I’m about to take my GFI exam with ACSM and I want to be a group fitness instructor in a Dallas TX fitness center. My experience in group fitness is almost 6 months and I want to find a fitness job before I relocate to Dallas from CO. What is the average salary for a GFI? Any suggestions are welcome, thanks in advance.
All I can add to the above is for you to use a recruiter if you can. If you are not familiar with the area or the market or the fitness facilities in Dallas it might be wiser to go that route (recruiter). Sometimes it’s a lot harder to get hired by a local gym or facility if you are not in the area because they might require a face to face interview (among other things). Recruiters usually work with local employers and they have the connections that you’ll need to help you get hired especially if you are not in the area. You can try one of the larger companies in the area such as LA Fitness, Equinox, Life Time Fitness, 24 hour Fitness, etc. because many of them use their own recruiters and it really doesn’t matter where you live at the moment. I hope this helps and good luck with your search.
Congrats on passing!
Getting started can be challenging.
I taught group for 20 years inside, I now have two outside bootcamps and a thriving in home personal training business.
It may be hard to find a job before actually looking at the facility and talking to those in charge.
Personally I would want to go to the location and get a feel for the environment prior to committing.
group fitness classes are usually paid at an hourly rate. It varies by location. Here in Raleigh, it ranges to about $25 to $30 for a class that is open without an extra charge to members.
Many clubs hire easily for group fitness because, as a part time employee, they can check you out as you go. Often clubs look for instructors with a wide variety of class experiences, and while the ACSM GFI certification is great, many clubs will want you to teach different formats.
How much money you make really depends on how many classes you teach. Personal training is more lucrative, and instructors usually have training privileges at the clubs they teach. It also enables you to get exposure to many more people who can check you out in classes and assess whether they would like you for personal training.
It is not an easy start, though, and you should not expect to make much money at first as you are trying to get yourself established.
You’re best bet is to contact the gyms that you’re interested in or ask other Fit Pros in the area.
Usually gyms pay based on your experience and years of teaching as well as how versatile you and your certifications are (i.e. teaching cycling, yoga, aqua, etc).
I hope this helps. Good luck on your test and much success in Dallas.