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.

5 Tips for Fun Filled Dance Fitness Classes

5 Tips for getting the most out of your participants and having fun in your dance fitness classes.

Kids Fitness: Emphasize Effort, Not Achievement

It is important to focus on a growth mindset when working with kids - one that encourages effort versus intelligence.

4 Steps for a Great Group Exercise Playlist

Create world-class experiences within each class by having the RIGHT playlist.

10 Tips for Teaching Active Older Adult Classes

Teaching classes for Seniors has unique challenges, and fitness instructors who currently teach, or are considering expanding into teaching seniors should keep a few things in mind, or contemplate thoroughly before taking the leap.

Fit Pros: Be the “Go To” Substitute

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

Record Yourself to Teach Better Group Fitness Classes

Want to improve your teaching skills, grow your classes, and spend LESS time prepping? Then grab your phone and start taking VIDEO!

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.

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.

“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".

7 Tips to Maximize Barre Fitness Workouts

Barre workouts are a fun and unique workout experience that changes the body. Share these 7 tips to help students get the most from every class.

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.

Don’t Let a Bad Attitude Ruin Your Group Fitness Class

It's not about ignoring the negative nelly's, but understanding how to deal with them.

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?

Social Media Tips and Tricks for Fitness Professionals

The down and dirty on using social media for fitness pro's.

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.

Marketing Your Group Ex Classes: What Is Your Fitness Brand

Have you taken the time to think about how you want to be perceived in the fitness industry and worked to develop your personal brand around this?

4 Tips for Longevity as a Fitness Professional

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

Music, Teaching, & Marketing: What you Need to Know

Become a better instructor with these six tips from a musician, teacher, and marketing professional.

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.

Neuroplasticity: Your Brain & Movement

Cardiovascular exercise is documented to increase brain activity. Learn the science behind neuroplasticity and how to apply it to your classes.

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 Coach Visual Learners: Motor & Mirror Neurons

Mirror Neurons are a special class of brain cells that fire not only when someone performs an action but also when someone observes someone else making the same movement.

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.

Tips for Avoiding Group Exercise Instructor Nightmares

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

Generate Energy for your Next Group Exercise Class!

We all have days when energy is low and motivation to teach just isn't there. Get 5 tips for generating energy on those days.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Create Scientifically Sound Indoor Cycle Classes

"The ignorance of exercise science in the cycling studio has to stop."

“Oh Sh*t” Moments as a Group Fitness Professional

After 15 years of teaching group exercise I've got my share of horror stories. Here are 6 stories of how I created my own personal nightmare within a 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.

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.

“What the Tuck” – Fix that Anatomy in Barre Fitness Classes

Stop compromising the body in barre classes with the crazy tucked pelvis position! It does not allow for neutral posture, ultimately causing risk of injury.

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.

What is a Drumming Group Fitness Workout?

Drumming fitness classes are one of the hottest fitness trends, allowing participant to get a full-body workout while feeling like a rockstar!

We All Start Somewhere…The JeffFitnessPro Story

Have you ever wondered where your favorite fit pros got started? Take a look into the career and journey of Jeff McMullen, International Fitness Educator.

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.

Let Go of the iPod and Train Your Mind!

While music is a key function in many group exercise classes, sometimes letting go on of the iPod and tuning into the body can be the best form of training.

3 Tips to Avoid Burnout as a Fit Pro

Keep motivated with these 3 tips for avoiding instructor burnout.

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.

Music Licensing Laws for Group Fitness Classes

Music is essential to your classes, just make sure you don't end up paying huge fines for using it.

Managing the Intimidating and Disrespectful Customer

8 Tips for group exercise instructors on how to survive those intimidating members who make teaching a gut wrenching living hell!

“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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