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Posts found under "Group Fitness" within Expert Articles

What I’ve Learned as a Group Fitness Instructor

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, January 23, 2018


From class design to inspiring meaningful change, eight of our most beloved group fitness instructors share the valuable lessons they’ve learned (some the hard way!) through their years of teaching to groups.




Four Words to Avoid in Group Fitness

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, January 15, 2018


The way you coach a group fitness class can build trust and camaraderie, or create insecurity and competition. Learn how to create the most welcoming environment through purposeful language and thoughtful coaching strategies.




3 Cueing Techniques to Enhance Your Group Fitness Classes

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Working on your cueing techniques is a great way to improve your group fitness classes in 2018. After all, cueing can make or break a class. Learn how to improve your cueing techniques through the use of voice inflection, nonverbal cueing and visualization cueing to cater to the various learning styles of your participants.




8 Fitness Trends for 2018

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, December 26, 2017


2017 is winding down and it’s almost time to flip the calendar to 2018, which is the perfect opportunity to gaze into the future and try to predict what will happen in the fitness industry over the coming year. Check out these eight trends, which represent opportunities for you to increase your knowledge as a health and fitness professional, and identify potential areas of growth for 2018.




8 Things We Learned About Health and Fitness in 2017

By ACE FITNESS on Thursday, December 21, 2017


As we shift into the end of the year, it is the time to review what we’ve accomplished and reflect back on what our industry has achieved in 2017. Let’s take a moment to celebrate our successes, learn from our mistakes and continue to evolve to have an even greater positive impact on countless lives.




Dynamic Warm-ups and Sticking Finishes

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, December 20, 2017


You know that the warm-up and cool-down are vital components to any well-designed workout, yet in many group exercise classes they are rushed or unplanned. Discover how to use the six phases of active dynamic warm-ups in group exercise classes, and learn a creative approach to keeping participants around to the last moment of class.




Six things to do after you’ve passed your group fitness instructor exam

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, October 20, 2017


You’ve passed the group fitness instructor (GFI) exam—proof that you have a solid grasp on the technical and theoretical skills you will need to succeed as a GFI. Now it’s time to build your confidence and practical skills. Here are six tips to help you get started.




4 Ways to Make a Good First Impression as a Group Fitness Instructor

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, September 25, 2017


As a group fitness instructor, you only have a few crucial minutes at most to create a great first impression. But, if you can win participants over early, they’ll be more likely to trust you and keep returning to your class. Here are four simple ways (and one bonus tip) to make a stellar first impression at the start of every class you teach.




5 Ways to Include Mind-body Exercise in Your Fitness Classes

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, August 9, 2017


As a health and fitness professional, you know that mind-body exercise is a great complement to any fitness program, but how can you get your participants to buy in? Here are five ways to incorporate mind-body exercise into any group fitness class.




3 Simple Ways to Make Boot-camp Warm-ups Fun

By ACE FITNESS on Wednesday, August 2, 2017


For boot campers, the experience they desire is camaraderie, physical challenge and fun, and the warm-up is the time to set the physiological and psychological tone for this experience. Brett Klika offers three simple ways to make boot-camp warm-ups not only effective and efficient, but also fun.




6 Ways to Improve Participant Self-esteem

By ACE FITNESS on Friday, July 7, 2017


Self-esteem is a strong factor in individuals’ overall wellbeing and happiness. As an instructor, you have an incredible opportunity to improve the self-esteem of every individual that walks through your door. Here are six ways to improve participant self-esteem in your group fitness classes.




5 Unexpected Perks to Being a Group Fitness Instructor

By ACE FITNESS on Monday, June 26, 2017


You most likely became a group fitness instructor because you care about people and their health. You thrive off of the energy in the room and pinch yourself that going to “work” means going to such a positive, fun-filled space. In addition to getting paid, here are some unexpected benefits that will make you love teaching even more.




Targeting 4 Dimensions of Health in your Group Fitness Class

By ACE FITNESS on Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Health is holistic, and an excessive focus on the physical can discount or disrupt other areas. As a group fitness instructor, you can have a deeper impact on your participants’ lives by incorporating the following strategies, which target multiple components of health.




‘Twas the Night Before Fitness: Inexpensive Ways to Incorporate Holiday Spirit Into Group Experiences

By Webmaster on Friday, December 9, 2016


At this time of year, adding an extra-special flavor to the group fitness experience gives participants extra reasons for coming to the club instead of getting caught up in the normal holiday rush of things. Here are some easy-to-implement ideas from group fitness experts around the globe for adding some holiday spirit to the group fitness experience.




