REFLECTIONS OF A FIT PRO

Exposing the world of Group Fitness one article at a time.

REFLECTIONS OF A FIT PRO

Exposing the world of Group Fitness one article at a time.

Fit Pros: Be the “Go To” Substitute

I jump at the chance to get in and sub a class and you should too!

Are You Guilty of These 3 Common Coaching Faults?

Late cues, negative coaching methods, and a focus on only one learning style can all impact a group ex participants experience. Check out tips for success.

“You’re Teaching What?” and other horror stories from GX substitutes

Being a team player and subbing classes is great...until the participants treat you like the "evil sub".

No Longer Teaching? Are you Experiencing Grief or Depression?

Giving up teaching, whether short term or forever, can cause professional grief. Know the 7 stages and how to cope if you are ever unable to teach.

The Down and Dirty History of Barre Fitness

Barre fitness workouts shape and tone the body using principles of ballet and dance technique, functional strength training, and yoga/pilates. But did you know that the original format had a much sexier undertone? Learn more about Lottie Berk and the original barre fitness!

Fit Pros: How to Stay Calm when Teaching

As a group exercise professional we can often beat ourselves up when things go wrong. Here are a few tips for helping you overcome those inner dialogues.

Stay Injury Free in Group Fitness Classes

Injuries can impact the life of any fitness enthusiast or fit pro. Here Josh Crosby shares 3 tips learned from mature athletes on how to stay in the game.

Stay Calm when Disaster Strikes as a Fit Pro

Tips and tricks from a group ex instructor on keeping your cool in order to cope more effectively during moments of crisis in the fitness studio.

Fun Times at Aqua & Sports Camp

These past 10 days at swim and sports camp have been super awesome!

How to Be a Coach in Your Group Fitness Class

Three tips from Leslee Bender on how to transition from being a performer to being a coach in your group exercise classes.

Let’s Challenge 3 Common Barre Fitness Class Beliefs

Teach safe barre classes by being educated and understanding false information from popular fads seen in barre fitness classes.

Understand the Science to Create Great HIIT Workouts

High intensity training is great, until it is isn't! Learn the science of how and why to train max effort intensities.

Teaching Tip: Make Your Calendar Explode in Color!

From one crazy fit pro to another: Keep yourself organized to avoid showing up at the wrong gym by color coding your calendar.

Creating Active Dynamic Warm-Ups for any Workout

Stop messing around, and learn the 6 layers of an active dynamic warm-up to actually prep your team for activity.

Tips for Using Music in Yoga Classes

Many people love having a soothing and instrumental soundtrack for a yoga class. For others, try using non-traditional yoga music to motivate participants.

11 Tips for Teaching What You Love By Saying NO

Saying NO is difficult, especially when we love what we do as group exercise pros. Here are 11 tips for saying no and only teaching what you love.

How to Avoid Foot Injuries in Barre Fitness Classes

Barre Fitness Instructors, did you know that excessive plies in releve put participants at risk for injuries in the feet, knees, and ankles?! Check out why.

Dance Research – Let’s Geek out on the Exercise Science!

Did you know that ballet dancers have the same cardiovascular demands soccer players, distance runners, and gymnasts? Read more in this research review.

14 Pearls of Wisdom for the Indoor Cycling Instructor

14 pearls of wisdom from Dr. Seuss and how to apply them to your life as a fitness professional.

3 Tips for Motivating Small Group Fitness Classes

Schedules change and life happens, how do you react when class sizes start to dwindle? Inspire those who are there versus being upset about those who aren't.

3 Reasons to Stop Saying “Engage Your Core” as a Coaching Cue

What do instructors mean when they say "Engage your core"? Hear from instructors, and learn why we should eliminate this cue from our coaching vocabulary.

Remember What it Feels Like to Be a Beginner: Inside My Story

We all fail. We all make mistakes. It's about how we learn from these mistakes and use them to fuel our passion that makes us successful. Hear my story...

Making a Yogi out of Anyone: 2 Flows for Any Class

Everyone can benefit from yoga, here are 2 flows that any fitness professional can incorporate into workouts to build strength, balance, and flexibility.

