I am starting a business teaching group fitness (specifically, but not limited to, teens), but I can’t decide what certification I should get. Does group fitness certifications teach you as much about proper fitness as Personal Training Certs? I want to learn as much as possible about fitness without going back to college!
Do you currently have a degree in a related field? The type of certification and training (as generally you will not walk into a certification test without training to prepare you for that test, and that training does not have to be with the certifying agency) you decide on may differ depending on the answer to that.
Will you own your own facility? If not, where will the classes be held? It is always helpful to figure out what the requirements are for positions you want to hold. Or if you are running your own show, what is the standard for insurance.
I agree with Karin that if you are going into group fitness to begin that is likely the first type of certification you want. There is nothing to stop you from branching out later.
Even if you do not want to go back to school, per se, you will be required to take CEC classes to maintain your certification, and you can use these to give you a greater knowledge base if you want to start to work with individuals as well as groups as you move forward.