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!
So you teach Zumba, I am assuming you have been certifited by Zumba for their classes. That is a niche class and it attracts dance enthusiast and dance teachers. But leading group fitness classes is a bit more involved if you want to know what is happening physiologically and what you should be cueing, etc. You have the experience in teaching high tempo classes, now you can start to discover what is happening internally for your clients and learning how to adjust and customize their experience.
I would recommend ACE or ACSM for your group fitness certification. Then follow your instincts for continuing education. I teach some CEC courses for group ex that I believe will soon be copied and bring some fresh ideas to the fitness market. If you think you might be on the Big Island of Hawaii sometime, give me a shout out. Check my website at www.hawaiifitnessacademy.com .
But your question was, what fitness specialties are in demand? Quite frankly the future as far as demand goes will mostly be in elder/senior fitness and associated medical issues of aging. Being able to successfully work with chronic conditions, injuries, and an aging population will position fitness professionals to make a living. I focus on elder populations, Parkinson’s and other neurological conditions (which I could make more money from, but don’t want to), and corrective exercise. But I also enjoy athletic performance enhancement, which is less in demand. I am very comfortable and get very good results and outcomes in all of these areas.