Career

Protect Your Voice. Use a Microphone & Windscreen

Are you protecting your throat, voice, and health by always using a microphone and proper protective gear as a group fitness professional? Our roles as group exercise instructors carry many different hats. In addition to creating purposeful, safe, and effective class programming that adheres to exercise science, it’s important to

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

As a group fitness instructor, you should always be looking at how to improve and be better. It’s not enough in this field to simply get our certification and be content. Becoming the best leader is a lifelong process. There are four things that every group fitness instructor should be

4 Challenges of Life as a Fit Pro

We have all had that dream. You know. You show up to teach your packed class and your music won’t play, your cycling shoes aren’t in your bag and you’re naked. In a previous post, Summer shared ways to survive those nightmares by always having your “instructor survival kit“, but

Wondering How to Become a Group Exercise Instructor?

In my opinion (and probably many other contributors here on GXunited), teaching group fitness classes is one the best jobs around! We get to connect with clients on a daily basis, help them reach their fitness goals, learn new choreography, create great playlists, and do something we are passionate about

The Group Exercise Professionals Checklist

Group-Fitness Instructors: We work hard to prepare and deliver the best classes we can to our devoted participants, don’t we?! We value our participants’ dedication and work ethic, and they value our knowledge on safety and teaching strategies. It’s this trusted professional relationship that we find so rewarding! Periodically, however,

What Type of Group Fit Pro are You?

Although our job title may be the same, “group exercise instructor’, each instructor brings their own personality, beliefs, and philosophies to their classes. Whether an instructor is teaching one class each week, or works full time in the fitness space, these beliefs impact their classes. During my 7 years as

Teaching Tip: Make Your Calendar Explode in Color!

As a fit pro you will inevitably teach at multiple locations. Your days will be filled with driving from one gym to another to engage and inspire new groups of people. This is AWESOME! However, it can get a little tricky, especially if you are subbing. And I should know.

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

I was humbled this past week by a friend and fitness colleague who made a comment that implied I was no longer in touch with those just getting into the industry and had forgotten what it was like to be new to learning and teaching. One comment specifically stood out to

Let’s Demand Better Group Fitness: Breaking Down Cliques

Today, as we in the US watch the inauguration of a new (and very controversial) president, I started thinking a lot about the ideas of both “hate” and “change”. There is no doubt in anyone’s minds, no matter how you voted, that this past election season was one that will

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

The Office of Admissions at Oregon State University states, “For teachers and other education professionals, having a broad and comprehensive base of knowledge is vital. If you are a group-fitness instructor (GFI), than you are also a TEACHER. Specifically, you are a fitness teacher. Check out these similarities: A classroom