Fitness Adventures: Group Fitness Instructor

Ladies and Gentleman, Fitness Enthusiasts alike,

Drum roll please …..

IMG_2570I have successfully completed my Group Fitness Instructor Certification process! That’s right, I am now a fitness professional and ready to take on the fitness world. My mind is spinning with all sorts of ideas and plans.

I received my certification through our local YMCA and must say that their program is outstanding! The mentorship that I was provided over the last 6 months was truly exceptional, professional and supportive. The studying and preparation for becoming an instructor is so different from my day-to-day job, and despite how anxious or frustrated I became I was always encouraged by fellow Fit Professionals.


My experience included several weekends of in class courses, a take home exam, apprenticeship program, many hours practicing in the gym and teaching solo before I was ready to be certified. While my evaluation was a success, the process itself really highlights your strengths and weaknesses, and what it is you must and should work on to become a stronger professional. I have a lot to work on and learn, so much experience to be gained — it’s going to be a fun process.

 

 

 

I will be volunteering this fall at the YMCA one hour a week, and hope to be able to use my certification to help friends and family in their health and fitness journey and feel the best that they can. I have always said that it is important to take care of YOU, your body and your mind.


 

For now I will take everything in strides, but I have a passion for healthy living and sharing my energy with others.

 

 

But stay tuned for great things to come, and watch my own fitness journey unfold.

Have you ever pursued something so different than your day to day job?

Group Fitness Instructor Training Apprenticeship Hours Complete

Now what?

What a journey.

 

I debated for a long time whether to add the apprenticeship hours to my already hectic life schedule. Like all moms I usually feel guilty spending time doing things for “me” when I could be spending that time with my daughter and my husband.  After much thinking,  I signed up and for three weekends I attended the YMCA class to learn the important steps for becoming a group instructor. Because in the big scheme of things three half days is not a lot if it means that I can complete my certification sooner and start teaching.

The programming for the hours is broken into three sections and each week you start to build on the section from the previous week. By the third class you are teaching your peers a good chunk of a group strength class. You start with the basics like warm ups and work your way through what is required for building a strength programming focused on the various muscle groups (working from big muscles to small ones).


At the beginning of the course I was super nervous and feeling anxious about putting on a microphone and standing in front of a small room of ladies to teach them my “program”. When I say my “program” it’s a mix of work outs/exercises that I have watched some of my favourite instructors teach over the years.

I don’t know what happened to me, but the moment that I put on the microphone, grabbed the weights and resistance bar — something clicked. I immediately felt confident and no longer outside of my “comfort zone”.  I explained to my peers that this sort of thing is so different from my day-to-day job, or anything I imagined I would take on (despite always being an active and fit individual). I am not saying there were not moments were I forgot a segment or that I had to readjust my weights or angle to ensure proper form — it was NOT PERFECT.

But ….

I am looking forward to what’s to come in terms of completing the requirement teaching hours (2-4 formal classes) and the certification process. I am still nervous about this, but I know it will be fine. What is reassuring is the fact that all instructors (including the evaluator) started somewhere. For one reason or another, they too made a decision to become a group fitness instructor and to give back to the community.  Who knows, maybe in a few months I will consider adding some sort of nutrition course or sports nutrition certificate (also a YMCA program). 

Stay tuned friends, I am learning and hopefully can continue to grow into a healthier, fitter me, while sharing to the world my love to give back and teach those around me.