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.
If you are passionate about health and wellness, motivating others and of course, enjoy logging long hours inside your favorite gym or health club, you might be well suited for a career as a personal trainer. While getting into physical shape can be hard work, it’s even harder work to achieve and sustain a career as a personal trainer. Though it might be challenging, it’s more than just physical effort.
“The most challenging part about being a trainer is helping clients deal with their personal issues. Often, clients are working to lose weight and sometimes you need to cross the line into a person’s emotions to help them solve issues that might be affecting their weight problem,” said Tony Cress, NASM-CPT, of Tony Cress Personal Training. “It’s very hard and emotional, both as the trainer and the client.”
To become a personal trainer, there are a few things a person should accomplish before they begin looking for a job or planning to launch their own private consulting business.
Are you currently in the process of looking for a personal trainer? Finding the RIGHT personal trainer is not an easy task and I strongly recommend not settling with one that doesn’t meet your standards. Below is a list of qualifications and things that your personal trainer should know. Good luck and train hard!
10 Things Your Personal Trainer Should Know:
- Education: Your trainer needs to be well educated; either a nationally recognized personal training certification or health and fitness related degree (exercise science or kinesiology). Be sure to ask your trainer if he/she has these credentials.
- Anatomy: Every great personal trainer should be able to name any muscle in the body and be able to tell you the function of that muscle.
- Proper form and technique: Your trainer absolutely has to know the proper form and technique of every single lift or exercise. This is crucial for your over-all well-being and safety. If you feel your form is wrong, be sure to ask and maybe even get a second opinion (ask another trainer) just to be sure. (more…)