Quick Fit Tip: How to Become a Certified Fitness Professional

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You like to sweat, you love to workout, you look forward to going to the gym more than your job and you think you would like to work in the fitness industry but have no idea how to make that happen...
On this Quick Fit Tip you will hear how your host got his start in the fitness industry and how you can do the same.
Earning a credential so that you can teach a couple of classes or train a couple of clients is THE PERFECT side hustle, one that pays better sitting in traffic schlepping people around in your personal car. Instructors can make from $30-200/class AND receive a free health club membership making it a great part-time gig.
If you are interested in learning more about fitness certifications or how to teach a specific format of group fitness then you may be interested in the following resources - I get nothing for promoting these organizations and will identify conflicts.
The American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Disclosure - I did work for the organization directly and currently am a freelance writer for their blogs
The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Disclosure - I am a contractor for the organization and teach online courses to help candidates prepare to take the exam
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
This group has 3 primary certifications including the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - the credential required to be a strength coach.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
This organization covers the medical side of exercise and how to use exercise for health interventions.
The four organizations above each offer a professional certification and are considered the 'Big 4' certifications, others are out there, but these organizations are widely recognized as setting the standards.
Here are some organizations if you want to teach specific formats of group fitness; these are NOT professional certifications (there's a whole legal definition involved) but can teach you how to be an instructor for specific formats
Les Mills
THE worldwide leader in teaching people how to become successful group fitness instructors
Schwinn Indoor Cycling
Learn how to teach indoor cycling and have a BLAST with your side hustle!
Disclosure: I am a consultant to the parent company, but do NOT work on the Schwinn product line
Barre Above
Barre is quickly becoming one of the more popular group fitness formats and this group does an awesome job of preparing instructors.
CrossFit
CrossFit is recognized as a professional education organization and they do have an accreditation for their education which is an important standard.
To learn more about how your body responds to exercise and how to design your own workout programs, pick up a copy of:
Smarter Workouts: The Science of Exercise Made Simple
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