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What Is a Group Exercise Instructor and How to Become One

What Does a Group Exercise Instructor Do?

A group exercise instructor teaches fitness classes. They lead classes at gyms, health care facilities, community centers, though some offer private lessons at their home or office. As a group exercise instructor, you coach and motivate the group while performing the exercises with them. You often teach students proper exercise techniques and provide detailed informational materials on fitness and healthy lifestyles.

How to Become a Group Exercise Instructor

A group exercise instructor needs a thorough understanding of fitness. Most also have experience teaching groups and leading students in exercise. Although there are no formal education requirements, some employers prefer those with an associate or bachelor’s degree in exercise, health, fitness, or a related field. Some organizations may prefer candidates with professional certification by completing programs from an accredited organization, typically the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Take fitness classes or watch exercise videos to learn various methods and styles. Once you are confident in leading a class, seek group exercise instructor positions at area gyms and health centers.