Teaching group fitness classes might sound like a fun profession- and it is- but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of hard work involved in becoming qualified. Like becoming a spinning instructor, there are numerous certifications needed to teach group fitness classes.
With a variety of class options at gyms across the country, including step, high or low impact aerobics, cardio-funk, cardio kickboxing, strength training, and many others, training to be a fitness instructor is no easy feat. In addition to understanding the specific format of the class, instructors must learn to cue, choreograph, perform, give feedback, and motivate students – all to the beat of their favorite music.
If instructing aerobics or fitness classes is on your life list, there are a few steps to becoming certified.
Practice makes perfect. If you want to teach, the best way to learn is by taking as many fitness classes as you can. Decide what you like, learn your favorite music, routine and rhythms and watch your fellow instructors to pick up tips and tricks.
Become CPR certified. In order to become an ACE (American Council of Exercise) certified trainer or fitness instructor, you need to become CPR certified. Health clubs generally require that their instructors have current CPR certifications, which need to be renewed every one to two years to stay current.
Get your national certification. The American Council on Exercise is the most common certification, although there are several other agencies which certify instructors. The gyms and health clubs in your home state might have different requirements so check with potential employers before you apply for your certification.
Download your tunes. Fitness instructors at most health clubs and gyms have to buy their own music. While most fitness enthusiasts have their favorite workout mixes locked and loaded, you can also download pre-mixed class soundtracks from iTunes to help you get started.
January 28th, 2011