PiYo Rocks Chicago!! Inside an Instructor Training

This was the first PiYo Training I presented with our New Direction of this Exciting Format – Saturday January 22, 2011 Chicago IL Rocked PiYo Lesson 14!!

PiYo is a Cardio & Core Conditioning Mind/Body Format using Yoga & Pilates “Inspired” Movements that incorporates Functional and Plyometric Training choreographed to Music!!  This workout is HOT!! The moves are intense, the music is upbeat and fun and the workout is hard-core!!  Expect to improve Strength, Core Stability, Balance and Flexibility.  It is for ALL LEVELS and can be modified to suit any group.

Today we focused on HOW To Learn to Teach this Format and Become a Trained Instructor in PiYo.  We focused on the foundation of Pilates and Yoga as well as Form/Technique, Breathing, Modifications, Choreography, Cueing and More!!  For most of them, this was their 1st Live PiYo Class so they probably didn’t know quite what to expect….but I think they LOVED it!!

Lesson 14

If you are looking to become an Instructor or would just love to attend the training to be able to purchase the at home workouts…Visit Turbo Kick for a training near you.  Or if you live in Illinois, click on my Instructor Trainings tab above…I look forward to sharing this incredible workout w/ you!!

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HOW TO Build a Full Time Income as a Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer

Fitness Instructors & Personal Trainers are people who have chosen a career path that they have a GREAT PASSION for!!  But WHY does that mean that they have to earn less?   One of the questions I get asked all the time is….HOW can I make a Full Time Income as a Group Fitness Instructor/ Personal Trainer either by doing more or supplementing with another area of fitness?

Before I answer that, let me tell you a bit about my history…

Who am I: I’ve been a Group Fitness Instructor for 15 years, a Presenter for Chalene Johnson’s Company for 5 years – Powder Blue Productions – including Turbo Kick, PiYo & Hip Hop Hustle as well as a Continuing Education Provider for ACE & AFAA within those formats.  I’ve been a Club Manager for Women’s Fitness Clubs for over 10 years including many different positions: District Management, Group Fitness Director for 9 clubs & Fitness Director in charge of Personal Training.  I now have my own home based business: Online Marketing in the Fitness Industry.  I share this with you to let you in on my experience in many different areas of Fitness…

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Teaching Group Fitness Classes!!! As do ALL Instructors, we CHOOSE to Motivate everyone in our class to not only get a great workout but to teach them that Fitness can be FUN!!  It is the HIGHLIGHT of my day!!  And if my body could handle it, I probably would teach full-time…but not only is not good for my body to overtrain but its also not fair to my students to burn out on them & not deliver the BEST CLASS!  Instructors teach on average 5-10 classes a week and Personal Trainers are in demand at peak times of the day: mornings, evenings and weekends.  Both of these situations explain why it is a CHALLENGE to Build a Full Time Income as an Instructor or Personal Trainer.

In fact, most Instructors & PT’s work full time and do fitness on the side.  But so many of us STRIVE to be able to do our PASSION full time!!! So, is it possible?  What are the Options?

Let’s start with looking at what some of the different positions in Fitness and the Average Salaries…

2010 ACE Fitness Professionals Salary Results

Most Popular Fitness Job Titles
Full Time Part time
Personal Trainer $42,204 annually 

$21.42/hr

$18,648 annually 

$24.57/hr

Avg. Hrs = 16.38/wk

Group Fitness Instructor $31,963 annually 

$17.16/hr

$8,538 annually 

$24.05/hr

Avg. Hrs = 7.5/wk

Fitness Director $41,921 annually 

$20.19/hr

$25,400 annually 

$31.69/hr

Avg. Hrs = 23.55/wk

Pilates Instructor $46,650 annually 

$24.00/hr

$21,560 annually 

$26.57/hr

Avg. Hrs = 15.46/wk

Group Fitness Director $37,226 annually 

$18.87/hr

$17,450 annually 

$18.08/hr

Avg. Hrs = 19.82/wk

Club Owner $80,382 annually 

$33.43/hr

$35,336 annually 

$31.84/hr

Avg. Hrs = 22.18/wk

Options to Make More Income in Fitness:

