AFAA Group Fitness Instructor (English onIy)

Fitness Trends Come and Go. 

An AFAA Certification is the Foundation. 


Group fitness formats have gained and waned popularity through the years. With a Group Fitness Certification you'll learn foundational teaching skills, empowering you to adapt quickly and easily to new exercise formats. 


How it works?


Turn your passion for fitness into a career by becoming a Certified AFAA Group Fitness Instructor. 

Step 1:   Study Your Online Course Material

Step 2:   Pass Your Proctored International AFAA GFI Exam

Step 3:   Become an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor!


What You'll Learn


When you enroll in an AFAA Group Fitness Program, you're gaining the benefit of decades of experience preparing the best instructors in the industry. For generations, AFAA has provided instructors with practical skills and hands-on experience needed to inspire and motivate class participants to strive to create happier and healthier lives. As times have changed so has AFAA, adopting a world-class online learning platform that allows you to study and get certified.  

With the AFAA GFI program, you'll learn:

-  How to design, choreograph and lead a group fitness class.

- Training on modalities, including: strength and resistance, hiit and interval, boot camp, yoga, cycle and more.

- Essentials of exercise and physiology

- Foundations of nutrition and healthy eating

- How to adapt for special populations, like pregnant and seniro participants.

- Business skills and professional responsibilities. 




This certification requires no previous experience to take and complete. It provides tou with everything you need to master the material and learn how to trive in the industry. 

Do you have a passion for fitness? Are you looking to help change lives for the better? Eager to learn all about teaching group classes? Then you are qualified to become an AFAA Group Fitness Instructor. 


Course Curriculum


Section 1: Fundamentals of Exercise Science

Module 1: The Group Fitness   Industry.      Learn about the state of health and fitness today. This understanding will provide insight into why your pursuit of a career in fitness with the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) will help you becomeso influential in improving the lives of others. You will also explore AFAA's history with group fitness, and our foundation of evidence-based practice.

Module 2: Foundations of Exercise Science..      Helping others reach their fitness goals requires knowledge to analyze the basics of human movement thoroughly. Biomechanics and the interactions of the muscle action spectrum provide you with the languageof exercise science and a foundational understanding of the body.

Module 3: The Human Movement System.          Armed with the basics of biomechanics, you can now begin to learn the functions of the Human Movement System (also referred to as the kinetic chain). The kinetic chain is comprised of three different, yet intimately interwoven, systems that allow our bodies to move. The knowledge related to these systems and their interactions will help you guide the individuals you work with to move safely and effectively.

Module 4: Integrated Fitness..        Integrated fitness is the foundation for the successful development of any fitness program, combining multiple types f exercise to help participants achieve their goals. Through application of the application of the various components of integrated fitness, you can design safer, more effective fitness classes. 


Section 2: Class Design and Planning

Module 5: Teaching Basics.      Using the principles of integrated fitness, you may now begin to piece together the five components of a workout for a unified class flow. Through an in-depth exploration od each of the five components (intro, movement prep, the body of the workout, transition, and outro), you can identify the various considerations for the most popular formats, including training intensities and appropriate exercise selection. 

Module 6: Teaching: Multi-training and Exercise Technique.       One precious resource for aspiring Group Fitness Instructor is a vast inventory of exercises that might be useful accross multiple formats. Additionally, instructors should be familiar with the appropriate technique for each exercise they offer, as well as be prepared to offer modifications to accomodate participants' needs. 

Module 7: Class Planning and Preparation.        After understanding integrated fitness, the components of a workout, and appropriate exercises across popular formats, instructors can appky their knowledge in the classroom. Thoughtful class planning allows instructors the opportunity to refine the intended outcomes of their classes by selecting elements such as music, equipment, and movement options to best suit their intended goals. 


 Section 3: Class Instruction and Presentation

Module 8: Adapting to Class Dynamics.        Instructors must do more than simply plan for their classes. They must be prepared to encounter unexpected variables the day-of. Knowing how to respond to numerous situations, from suprise to medical emergencies, will help you in your efforts to provide a safe and inclusive experience for everyone. Diligent classroom set-up can help avert complications before they begin.

Module 9: Communication and Learning. .      While in-depth knowledge of proper exercise execution and workout design is essential for all Group Fitness Instructors, the test of a genuinely successful instructor lies in connecting with participants through their preferred learning styles and active cueing. Generally speaking, the best way to connect with participants is by providing participant-centered instruction that acknowledges individual needs while still serving the group. 

Module 10: Inclusive Instruction for Special Populations..       Participant-centered instruction requires an understanding of the various levels of conditioning that may affect an individual's performance in a group workout. By understanding the various considerations and modifications available, you can provide for every participant without singling them our or sacrificing the quality of a workout.

Module 11: Class Engagement and Motivation.          Effective instructors do more than offer safe movement experiences. They connect with thier participants, which engages and motivates them to continue returning time and time again. By motivating every participant in a way that empowers them to meet their goals, you'll build value for your participants.


Section 4: Other Notable Topics

Module 12: Professional and LegalResponsibilities.      As with any career, there are legal, ethical, and professional expectations for certified Group Fitness Instructors. Included in these expectations is the need for continued educational and experiential develeopment, as well as methods for self-care to help you sustain and thrive.

Module 13: Nutrition.     Achieving optimal health and fitness goes beyond human movement, it also encompasses nutrition. Nutrition is an evolving and quickly changing science. As new research is conducted, new information provides fresh insights that may influence the work you do as a Group Fitness Instructorç This module will provide you the basic nutritional information you will need for discussions with participants, as well asto benefit your health and well-being. 


What's Included


  • Lecture Videos
  • Demo Videos
  • Exercise Videos
  • Cuing Videos
  • Infographics
  • Class Planning Templates


BONUS COURSE! Fundamentals of Virtual Coaching


How does training from the comfort of your own home sound? Select AFAA-GFI programs now come with exclusive bonus content provided by our sister company, NASM. Learn how to train and manage clients virtually. Learn everything from setting up equipment, creating digital programs, taking payments and more! Course includes 5 in-depth lessons, a 10-part video series, and more. 




After the completion of the course you will take a multiple-choice exam under our supervision in our exam-lab. This The test consists of 120 questions and has to be completed in 120 minutes. To pass you need a score of 70% or higher. 

You will have 6 months from your daye of purchase to study for your exam. If you missed your deadline or failed your initial exam attempt, you will have 2 more free attempts you can take within the next months. 


Live Practical Course


Live practical events will be organised regularly, please contact our team for more information. 

You may also be interested in ourAFAA Uluslararsı Grup Fitness Eğitmeni coursewhich includes   

the Self-Study courseplus 

  • Video lectures and live-discussions by our NASM MasterTrainers 
  • Print book in Turkish
  • Practice exams in Turkish
  • Certification exam in Turkish
  • Unlimited access to our MasterTrainers

For well-rounded coaching for your clients, you may combine with the   NASM Nutrition Coach Certification . 

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