up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge that will encourage each client to reach their goals. As Support Staff, trainers represent the Pulse Fitness Centre by creating a positive space and an inviting environment. They are responsible for greeting and helping members, as well as monitoring the gym to maintain a safe environment.

OUR MISSION To establish and maintain a safe and inviting environment through education and innovation. Professional fitness staff and quality programming will inspire and motivate members to take a proactive approach to health and fitness. We will strive to empower the community to discover their personal best in body, mind and spirit.

OUR VISION To establish ourselves as leaders in the fitness industry through continuing education, progressive research, and ongoing innovation. We will seek recognition for professionalism, quality programming, and staff and member satisfaction. Our ultimate goal is to create a thinking place with your heart in mind.

In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. While all qualified candidates are invited to apply, we particularly welcome applications from women, persons with disabilities, First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons.

Job Details


Fall 2024/Winter 2025

Scheduled Hours:

Min. 8-10 hours/week


Floor Shifts: $17/hour and Personal Training Sessions: Varies

Personal Training

  • Gain own clients for personal training sessions
  • Design and teach individualized training programs
  • Emphasize proper technique and safe practices

Job duties

  • Greeting members and answering questions about the Pulse services and offerings
  • Checking memberships and ensuring members are adhering to Pulse dress code, rules, and gym etiquette
  • Distributing equipment and checking that all pieces are returned/accounted for
  • Performing daily duties on shift to maintain the facilities
  • Participate in social media promotion of McMaster recreation's services and philosophy
  • Attending monthly staff meeting/trainings

Supervise and monitor the gym

  • Assist members with proper exercise techniques and answer fitness-related questions
  • Enforce Pulse rules and regulations, encourage proper gym etiquette
  • Emphasize proper technique and safe practices
  • Resolve conflicts professionally, and promptly document and report any incidents to supervisors
  • Maintain a clean and organized facility at all times
  • Perform equipment checks, cleaning, maintenance, and report issues with the equipment

Self Development

  • Strive to improve fitness knowledge by attending mandatory monthly meetings
  • Obtain Continuing Education Credits
  • Keep current with fitness trends and research

Promote Pulse and recreation programs and services

  • Personal Training
  • Group Fitness Classes
  • Instructional Programs
  • Upcoming Events
  • Clubs, etc.

Working to provide a safe and welcoming fitness centre for students, faculty, and staff is of the utmost importance.

Candidates should possess:

  • enthusiasm towards the field of health and fitness
  • excellent communication skills and value customer service
  • strong working knowledge of gym equipment, proper technique and form

Candidates must be:

  • comfortable interacting with members and completing floor shift duties for the entirety of their shift
  • available to work a minimum of 10 hours/week
  • available to work weekend and evening shifts

Certifications (not required to apply, but required to start working in September 2023 if hired):

  • Nationally Recognized Personal Training Certification (e.g., canfitpro, CSEP, CPTN, NSCA, etc.)
  • Standard First Aid & CPR/AED Level C

Applications are now closed. We appreciate your application, however, due to the high volume of applicants only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Should you have any questions regarding the jobs at the Pulse, please contact us at Thank you!

Applications for the Fall 2024/Winter 2025 will close February 11th at 11:59 PM

Why work with us?

  • Opportunity to expand your knowledge and keep up-to-date on trends in fitness
  • Assume a leadership role and inspire others to pursue healthy living
  • Improve your own workouts by planning programs and classes for Pulse members
  • Interact with like-minded people and get to know McMaster’s Athletics & Recreation Department
  • On-campus job means flexible hours, comfortable work environment, and new friends!