Friday, January 16, 2009

Back to school?

So last night I looked a bit more into becoming a fitness instructor in my province. It's actually a LOT of classes/courses. And this one that Kim invited me to take isn't even on the radar. That one's a gym specific one to be able to teach the BTS classes, specifically the GroupStep class. It's a bit confusing on the website what the other requirements are since there are options. Basically you need to either do a theory class (ranges from $100 to $250 based on location) or just pass the test ($75) (class optional? there's a home study option($195), take a group training class either land or water (as in aquafitness, might be cool, but not now) ($230), and get first aid/CPR certified ($150). Grand total of between $555 and $705! NOT including the $250 class in February. So like $1000!!! Cha-ching! Say I teach 4 classes a month and make like $100 a month (no idea if this is reasonable, are you paid by the hour? That's a huge rip-off then since each student pays about $5/class, I'd say you should get half of that. but it probably doesn't work that way, anyway...) I'd have to do it for almost a full year to even make my money back. ew! (There goes my tax refund?) There might be other ways to do this but that's the first I found.

It isn't really a terrible amount of training. I'd guess like 3 or 4 weekend courses and you'd have it all. Actually checking the dates on some of them and I could have everything done by like mid-March. By my birthday. CRAZY! I can't wait for Monday to talk to Kim again, or I hope she emails me this weekend, but she probably forgot or she would have already. EEK! So like by April I could be teaching. Wowza.

6 comments:

Sara said...

wow that is expensive. But maybe not all necessary. And for 1 class per week, I don't know what it would pay but I doubt $100/week probably more like 10-20/hour. But would still be pretty cool!

Jen said...

That is pretty expensive...but you could also look at it as how long do you plan to do this? If you work for LONGER than a year then you will be making money...but maybe the fitness instructor can explain a bit more to you??? And hopfully help you figure things out??

Genevieve said...

I think that I should email you - yes, there is a huge difference between being able to teach BTS classes (which are a frandchise) and are all extremely prescribed for what each instructor can and will teach for each 4 month period and taking the provincial certification which means that you are not "certified" in the BTS frandchise mindset, but can create your own classes and can teach at whatever gym/YMCA/etc... that recognizes that certification. Plus, you are given the skills to develop your OWN classes, without having to follow X move for Y song to Z beat - you create your own classes and change them when YOU want to, not when some dumb franchise tells you it's a new "season"....anyways, that's my $0.02 worth. :-) Best of luck whatever you decide. Plus, teaching fitness is not something you do for only 6 months - you can do it for life...and tailor the classes you teach to your life stage, and that of your participants!

Genevieve said...

P.S. (gawd, me and the post comments) - I get a minimum of $23.00 per hour long class and more based on particpant numbers ( greater than 12 in a class means $25.00 for that class, and it goes up from there.....)

MizFit said...

checking in on you.
how was the weekend? CHOCK FULL OF HEART RATE MONITOR USING GOODNESS?

:)

Sagan said...

It's kind of expensive... but then, to take a course to be able to teach English around the world, it costs a couple thousand dollars. So I guess it makes sense. That being said, you would have TONS of fun with it:D Find out more!