Equinox Military Coaching Program, Chicago - #9820369


Date: 2 weeks ago
City: Chicago, IL
Contract type: Intern


Equinox Group is a high growth collective of the world's most influential, experiential, and differentiated lifestyle brands. We restlessly seek what is next for maximizing life - and boldly grow the lifestyle brands and experiences that define it. In addition to Equinox, our other brands, Blink, Pure Yoga, SoulCycle, Equinox Hotels and Equinox Media are all recognized for inspiring and motivating members and employees to maximize life. Our portfolio of brands is recognized globally with locations within every major city across the United States in addition to London, Toronto, and Vancouver.


We are passionate about high performance living and we practice what we preach – investing time in our own health and fitness. We believe that everyone has untapped potential within them and it takes a disruptive approach to unleash it. We dream big and don’t settle for the status quo. We sweat the details. We never accept less than 110% to help each other deliver the Equinox experience and enable our members to get great results.  We are obsessed with what’s new, what’s now, what’s next. Never following, always leading, living ahead of the moment in fashion, culture and consumer behavior. We aren’t just a company; we’re a community vested in each other’s success. We value humility and a team approach at every level of the company.

If you are a high performing individual who is passionate about winning and inspiring others then we are excited to discuss career opportunities with you.

Personal Training at Equinox  

Equinox Personal Trainers provide personalized attention, professional instruction, and exercise programming to maximize each member’s health, fitness, and wellness goals while providing the highest level of customer service. 

Skillbridge Program Objective 

Equinox is excited to offer a unique opportunity for active military members in the Department of Defense (DoD) through our Skillbridge military transition program. This is designed to help military personnel transition into the civilian workforce by gaining hands-on experience and developing skills that are directly transferable to civilian employment. We will provide a structured framework for service members to acquire practical skills and experiences in Personal Training that can facilitate a smoother transition into the civilian workforce. 

Role Description 

Transform your military background into a pathway for a thriving career in the fitness industry. We are looking for energetic, creative, and enthusiastic service members looking to gain experience in Personal Training. If you are a high-performing individual who is passionate about inspiring others, then we are excited to discuss career opportunities with you. 

Equinox is proudly recognized as the industry leader in Personal Training, with the first in-house education of its kind through the Equinox Fitness Training Institute (EFTI). To start our program, you will spend your first week in our Equinox Coaching Program. As a participant, you will be studying foundational knowledge of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, nutrition, and performance protocols. 

Upon passing your Personal Training Certification, you will begin work as a practicing Personal Trainer and your education will continue with EFTI as you design comprehensive client fitness programs that are safe, effective, and results-driven. 

As the authority in Personal Training, our Trainers create custom programs designed according to Members’ needs and provide a holistic, progressive, and pragmatic plan grounded in the sciences of movement, nutrition, and regeneration. 

Role Expectations 

  • Complete study course provided by Equinox, powered by Lionel University in a week’s time 

  • Upon completion of the course and the final exam, you would be able to begin work as a Personal Trainer. 

  • Service members will be given the opportunity to participate in our in-house proprietary education program, Equinox Fitness Training Institute (EFTI), along with Tier III, 3+ and X trainers. This in-depth curriculum will help to evaluate service members based on their ability to learn quickly, perform, motivate, and educate others.   

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive learning & understanding of the below certification objectives: 

  • Foundational knowledge in exercise science, anatomy, physiology, and nutrition to effectively design safe and effective exercise programs 

  • The importance of conducting fitness assessments and how to create personalized programs based on the assessment results 

  • Acquisition of coaching techniques and strategies to effectively communicate with clients, set goals, and track progress 

  • Injury Prevention strategies and corrective exercise techniques to avoid common injuries and address existing injuries 

  • Expertise in designing personalized programs for special populations, adapting exercise programs with medical conditions, and understanding nutrition principles for different fitness goals 

Key Responsibilities 

  • Administer fitness evaluations (Equifits), orientations, stretching and personal training sessions 

  • Establish and maintain a personal training client base according to company standards 

  • Provide a high level of personalized attention to members 

  • Maintain knowledge and/or participation in all club services, programs and products 

  • Instruct and demonstrate to members on the proper use of equipment and exercise techniques which may include operating equipment and dynamically moving weight up to 50 pounds 

  • Provide each member and potential member with the best quality customer service 

  • Regular and predictable attendance 

  • Attend Personal Training related meetings

  • Active duty military status within the last 180 days of service, eligible for the DoD Skillbridge Program 
  • Participation approval by the service member’s commanding officer 

  • Intent to transition into a civilian career 

  • Possess passion, ambition, drive, and knowledge regarding fitness 

  • Ability to work in-person during weekdays/weekends 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills 

  • Possess honesty, personal integrity, passion, ambition, and drive 

  • Excel in time management, organizational and follow-up skills 

  • Reliable, professional, computer literate, energetic, and friendly 



Must be able to perform all essential physical aspects of the position which may include standing, sitting, running, walking, jumping, squatting, bending, and reaching. As well as pushing, pulling and lifting up to 50 lbs at a time. 



  • Active military participation to gain civilian work experience 

  • Personal Training Certification upon completion of exam at no cost 

  • Complimentary Club membership 

  • Mentorship and training from experienced fitness professionals 

  • Exposure to cutting-edge fitness methodologies and equipment 

  • Networking opportunities within the fitness and wellness industry 

  • Opportunity to be a practicing Personal Trainer upon completion of Personal Trainer Certification 

  • Premier facilities with functional training areas, top-of-the-line strength and cardio equipment, and more 

This role is an educational and training opportunity only. It is not employment or a guarantee of employment. Program participants will not be Equinox employees and will not displace or perform the function of any paid employee. 

While qualified individuals who complete the program may be considered for employment, participants are not guaranteed or entitled to a paid job or offer of employment at the conclusion of the program. 

Participating service member continues to receive their military pay and benefits during the program. This financial support is crucial in allowing military personnel to gain valuable civilian work experience without sacrificing their income. 

The structure of payment may vary depending on the individual's military pay grade and allowances. It's important for service members to confirm the details of their pay arrangement with their respective military finance or personnel office. 


This role description is intended to describe the general requirements for the position. It is not a complete statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements. Other duties not listed here may be assigned as necessary to ensure the proper operations of the department. 

Equinox is an equal opportunity employer. For more information regarding our career opportunities, please visit one of our clubs or our website at https://careers.equinox.com/ 

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines. Must have a legal right to work in the United States. 

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