Undertaking a fitness career is a gratifying experience for anyone passionate about helping others stay fit. But there's so much more to becoming a successful fitness instructor and coach.
Fitness instructors pour their hearts out every time they start a class. They also spend several hours formulating and choreographing workouts that will fit their students' lifestyles, fitness levels, and fitness goals. On top of all that, they have to motivate their students to try harder and achieve their fitness goals while getting results and HAVING FUN! This is my passion! So let’s talk!
If you feel that leading fitness classes are your passion, here are a few signs that you should pursue a career as a fitness instructor.
Signs that you can be a fantastic group fitness instructor
You're always in the front row of your fitness class
Piyo, Pilates, Strength Training, Yoga… if you've tried almost all fitness classes there are in your area.
You look at fitness exercises as something more than what you do after your work a few hours a week.
You're deeply passionate about working out and find ways to make it fun.
You’re a person who always stays on top of the latest fitness trends.
You’re not afraid to lead others and motivate the rest when you’re in class.
Does this sound like you? Keep reading!
You want to know everything about the fitness routine
It isn't enough for you to make a couple of lunges just because your fitness instructor asked you to as part of the class routine. Nope, you want to understand the reason behind it and how it'll help you achieve your goals. You're genuinely curious about how muscles work and how they react with every exercise. You're never tired of asking your instructors questions to learn more about moves for every routine.
You feel you’re a leader and want to use your skills
You have a genuine concern for others to do well, especially with their fitness journey. With or without a microphone, you know how to excite the group so they'll be motivated to keep going. People like to attend the course because of you and how you keep them motivated to do more. A group fitness instructor knows how to motivate people no matter their fitness levels.
You can multitask
One of the most valuable tools for any fitness instructor is the ability to multitask. Remember that aside from cueing the music, you also need to count reps and ensure that everyone is able to follow along, and learn the routine.
You also need to watch over your students to get them motivated enough to keep going and not give up if they make a mistake. Fitness instructors need to be willing to spend time practicing new routines. To be the best that you can be, practice is key, so you can face your class and monitor their movements while giving them tips, and keeping up with instructing the class as a group.
You love to match upbeat music with your workouts
Part of working out should include some fun upbeat music that matches your workouts. That's because having good music as you do your routines is an excellent way to pump everyone up, and it’s just FUN! For any fitness routine you workout to, music is essential to set the mood for everyone.
You have an approachable personality
Do you ever stay after class to ask your fitness instructor a few questions? You need to be willing and ready to do the same once you become a fitness instructor for your own students. Interacting and talking to your class participants is only a part of your job. Your interactions with your students should feel natural and should be something that you look forward to instead of dreading. Some of them will want to share their stories about health issues and other personal matters. As a fitness instructor, it's your responsibility to provide them with enough support and encouragement to keep them motivated to attend the class and to stay on track with their fitness journey.
So do you think this career is right for you?
Being a fitness instructor can be a lot of hard work, but it is worth it because it is rewarding, not only for you but for your class participants.
If you would like more information on becoming a fitness instructor or would like to take a class with me, please visit my website to find out more. I offer fitness classes and fitness coaching, and I am a Top Fitness Program Designer, and I would love to work with you.