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Group Fitness Instructor

As an ACE Certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor, you'll elevate your mission of movement by leading more people — and making a significant impact on the health and well-being of countless class participants. Whether you're new to the health and fitness training world or a full-time instructor looking to grow your expertise, our NCCA-accredited certification will prepare you to effectively design and deliver safe and memorable experiences in any modality.

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A step-by-step guide to get moving towards your career as a Group Fitness Instructor.

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Get moving on your career by taking the first step to becoming a Group Fitness Instructor. Choose the study program that works for you.

Pro Plus

$449 $349

An in-depth and well-rounded study experience for both new and veteran instructors. Includes:

  • Everything in the ACE Pro Essentials
    Study Program
  • Dynamic Practice Test
  • ACE Group Fitness Instructor Handbook (A hard copy handbook is provided in place of an eBook)
  • Interest-free payment plan
    (4 payments of $87.25)

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Pro Essentials

$299 $249

A self-guided study program with the basic foundational material you need to pass the exam. Includes:

  • ACE Certification Exam
  • Practice Test
  • Personalized support from expert ACE Study Coaches and the ACE Resource Center
  • ACE Group Fitness Instructor
    Handbook eBook
  • ACE Digital Classroom
  • ACE Interview Guarantee

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Move your career further and save

Move your career further as an ACE Certified Professional and save 20% on an additional ACE Certification.* This includes our Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Health Coach and Certified Medical Exercise Specialist study programs. As a mission-driven nonprofit, we strongly encourage health and fitness professionals to seek out additional education, because we believe well-qualified professionals are critical to turning the tide on the physical-inactivity epidemic causing so many health-related problems around the world. Plus, holding multiple ACE Certifications will allow you to take your health and fitness career to the next level by allowing you to reach a wider, more diverse set of clients.

*Cannot be combined with other offers. Valid only for currently certified ACE Professionals.

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Our commitment to foster career growth

As part of our commitment to foster career growth among ACE Certified Professionals, we have secured agreements from a wide range of health and fitness companies nationwide. Identifying yourself as an ACE Certified Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor at 24 Hour Fitness, Anytime Fitness, Town Sports International, KoKo FitClub, Crunch, Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Club, Orangetheory Fitness and Active Wellness will get you in the door for an interview for any qualifying position at those facilities.

24 Hour Fitness
Anytime Fitness
Orangetheory Fitness
Town Sports International
Koko FitClub
Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club
Active Wellness

Why Choose ACE?

ACE educates, certifies and supports more than 75,000 health and fitness professionals, health coaches and allied health professionals. Earning our NCCA-accredited certification means that you’ve met the highest industry standard for health and fitness professionals — and that you've made movement your mission. At ACE, we go above and beyond to support our health and fitness professionals throughout their careers, through education, training, partnerships and advocacy.

Group Fitness Instructor Careers

Get the Career Guide

There are a variety of paths to get people moving as a Group Fitness Instructor. Explore them all in ACE's Group Fitness Instructor Career Guide.

Group Fitness Careers

  • CrossFit
  • Pilates
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Zumba
  • TRX
Becoming A Group Fitness Instructor - A Career Guide for a dynamic field

Explore your options for starting or furthering your career in the fitness industry as a group fitness instructor.


Tools and support to help you conquer your exam

ACE Digital Classroom
ACE Group Fitness Instructor Manual eBook

Move the crowd

Group fitness is on the move. It's explosion in popularity means that ACE Group Fitness Instructors have a wide variety of career options — and a wide variety of modalities — to get people moving. The ACE Group Fitness Instructor Study Program provides an applied, practical understanding of the key concepts in group fitness—so you can feel empowered to exceed your clients' expectations no matter where their passion lies, be it strength training, mind-body indoor cycling or anything in between.


  • CrossFit
  • Boot Camp
  • Sports Conditioning
  • LesMills BODYPUMP™
  • Group Strength

Mind Body

  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Qigong


  • Indoor Cycling (Spinning®, Schwinn®, LeMond®)
  • Kickboxing (Turbo Kick®)
  • Step
  • Aqua Fitness
  • Mixed Martial Arts


  • Zumba®
  • QiDance
  • Pole Fitness
  • Hip-Hop
  • Bollywood-Inspired
  • Barre


  • TRX®
  • Kettlebell Conditioning
  • ViPR®
  • BOSU®
  • SandBells®
  • Mixed Martial Arts

Move the masses as an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor


Dedicated Mission


Thousand Certified Group Fitness Instructors


Million People Moving

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