The Power of Giving Thanks in Group Fitness from a Global Perspective

By Webmaster on Thursday, November 24, 2016


A growing body of research suggests that expressing gratitude on a regular basis can increase productivity, boost happiness and even improve general health. Learn how group fitness instructors can make gratitude a part of the group fitness experience and help all participants reap these benefits and more.




10 Tips to Dominate Your Group Fitness Class

By Kari Luu on Friday, September 2, 2016


The following 10 tips will help you grow as an instructor while getting your participants moving with smiles on their faces and vitality in their movements.




5 Yoga Poses to Strengthen the Shoulders

By Kari Luu on Thursday, August 25, 2016


Shoulders are a naturally mobile joint, making them prone to injury. These yoga poses can both strengthen and release tension in the shoulder muscles, helping to increase stability and decrease the risk of injury.




Top 5 Rules for Cycling in a Group

By Kari Luu on Thursday, August 4, 2016


Before you head out on your first group cycling ride, here are some hard-and-fast rules to help you maximize your safety and enjoyment.




5 Signs You’d Make a Great Group Fitness Instructor

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, July 26, 2016


If you’re a personal trainer or health coach, consider getting a group fitness instructor certification to help advance your career and keep you at the top of your game.




3 Things That Make Group Fitness Classes Successful

By Kari Luu on Friday, June 24, 2016


You plan and prepare and come to class pumped to deliver an awesome fitness experience for your participants. There are, however, a few things that can ruin a class and have people sneaking out the back door or, worse yet, skipping your class altogether. Here are three things you need to keep in mind to keep participants coming back, week after week.




5 Tips for New Yoga Teachers

By Kari Luu on Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Each individual who graduates from a yoga teacher training is on a different path. Some new graduates head straight into teaching full-time. Some ease their way in slowly or teach one class per week, while others never teach at all, instead using teacher training as a way to deepen their own practices. They’re all wonderful options! But if you’re a newly-minted yoga instructor and you’re ready to jump into the world of teaching, there are some key points to keep in mind.




How to Make an Impression in Your Group Fitness Class

By Kari Luu on Monday, June 6, 2016


Research suggests that the beginning and ending of a training session or group fitness class leave a lasting impact on participants. With that in mind, ACE pro Lawrence Biscontini explains how to make the most of the “intro” and “outro” portions of your clients’ workouts to maximize their experiences and keep them coming back for more.




Group Fitness Instructors Pack a Punch

By Matt Gossman on Monday, May 2, 2016


The enormous impact GFIs make on the health of individuals and communities is felt across the world. What does this look like over the course of a year?




Tips for Keeping Your Group Ex Participants Coming Back

By Matt Gossman on Thursday, April 21, 2016


The group fitness market is constantly changing, so it’s unwise to take your client base for granted. Here are five proven approaches for encouraging both new and seasoned exercisers to keep coming back to your classes, time and time again.




Feel Confident Teaching Any Group Fitness Format

By Matt Gossman on Tuesday, April 12, 2016


The ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification is an important first step in the evolution of a group fitness instructor. Once you understand the basics of leading a safe and effective class, motivation techniques, class design, music selection, applied anatomy and other key teaching elements can be easily applied to any group modality. Here’s a look at how the knowledge I acquired through the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification has given me the confidence to teach a variety of formats.




New Approaches to Boot Camps

By Matt Gossman on Monday, April 11, 2016


Boot camps are now at an all-time high in popularity, which isn’t surprising given how fun and effective these classes can be. If you’re thinking about starting a boot-camp class, or if you feel your boot-camp classes could use a little inspiration, here are some great tips from some of the best in the business.




Interview Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

By Matt Gossman on Wednesday, April 6, 2016


As the fitness industry continues to evolve, opportunities for instructors have never been greater. With so much variety in the field, no two interview experiences are the same. Keep in mind that most companies require a verbal interview and a practical audition. The following tips can help you prepare for your interview and make a great first impression.




7 Questions to ask yourself before becoming a GFI

By Matt Gossman on Wednesday, March 30, 2016


If you’re considering becoming a group fitness instructor, you were probably inspired by one of your teachers, and now you want to create that transformative experience for others. This is exciting! Taking that leap from participant to instructor is a big one—bigger than you might think. When you put the microphone on, you’re taking responsibility for everyone and everything that happens in that room. Here are few questions to ask yourself before heading down this path.




