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!
I’m not sure what your experience is as an instructor or a personal trainer, but if you are new to training then here is what I think (and it’s only my opinion):
Unless you have some experience in training 1-on-1 or couples or small groups of people (3-5), I would first get into this business as a personal trainer and then progress to a fitness instructor (for the type of training you are looking to do). The reason is that 1-on-1 training will expose you to a number of different issues and types of clients and you can use this step as getting more experience and feel more comfortable with larger groups. You could use your time as a personal trainer to learn different exercise modifications when your clients need one due to an injury or some other issue. Once you feel more comfortable with training one client at a time you could then start training 2 or more at the same time and expand your knowledge and experience on you way to become a fitness instructor.
I don’t know if this helps you with your question, but good luck with your new business :-)!