You’ve decided that you want to work in fitness, but you’re not sure which route to take: personal trainer, group fitness instructor or both? Your options are both numerous and diverse in this ever-evolving field. As you begin your career path, certain personal traits and interests can help determine which route might be best for you. The following brief questionnaire can help you clarify your career path. Simply select the statements that BEST describe you to learn if you would make a better instructor or trainer:
The party doesn’t start until I walk in.
I like to spend time with close friends.
I want to know which exercises are most effective for core training.
I want to know how supersets change energy expenditure during strength-training sessions.
I thrive when I am the center of attention. I am comfortable speaking in front of people.
I would rather work behind the scenes; I am uncomfortable when all eyes are on me.
I want to learn a lot of different methods of exercise and work with diverse populations.
I am pretty sure I know the specific population that I want to serve.
People find me charismatic, motivational and helpful.
People find me trustworthy, informative and helpful.
I attend group fitness classes regularly.
I enjoy working out on my own or in a small group.
I get energy from other people.
I recharge with personal time on my own.
I can get down with the chorus of any song—music motivates me.
I know the rep range for hypertrophy, strength and endurance training like the back of my hand.
Congratulations, you are primed to become a group fitness instructor. This career path provides an outlet for creativity in the spotlight. Group instructors are often extroverts who feed off of their participants, drawing energy from the efforts and enthusiasm of others. As such, you must be comfortable with being the center of attention and utilizing that attention to motivate and inspire others. Group fitness as a whole is very diverse, ranging from pre-choreographed formats to aquatics, spinning or yoga. All of these different formats require different training. It’s a good idea to start with a primary certification