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AFAA Group Fitness Instructor


Become a Certified Fitness Instructor

Group fitness instructors lead classes, workshops and experiences in which people work together to attain and improve their physical fitness. They work in gyms, fitness centers and residence facilities. They may also work from a distance using group communication technology. In this 100% online course, you will learn the skills needed to become a certified group fitness instructor.

Job Outlook for Group Fitness Instructors

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job demand for fitness trainers and instructors is set to grow by 15% between now and 2029, triple the overall growth rate for all jobs. The BLS cites a growing awareness of the role fitness plays in health and longevity as a driver for this strong growth.

The BLS states that fitness trainers and instructors earn $19.42 per hour or $40,390 per year, on average. According to, group fitness trainers who serve specialized client groups or focus on a certain type of exercise often earn $35-40 per hour or more.

“It was life-changing. I learned so much. It will be so useful in everyday life to make better choices, 'to live better and help those around me to live better.' Thanks!”

Course Objectives

Prerequisites and Requirements

The AFAA-GFI course itself is available to all candidates interested in furthering their education in the field of group fitness. In order to take the AFAA-GFI credentialing exam, candidates must be 18 years or older and meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

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The Group Fitness Industry
Foundations of Exercise Science
The Human Movement System
Integrated Fitness
Teaching Basics
Teaching: Multi-training and Exercise Technique

Class Planning and Preparation
Adapting to Class Dynamics
Communication and Learning
Inclusive Instruction for Special Populations
Class Engagement and Motivation
Professional and Legal Responsibilities


This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.

Group Fitness Instructor FAQs

Group Fitness Instructors organize and lead group exercise classes. The exercises may range from aerobics, stretching and muscle toning to Pilates, dance and self-defense. Instructors gather the groups, plan the exercise routine and schedule and lead the group through the training.

Credentials such as the certification offered by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) signal that you are a dedicated professional with high standards and objectives. Certification also ensures your employer and prospective students that you have been trained across the range of exercise modalities; you understand their benefits, impacts on the human body; and you know the best exercises to help a group improve their fitness. This course includes the AFAA certification exam fee.

Although the Coronavirus health crisis had an impact on every industry and sector where people gather together, the fitness industry has proven resilient in its flexibility and commitment to its members. Many gyms and fitness organizations moved from in-person group exercises to online alternatives. Forbes reports that technologies such as Peloton, Mirror and many more have transformed the fitness industry and may ultimately lead to a renewal in group fitness.


Registration and Enrollment
This course is 100% online. Start anytime.