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The Practical Way

Group Exercise (GX): The Practical Way™ – 5 CEUs

Group exercise is an exciting profession that continues to evolve. Today, group exercise instructors teach all types of classes including choreography-based modalities such as step, high-low and dance exercise classes, sports conditioning and boot camp-style workouts, indoor cycling, yoga, Pilates, group resistance training, aquatics training and the list goes on. While instructing each one of these formats requires special skills, the skills inherent for overall successful group instruction remain the same.


Designed as a complementary precursor course for AFAA’s Primary Group Exercise Certification and as an introduction to the fundamentals of group exercise, AFAA’s Group Exercise – The Practical Way™ course introduces those skills which are necessary to be an effective, safe and outstanding group exercise instructor such as: leadership and presentation, class formatting, safe and effective warm-ups, cool-downs, cueing and music usage, as well as exercise evaluation and modification. Participants will experience a variety of exercise modalities and will learn practical techniques for teaching a variety of group exercise classes successfully and with confidence.

Program highlights include:

  • Class formatting
  • Safe and appropriate warm-up and cool-down
  • Effective cardiovascular and muscular conditioning
  • Cueing and instructional skills
  • Music selection and utilization
  • Exercise evaluation and modification


This course is highly recommended for those who are new to group exercise and have limited or no teaching experience, or for experienced instructors wishing to improve their instructional skills in different class formats. This course is also an excellent refresher for fitness and allied health professionals in need of continuing education. It is often scheduled the day before the Primary Group Exercise Certification to give participants the convenience of practical training and certification in one weekend. 5 CEUs for AFAA certified professionals.

Completion of this course alone will not result in certification. Please see the AFAA Primary Group Exercise Certification program for more details on our fully-accredited Primary Group Exercise Instructor Certification!


The Workshop Fee is $129  (less a 10% discount for current AFAA members. Corporate affiliate discounts may not be combined.  25% discount for Zin/Military members)
This fee includes:

  • One-day course
  • Workshop Manual
  • One-year AFAA membership ($68 value) or membership extension to current members and a print or digital subscription to American Fitness magazine (does not include postage to addresses outside the U.S.)
  • 5 CEUs to AFAA Certified Instructors
  • *Fee does not include Fitness: Theory & Practice 2010 ($69).