February 4, 2013

Most Important Characteristic of a Group Exercise Instructor is Humility

Posted in Group Exercise Instructor Tips, Instructor Trainings tagged , , , , , , , at 10:31 PM by lanaholt


Most Important Characteristic of a Group Exercise Instructor is Humility, whether you are a new instructor or a veteran instructor.

I’ve been working in the fitness industry since 1999 and have helped train a lot of instructors. I love mentoring instructors. And I love growing and learning.

Being humble is being open, kind and gracious to everyone.

1. Other instructors. Learn from every instructor, even the newest instructor. Everyone has something to contribute. Never ever belittle or talk negatively about another instructor.

2. Other formats. Every format has something for someone. It’s important people get fit and move. Just because a fitness program or class is not right for you, it does not mean it’s not good for someone else. Encourage people to try new things and try them yourself. Never ever talk negatively about another fitness program. Are you feeling a common theme?

3. Other clubs/facilities. Every club attracts and is good for different people. LA Fitness works for one person and 24 Hour Fitness is better for someone else. A small personal training gym makes one person happy and a boot camp in the park is better for another. So, what should you do? Don’t talk negatively about other clubs/facilities. They help people move. That’s the point.

4. Continuing Education. Never stop learning. Attend as many classes, conferences, events as you can. Don’t forget there are lots of online free resources too. Sign up for newsletter for popular fitness organizations like AFAA, ACE, IDEA…… (www.afaa.com, www.acefitness.org, www.ideafit.org…)

5. Yourself and Abilities. Always approach feedback with an open mind. Yes, you will get the crazy complainers. But, take a step back before you get in the habit of ignoring feedback. You get the idea. Take the feedback, think about it, ask other instructors, and see if there is something you can do to improve. That is true humility. Especially for those of us that are vets. We think we are the bomb-digity. But, guess what? We should always be improving.

I hope this helps. The theme, be open minded, positive, and continuously seeking to improve.

I would love to connect with you. You can find me at http://facebook.com/coachlana

October 14, 2012

How to Become an Aerobics Instructor. What Training Do You Need to Be a Group Exercise Instructor??

Posted in Fitness, Group Exercise Instructor Tips, Work at Home tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:01 PM by lanaholt

Get Trained: How to Become a Fitness Instructor

If you have a passion for fitness and helping others, becoming a group fitness instructor may be for you. But, it can be a little confusing trying to figure out where to start.

Ask yourself what is your favorite class? That would be a good place to start. Find out if that type of class needs a specific type of training. For example, you have to take Zumba training to teach Zumba and you need to take Turbo Kick training to teach Turbo Kick.

After you find out if you need format specific training, you need to figure out where you want to teach. Some clubs require additional training for their instructors. For example, many clubs require what is called a national group exercise certification. This training deals with a lot of safety, anatomy, and fitness topics that are not covered in format specific training. 2 well known organization that do general group exercise certifications are AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, http://www.afaa.com/ ) and ACE (American Council on Exercise, http://www.acefitness.org/ ). There are lots of others. Find out what the facility that you want to train at prefers. Also, many facilities require CPR and AED training so that you can react in case of an emergency.

In addition, if it is allowed, you may want to shadow or be mentored by a seasoned instructor. Work with them one on one fine tuning your queuing, class formatting and maybe even teaching a part of their class to gain confidence.

Every club is different. So, it’s important to know what is required of you so you are prepared to start your fitness journey.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me holt.lana@gmail.com

October 3, 2012

I Can Help You Become a Fitness Professional – Aerobics Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor, Fitness Instructor

Posted in Business, Fitness, Group Exercise Instructor Tips, Instructor Trainings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:46 PM by lanaholt


Who Am I? Coach Lana. Helping you on your fitness career journey.

Hello I’m Coach Lana and I’ve been working in the fitness for over 10 years. My passion is helping people get started and improving their fitness careers. Please subscribe to my channel if you have even the smallest urge to become a fitness instructor (aerobics instructor) or want to take your career to the next level. I promise you won’t be disappointed. I’m currently a group exercise instructor and online fitness coach. I have been on both sides of the fence. I have been a group exercise manager and presenter that trained new instructors. Plus my personal mentors that have trained me up on how to be successful are some of the most successful people in the fitness industry. One of them being Chalene Johnson herself.

I’m a quirky Christian vegan with lots of dogs and a love of tech and scifi and I would love to help you with your fitness career. If you have questions like: how do I get started, how do I put a class together, who do I contact to get a job and how do I get their attention, please subscribe. I would love to connect with you and help you on your fitness career path.

Please subscribe to my channel and feel free to contact me with your questions at holt.lana@gmail.com or comment below. (I do filter comments because of the strange drunk 3 am ones I see on my channel sometimes. I hope you understand.)

Again I thank you for watching. I feel blessed to be sharing this. I’ve been influenced by some of the best in the industry such as Beto Perez, Chalene Johnson, Tony Horton, Richard Simmons, Kathy Smith, Shaun T, Rob Glick, Skip Jennings, and so many more. Bless someone today.

September 26, 2012

Dealing with Angry Face: How to Become a Fitness Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor, Aerobics Instructor

Posted in Fitness, Group Exercise Instructor Tips, Instructor Trainings at 10:04 PM by lanaholt

Dealing with Angry Face: How to Become a Fitness Instructor, Group Exercise Instructor, Aerobics Instructor

Hello I’m Coach Lana and I’ve been working in the fitness industry since 1999 and I’m going to give you a few pointers to help you deal with that member in class that gives you the angry, I hate you look.

