The fitness industry can be a cut-throat business. Instructors not only compete for the best time slots, but they seem to battle for the students as well. I worked for a gym once that gave new instructors 2 months to fill their classes. If they didn’t, the instructor got the boot as well as a strike on their reputation among the locals . That seemed pretty drastic to me, and I was grateful that I was taking over an existing class that already had nice numbers.
Sometimes filling up your class is just a matter of time and patience. Time to get the word out about your amazing-ness, and patience in yourself to learn what students want. That said, there are some tricks to becoming “that instructor”. You know, the one who seems to turn the newbies into groupies and the bosses into buddies.
I decided to ask a few of my “Rockstar Instructor” friends how they cultivate their following. Here are a few of their tips:
• Become friends with your students....
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...