As we all know fitness professionals don’t make a lot of money. We do it because we love it! However, I don’t think that should mean that we end up paying over $100/month for cert fees..With that said what do you think about taking a well known fitness class (For ex. Zumba and calling it a “Latin cardio dance class”?) Most licensed fitness programs charge at least $10/month so if you have multiple certs it can really add up quickly. I know taking these trainings can be very valuable for learning more, but to have multiple certs and maintaing the fees each month seems a little crazy. Do any of you take branded fitness classes and changed the name, but use the same concepts to avoid paying hefty fees each month?
I have taught my own cardio strength interval classes (HIIT) for many years–long before they were popular and heavily marketed with various names, branded, and before some celebrities made a lot more money because of a name (wish I could have branded my class!). I take ideas and inspiration from many different places and make the class my own (and, in general, the ideas are NOT usually from branded classes!!). That’s what freestyle is to me. 🙂
I think if you are reproducing a class with the exact moves then that is a problem. However, if you pull ideas from many different sources and keep the name generic (which is how you create great classes of your own), then you should be fine with teaching a class that may be inspired by a brand. You need to put your own spin on it. Just my two cents.