The first thing you need to get comfortable with is, it’s not all about you. When you are teaching class and most folks are smiling, hooting, hollering and having a great time, do not fixate on the one student that is giving you a weird look. Every class is going to have one or two.

Second, you have no idea what kind of day, week, month or year that person has had. It may have taken every ounce of energy to get to your class and cracking a smile is just too much to ask. Be ok with that. Plus, that may be their fitness personality. They are all business when working out. Let it go.

Third, try to connect. Make sure to look every member in the eye at least once during the class and smile. Give them a thumbs up or verbal compliment that they are doing good.

Fourth, never pressure them to smile or make noise if they do not want to. It’s ok to encourage the class as a whole to smile and make noise, but never ever single out a member. Making them insecure and uncomfortable may scare them away from working out.

Lastly, connect again. As a practice you should show up to class early and leave late so you can connect with your members. Find out their names and talk with them. What is going on in their lives? They may surprise you.

I remember a specific lady that took my classes. She was always in the front row center. Every day she scowled at me and looked like she wanted to kill me. I thought she hated me. One day after class we got to talking and she told me how much she loved my class, she was all smiles and happiness. But, when she worked out, she was all business and scowls. So, it’s not all about you or me.

Thanks for watching, please like, thumbs up, plus, comment on my video. I would greatly appreciate it. If you want to contact me: holt.lana@gmail.com

September 12, 2012

Your Audition: How to Become a Fitness Instructor

Posted in Fitness, Group Exercise Instructor Tips, Work at Home tagged , , , , , , , , at 2:34 PM by lanaholt


Your Audition: How to Become a Fitness Instructor

If you want to teach group exercise, you are probably going to have to audition to get the job. Don’t stress, with a little preparation you will be ready to shine. Any reputable club is not going to hand over their most prized possession, their members, without verifying you can handle it.

Every club has different requirements of their instructors, so it’s very important to know what is expected of you. Before you audition, try to find out what they expect from you. Do they want an introduction, a warm up, how much of the class are you going to show them, do they want to see a cool down and stretch, will you be showing 5 minutes or a whole class, will it be one on one with the manager or will you actually be leading a live class? No matter what you find out, be ready for the unexpected, roll with the punches and always have a smile on your face and a good attitude.

Practice for your audition. Try to find an experienced instructor that will help you practice. Use your friends and family as guinea pigs. Ask everyone for feedback and how you did. Be humble, take the feedback and make adjustments. If you practice on your own, try to practice in the room you will be auditioning. Make is real. Talk loud, project, smile, make eye contact with your fake class and go through your audition as if it’s really occurring.

Dress the part. If you are auditioning for a format that has logo wear or a color theme, wear it. Make sure you look camera ready. What is meant by that is full makeup, hair done perfect, outfit clean, neat and flattering. Also be sure to wear your outfit to practice in prior to the audition. You want to make sure it moves and feels right when you are teaching.

Your audition starts the minute you leave your home or work. You never know if the manager auditioning you is in the car next to you. Bring your supporting documentation and copies. Make it easy for the manager. Don’t make them have to make the copies. Supporting documents may include: copies of all your certifications and trainings, CPR card, drivers license, Social Security card, etc. Arrive at least 15 minutes early. You don’t have to check in, you just want to make sure you are not even a minute late. Treat everyone with respect and courtesy from each member you see to the front desk staff. The manager may ask the front desk what their first impression of you was.

During the audition, remember to have fun. This is just another opportunity to shine and gain experience. So no matter what happens, smile and enjoy yourself. Be lighthearted and let the small stuff go.

After the audition, thank the manager for allowing you to audition and be sure to send them a thank you note. Find out from them when they will be getting back to you and when you can follow up with them.

Once you are done, pat yourself on the back. You did it. No matter the outcome, it’s another experience under your belt.

If you have any questions about becoming a fitness instructor, please feel free to contact me coachlana@beachbodycoach.com

June 13, 2012

What Training Do You Need to Become A Group Exercise Instructor?

Posted in Exercise, Fitness, Group Exercise Instructor Tips, Instructor Trainings at 5:12 PM by lanaholt


Get Trained: How to Become a Fitness Instructor

If you have a passion for fitness and helping others, becoming a group fitness instructor may be for you. But, it can be a little confusing trying to figure out where to start.

Ask yourself what is your favorite class? That would be a good place to start. Find out if that type of class needs a specific type of training. For example, you have to take Zumba training to teach Zumba and you need to take Turbo Kick training to teach Turbo Kick.

After you find out if you need format specific training, you need to figure out where you want to teach. Some clubs require additional training for their instructors. For example, many clubs require what is called a national group exercise certification. This training deals with a lot of safety, anatomy, and fitness topics that are not covered in format specific training. 2 well known organization that do general group exercise certifications are AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, http://www.afaa.com/ ) and ACE (American Council on Exercise, http://www.acefitness.org/ ). There are lots of others. Find out what the facility that you want to train at prefers. Also, many facilities require CPR and AED training so that you can react in case of an emergency.

In addition, if it is allowed, you may want to shadow or be mentored by a seasoned instructor. Work with them one on one fine tuning your queuing, class formatting and maybe even teaching a part of their class to gain confidence.

Every club is different. So, it’s important to know what is required of you so you are prepared to start your fitness journey.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me coachlana@beachbodycoach.com