How to Become an Aerobics Instructor

Physical fitness continues to grow in popularity all over the United States. More and more people are pursuing healthy diets and exercising regularly. The demand for fitness trainers and aerobics instructors is expected to increase by 29 percent from 2008 to 2018 [source: BLS]. If you love aerobics, here's what you can do to become an aerobics instructor:

  1. Attain a high level of physical fitness Aerobics instructors must have superior fitness to demonstrate and lead classes. You should also be experienced with different kinds of aerobic fitness classes, such as kickboxing, body sculpting and indoor cycling, to name a few. As your fitness level increases, so will your knowledge of exercises and routines [source: Education-portal].
  2. Study fitness Many organizations offer courses that will teach you what you need to know to become certified as an aerobics instructor. Courses may include anatomy, kinesiology, nutrition and safety [source: Education-portal].
  3. Get certified You'll most likely need certification to work in a gym or social organization as an aerobics instructor. There are two main organizations in the United States that certify aerobics instructors, the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Both the ACE and AFAA require written and practical examinations and provide textbooks for study and preparation. Additionally, you'll need certification in First Aid and CPR, which is offered by organizations such as the Red Cross, OSHA or the National Safety Council [source: About Aerobics].