I have one Zumba instructor who teaches two 1 hour classes per week. In addition to those hours we pay her for teaching, she puts down 6 – 8 hours per week for planning/prepping for those classes and for learning new songs and material. I am happy to pay my instrcutors for planning within reason – I do not teach Zumba or any choreographed classes myself, so I am not sure what is a reasonable time to expect for learning new songs/choreography etc. Any insights into what might be fair would be great! 8 hours seems like a lot to me…
I have never worked for (or heard of) a club paying for planning time (for group exercise OR personal training). And although that’d be GREAT, I think it’s unrealistic to expect to get paid for that. The time spent planning is not verifiable, either!
I agree with the above threads that newly certified Zumba instructors lacking additional group exercise certification are generally not as able to quickly prepare and plan for a safe, effective workout. I also agree that Zumba certification should be an *additional* certification to a nationally accredited group exercise certification – there’s much more to teaching group ex than knowing how to dance, or box, or lift weights…(basic anatomy/physiology, safety & modifications for participants for starters!). I hold both types of certifications (ACE Group Ex, ACE Personal Trainer, & Zumba), and often wonder about the quality/safety of classes led by instructors with only Zumba training. In fact, during my Zumba certification, the components of teaching group exercise (beyond the Zumba moves & breaking down music/rhythms, etc) was barely covered.
I would love to see Zumba require Group Exercise certification as part of their process for Zumba certification. In absence of that, it’s up to fitness facilities to ensure the safety and effectiveness of their classes by hiring nationally certified group exercise instructors.
Lastly, if your new instructor is/becomes a ‘ZIN’ member, he/she will receive professional choreography (& music) to use – this cuts down on planning time tremendously! The choreography is excellent and there are no worries about copyright infringement.
Good luck with your new instructor!