Your Group Health Teacher Certification gives a strong basis for instructing safe and effective group fitness classes. Now, it’s time to place your newly acquired data into observe. To get began, you’ll want to find out which varieties of courses you’d like to show. Whereas your group health certification will show you how to plan a common class, together with warm-up, cardiorespiratory coaching, conditioning, and cool-down, you’ll almost definitely must learn to train extra particular codecs.

Through the years, group health choices have turn out to be fairly various and specialised. Most amenities the place you’ll train will sometimes have a number of codecs (i.e., class titles with particular descriptions) so that you can select from or you might decide to create your personal distinctive codecs. To start, you will need to perceive the classes into which most codecs match.  

Most group health courses may be damaged down into one of many following classes primarily based on the first goal of the category:  





Coronary heart and lung (cardiorespiratory) focus 

Cardio codecs may very well be choreographed (motion to music) or non-choreographed (music as background). 

  • Choreographed: Dance, step, and generally boxing/kickboxing 
  • Non-choreographed: Excessive-intensity interval coaching (HIIT) codecs, indoor biking, and cardio-based circuit coaching 


Muscular power and endurance 

Energy codecs could also be thought of conventional or purposeful and may make use of physique weight and/or numerous varieties of gear. 

  • Full-, upper-, or lower-body focus 
  • Core coaching courses 
  • Barbell-based classes 
  • Circuit coaching courses 


Growing vary of movement and mobility, both passively or actively 

Some amenities could mix this class with thoughts/physique, whereas others will present separate codecs designed to draw a distinct viewers than thoughts/physique codecs. 

  • Stretching 
  • Foam rolling 
  • Myofascial launch  


Codecs designed to advertise power and adaptability with a mindfulness part. 

  • Yoga 
  • Pilates 
  • Barre  

Aquatic/Water Health 

Modalities carried out within the pool.

Whereas cardio, power, fusion, mobility/flexibility, and thoughts/physique courses can all be taught within the water, amenities often separate these choices. 

  • Water jogging/working 
  • Interval courses 
  • Mobility courses 
  • Shallow- and deep-water choices 

Many amenities additionally provide fusion/hybrid/mixture codecs. Combining two or extra of the above classes into one format is a well-liked selection for members and instructors alike. 

Selecting Your First Format 

Begin by figuring out which class you might be most aware of and all in favour of instructing. Whether or not it’s a favourite class you’ve taken up to now, your dance background or expertise with athletics, many newly licensed instructors gravitate towards a method of train with which they’re acquainted. While you begin with a class that feels comfy, you might be more likely to step up onto the stage for the primary time with confidence! 

Subsequent, do a little bit of analysis concerning the codecs that exist inside every of the classes. Totally overview the category titles and descriptions, participate in numerous courses that you simply’re hoping to show and look extra carefully on the necessities. 

Be sure you take into account the next: 

  • Members it attracts: You’ll wish to make sure the members the category attracts are ones you’re feeling you can encourage and lead. 
  • Character kind greatest suited to the format: What kind of instructing or teaching does this format require? Does this appear genuine to your character?  
  • Tools utilized: What kind of kit is used within the class? Do you’ve expertise with the gear or will it’s essential obtain further coaching or training on its correct use?  
  • Help or training for the format: Past the gear utilization, is it simple to seek out different instructors, workshops, programs (dwell or digital), specialty certifications or further sources that may assist your progress with the format? 
  • Class planning required: Some courses are freestyle (you create your personal courses from scratch), whereas others could also be preformatted (you create courses inside a assemble) or pre-choreographed (you memorize and rehearse courses which are ready for you). Whereas all choices are equally helpful from the member’s viewpoint, you might be naturally inclined towards one versus the others. Study slightly bit extra about how these numerous class planning approaches differ and what alternatives they supply earlier than making your last selections.