Next up in LGRS fitness career series: Last week, we looked at five things to consider before embarking on a fitness career, and today, we’re going to dive right into the meat of the matter. Here’s what you need to do if you’ve made the decision to pursue a career in group exercise instruction.
Group exercise instructors must have a solid foundation of knowledge. You should start with a basic certification in group exercise before moving on to more advanced certifications. For a reasonable price, several national organisations provide a widely recognised certification. In order to answer questions and give advice based on accurate knowledge of the human body, you should obtain a national certification. After every class, students would come up to me with a new problem or challenge that I couldn’t address when I first started teaching. I was able to start wanting to help participants stay safe as well as progress against their goals once I received my primary group fitness certification from AFAA. The following organisations, in my opinion, are the most well-known as well as widely accepted for just a primary certification in group exercise.
American Association for Aerobics and Fitness
Assoc. of American Exec.
For more information, please visit www.acsmonline.org
I recommend one of the following three companies for a kinds exercise class. A certification that isn’t widely recognised would be a waste of time, effort, and money. Specialized formats for teaching will be available to you once you’ve completed your primary certification. Zumba, Les Mills, as well as Schwinn are just a few of the fitness formats that offer there own own certification programmes. Continuing education credits as well as memberships are required to maintain a current licence for each format course.
The fun really begins after you’ve passed your certification exam.. To get started, ask around at ones current gym for a mentor. When you know someone that has the necessary expertise, you can ask for help and learn. The more classes you take, the more you’ll notice small details in each one. Is there anything the instructor does that you admire or mistakes they make that you hope to avoid? Is it something you enjoy? Whether or not the instructor is able to keep you engaged is a matter of personal preference.
During classes, pay attention to the music as well as look for music something you might use in your own compositions. Stablemixes.com is a great starting point looking. Prepare for job interviews by creating a class repertoire and planning mock classes. For last-minute teaching opportunities, I always have a generic boot camp as well as a spin class prepared.
Practicing your coaching and cues is the next step. Try teaching thier family members as well as close friends so that you can have some fun practise. Ask a fellow instructor as well as a few members of the gym if they’d be ready to take a practise class from you once you’re confident. Prior to the any of the gym’s amenities, be sure to check with the staff.)
To begin teaching through your own, you’ll need to find work. Look for facilities where you would enjoy working, starting with the one where you are now. Don’t forget to check out my tips for a successful strength and conditioning interview before your first interview.
Stay on top of your game
Working in the fitness industry as a group exercise instructor can be a rewarding and exhilarating experience. You’ll face new challenges every day, and you’ll be pushed to improve ones skills in the process. In order to provide our students with the best possible experience, instructors must always be students themselves. Take advantage of every opportunity to participate in seminars, roundtables, and conventions. Learn new skills and expand your knowledge of both the fitness industry by earning additional credentials. In order to improve as an instructor, one must learn and practise more.