So You Are A Certified Fitness Instructor, Now What?
It's been over a year since I started teaching fitness classes in Boston, and over 10 months since I got Lagree Method certified. I honestly can't believe it sometimes. Over two years ago I was seating at a desk looking on Instagram other girls making a transition into Fitness and questioning if I had the talent and knowledge to do the same. I was fed up with my one hour commute and job description, and couldn't continue doing what it was making me miserable. So I took a leap of faith and decided to give blogging and fitness ago. I was clueless to be honest with you, but I was hungry and I knew what I wanted.
Once I left, I bought the book to start studying to become a Primary Fitness Instructor and started teaching on the side on a small Cambridge studio. But I wanted more, I wanted to teach on studios that I loved but how? Every time I would apply, a studio would ask me for experience and most of them for their own certification, leaving me with zero chances or motivation. I honestly applied to every studio in Boston, every single one of them!
I know that one year and half of experience isn't much, and I know I have so much to learn (like A LOT!) and I am still developing my style so don't take my word on it. But I do get tons of questions in how I did it, what do you need, etc. SO here it is my little advice.
If you are at the point where you got certified in any method, certification, class, etc. and you are wondering what you should do, here are some tips that it might help me to slowly (but surely) progress and teach at studios you love.
WHAT TO DO ONCE YOU ARE A CERTIFIED FITNESS INSTRUCTOR ?
1. PRACTICE, PRACTICE AND MORE PRACTICE!
Teach your friends, your mom, your coworkers, ASAP! You will be ask for experience or to audition, and if you are not comfortable to be in front groups you will need to start getting comfortable. You will also need to get used to hear your voice over and over again, over a mic if possible (I hated my voice for months) and start playing with making your voice higher or lower depending on what you are teaching. I.e. If you counting down, or pulses are coming.
You will feel way more confident on your own skin and you will look like a PRO!
2. MAKE A PLAYLIST THAT YOU LOVE!
Music make or break a class, we all know it.
People go to classes for the music, they won't remember if you have a killer playlist most of the time but they will remember a bad one.
Listen playlists from other instructors, find music you love and try to look for remixes that have steady beat or that go well with your class. It totally depends what you teach! but definitely choose songs you love, find one or two songs that gets YOU pumped, so if you are nervous on your first classes or practicing, it will make you forget everything (not the class tho!) and you will get excited just for the song.
I recommend Spotify on your phone and downloading the playlist in case there is no wifi where you going. Be prepare!
3. CREATE YOUR OWN CLASSES
You applied to studios and they didn't love your badass class? oh well... their lost!
Get a park permit and set up classes for your community. Last year, between my friends and I, we put a weekly workout at the commons called #BOSPOWERHOUR and we offered free bootcamp style classes to our friends and Boston peeps. We got sponsors, tons of social media promotion and BOOM! We had a 3 month series done.
Don't get down if there is no gym or studio open to hire you, create opportunities for yourself.
Maybe talk to your office and ask if you can offer morning or lunch classes to your coworkers, maybe ask your friends company, and boom you are a corporate instructor. Partner up with local stores, and teach inside their stores. So many opportunities, don't wait for them to call you, be proactive!
4. CREATE A GOOGLE DOC WITH YOUR CLASSES
I have this long google doc where I have all the classes I made for Btone, since day 1 I kept all of them.
You can write them on a notebook or do the same as me (PROS: you will always have access to it), that way you will go back to it, make notes, see what can you make better or change, plus, if you are having a bag day you have routines ready to teach!
FITNESS INSTRUCTORS, WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS!?
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