Become a Fitness Instructor
My resume in the fitness industry looks like this: I've led an impromptu kickboxing class for hyper tween girls as a camp counselor, dressed as an '80s aerobics instructor for Halloween (highly recommended, by the way, for anyone looking to keep warm and comfortable in knee-high socks and sneakers all night), and sometimes given in to the urge to mimic a Body Pump routine when "Edge of Glory" comes on the radio.
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Sounds like the makings of a fitness instructor, right? Not so fast.
Fortunately for my hypothetical clients, getting your foot in the fitness door takes more than a side ponytail and a love of Gaga. But what exactly does it take? To find out, I asked a few pros to set me straight and strong. Here's what I learned.
Certification is Only the First Step
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