If I take the Trx group specialization course Am I able to teach a Trx group fitness class or need to get an accredited group trainer certification. I already am a personal trainer through AAPTE and have the ACE orthopedic fitness specialization and Trx specialization. I would like to teach a Trx group fitness class however am trying to find the most cost effective way of being able to teach the Trx group fitness class.
Have you taught group fitness before?
I see two routes you could take.
Since you already have the TRX specialization (STC, I assume?), you might want to get a general group-ex certification to flesh out your knowledge of how to manage a group class, versus one on one training. I would suggest this if you feel like your TRX skills are strong (particularly your understanding of form and cuing), but you haven’t taught group-ex.
The other route is to take the GTC and skip the group-ex cert. With your other certifications and trainings, I would guess that a gym would hire you for group TRX. I would be more likely to suggest this if you’ve taught group-ex before. Managing a group of clients is a lot different than training one on one.
My path was the opposite of yours – I started out as a group-ex instructor, then got my TRX training. It was before the GTC even came out, so I have the STC and the sports medicine trainings. 6 months after that, I got my personal training certification.
Hello Marta Gabrielli,
It is not necessary; but, you will be a better trainer with group cert under your belt, and more professional to care for the clients in the best way possible. The most cost effective is being safe so no one is hurt; so, how comfortable are you teaching the TRX group without the group cert?
If you time your renewals well, your CECs will renew all your certs simultaneously.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
The answer is yes: you will be able and equipped/trained to teach group TRX classes.
That said: It helped me when I first taught group fitness classes to go shadow some other instructors and take lots of other classes to get a feel for flow and how I wanted to inject my own style. I never got a specific “group” certification (like AFAA) and have done very well, but there’s a learning curve… I also came with a PT background. It just depends on how comfortable you feel with the dynamics.
If your goal is to teach TRX group, then the Cert is all you need; however, should you choose to branch off into more general Group X classes, then an additional Cert will serve you well, especially if you plan on working outside of a personal studio. Makes you more diverse to potential employers.