What's New in the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Study Experience

By Matt Gossman on Thursday, March 17, 2016


The American Council on Exercise is proud to announce the release of an all-new ACE Group Fitness Instructor study experience—the definitive resource for health and fitness professionals who want to design and deliver memorable movement experiences in any modality of group exercise. Find out what's new.




8 Things Group Fitness Instructors Should Carry in Their Gym Bags

By Amber Long on Tuesday, May 26, 2015


Teaching group fitness means making adjustments to your plans on the fly, especially when stereo equipment malfunctions or you don’t have time to eat a meal between classes. Fill your backpack or duffel with these 8 essential back-up tools and you will be better prepared to adapt to any situation.




10 Career Growth Tips for Group Fitness Instructors

By Lawrence Biscontini on Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Interested in picking up more classes and increasing your group fitness income? ACE Gold Certified Group Fitness Instructor Lawrence Biscontini shares his top 10 career growth tips for today’s group fitness professional.




7 Signs You’re Meant to Be a Group Fitness Instructor

By Chris Freytag on Monday, November 17, 2014


If you’ve been thinking a lot about how fun it might be to teach your own fitness classes, ACE Certified pro Chris Freytag outlines seven signs you should look for before you make the fitness jump.




The Changing Face of Group Fitness

By Lawrence Biscontini on Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Whether you’re a long-time instructor or just earned your certification, stepping back to look at where the industry has come in group fitness can offers a fresh appreciation for and industry that, arguably, has never been more exciting than it is right now. ACE Certified pro Lawrence Biscontini looks at the face of group fitness—then and now.




Try This 45-Minute Boot Camp Workout

By Mollie Martin on Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Looking for ways to freshen up your boot-camp classes? Here is a great 45-minute circuit that both your regulars and newbies are sure to love. Designed for moderate-to-advanced clients, this workout includes appropriate regressions and extended rest periods to accommodate your less-experienced participants.




Why Fitness Pros Should Focus on Helping Each Other Instead of Competing with Each Other

By Shannon Fable on Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Did you hear about the fitness pro who was kicked out of a SoulCycle studio and banned from attending future classes? The news caused quite a stir, to the say the least. Shannon Fable weighs in on the controversy and offers some incredibly insightful principles to guide you in your life and work as a fitness professional.




Monetizing Group Fitness

By Shannon Fable on Monday, February 3, 2014


Group fitness instructors are among the most enthusiastic, upbeat people on the planet, especially when it comes to their careers. But it can be tough to love a job that doesn’t always pay the bills. Fitness pro Shannon Fable explains four viable paths that group fitness instructors should consider if they want to expand their career paths and increase their income.




Using Professional Football Skills to Market Personal Training

By Pete McCall on Monday, January 27, 2014


The NFL Combine, where college players perform a number of grueling tests to see if they have what it takes to compete at the professional level, is coming up soon. If you’re looking for some fun, interactive programming ideas for your personal-training clients or group-fitness participants, this event offers a great opportunity for your participants to “compete” against the best of the best by performing the same tests and drills.




3 Ways GFIs Can Up Their Game This Year

By Shannon Fable on Monday, January 20, 2014


January is the best month for group fitness, as newly committed exercisers flood your classes. But if we’re not careful to give our new participants reasons to keep coming back, we may find our class numbers dwindling by March. Here are three tips to up your game with newbies and keep your classes packed all year long.




How NOT to Impress Your Students: The Top 5 Things GFIs Do That Backfire

By Shannon Fable on Thursday, October 3, 2013


Could some of the passion and enthusiasm you feel as a group fitness instructor actually turn off some potential participants? Fitness pro Shannon Fable has some challenging ideas for GFIs, explaining that many of our industry’s tried-and-true practices may not be the best way to encourage the masses to enjoy the benefits of being physically active.




It’s Not Wrong, It’s Different: A Modern Approach to Yoga Asana

By Elizabeth Kovar on Thursday, August 8, 2013


There are, it seems, as many styles and approaches to yoga as there are instructors. But what do you do if your students learned their poses from instructors that followed yoga styles that are different from the one you are teaching? Go with the flow, says yoga expert Elizabeth Kovar, who urges instructors to take a more modern-day approach to teaching yoga by being respectful of other traditions and staying flexible with regards to what they consider to be right or correct form.




