DEMAND BETTER GROUP FITNESS.

DEMAND BETTER GROUP FITNESS.

GXunited is A Group Fitness RESOURCE HUB…

with a bit of attitude.

GXunited is A Group Fitness RESOURCE HUB…

with a bit of attitude.

Whether you’re a fit pro or a group fitness fanatic,

 

we show you how to do it better, teach it better, & live it better!

Change starts with a simple idea that things CAN be done better.

Explore GX Formats

Explore GX Formats

Get an inside look at your favorite group fitness class format, or discover a new style. Our ever-growing library of articles will showcase your favorites and push you to try new things. 

Check out all the world of group fitness has to offer!
Check out all the world of group fitness has to offer! 

RETHINK FITNESS

We’re not here to give you the same old ideas and insights around fitness that you can find anywhere. We’re here to change the conversation. We’ll dare you to be different. We’ll make you uncover your truths. And we’ll take you to levels you never knew possible.

We’re GXunited.

RETHINK FITNESS

We’re not here to give you the same old ideas and insights around fitness that you can find anywhere. We’re here to change the conversation. We’ll dare you to be different. We’ll make you uncover your truths. And we’ll take you to levels you never knew possible.

We’re GXunited.

Challenge KNOWLEDGE

While we’re on a mission to change the conversation around fitness, we’re also a pretty awesome resource hub that’ll give you everything you need to teach and experience amazing group fitness workouts. Here’s a peak…

Discover over 1,000 different educational experiences from 300+ different companies, designed specifically for group fit pros.

Read expert insights, research, class ideas, and tips to experience the best fitness experiences possible.

From basic strength training exercises to step, kickboxing, cycling, and yoga, we’re teaching you safe and proper exercise technique.

Learn how to use the wide variety of equipment options available and discover some new exercises.

GXunited…

is the creative brain-child of Summer Sides, an industry veteran, former professor of Exercise Science, and rebellious adventurer with an eye for change. She’s got an unshakable belief that group fitness can be a vehicle for change, and brings that to GXunited. 

We believe movement can be a vehicle for change. We embrace diversity and look to see beyond the preconceived notions about what fitness should look like. We’re empowered by individuals and communities who use the influence of movement to alter the traditional conversation.

We know that mindset matters. So, we’re going beyond just the physical, movement-based science, and digging into the world of sport psychology and behavior change. We’re here to discuss mental health and bring awareness to the fact that exercise addiction is a real thing, over-training can happen to anyone and get an understanding of how to manage stress, depression, and anxiety. (Don’t worry though, we’ll stay in our lane and let the psychologist and psychiatrist of the world do the heavy lifting in these areas.)

Join us as we explore the world of group fitness

ONE exercise.

ONE class.

ONE experience at a time.

THE GXunited Blog

THE GXunited Blog

Our Story in pictures

Our Story IN PICTURES

The number of of certification and course options available to fit pros these days is crazy! And we know searching Google can be overwhelming. This is why we’re creating an (unbiased) comprehensive Education Directory just for group fitness education. In fact, all course descriptions are adapted directly from the individual company website (so don’t judge us on how they’re written!). --- The directory serves as your starting point to understand all the different companies and courses. Use the list to become familiar with the offerings and then make informed choices about which courses offer the most comprehensive educational experience to ensure you teach safe and effective classes. Do your research and get certified with the companies that meet your personal goals and philosophies. --- Here we showcase Primary Group Fitness Certifications. --- https://gxunited.com/education-directory-primary-group-fitness-certifications/ . . . #groupfit #groupfitness #fitness #groupexercise #certification #workout #aerobics #exercise #fitpro ...

On Monday I shared Part 1 of jouney with overtraining syndrome (OTS). [https://gxunited.com/overtraining-syndrome-part-1/] Today I bring you part 2 - a journey into the science behind OTS and what we know (and ultimately don't know) about the condition. ... As a science geek it was hard to not find much in the research database to tell me how to recover from this condition. I was stumped when professors couldn't give me more insight. Ultimately I realized OTS is a sadly something we do to our bodies that can't be studied in great depth (because we don't purposefully want to subject someone to the symptoms). It is through antidotal stories and experiences that we continue to learn more about the condition. Which is another reason I feel compelled to continue sharing my story.... READ MORE | https://gxunited.com/overtraining-syndrome-part-2/ . . . #overtrainingsyndrome #ots #burnout #sciencelesson #science #overtraining #fitness #fitnessblogger #fitnesseducation #exercisescience #fitnessblog #blog ...

Where were you when you first learned about the attacks on America? 9.11.2001 is a day that will be forever remembered by all Americans who lived through it. Take today to be with your family. Surround yourself with those you love, and remember you never know what tomorrow brings. . . . #neverforget #9112001 #september11 #091101 #surroundyourselfwithlove #nohate ...

