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July 23, 2014 06:19 PM

Benefits Of Becoming A Group Fitness Instructor

Sioux Falls, SD

Every week, Anne Boese attends classes led by group fitness instructor and personal trainer, Meghan Glover.

"She was the first instructor that I met when I came here and we have become close friends ever since," Anne Boese said.

Boese started in 2007 and she hardly ever misses a class.

"I love group fitness; I work out more for my brain than for my body. And I have enjoy the friends that I have made here from over the years," Anne Boese said.

After spending more than 30 years in the fitness industry, Glover knows how to push people to go beyond their limits.

"I've done all the other stuff in the gym my favorite it this," Boese said. 

In order to teach a fitness class, it's recommended that you have your group fitness certification and you can complete that process in just a couple of days.

"The certification can take a weekend itself but there might be two or three days for a written and practical testing with it. There will be a book that you can read beforehand so you can do that at your own pace. If you want to get it done in a month you could or if it takes six months or a year it's completely up to you," Personal trainer and fitness instructor at Sanford Wellness Center, Meghan Glover said.

Glover adds that the certification gives you more credibility.

"If I was attending a class I would want to know that the instructor was well qualified and informed and educated to be able to help me," Glover said.

It costs $249 to get your group fitness certification from the American Council on Exercise. 

It is worth the time and investment a group fitness certification or personal trainer certification," Glover said.

Glover says it's a chance to challenge and encourage people to live healthy.

"There are specialty certifications that would allow you to teach a certain class. It's best to have the group fitness certification or say a personal trainer certification beforehand and then add on the specialty certifications later," Glover said.

According to the IDEA Fitness Industry Compensation Trends Report, group fitness instructors can make as little as $9 an hour to as much as $65 an hour.

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