Turning Newbies into Groupies

By Shannon Fable on Wednesday, July 17, 2013


It’s nearly back-to-school time, which also happens to be back-to-the-gym time for many people, especially busy moms who finally get some time to focus on their fitness. Creating a welcoming environment in your classes for new participants is essential to keeping them coming back for more. Fitness expert Shannon Fable shares her best tips for helping newbies feel successful and have fun in your group fitness classes.




The Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors (Part 2)

By Shannon Fable on Thursday, June 6, 2013


Ready to learn more about what separates a good group fitness instructor from one who is truly great? In part two of our series, renowned group fitness instructor Shannon Fable details the remaining top 5 traits of group fitness instructors who are most successful at taking what they love to do—lead fitness classes—and making the biggest impact on the widest variety of participants.




The Top 10 Traits of Highly Effective Group Fitness Instructors (Part 1)

By Shannon Fable on Monday, June 3, 2013


Like so many others, you became a group fitness instructor so you could help others enjoy the transformative benefits of exercise. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it’s also a LOT of fun! In this first of a two-part series, renowned group fitness instructor Shannon Fable details the top 10 traits of group fitness instructors who are most successful at taking what they love to do—lead fitness classes—and making the biggest impact on the widest variety of participants.




5 Ways to Spice up Your Workout in 2013

By Pete McCall on Monday, January 21, 2013


Looking for ways to maximize your workouts and shake things up a bit in 2013? Here are 5 great tips for rejuvenating your exercise routine, increasing your motivation and getting off those dreaded plateaus.




Pre-Choreography: Why Be A Hater?

By Shannon Fable on Friday, June 1, 2012


Since the late 90s when Les Mills hit the States, pre-choreography has been a source of debate among fitness professionals worldwide. Many thought the pre-choreography idea would never work in the U.S., but boy were we wrong.




Applying the ACE IFT® Model to Popular Workout Trends (Part 3 of 3 – Zumba®, Insanity® and Indoor Cycling)

By Pete McCall on Friday, May 4, 2012


The previous two posts addressed how understanding the Functional Movement and Resistance Training components of the ACE Integrated Fitness Training® (ACE IFT®) model can help you market your services when you’re asked about many popular exercise trends. This post will address how to use the cardiorespiratory training progressions of the ACE IFT® to appeal to potential clients when they ask you about popular exercise programs such as Zumba®, indoor cycling or Insanity®.




Get Moving: 15-Minute Cardio Workout

By Lawrence Biscontini on Wednesday, January 11, 2012


Start your new year on a healthy foot with Lawrence Biscontini's heart-pumping, full-length, 15-minute, step cardio total body workout. Leave the exercise equipment behind, clear some space and start burning fat while improving your balance. Plus, group fitness instructors can download the choreography and music playlist.




Forget Sex Appeal, Let’s Talk Broad-Based Appeal!

By Shannon Fable on Friday, December 30, 2011


Becoming the most successful group fitness instructor and more importantly, truly helping to lead the wellness revolution one person at a time, requires broad-based appeal. Much like music and television, you can choose to exist on one end of the personality spectrum and gain notoriety, but to reach the top of the charts and win an award, it is usually better to play somewhere in the middle. Learn why this is important for your success as a fitness professional and just how to achieve this.




The Biggest Secrets to Group Fitness Success

By Lawrence Biscontini on Friday, September 23, 2011


Far too often, in group fitness and personal training, we take for granted that those we communicate to and teach can hear us. Yes, they hear us, but we don’t often put careful attention into making our cues more succinct and effective. Find out how to be a better cuer.




One Thing Leads to Another: Intelligent Sequencing for Yoga Classes

By Jessica Matthews on Friday, September 9, 2011


While there are an abundance of asanas (commonly referred to as postures or poses) in yoga, the foundation for a physical practice should focus on practicing postures progressively in order to enhance steadiness, alertness and overall comfort — qualities referred to as sthira and sukha in the Yoga Sutras. Learn important factors to consider when sequencing your next yoga class.




Personal Training & Group Fitness – It’s Like Chocolate & Peanut Butter!

By Pete McCall on Friday, July 15, 2011


In the fitness world there are two widely different tastes of a 1-on-1 personal trainer and a group fitness instructor. In many health clubs these two worlds very rarely collide yet they are a magical recipe of success for fitness professionals interested in reaching a new audience of potential clients while simultaneously creating a way to provide additional services to existing ones.