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!
All the above answers are correct. I have been teaching for 30 + years but I was a stay at home mom & exercise was a passion, so why not get paid for it. At my facility which I own, most instructors are teaching because its their passion. Teaching the amount of classes you want to teach will only lead to burnout & injury. You will be running from gym to gym spending a lot of your time travel & gas & you will eventually hate it. Unless you can come up with a better plan for income I would stick to not more then six classes per week, depending on your age of course. You can get away with coaching classes & not actually participating in them, just demo form etc. & that way you can pay more attention to your participants. Good luck!