Some professions require a high school diploma, others an Associates Degree, and some still as much as a Master’s Degree or P.H.D. Then there are some industries that there is no specialized degree program, no specific certificate or schooling that make you “the best” or a “master” in the field. Instead, these industries rely solely on training and continued education and certifications though accredited programs. The fitness industry is like the latter of these options. Although, yes, a person can go off to college and spend four years or more of their life sitting in a classroom wracking up a huge school tuition bill learning about health and nutrition – it’s not always a requirement of a position within the field or even the industry.
More often than not, big gyms require a small list of things of a fitness professional – 1. CPR certification 2. First Aid certification 3. GroupX or Group Fitness certification 4. A valid/active license to teach your programs of choice (if you’re teaching a trademarked class type such as Zumba) and/or a Personal Training certification.
In the past I have carried a certification for both my GroupX and Personal Training – but have since let them lapse. I’m the type of person who will sit in the back of a room and observe rather than sit up front and ask questions, and in the past four years I’ve made a note of things that people look for from their fitness instructors and I’ve been thinking of ways to meet those needs. People say you learn something new everyday, and in the fitness industry, that saying can’t be any truer! I’ve decided to re-up my GroupX certification and add a new one on top of that – Health Coaching (the official title is Behavioral Change Specialist). Once I have completed these courses (over the next 6 months), I plan on continuing my certifications to include a Women’s Fitness Specialist and a Weight Loss Specialist. these programs are all accredited through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).
I am very excited about the opportunity to learn more about these awesome programs, to further my education in health and nutrition and to offer more than just “fitness classes” to my students!