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!
Like the others have already mentioned, a well-recognized group exercise certification will serve you well for general strength and cardio classes. It will give you the basic foundation you need to understand the body during exercise and how to conduct a safe and effective class–plus more. You can also then branch out and add more specialized certifications in other areas, like you have with Zumba.
One note of caution about specialty certifications–be diligent about researching programs offered and knowing what will work for your target market for the long run. You will find many classes that you can teach with a general group exercise certification are now being offered as a “specialty”–and you get to pay for choreography, music, and renewal fees. Some will be good, and others are a waste of your money.
Also, I think it’s great that you are doing this on your own as you’ll have more freedom to teach the way you would like to! Good luck to you.