Jane Needs a Mentor – Tips for New Instructors

Becoming a new group exercise instructor is exciting, until one realizes how much they DIDN'T learn in the weekend course. Finding a mentor can help.

15 Tips from an Instructor’s Experience as a ClassPass Participant

15 things an instructor learned as a ClassPass participant for one month, attending classes in 3 states and 15 studios.

23 Music Resources for Group Fitness Professionals

Discover where to find licensed, edited, and group fitness ready music to play in classes and avoid any music piracy issues for you and your club. 

Write Your Best Group Fitness Class Introduction

Hook your participants in from the beginning and let them know what to expect from your group ex class.

5 Ways to “Play First, Challenge Later” in Youth Fitness

Kids instinctively play, so let’s capitalize on this concept to hook them with these five basic steps.

Exercise & Pregnancy: 10 Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

Don't freak out when a mom-to-be or new mom comes to your group fitness class. Check out these 10 tips to equip yourself with the knowledge to give them a great workout experience.

5 Tips to Create Your Own Fit Pro Career Path

So you want to be a fitness professional? Awesome! In this crazy diverse field, check out 5 tips Jessica H. Maurer discovered along her journey.

5 Strategies for Quick Class Planning for Fit Pros

Being a group exercise instructor can be very time consuming; check out these five tips for keeping yourself fresh throughout your career.

Fight Childhood Obesity through Youth Fitness Programs

Learn about the childhood obesity epidemic and discover how you can fight childhood obesity by leading group fitness classes in the school system.

4 Tips for Longevity as a Fitness Professional

Our bodies get tired, need rest, and need fuel just like everyone else.

5 Tips for a Successful Kids Dance-Fitness Club

Whether it be a dance program, or another youth fitness/sports program use these 5 tips from a youth educator and fitness professional for success.

GXunited is New & Improved – Announcing our New Brand & Website

The dreams and realizations of GXunited are getting bigger and bolder every year. This includes our brand identity and our website. Discover what changes were made and how we got to our new look.

3 Steps to Avoid Burnout as a Group Fitness Instructor

Life is busy, and sometimes maintaining focus for teaching a group exercise class can be difficult. Here are 3 tips to stay on top of your game.

BREAKING NEWS! Stages® Indoor Cycling is Announced as Les Mills New Global Bike Partner

On June 6, 2018 Les Mills and Stages Indoor Cycling released an announcement of a global partnership. This is big news for our industry!

5 Reasons to be a GX Participant Again

One group ex instructor shares 5 tips learned when stepping off the stage and back into the class as a participant. Check out to discover ways to be better.

What’s Your Focus as a Group Fit Pro?

Is your goal as an instructor to get as many people into YOUR classes, or to help people find the RIGHT class for them? Ask yourself who's team you're on.

Improve Posture & Reduce Lower Back Pain in Group Fitness Classes

6 Tips to improve posture among group exercise participants that focus on building posterior chain strength, stability & mobility, and kinestetic awareness.

How to Keep the Gym Active During the Summer Months

Summertime, can be a great time to assess your teaching style and strategies, make new connections, take inventory on your business, and maybe even get your creative juices flowing.

Wondering How to Become a Group Exercise Instructor?

Do you want to become a group exercise instructor? Then check out these seven steps and things you should know about the job before you jump in.

How to Use Different Cuing to Connect with Everyone in Your Room

Get everyone moving in a safe & effective way with these 3 tips for coaching to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners in group exercise classes.

Is Social Media Killing the Fitness Professional?

Has the ability to become "fitness famous" through social media caused a decline in legit fit pros and consumer awareness about educated professionals?

15 Tips from Instructors on Managing Feelings of Depression

While exercise is known to help with depressive symptoms, fitness professionals are not immune to feelings of depression and anxiety. Here 40+ instructors share their personal tips for managing low periods.

Tips for Avoiding Group Exercise Instructor Nightmares

Avoid the tech horror shows that HAUNT the group fitness instructor with the 'fit pro survival kit'.

Is Your Group Fitness Certification Scientifically Sound?

Science-based classes are key to successful group exercise programs. Directors and consumers need to critically evaluate instructors and classes.

“I hope we make you challenge the status quo, rethink what you know, and discover new group fitness experiences”

-Summer Sides,
Founder of GXunited

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