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Andrea Blair Cirignano

Andrea is a yoga and group fitness instructor and former group fitness supervisor in the Seattle area. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and writes health and fitness articles for a variety of publications.

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How to Increase Confidence and Fitness Class Size

October 17, 2019

Group fitness instructors have a reputation for being fearless extroverts. And it does take self-confidence to stand in front of a group of people and lead them through an exercise routine—all while wearing a mic and managing a playlist. The truth is that we’re performing, but that doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Some of us need to fake it till we make it!

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Not So Fast: Questions to Ask Before You Accept That Fitness Class

June 24, 2019

Too often, yoga and group fitness instructors are so eager to teach that they say yes to any class they can squeeze into their schedule. Tatiana Kolovou, MBA, owner of Ethos Cycling in Bloomington, Indiana, is among those who believe you shouldn’t undervalue your skills in order to do something you love. “There are many jobs that have strong purpose, and the individuals who do them have passion, and many of them make a lot of money,” Kolovou says.

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How to Keep Attendees in Class

January 16, 2019

If you’ve been teaching group fitness classes for any length of time, you’ve likely experienced the dreaded student walkout. It’s the end of class—and time to stretch—and a portion of the class members start putting away equipment and heading for the door. Participants in certain classes are guiltier than others (cycling instructors, are you nodding in agreement?).

Although your program director knows this happens all the time, frequency does not make it okay.

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