Recently I’ve had a few people ask me how I got certified to teach group exercise classes [which I will now abbreviate as “group ex” :)]. I haven’t been ignoring your comments or emails, but figured I’d just do a post about it and answer you all at once. Just being efficient here.
I currently have just one group ex certification: the AFAA Primary Group Exercise Certification. It’s recognized world-wide and many gyms will accept it as your first certification, even if you don’t yet have specific certifications such as cycling. I chose to do the AFAA Group Ex cert for two reasons:
- One of my friends in NC has taught group ex for a long time and recommended that one.
- I checked with the gym that I wanted to teach at and the group ex manager recommended it.
Another reputable company for obtaining your group ex certification is ACE. If you’re interested in personal training, I’ve heard the NASM certification is the most well-respected. [I am not certified to be a personal trainer.]
I wrote out all my thoughts on group ex and realized I have quite a bit to say on this topic. Since long, text-filled posts are never fun, I’m going to break this down into a series. Also, I know that I have a few readers out there that are also group ex instructors so please comment with anything you’d like to add! Or, if any of you would also like to do group ex series on your blog, let me know and I’ll link your posts into mine. The more experiences we can share, the better!
If you really are interested in becoming a group exercise instructor, your assignment before the next post [which will go up around the end of the week] is to call a few gyms that you might like to teach at and find out which certifications they prefer their instructors to have.
Stay tuned for part 2!
FYI- Future posts will include my experience getting certified through AFAA and tips for obtaining that certification; how to get hired after you are certified; Continuing Education Units [CEUs]; and pros/cons/other thoughts & tips about teaching.
Feel free to ask questions at any point in the series; I’ll either reply to your comment with an answer or be sure to address it in a future post.