Today (September 10th) is World Suicide Prevention Day. ... You may be questioning why this is a topic of discussion on GXunited. And truth-be-told, 5-years ago I probably would have asked the exact same thing. But life happens, and in 2015 my husbands close friend died from depression and suicide. It was during a point in life when things were really tough for me and it hit me really hard. ... For the past 3-years I've honored Dennis using the platform I have available to me (fitness and education) to speak up on the importance of mental health and to be okay discussing suicide. ... I'm not a mental health professional, but I do know that we all have a place in the world to speak up about topics that hit us hard. Here I show you how I create a class plan and themed playlist to support and discuss the topic. ... You might have a topic that is near and dear to you, but is a bit taboo in discussion. I hope that through reading this you may be inspired to use your platform to speak up and create change. .... If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or has had thoughts of harming themselves or taking their own life, get help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free, confidential support for people in distress, as well as best practices for professionals and resources to aid in prevention and crisis situations. ... READ MORE | https://gxunited.com/class-themes-world-suicide-prevention-day-2019/ . . . #worldsuicidepreventionday #suicideprevention #mentalhealth #depression #foggy #inafog #anxiety #fitpro ...

In 2014 I was asked by the amazing @jhmfitness to share my struggles with overtraining syndrome on a blog for a company we both worked for. At that time, this was a scary request. It was the first time I was putting into writing all the challenges I was going through... ... Fast forward 5-years, and I've republished my story here on GXunited. I've come A LONG way in these 5-years. And it hasn't been pretty. From injury to illness to depression to surgery (3 in fact)....my journey has been bumpy. But it's also allowed me to become the person I am today....and the person I bring to GXunited. ... (LINK IN BIO) Here is Part 1 of a 4 part series (all originally published between 2014-2015) which showcases my raw and real emotions of what being a full time fitness professional was doing to my body. ... It's scary showcasing this story again, but I also feel it's part of my mission as a mental health advocate. My hope is through sharing my story that you don't get yourself down the same horrible path that I went down. ... Whether you're a fitness professional, athlete, or just workout junkie - I remind you.... -Overtraining CAN happen to you -Exercise addiction is a real problem -Rest is super important to our body -Injuries really suck! ... And just as a reminder, I’m not a doctor, I’m not an expert, but just an unlucky person who has had their life changed because of beating my body to hell and experiencing OTS. ... Happy & Healthy Training, @summersidespro . . . #outside #model #fitness #inthought #gxunited #mentalhealth ...

It's national #readabookday, so we want to know what books have inspired your fitness journey. Share the title, author, and why we should all read it! . . . #readabook #fitnessblog #booksarecool #fitnesseducation #books #whatareyoureading ...

Do you know what it means to have an NCCA accredited group fitness certification? Do you understand the value in holding a primary certification and not just specialty certificates? ... Get to know a bit about the importance of selecting an NCCA accredited group fitness certification exam as a group fitness instructor. ... DEMAND BETTER GROUP FITNESS. ... Read the Article | https://gxunited.com/ncca-accredited-group-fitness-certification/ . . . #fitnesseducation #fitnesswriter #fitnessblogger #hiit #certification #groupworkout #groupfitness #groupfitnessinstructor #groupexerciseinstructor #groupex #groupfit #groupfitpro #newblog ...

#FridayIntroductions Hey friends! I thought since it was Friday, and we just started our new GXunited | Group Fitness Education group this week, I would take a moment to introduce myself a little.... ... I'm Summer, the crazy mind and brains behind GXunited! I love mountains. Puppies​ make me happy. Traveling is awesome. Fitness is fun. Artwork is amazing. ... Currently I’m exploring the grand city of Greensboro NC, after a recent move from Denver Colorado. While the mountains here in NC aren’t the same, I still loving getting outside for a good walk or exploration with my hubby and pups. ... My running and high impact days are behind me due to a bum ankle; but with 3 marathons, numerous half marathons, and a few duathlons under my belt, I’m okay observing from the sidelines these days. But I’ll still ride hard in a good indoor cycle class or throw down with some battle ropes! You’ll also find me hanging out on my yoga mat regularly, as this brings me daily joy and calmness in an otherwise crazy world. ... From a professional side, fitness is all I know!! In fact, I’ve been doing it for almost 20-years. I’ve got my MS and BS in Kinesiology/Exercise Science, and most recently was a professor of Exercise Science in Denver. And because I’m such an exercise science geek, I hold a bunch of other certifications, including… · NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist · ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist · 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher · ACE Certified Group Exercise Instructor · Balance Body Pilates Reformer Coach · RRCA Certified Running Coach · Schwinn Indoor Cycle Instructor · and many other specialty certs ... I love empowering and educating people to find the best versions of themselves through science backed, but super fun, workout experiences. I can’t wait to see you on the bike, the mat, or crawling around the floor in an animal flow workout! ... I look forward to hanging out with you more here in the GXunited group, and over on GXunited.com. ... Please let me know if there are certain things you want to see/learn from this group and GXunited. I can't wait to continue elevating the world of group fitness!!! ...

Today we share an old #fitnessblog article that showcases the advice and tips from our team of contributors. ... 'Always remember what it feels like to be a beginner...' 'Dump your duds' 'Always be true to who you are' ... Head over to gxunited.com/tips-for-success-group-fitness-instructor/ and tell us what you would add! . . . #groupworkout #groupex #groupexerciseinstructor #groupfitstyle #fitnesseducation #fitnesswriter #fitnessblog #fitnessmodel #outdoorfitness #education #fitness ...

