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! 

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.

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?

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

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

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.

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.

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.

8 Tips for Your First Pilates Class

Pilates can be intimidating for a new participant. Help ease these fears in your classes with these 8 tips for first time Pilates members.

GX Managers: Get Your New Instructors Team Teaching

Create the GX team you want by providing team teaching opportunities to new instructors.

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!

4 Tips for Creating Easy and Fun Dance Choreography

Dance fitness is fun for participants, but can often be challenging to choreograph as an instructor. Check out these 4 tips for creating easy and fun classes.

A Little Dance Choreography to Spice Up Interval Training

No matter which type of HIIT class you are teaching, you can add some fun, function and flexibility with some dance choreography - GRAPEVINE FUN!

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.

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.

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.

Understanding the Group Fitness Athlete

Rethink your definition of an athlete and look at your group exercise class as a team of 5 different types of athletes.

6 Reasons to Take a Sick Day as a Fit Pro

Sometime its better to just stay at home instead of hacking a lung out during class.

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!

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

5 Tips to Support Group Fitness WallFlowers

Group exercise can be a bit intimidating for a new person, support those who want to hide in the back with these 5 simple tips.

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!

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 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.

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.

Tips for Avoiding Group Exercise Instructor Nightmares

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

My Problem With Your Fitness Motivation

FIT PROS: your job is to help people live healthier & happier lives through education, not to flood their newsfeeds with selfies or "inspirational quotes".

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.

3 Benefits of Barre Fitness for Runners

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

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.

Fit Pros: Understand How to Train Auditory Learners

Can you communicate with an auditory learner in your Group Exercise Classs?

Pre Choreographed vs. Freestyle Programming – The Great Debate

Today, we find ourselves in a bit of a debate: Freestyle instructors vs. those who prefer pre-choreographed programs.

Music & Exercise – Get to Know the Research

Science shows us that music impacts exercise performance; just what group exercise has been saying for years!

“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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