As you have probably experienced at one point in your lifetime, one of the biggest issues for professionals entering any new field is that of experience. In group fitness, many gyms won’t even consider you as a candidate if you have been teaching for less than a year, let alone freshly certified with no classes under your belt. There IS hope though. Here’s how you can gain the experience you need to land a job as a group fitness instructor.
Organize a free class
A great way to start practicing your skills, build confidence as an instructor, and gain momentum in your teaching career is to teach free classes. There are several ways to host:
- Start your own group through an event meetup site or offer to host on an existing group.
- Host your own parties or gatherings with friends.
- Put your name on the list of available instructors at a fitness clothing store (such as Lululemon or Athleta)
Just remember to protect yourself by obtaining liability insurance and collecting waivers from all participants.
Offer to Sub Classes
Subbing classes is my #1 Tip for getting hired as a fitness instructor at a studio or fitness facility. Hiring managers need too know that you are
- Skilled in your designated format
- Trustworthy, meaning that you show up when you say you will and are available when needed most.
Once they see that you are a great addition to the team at their studio, they will search for ways to get you a class on the schedule.
Post Videos on Social Channels
Having content on a social channel is a great way for companies to know that you are passionate about what you do and in it for the long haul. In fact, many applications ask for social media accounts, so they can check out your personality and style. I say, if you can carve out the time:
- Film at least video per week displaying you working out/practicing. Teaching videos are best for the obvious benefit of showcasing your expertise, but any film of you performing in your designated format will work.
- Post the videos across as many channels as possible. Instagram is one of the most popular right now (in 2019), but Facebook TV and YouTube are strong platforms as well. Plus, with YouTube (or Vimeo), you can embed videos onto your website.
If you’re serious about a career in fitness, make it your mission gain as much experience in the first year as possible. It will not only make you a better instructor, but it will give you the opportunity to gain a solid base of references you can lean on when the time comes to obtain a job.
The Magic Year Mark
Take it from someone who has been there, once you hit that magical 1 year experience mark, the % of callbacks will skyrocket. You just have to get over that hump.
What are you doing to gain experience now? Share your thoughts and any questions in the comments below!
And good luck 😉