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Aerobics instructor**

If you are looking for stronger heart, fat burning, weight loss, improved sleep, better mental and physical health then aerobics can be one of the best ways to engage yourself in. Aerobics also called Cardio workouts usually burn around 60% of the fat of the total calories. A well-proportioned aerobics class will follow a consistent pattern with five components:

Warm-up (5-10 minutes)
Cardio vascular conditioning (25-30 minutes)
Muscular strength and conditioning (10-15 minutes)
Cool-down (5-8 minutes)
Stretching and flexibility (5-8 minutes)
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Each class is taught by a certified instructor. The instructor generally choreographs the aerobics class accompanied by suitable music. Frequency of such class should be between 3-5 days a week. Depending on individual or group the intensity varies from moderate to high.

Types Of Aerobics

Aerobics/ Cardio Class
Boxing / Kick Boxing
Aqua Aerobics
Running/Jogging
Dance aerobics
Swimming
Low Impact aerobics
Step aerobics

Health Benefits

Regular Aerobic activities can be beneficial in numerous ways. In addition to strengthening heart and cardiovascular system, it helps us live longer and healthier. Few of the benefits are enlisted below:

When combined with healthy diet, it can help shedding of extra weight
Over long term it helps in increasing stamina
Reduces many health risks like obesity, heart issues, diabetes etc
Also provides ease in mood swings and depression
Keeps your mind sharp and body active
Improves immune system
Helps us to Sleep better

Major duties of Aerobics Instructor consist of:

Teach Aerobic Classes
Devise health conditioning programs for clients
Motivate clients to follow the program
Monitor their progress
Maintain exceptional level of fitness
May be involved in marketing and promotional activities on behalf of their employer
Ensure safety of participants while exercising
Good communication skills and approach method

Employment Opportunities

Aerobics instructor works for the organizations that promote fitness and healthy lifestyle. They are generally hired by following organizations:

Instructor or Trainer at Health club/ Gyms
Head Athletic Director
Freelance Instructor for various celebrities, Business tycoons etc
Dance studios
Recreation centers
Retirement centers
Once working as a fitness/ Aerobics instructor one could take further advanced training to develop and broaden teaching skills like circuit training, outdoor fitness, Pilates and yoga.

Earnings

The pay depends on the area/place the instructor works in and the experience in the field. The initial salary for a fresher can be as low as Rs. 5000 per month. However at high end gyms, a newcomer without experience can expect between Rs. 12,000-Rs. 15,000 per month for one shift and personal training – Rs. 750-Rs. 1,000 per hour, group classes between Rs. 400-Rs. 750 per hour class.

Established trainers earn from around Rs. 50,000 per month and go higher as they move ahead with specialization certifications and learning’s. It also depends on how established and how well-known is your centre, the locality, the members and so on.

A certified course in first aid, health and nutrition, muscle conditioning, power yoga etc is an added advantage.

Work experience is greatly advantageous when getting hired.

How do I get there?

These days health and fitness centers proliferate in cities, and alertness about fitness is increased, leading to a number of people looking at fitness training as a possible career. Earlier only athletes would hit the gym but now, with increasing clients, increase in demand for professionals like aerobics instructors, yoga instructors and personal and corporate trainers have come up.

Path Stream Education/Course Degree/Diploma Goal
1 Standard X Online Training Course 3-6 month correspondence program Assistant
2 Standard 10+2
10+2 successfully passed

GFFI Fitness academy (Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute offers certified courses in fitness management and personal training)

Certified training course from Reebok.
Advance personal training certification Qualified trainer to work in Gyms/Frelance
3 Standard 10+2 10+2 successfully passed Bachelor’s degree in physical education (B.P.ed)
Aerobic Instructor/Personal
Trainer
4 B.P.eD Successful completion of Graduation Masters in physical education (M.P.ed) Advance Level Instructor/Fitness Expert
Fitness courses cost from Rs. 10,000 to 30,000. It needs to be renewed every 2 to 3 years as per latest developments and up comings in the industry.

Where to study?

A number of institutes provide Graduate and Post graduate degrees in Physical education. Few of them are mentioned below.

Indian Institutes

1. HVPM, Amravati : www.dcpehvpm.org

2. Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical education & Sports Sciences(IGIPESS) (Affiliated to University of Delhi) B-Block Vikaspuri, New Delhi : www.igipess.du.ac.in

3. Lakshmibai national College of Physical Education, Gwalior: www.lncpe.gov.in

4. SAI (Sports Authority of India), Netaji Subhas National Institute Of Sports , Patiala : www.nsnis.org

5. SAI (Sports Authority of India) NS Eastern Centre, Salt Lake City, Kolkata: www.sainseckolkata.in

6. Arsha Yoga Vidya Peetam Trust , Coimbatore : www.arshayoga.com

7. Indian Academy of Fitness Training: www.iaftworld.com

8. Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute: www.goldgymindia.com

Foreign Institutes

1. University of Central Florida, USA: www.ucf.edu

2. Southampton Solent University, UK: www.solent.ac.uk

3. Premier Training International,UK : www.premierglobal.co.uk

4. University of Missouri, USA: www.admissions.missouri.edu

5. Reebok University: fitness.reebok.com

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