Everyone has heard of the Zumba rage that has taken the fitness world by storm. If you are an avid Zumba fan or lover then the chances you would enjoy teaching it is very likely. The certification to teach this revolutionary class is really not that tough to obtain. This is especially true if you enjoyed the jump start program by Zumba. This will get you double certs for both Zumba Basics One and Zumba Gold. You will save money as well by grouping them together rather than taking each one separately.
After completing these classes either together or separately you will actually have your certs, but what’s next? You will need a CPR certification. There are no exceptions here, you must have your CPR licenses. Zumba requires a lot of movement and is pretty intense, so if there is a medical emergency then you’ll need to keep control of things until paramedics arrive.
If you want to really be legit and be able to teach in a gym then you will probably also need a primary group exercise certification. There are several places to obtain this like AFAA, the YMCA and ACE. The cost will be somewhere around $300.00, but it is worth every penny.
630If you are going to teach certain formats like Turbo Kick, Zumba, Pilates and Body Pump there are secondary certifications available to you as well. This is great considering the primary certs instructors can be a beast. That makes them very leery facing the certifications process. Don’t freak out. If you got through the classes you’ll get through certifications easily.
If you get the Zumba and AFAA certs, purchase some cute clothing and get a class together then you’ll be pushing upwards of $1,000 in no time. It may take you a while to obtain some permanency with your class and job though, so be patient. Even people with multiple secondary certifications face challenges at first.
If this is the first time you have taught a group then take it slow. You will not have to rush the AFAA certification. You definitely need the Zumba
If you’ve never taught group exercise a day in your life, you really don’t need to get the AFAA cert right away. You certainly don’t need to get it before you’ve taken your Zumba certification first, and you want to get your name out there too. Most of all if you have no experience in teaching it is likely that you could fail the AFAA.
Once you have these things rolling get out there and find yourself a job! You will have to start small with one that does not require certs to start. All you have to do is hit a studio. This will help you pay that $300.00 we discussed earlier. It is possible to teach without certs for years, but if you want to get to the real money then you will want to get those certs once you know you are ready.