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.
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Leading group fitness classes can be demanding and can often cause burnout. In order to help keep your energy and enthusiasm high while sharing your passion and expertise with others I love sharing tools, tips, hacks and strategies for successfully leading fitness classes.

These three strategies help me stay focused and fresh without having to spend hours preparing or memorizing:

1. Change something in your class every week.

I like to add a new song or a new exercise, maybe a new warm up or stretch ­ something every week so there is always something new. Not only does it help me so I am not overwhelmed but its also great for retention. My students never want to miss class because they know there will be something new. No more boredom!

Use the GXunited Choreography Exchange for new ideas and to share your best with others.

2. The best teachers remain students.

Carve out time in your schedule to take classes. It doesn’t have to be in the format you teach. Step outside your comfort zone and try new things. In fact this might help you see how it feels for your students to step into your class for the first time.

3. Never stop learning.

There’s a reason why you need continuing education credits to keep your certification current. Take courses to keep you fresh and on top of new trends and new research. Change the way you learn too:­ take workshops, attend conferences, ready industry publications and take online courses. Use the GXunited Fitness Education Directory to discover new certifications, workshops, and conferences. And make sure to check out our Fitness Education Calendar of Events to see upcoming courses in your area.

We would love to hear what you do to generate energy when you are feeling down. Share in the comments below!!


Check out these articles from Team GXunited for other suggestions on how to maintain motivation, avoid burnout, and keep your classes fresh.

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Gallagher DeFilippis

Gallagher DeFilippis

Christine DeFilippis is a fitness instructor, program developer and owner of Pop Fit Studio, a music driven group exercise studio located in the Philadelphia suburbs. Growing up in the competitive dance world, Christine danced for Temple University and went on to be the head coach for the LaSalle University dance team. Christine has spent 25 years leading group fitness classes as well as creating the award winning fitness Red Hot Dance and Barre Fitness programs. She holds a variety of specialty certifications in addition to Group Fitness certifications through ACE and AFAA. She is Global Ambassador for the Body Image Movement, a DanceOn Partner, a BOSU Master Trainer, a FitFluential Ambassador and is a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Her mission is to motivate the world to move more through music.

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