Back in 2007 I saw a ad on my campus website for a FREE 3 month class to become a group fitness instructor.
That summer I was in the best shape of my life. I finished up the training class and student taught a boot camp for the in the fall semester of my sophomore year of college and had my own classes shortly after that.
I have taught everything from ab crunch, power training, basic fitness to my favorite class-cardio kickboxing from 2007-till now!
The way the course at my college worked was that we were all trained by our lead fitness instructor by the AFAA method and had to pass a test to teach at the university. Later on we could take the actual AFAA certification to become a certified group fitness instructor.
With the on campus version of the test we could teach clients at the university gym, which is what I have been doing for the past 5 years.
However, right before I was about to take the actual AFAA certification, I got injured and have been teaching low impact classes ever since. I actually gave up on the idea of working in the fitness industry and focused on finished up my degree in Biology and I did not want to waste the money on getting certified for something that would never be my actual job.
Funny how things work out, I have zero desire to ever use my Bio degree.
Now that I am feeling amazing after finishing up physical therapy *knock on wood*, I want to get certified to personal train and to teach group fitness.
It baffles me that all people have to do is read a book and take an online test to give out fitness advice and train people.
I have spent the past 5 years working with people in the fitness industry and I feel like I have so much more to learn.
Also having experienced an injury really makes me cautious when it comes to exercising and I would hate to hear about someone else going through the same journey.
The first step in getting certified for me would be getting my personal fitness up to par, I know once I move more my weight will naturally fall off and I can resume a higher level of fitness activity. And I realize this process won’t happen overnight.
I plan on giving myself till around September – October to get back into a high fitness level and take the physical portion of the group fitness certification.
In the time being, I plan on studying the course materials (I am working on an exercise science certificate at my local community college) and slowly working out. (I am taking a month of physical activity out to focus on Ramadan from July-August)*
I know my future belongs in the fitness industry in both a gym and a clinical setting and I can’t wait to finish up my journey. I truly believe that physical exercise (walking, jogging or running) can help us all live healthier lives physically and mentally.
In a way getting injured has helped me realize that I already have my dream job, I know that I am capable of working with and can relate to a wide variety of fitness levels due to the fluctuations in my personal fitness abilities.
(Foam rolling to stay injury-free!)
* I will probably walk a mile daily indoors during the month of fasting and I am considering working out between 4:30am-5:15am in order to fast from sunrise to sunset but I am not sure how well I could handle that. Stay tuned!
What fitness goals are you working towards?