Zumba has taken the fitness world by storm, and many Zumba lovers want in on the upbeat lifestyle and action that comes with being a Zumba instructor. This fitness program combining merengue, salsa, reggaeton, samba and hip hop alongside aerobics has changed their lives, and they want to share the transformation with others. It is a fun and accelerating exercise, plus there is a lot of money to be made as a Zumba instructor. So, how do you get certified? Let’s take a look at what it takes to get your Zumba certification and become a part of this revolutionary and lucrative trend set to fun and sassy Latin beats.
Where to Start
Naturally you will start by loving and knowing Zumba by heart. It should be a passion, and money should not be the driving factor. The Zumba Academy training website is a super place to start if you are a Zumba fitness lover who wants to share the life changing program with others. You must be certified by the Zumba Academy, because Zumba is trademarked. So, if you have found your passion in Zumba and want to become certified you can enroll in one of the programs listed below with the Zumba Academy.
- Zumba Basic Steps L-1
This is a spectacular little course that will set the course for you to teach others. You will become familiar with the basics, the 4 dance elements, you will learn how to apply the basic dance elements and you will choose songs for you class hence perfecting the routine you will use to teach to others.
- The Jump Start Gold Class
This is a fantastic option for people who want to target an older audience. You will learn how to effectively teach Zumba to older people, and you will also come to understand their psychological and physical needs.
- The Total Package
You should definitely consider taking the complete Zumba Instructor Training Course if you are serious about your career as a Zumba instructor. This is a set of courses designed by a strategic method of using lectures and training to equip you with top notch skills for teaching Zumba fitness. After completing the course you will even get your license that is good for one year to teach. This will help you get the experience that you need as an instructor to someday work in a prestigious gym or even own your own studio. It can be annually renewed. Keep your teaching licenses up to date!
Other Things to Consider
You want to practice, because perfecting your life’s passion is a must. Don’t just become a Zumba instructor, become a sought after Zumba instructor because you are the best around. You really have to become a master of the art that you are teaching. Attending Zumba classes of different levels yourself up to 5 times a week is a great idea for perfecting your own strategy. Plus, your physical fitness must be top notch to become a Zumba instructor.
Don’t commit to one instructor when you take the Zumba classes. Look at it as homework. You are perfecting your physique and stamina sure, but you are also watching the instructors and learning awesome techniques that they use in their own classes. This will help you to decide what works for you as an instructor. When you take all of the ingredients that you have found along the journey and add your own personal style you have a recipe for sure success.
CPR Training Should be a Priority
Make sure that you are certified in CPR. This is vital. Anything can happen with an exercise class, and that is especially true with one requiring such an energy level as Zumba does. You have to be prepared and able to handle a situation if in fact one may arise. While this is not mandatory legally it seems to be an unspoken requirement for instructors to have the CPR training. You can contact your local American Red Cross for more information. Some local hospitals also offer CPR classes. This is not only the right thing to do, but it will help you on your quest to get a job teaching Zumba with a prestigious gym or studio.
Finally, consider where it is that you really want to teach your Zumba class. Make contact with the owner of the facilities that you are considering working with to set up a personal meeting. Make sure that you inquire about any additional certifications that they may require instructors at their studio or gym to have.
Becoming an instructor is a lot more than just taking the classes, becoming certified and getting your licenses. It is a personal journey that can take you more places than even you may realize. At the end of the day it is about the legalities, but it is also about your passion and fulfilling the dream.