Hi everyone, I’m considering becoming a Group Fitness Instructor and have been researching which governing body to take the test through (ACE, ACSM). I am interested in starting a career that’s healthy, flexible and allows me to schedule around my family. In considering this, I have also researched salary/hourly rates. It looks like the average hourly rate is $25.00/hour. So, according to my calculations, if I was interested in making $30,000/year, I would have to teach 3.5 classes per day. Calculations:
$625/$25 per class = 25 classes per week
25 classes per week = 3.5 classes per day
So my questions are this:
1. Is a Group Instructor paid per class/session?
2. Assuming the class is one hour, are instructors only paid for the actual hour teaching or is there time in front or back of the actual class hour for things like set up, clean up etc? If so, how many hours should I be calclating to be paid on per class? 1.5? 2?
3. My initial thought is 3.5 classes per day seems like a lot – or is it?
4. What is the definition of “group” – would training a class of five people justify a group or am I wandering off into the personal training side?
At this point, I’m wondering if getting the certification is even worth it. Would appreciate any and all thoughts and bits of advice. Thanks much!
It really depends on what you would like to do. I was initially certified as a personal trainer and then got my specific format certifications (Turbo Kick, Hip Hop Hustle, and PiYo). I went on to teach these formats at a national chain gym without a group fitness certification or individual insurance. Pay was per class, no fractions of an hour or anything like that.
In any case, I still haven’t gotten my group certification yet but I do plan on doing it to satisfy my own educational pursuits.
By the way, I would consider getting trained in a specific kind of class, like Zumba or Spin, so that you have something specific to offer that you like to do. Often group fitness directors are looking to fill holes in their schedule with classes that members want but they don’t have yet (and step is still very popular).
So, figure out why you want this certification and go from there!