Yes, that's right. We've now got a #facebookgroup. ... Let's chat & connect! Join our new group fitness education group and let's elevate the group fitness experience together! ... This space gives us an even broader way to reach the #griupfitness community and spread our goals of higher education for all #fitpros. ... Link in bio | www.facebook.com/groups/gxunited/ . . . #groupexercise #fitnesseducation #fitnessblog #fitnessforeverybody #fitnesswriter #fitnesseducator #fitnessmodel #groupworkout ...

#TeachingTipThursday | Coaching mixed level group fitness classes can be challenging for instructors as you want to find the right balance of helping everyone get a great workout while also ensuring everyone is safe and effective. --- Check out these tips from @laurengeorgefitness (Co-Creator of @barreabove and @clemsonfitnessco) to elevate your coaching and make all participants feel like superstars! --- And make sure you check out all the different articles linked to within the article, we've got a ton of great resources on coaching! --- What additional tips would you add? --- Article Link in profile Photographer | @michaelgriffithphotography ...

Are you looking to become a group fitness instructor? What questions do you have about getting certified? #groupfitstyle . . . #groupexercise #groupfitness #groupfit #groupworkout #coach #medicineball #strengthtraining #asktheexpert #gxunited ...

As we continue our celebration of #youthsportsweek, here we showcase 6 tips for developing a youth (dance) program. ... While the case study example from Author Angie Yochum showcases how to develop a dance specific youth fitness program, the concepts and principles can be adapted towards any type of youth fitness or sports program. ... 1. Establish the parameters 2. Maintain daily routines & procedures  3. Focus on progress, not outcome 4. Keep music & moves clean and simple 5. Provide a performance 6. Keep it light & fun ... Tell us about the programs you've developed for kids and what made them successful! ... Author | Angie Yochum Link in bio . . . #youthsport #youthfitness #youthdance #dance #dancefitness ...

This week is National #youthsportsweek, so we thought we would celebrate with a highlight on YOUTH FITNESS articles. ... Childhood obesity is an issue in America, and while there are some different initiatives going, it's time we as fit pros step in and work more with youth. ... In this article, originally published in 2017, we've dug a bit deeper into the statistics and exercise physiology of working with kids to give you insights into working with our next generation. ... Stay with us over the course of the week as we share more articles and insights on how to create great youth fitness programs. ... Are you an expert in working with kids? Share your insights and stories with us below! .... Originally Published | September 2017 by @angieyochum Updated | @summersidespro Article Link in bio . . . #kidsyoga #kidsfitness #youthfitness #youthsport #kidsexercise #childhoodobesity #fitpro #groupfitness #yogakid ...

This week is National #youthsportsweek, so we thought we would celebrate with a highlight on YOUTH FITNESS articles. ... Check out our feed all week as we bring you different articles on how to work with youth as a fitness professional. . . . #youthfitness #kidsfitness #adolescentfitness #youthfitnessexperts #youth #kids #kidsyoga #kidyoga #yogakid #yogakidsteacher ...

AV systems are vital for group fitness instructors. Save your voice with a microphone. Keep the equipment safe with a windscreen and microphone belt pack. #Batteries #Headset #Microphone #MicrophoneBeltPack #MusicEquipment #Supplies https://gxunited.com/windscreens-microphone-group-fitness/ ...

Being a group fit pro is a JOB, and you need to have the same level of professionalism for teaching your classes as you do for any other job. ... Have you ever considered your professionalism as a group exercise instructor? Use this checklist to evaluate and make any needed adjustments. ... Link in bio | https://gxunited.com/checklist/ . . . . #groupexercise #groupfitness #fitpro #groupfit #gxunited #exerciseprofessional #groupexerciseinstructor #groupfitnessinstructor #groupex #fitnessmodel ...

It's Friday AND it's my dad's 70th birthday! So today's #fridayintroductions give a HUGE shout-out to my dad 😀. For without him I wouldn't be here today (I mean a living human here on Earth. Needed him for that!). But also I probably wouldn't have the career path I have without him. --- Why you ask....well despite being a dancer, I was never into sports. Then in 9th grade, on a dare, I signed up for the newly forming field hockey team. After the first day of tryouts, and multiple windsprints, I said I was never going back. Well Dad wouldn't let that happen and dragged me (kicking and screaming) to the next day. Long story short, I stuck with it (despite having no skills and really just running up and down the field). A misfortune injury my junior year caused me to partially tear a ligament in my ankle...leading me to the athletic training room. And in the case of so many injured athletes, this made me interested in physical therapy. That interest led to a degree in exercise science, and ultimately becoming the person I am today. --- So you see, it is thanks to my dad that I'm this crazy #fitpro on a mission to create the best fitness experiences possible 😀. --- HAPPY 70TH BIRTHDAY DAD! 💜💜😀😀🎂 Glad to be home to celebrate with you! --- (One of my favorite #familypictures from a few years ago by the amazing @enriquepinophotography in #sarasotaflorida.) . . . #birthdaycelebrarion #happybirthdaydad #mystory #share ...

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