I don’ t have any degree in physical education, I have passion and go to all the group classes my gym offers, one thing I can’ t understand is how and where do you learn how to plan the routine for the class , how to choose the music and so on,is it really just enough to study the material the ACE or other agency gives you?
Well, you can always ask the people at the gym what they had to do to get their certifications to teach group fitness. Some gyms will offer these courses to their own members (as another way of getting revenue as well as a way to recruit their own members to be a part of staff or volunteer). The training provided may be developed as an in-house training for their staff, or it may follow an established curriculum that’s been laid out by an agency or certifying body.
Hi Svetlana. Congratulations on wanting to pursue your passion! Many of the group fitness certification course will cover such topics as programming and planning the class, music selection and some of the other issues/questions that you raise. Before you sign-up to take one of these certifications, I would recommend that you take the time to look into and compare each one to help ensure that they offer exactly what you need and are looking for. It’s your money and time, so spend both wisely.
I wish you good luck in your new career!
Good for you on pursuing your passion. I would ask at the gym where I wish to work someday. I am sure everyone would be more than happy to tell you about their experiences. Taking a course is much better than just reading a text and taking a test; you will learn so much more that way.
I personally don’t believe that book knowledge is sufficient to learn how to teach and lead a group fitness class.
It takes a lot of practice to learn how to choreograph a class, teach and lead a class as well as choose music and prepare for a class that you wish to teach.
Having said that, I teach the American Council On Exercise Group Fitness Instructor course. One of the reasons I teach the course live, is so that the student has the opportunity not only to learn the theoretical aspects of group fitness, but to also have an opportunity to put what he/she has learned into practice.
If you are in NY and are interested in taking the course, please feel free to contact me.
All the best!
there are many organizations to choose from, and right here at this site is a great overview with many options: http://www.ideafit.com/certifications/group-fitness.
Many things that you mention in your comments will be taught there. What ultimately makes a good instructor is a passion to teach group fitness and a lot of experience. You have already taken many classes and probably know what you like and what you don’t. As Joanne says, book learning only goes so far, the rest is practice through observation, trial and error.
I wish you good luck.