i currently teach Zumba in Canada. I discovered that I love teaching fitness classes and would like to add more class types under my belt.
I do not work for a gym and I run my own classes. I am not interested in being employed by a gym. I would just like to offered my existing students other classes. I’m wondering if you would recommend getting a group fitness certification?
Thanks in advance for your opinions!
A top of the line recognized group exercise certification will allow you to branch out in a number of ways. With that you can offer a range of cardio, or cardio and strength classes.
You could get certified in a dozen branded styles, but there are costs to all of this…. the cost of the original training, as well as of yearly upping your rights to use that branded style, and often more for buying the music for that style, not to mention sometimes there is equipment to buy as well. Having ACE or ACSM, or something like that allows you to pay one fee, and offer lots of styles. And if you already have a base of students they are likely to try your new offerings, rather than needing to have the latest thing that may not be what people want next year.
As someone once told me ‘dig deep, not wide’.
One other suggestion I would make, is if you can afford to do so, attend one of the big IDEA conventions. In one place you will have the opportunity to try a huge range of types of classes, and from some of the best teachers in the world. This can help you to have a sense of what types of things really call to you.