Skip to content

How To Teach An Engaging Group Fitness Class

As a fitness instructor, you know that leading a fun and effective group fitness class is one of the best ways to make a living in the fitness industry. While group classes do have the potential to become boring and dreary, it doesn’t have to be that way! In this post, we’ll share some of our favorite advice for ensuring that programs are fun for both you and your students.

So, if you’re looking for a few tips to make next week’s class more fun, keep on reading!


Introduce Yourself and Your Class


I love to watch a class come to life when I jump into teaching a group fitness class. The first step in creating a lively and engaging class is introducing yourself and the fact that you are an ASFA-certified instructor. Give attendees a quick rundown of the activities you want to use in the class before it starts.

Set the tone for the class by discussing why you chose each exercise and any modifications if needed. Use encouraging words and prod the class to work harder as the lesson goes on. Give a final inspirational word to the class before thanking everyone for coming.

Offering a simple handshake or high five as the class end is a great way to close. This creates an inviting environment that encourages participants to come back for more.

Establish Goals

When teaching a group fitness class, it is important to establish a set of goals at the beginning of the class. Goals allow both the instructor and participants to have a point of reference to measure success as the class moves forward. To do this, the instructor should explain the goals of the class and what they hope to achieve.

They should ask the members to list their own objectives and try to connect them with the instructor. Engagement depends on making the participants feel valued and included in the team effort. Offer to write down their goals for the class and ask for feedback throughout the class.

Be sure to celebrate their progress, no matter how small it may be, to help motivate the whole class to reach those goals together.

Provide an Upbeat Music


Setting the right tone can help motivate and energize participants while they exercise. Be sure to select music that is appropriate for the activity and have it prepared ahead of time. Choose a mix of music styles and tempos to keep the energy high throughout the class.

Make sure the music is loud enough to hear over the sounds of the class, but not so loud about being distracting. Before class begins, spend some time discussing the music the group will be using and how everyone can get the most out of their workout. Having upbeat music helps everyone to have a successful and joyful experience.

Know How to Teach an Engaging Group Fitness Class

When teaching an engaging group fitness class, there are some key things to keep in mind. Introduce yourself and your class and establish goals. Also, providing upbeat music that will keep the class attentive and active.

An enjoyable group fitness class can achieve using these suggestions and methods.

Did you find this article helpful? If so, be sure to check out the rest of our blog posts.