Teaching Group Fitness Classes

Hi there! I hope everyone had a great Halloween! We had surprisingly nice weather for the holiday, so we handed out lots of candy to little kids. I was glad that we handed out the majority of the candy that I bought because it was too tempting sitting by the front door šŸ™‚

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Today, I wanted to share one of my new adventures with you guys! I recently started teaching group fitness classes at a local dance studio. This has been a long time goal of mine, and I am so excited to finally make it a reality!

A little history about my experience with teaching fitness classes…I taught group fitness classes when I was in high school at a local assisted living facility! I loved it! The classes were very laid back, and I had a lot of freedom to teach whatever I wanted. I taught four classes/week. Once I graduated high school and went on to college, I stopped teaching. However, I continued to attend group fitness classes all the time. I am definitely more motivated when I have upbeat people working out with me! It took me 3 months to commit to a gym when I moved to Phoenix because I had to try ALL of the different classes first šŸ™‚

So, last summer I decided to dive back into teaching. I am still researching which group fitness instructor certification I want to get (ACSM/NASM). But in the meantime, I attended a training to become a PiYo instructor. PiYo is an upbeat workout set to fun music that incorporates yoga and Pilates moves. My husband (fiance at the time) and I traveled to Spokane, Washington for the training. The training was amazing! The instructor had so much energy and all of the future instructors were so excited and upbeat. The training was 8 hours long, and we did PiYo for at least 4 hours of that time. I was so sore the next day! We had to teach the group a section of the class in order to receive our certification. I was so excited on the ride home and made my husband listen to PiYo music the whole way (which was over 4 hours)! I’m sure he loved every second of it šŸ™‚

Awesome group of future PiYo instructors!
Awesome group of future PiYo instructors!

Now that I was certified to teach PiYo, I had to take the next (much harder) step of actually TEACHING it! I practiced and practiced and thought about continuing to procrastinate but decided I had to start sometime. I don’t think I would have every felt 100% ready to teach my first class. But, I did it and it went great! It was a lot of fun, and the participants seemed to enjoy it. I absolutely love teaching PiYo so far and cannot wait to expand my group fitness training so that I can teach more classes!

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Getting Ready to Teach
Getting Ready to Teach

Here are a few tips for people thinking about teaching group fitness:
1. Make sure that you enjoy doing the class that you are going to teach! The more you enjoy the class–the more enthusiastic and motivating you will be for your class.
2. You will never feel totally ready to teach your first class, but after a lot of practice, you just need to take the plunge, you will learn and improve as you go.
3. Research certifications that are close to your home! Completing the training boosted my confidence a ton.
4. Be confident! Most of us tend to second guess ourselves but the more confidence you have, the more successful you will be!

Any group fitness instructors out there with more tips to prepare yourself for teaching? What is your favorite group fitness class to take or teach?

Happy Monday!

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