I am 47 years young and just now getting into exercising I have my zumba certification, and studying for the NCCPT Group Exercise certification. I am a little afraid of taking the test thinking I may not pass however I study and read on a daily basis. It is a struggle because I am also working on my Master in education. Another instructor suggested I wait til I graduate then study my group exercise certification. I find myself paying for all type of exercise courses, I have taken the lifttime academy course, some AFAA courses and now the nccpt. Does it seem as if I am all over the place, i feel that if i take these courses it will help me with the test. I just started at 47 years old and I am wonders if i should proceed, I teach praise dance and desire to learm more about corrective exercise, I have also taught a few zumba classes. I have my own studio to teach zumba but have not did it because I want a certification bad. Any suggestion please advise?
We are the same age.
You’re not to old IF it’s a passion for you. It may take you a little longer to study for your certification because you have a lot going on in your life, but there’s no reason that age should stop you.
Let me be brutally honest. Our industry can be very judgmental about age, appearance, and weight. You have your own studio so you might never experience this, but it’s out there.
With respect to Zumba, there were 3 pilot tests of a mentoring program during 2013 and 2014. There will hopefully be an official program later this year, so you could link up with a mentor in your area or a distance mentor and get help getting started. In the meantime, as you have time, take other instructors’ classes. Also, watch your ZIN materials, not just for the choreography but for how the ZES’ cue.