  • Learning to teach an additional format such as Pilates, Yoga, Turbo Kick, Hip Hop Hustle, PiYo, Strength, Zumba may bring your current hourly rate up (depending on the facility) or give you the opportunity to work more hours as an Instructor!
  • If you are a Group Fitness Instructor, you may consider studying for your Personal Training Certification (or vice versa) Personal Training allows you to work more hours and gives your body a physical break.
  • Club Managers and Owners traditionally make a good salary but they do work long hours due to the responsibility of the staff and team Goals. If you love leading a Team and are a Goal Oriented Individual, this may be of interest to you!
  • Most Fitness Directors teach or train in addition to their required hours to make an additional $5,000-$10,000/yr. to their salary.
  • Becoming a Presenter in your favorite format is another option to add additional income & share with others what you LOVE!!  Powder Blue Productions offers a Training called: All Star Presenter Camp to prepare you for becoming a Presenter or just a ROCK STAR Instructor!!

Another option is “Coaching” You may have heard of an Opportunity Beachbody, the Multi-Million Dollar Fitness Company, has created for individuals to become Reps for their products including P90X, Turbo Fire, Insanity & More!  This is an Online Marketing Business helping people Get Healthy & Fit by simply “recommending” their products and more importantly…building a Team!  It is an opportunity for anyone (not just fitness professionals) but honestly it’s what Instructors & Personal Trainers DO EVERYDAY ALREADY!!  It was a natural fit for me because I love to help & motivate people live a better life….and I could build it as BIG as I want!!!  Ultimately I always wanted to have my own BUSINESS but Financially it was Impossible….NOW I do have my own Business, Schedule my own hours and work for MYSELF all while making a full time income!!  I think its GREAT and the financial opportunities are INCREDIBLE!!  Not to mention you also receive 25% off all the products, SWEET!

December 29, 2008–December 30, 2009 – Beachbody
Coach Rank            Average Annual Income

Emerald Rank         $2751.00

Ruby Rank                $9094.00

Diamond                  $21,966.00 (approx $400/week)

STAR DIAMOND   $164,166 – $930,000!!

***Ranks are based on the level you are at in the business.  I hit Diamond Rank in 12 months and Star Diamond in 24 months, and I’m still climbing!!

Chalene Johnson: Turbo Fire & Coaching Opportunity!!

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Resources to Get Certified as a Group Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer:

ACE – American Council on Exercise

AFAA – Aerobics & Fitness Association of Americal

Powder Blue Productions: Turbo Kick – PiYo – Hip Hop Hustle

Beachbody:

My Success Story

Connect with me if you would like more information on attending a Powder Blue Productions Instructor Training, Joining my Coaching Team or if you have any other questions.  I would LOVE to help you make your PASSION for Fitness a Full Time Career!!!

Cheers to your Fitness Career, I know you will ROCK IT!!

Living Life with P A S S I O N!!

Craig Holiday & Kristina (Oct. 2009)

Being in the “People Business” as most of us are…I ask you, are you LEADING your Life with P A S S I O N?  People are hungry for Motivation, Encouragement and Hope…WE all have the Power to Give that to Someone EVERYDAY – Give and you shall receive…

I’m sharing with you what Passion means to me and HOW I choose to LEAD the Coaches in my BUSINESS…

Passion by Craig Holiday (my Business mentor)

P- Being the PROFOUND SIGNIFICANCE in the Lives of Others...Accept who you are and be willing to change to become BETTER!!  EVERYDAY create Significant Moments in  the lives of others!

A- Action: Get on the Field!! Your life is waiting for you…Set Goals and Go After Them.  Do the small steps everyday that will lead you to your Ultimate Dreams!

S- Service to Others: It’s not about YOU, its about them…Care enough to reach out to people to listen, care and be there for them.  Encourage someone everyday!!

SSet your Soul of Fire!!  Decide to become BETTER by surrounding yourself around Leaders/Champions who are living the lifestyle you desire! READ 10 pages of a Good Personal Development Book Everday!  INSPIRE others to DREAM again…

IInward Devotion to Greatness!  Have the Courage to live your life everyday doing the things you don’t necessarily WANT to do, but need to in order to move forward

OOne Person with Passion is Better that 40 merely interested!! ONE PERSON can change a Home, a Family, a Business….a Nation!!

NNever Quit!! Struggle is less painful than regret….

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