How Do I become a Group Exercise (GX) Instructor?

As far as education goes, it doesn’t take a college degree, or even a high school degree to become a Group Exercise (GX) Instructor. But just like becoming a skilled adult, it takes desire, confidence and a certain amount of grit to become a successful one.  In this article we will be discussing the basic requirements for gaining entry in to the GX world.  The secrets to becoming a “Rockstar Instructor” will be discusses in an upcoming post.

It is possible to become a group fitness instructor by simply taking a one-day workshop offered by specialty formats such as Zumba™, High Fitness ™, Turbo Kick ™, etc.  These certifications have eased the barrier to entry to becoming a Group Fitness Instructor and made exercise and fitness more available and desirable to a greater demographic. They have shown that there are more ways to get fit than jumping jacks and squats.

Though these specialty programs have opened the GX door to many who would have never considered teaching a possibility, there is one disadvantage to this type of certification. Gyms and other fitness facilities generally prefer instructors who can teach more than one format. They also tend to look for instructors who have a general GX certification from one of the nationally accredited agencies, preferably from one accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies(NCCA).

Some of the more popular and well-known agencies include the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), The American Council on Exercise(ACE), The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA).

Each of these certifying agencies offer courses and trainings in basic group fitness instruction as well as specialty formats such as yoga, kickboxing, pilates, etc. 

Once you have received your certification, whether in basic GX instruction or in one of the specialties, you should have the basic skills that you need to instruct GX classes. That said, you should always be improving your skills through practice and other educational opportunities. Most certifying agencies require continuing education credits to keep the certification valid.

One of the benefits to choosing Sweaty Chix Fitness for your certifications is that within our specialty trainings, we also have top notch instruction on the basics of teaching group fitness classes. In each of our trainings you will learn how to design and format a class, how to cue and coach, basic science behind exercise, Rockstar Instructor techniques and other important topics that will help you pack your classes and become the favorite at the gym. 

We love hearing about your GX journey!  Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments!


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