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Angela Yochum

Angela Yochum, MEd, has nearly two decades of experience as both an ACE-certified group fitness instructor and director and an English and physical education teacher. She earned her master’s degree in education from Portland State University and continues to work for higher standards in group fitness. She founded GFIT Education LLC to provide instructors with more live opportunities for continuing education.

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Women exercising during a park workout

Sample Class: Park Workout

May 10, 2021

Take your boot camp class outside with this simple plug-and-play park workout, a mix of high-intensity cardio and lower-intensity resistance.

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How to Master the 5 a.m. Time Slot for Fitness Classes

April 23, 2019

Beep! Beep! Beep! The 4:15 a.m. alarm blares. Your body goes into robotic action as you swing your legs out from under your comfy blankets, turn the alarm off, tug on your workout gear, and walk blindly to the bathroom to brush your teeth and wad your hair into a messy bun. You grab your keys and lock the front door behind you. As you start the car and take a swig from your water bottle, you crank up the radio to lift the fog from your brain and drive a route you know by heart.

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5 Reasons You Still Need to Attend Live Trainings

February 16, 2018

Energized! That’s how I feel every time I leave a fitness conference. I’m eager to implement fresh ideas and coaching tips into my fitness classes—a feeling I rarely have after completing an online course. Although I’ll be the first to admit that I need digital learning opportunities for their sheer convenience, I still crave live fitness education experiences.
Here are 5 reasons why you, as a fitness instructor, will reap the greatest benefits from live courses and ­conferences.

1 A Face-to-Face Community

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Shaping Minds, Shaping Bodies

October 23, 2017

It’s not hard to retain confident exercise enthusiasts who love your classes. The greater challenge is to keep timid, anxiety-ridden individuals, the ones who may need movement the most—and who may become new “followers” if given half a chance to gain a little confidence.
As a group fitness instructor, how do you accomplish this? One way is through understanding mindset. Do you know, for example, why some people don’t bound into your class, eager to take on the front row? It’s not uncommon for people to have exercise phobia or feel ashamed or embarrassed.

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TGIF! The New Happy Hour

September 18, 2017

As a fitness entrepreneur, you may have noticed that Fridays are clients’ least favorite days to exercise. Your studio is packed on Mondays but nearly empty on Fridays—especially in the evening. Why?

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