The GXunited blog is here to elevate the group fitness experience through science backed articles, reflections from fitness professionals, and resources geared towards group fitness. Because it’s time we DEMAND BETTER GROUP FITNESS! 

30+ Clothing Discount Programs for Fitness Professionals

Check out these 30+ amazing athletic wear, athleisure, and fitness accessory companies offering discount programs for fitness professionals.

3 Benefits of Barre Fitness for Runners

Barre Fitness is a great cross-training workout for runners. Offering a low impact, core and flexibility focused training session.

4 Group Fitness Articles to Make You Think: September 2019

Here we reflect on 4 group fitness industry articles and make you ponder or question your beliefs and methods surrounding traditional group fitness.

10 Tips for Successful Active Older Adult Fitness Classes

Elevate your skills for leading active older adult and senior group fitness classes with these 10 tips from an industry veteran.

Class Themes: World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

In 2015 when a friend died from suicide, Summer Sides felt empowered to speak on the topic using her platform of fitness. Here she shares how a fitness class can be a strong platform to discuss mental health and suicide.

Playlist & Themes: Labor Day 2019

Here we honor Labor Day with a tribute to all working people through a fun Labor Day Playlists and theming ideas for your group fitness class.

Understanding NCCA Accredited Group Fitness Certifications

Understand the importance of selecting an NCCA accredited group fitness certification exam as a group fitness instructor.

My Story of Overtraining Syndrome, Part 4: A Rare Fungal Infection & Surgery

In part 4, Summer N. Sides shares her health situation, including depression and surgery for a rare fungal infection, after years of dealing with overtraining syndrome.

My Story of Overtraining Syndrome, Part 3: A Follow-Up (4-months later)

Summer N. Sides shares her struggles with overtraining syndrome, depression, and addiction through this touching editorial.

My Story of Overtraining Syndrome, Part 2: What is OTS?

Overtraining syndrome is a condition in which individuals experience fatigue and a decline in performance due to excessive training.

My Story of Overtraining Syndrome, Part 1: A Confession & Journey

Summer N. Sides shares her story of overtraining syndrome and the long journey it took to admit she had a problem.

Tips for Coaching Mixed Level Group Fitness Classes

Coaching mixed level group fitness classes can be challenging. Use these tips to elevate your coaching and make all participants feel like superstars!

6 Tips for a Successful Kids (Dance) Fitness Program

Let's get our kids more active! Use these 6 tips from an educator and fitness professional to develop successful youth dance, fitness, or sports programs in schools, community centers, and gyms.

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.

The Importance of Microphones, Windscreens, & Mic Belts for Group Fitness Instructors

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.

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 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.

Ditch Modifications In Your Group Fitness Classes (Yup, you read that right!)

Help everyone feel successful in your group fitness classes by ditching modifications and instead coaching to all levels through progressive cues.

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.

Where You Lead, Will I Follow? – 4 Tips for Every Group Fitness Instructor

Four tips for any group fitness instructor to guide you in becoming the best version of yourself - Love. Learn. Listen. Lead.

5 Benefits of Yoga for Cyclists

Through the practice of yoga, cyclists can decrease muscular imbalances, which improves riding abilities and reduces injury. Here are 5 benefits of a yoga practice for cyclists.

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!

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. 

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.

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!

4 Tips to Manage your Anxiety as a Fitness Entrepreneur

Going out on your own as a fit pro can be an exciting adventure, but can also fill you with lots of anxiety. Discover how to manage the anxiety of being an entrepreneur in this guest blog.

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.

A Brief History of Step Aerobics

15 years ago group fitness schedules were filled with step aerobics classes, today many gyms have all but eliminated step from their schedules. Lets take a look at the history of this iconic group fitness format.

25 Tips for Success as a Group Fitness Instructor from Team GXunited

Team GXunited is filled with some pretty amazing fit pros. Here they share some of the best tips they received from those mentors that crafted the instructor you see today.

3 Tips & Exercises to Empower Pregnant Moms in Group Fitness Classes

So often, group exercise instructors are among the first to know that a woman is pregnant. This can be kind of intimidating to instructors who may not have a lot of experience working with pregnant participants, but it doesn't have to be. Get some quick tips on how to work with moms-to-be in your group fitness classes.

The History of Cardio Kickboxing Classes

Cardio Kick has come and gone, (and come and gone), but what is the future of the cardio kickboxing workout? Has the pre-choreographed formula quashed our creative juices or given us a great place to start?

4 Challenges of Life as a Fit Pro

You thought you were prepared to teach your group exercise class, but your survival kit and technology fail you, here are 4 tips for surviving those horrors.

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.

The Group Exercise Professionals Checklist

Have you ever considered your professionalism as a group exercise instructor? Use this checklist to evaluate and make any needed adjustments.

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.

Foster a Growth Mindset in Your Group Fitness Classes

Coach your participants in a way that fosters letting go of stories that no longer serve them. Understand different mindsets and the fear of failure complex.

Is High Intensity Always Best? Heart Rate Variability & Readiness Training

Learn how monitoring heart rate variability not only helps you reach peak athletic performance but ensures you are doing it in a healthy sustainable way.

Fit Pros: Are you Eating Enough Calories?

Learn how you’re putting yourself at risk for serious health consequences if you’re not eating enough calories for the amount of classes you're teaching. Guest Author: Timothy James Butler RD, LD

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.

What Type of Group Fit Pro are You?

A group exercise supervisor reflects on common actions and statements of instructors and encourages fit pros to be there for their participants.

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.

Stop Learning Exercise Technique from YouTube

Discover why the fitness professional should get offline and stop learning new exercises through videos and get to a live workshop or certification course.

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.

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.

5 Reasons to Get Certified to teach Water Fitness Classes

Do you understand the differences between teaching in water versus teaching on land? Make sure you do before teaching water fitness classes.

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.

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...

Let’s Demand Better Group Fitness: Breaking Down Cliques

It's time to break down the divide amongst the group exercise community, eliminate the cliques, fight for change in order to UNITE in our mission of fitness

Take Your Education Beyond the 1-Day “Certification” Workshop

Group fitness instructors hold many of the same responsibilities as classroom educators, yet are not held to the same standards of learning. Why Not?

Everyone is Watching – Reactions Matter

"Sh*t happens". It's about how you react in the moment that matters to the participants in your group exercise classes. Discover if you're Mariah or Jimmy?

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