I Want To Become A Group Fitness Instructor

As you may know, I’m a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I love personal training and working with clients one-on-one. But recently, I’ve been thinking about adding on another certification in group fitness.

…but there are so many to choose from!


I know some of you are group fitness instructors, so I’d love to hear your input. Here’s what I’m thinking about:

General Group Fitness Instructor

I could get a group fitness certification right through NASM which would allow me to teach in group settings, which means a variety of classes offered at local gyms and studios. This is probably the most general, and would offer me the ability to work in a lot of different classes. Hmm…

Body Pump Instructor

I’ve done Body Pump a few times and love it. I feel like this would be perfect for me because I love lifting, and I love lifting to group music. Loud music always gets me going, especially in a group atmosphere! I’ve had some instructors who haven’t corrected others’ painfully obvious bad form, which is something I’d like to do. Part of being an instructor is educating others and making sure they don’t hurt themselves right? I really don’t mean to sound holier than thou or anything, but I just don’t like when I see a trainer or instructor, whether it’s in the gym, yoga, etc., who isn’t correcting obvious issues. I get that it’s a large class but I’ve seen some who don’t even walk around to TRY to find these form issues. Okay, rant over… ;)

Spin Instructor

This one I really don’t know about! I love spin, but I just can’t imagine having to bike all out AND be yelling out directions and encouragement at the same time. What if I needed a break?? To all of you spin instructors: how do you do it? I really feel like I’d be huffing and puffing the whole time trying to ride and speak at the same time.

These are my current ideas, but I’m open to others. So please let me know what you think! :)

Are you a fitness instructor? What’s your certification?

Any tips for transitioning from one-on-one training to group fitness?


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  1. I’m a spin instructor and love it. The mic helps SO much in terms of barking out commands, and you can always get off the bike!

    I’d love to eventually teach Body Pump!
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    • That’s good to know! I’m going to try to take more spin classes so I can get used to it because right now, my quads are not ready! lol

  2. You would get used to talking and teaching in Spinning. You adapt. This I have taught since 1999, lol you were a toddler right
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    • lol I was 11 in 99…I’d love to go back to the 90s early 2000s! well…minus the middle school awkward phase ;)

  3. I think that you’d make a great group instructor. I was wondering the same thing about spin instructors. It’s tiring enough to spin on its own, but to even add instructing to it? I wouldn’t be able to. I’m sure you can and you’ll be great at it!

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