Hi Everyone, I’m a 41yr old female who has a love for fitness. I’ve spent the last 20yrs of my life as a Visual Designer (running my own business for 10yrs now). I’m burnt out on my career. I’ve been looking into fitness as a new career, but not sure where to start. I was a dancer for much of my life, so know that I want to teach barre, dance fitness, and pilates. However, I’d also love to do personal training and wellness coaching with women. So where do I start? A personal trainer certification or a group fitness instructor certification? Or, do I only need one of those certifications? Thanks for any insight!
It sounds like you’re leaning toward a particular modality: Pilates, Barre and the like. These are specialized group classes. I’d think about this: perhaps get certification from a well recognized organization that you can build on later. For instance: Pilates Basic, then barre, then reformer (which can be private)…and so on.
The educator side of me says: get a good PT certification because you CAN teach group with a PT certification, but a group instructor can NOT teach privately. Lots more involved: Anatomy, physiology, biology, etc.
Just depends on how serious you are about making this your career.