Sure, teaching fitness classes can be fun, but it takes work to be an engaging GFI. From getting hired for new classes and sub opportunities to skillfully handling embarrassing class moments, we’ve got our work cut out for us. Now, don’t let the challenges stear you away too quickly. There are some amazing group fitness instructor perks that you can take advantage of.
Ambassador, Brand Loyalty, & Partnership Discounts
If you’re seeking or already building a career in fitness, there’s a good chance you are a gear geek like the rest of us. Well, I’ve got news for you! You get discounts on many of the popular active-wear and equipment brands. Some of my favorites include:
- Victoria’s Secret Sportswear
- TRX (for those who’ve taken their professional training)
Certification companies also have a partnerships with a range of companies that provide insurance, continuing education, business software and services, and leisure activities.
Complimentary Gym Memberships
The exact policy depends on the studio you work for, but in most cases, having just one regular class on a fitness center’s schedule entitles you to a complimentary membership there. Your membership enables you to:
- Schedule and attend classes
- Use the locker room and any amenities
- Work out on the gym floor
- Attend member-only events
- Bonus: Teachers also get a small discount on products and services.
Some gyms will give you these benefits simply for being on their sub list. The exception to both of these conditions is if you are working for a corporate site or luxury apartment fitness center. While you are welcome to use the locker rooms (if available), working out at their gym or taking classes is not allowed.
Work Out While You Work
While teaching fitness classes is not a magic pill to get in shape, it help you get fitter and stronger. This will depend largely on two things:
- The format you teach
- How many classes you teach per week
Those who teach cardio demonstrate throughout the class (as in step or dance fitness) will burn the most, while those who teach strength and demo occasionally will see some strength gains. You’ll notice the biggest difference when you first become a group fitness instructor. Just make sure to balance out the work you do in class with your own personal workouts and maintain healthy, sustainable eating habits (click here to find out more about how I help individuals develop better eating habits).
Is there a group fitness perk that I forgot to mention in this piece? Let me know in the comments below! Out of the ones I mentioned, what is your favorite?
Till next time,