Do you enjoy exercise? Interested in teaching others the fundamentals of fitness and leading by example?
A group fitness instructor teaches a variety of specialties such as yoga, boot camp, or cardio kickboxing for a range of ages and skill levels. They use different leadership techniques to foster group camaraderie, support, and motivation to enhance muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, balance, cardiovascular fitness, and body composition.
About the Program
The group fitness instructor advanced certificate is fast-paced program designed to prepare you for American Council on Exercise certification. ACE textbooks and other resources are used, so as a graduate you will have both the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to sit for and take the national group exercise instructor certification exam on campus.
Learning human anatomy, exercise physiology, injury prevention, and cueing techniques, you will develop skills necessary to teach a variety of safe and effective group exercise class formats. Building on the knowledge of each class session, you will design and lead group exercise sessions. This experience will culminate in leading a full one-hour of exercise to a group of participants.
What are students saying?
"The health fitness programs were a great fit for me. I was able to complete them in a short period of time and build a career." – Christina Egan
"This is a great field. I love working with people and helping them see they can make themselves better by their own actions." – Samuel Whyte
"I have always wanted to do this, and my instructors taught me to believe in myself." – Michelle Rousseau
Careers and Job Outlook
Group fitness instructors work in fitness facilities, over live video, or outdoors. Almost all group fitness instructors and personal trainers work in physical fitness facilities, health clubs, and fitness centers located in the amusement and recreation industry or in civic and social organizations.
Employment is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other fitness facilities will increase the need for workers in these areas.
The national average pay for fitness trainers is $31,090 per year, or $14.95 per hour.
Source: 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov/ooh.
The average yearly earnings for a fitness instructor in Michigan is $29,750.
Source: Michigan Department of Career Development, 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates of Michigan Occupational Information System
Find Out More
Have questions or want more information? Contact:
Kara Jimenez, PhD
Associate Professor Lifelong Wellness