Whether you just got certified as a group fitness instructor or you’re looking to add new classes to your schedule, getting hired can be an intimidating process. But after so many years in the business, I’ve found one way to land a class that works about 90% of the time.
My #1 Tip: Get On a Sub List
Probably the fastest path to landing a class of your own on a gym or fitness studio’s schedule is by getting on their sub list. In my experience, you can never have too many subs to call upon in a time of need. The last thing popular studios want to do is cancel a class. That’s a thing for their members and for you!
How to Get On the Sub List
The process of getting on a sub list can be smooth and seamless if you go about it the right way.
Attend classes in your chosen format.
Want to teach kickboxing? Become a regular student in a class taught by your favorite instructor or at least by someone whose style is similar to your own. Make it your goal to excel in class and to show up consistently once or twice a week.
Tell your instructor you’re available.
After a few weeks of attending classes, casually let your instructor know that you’re certified and available to sub if they need it. More often than not, they will be super grateful. After all, you:
- Know the group
- Are skilled in the format
- Are already available at the time you need them.
It’s a win-win for everyone!
Ask for a referral.
Hiring managers can sometimes be skeptical of new instructors coming on board, especially those with very little experience in the field. When I just started, my instructors and master teachers told me I had the skills, but managers did a double take with the fact that I had less than a year of experience (the minimum standard for most gyms). Having the instructor’s support will go a long way in overcoming those pre-set barriers. So make sure to…
- Ask for an introduction. Ask your instructor if they would mind introducing you to the group fitness manager or whoever is in charge of hiring instructors. Most likely, they will be happy to help.
- Follow up over email. Get your instructor’s contact information and shoot a quick email to say thank you in advance for the introduction.
Lean on Master Trainers
Instructors who led your format trainings usually keep in touch with their students. They often know of new opportunities that rise up or are able to connect you to people in your area who are teaching and need subs.
Utilize them as an ongoing resource. They want to see you succeed as much as I do 🙂
Next Step: Auditioning. Click here if you want to know what to expect.
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