I’ve been teaching for about 9 months (holy smokes almost a year!) at 24 hour Fitness and thanks to my students and fellow instructors/ supervisors, I’ve grown so much since I got certified June 2016! I figure now is as good a time as any to reflect and give feedback on my own experience, in case those of you are reading are ever interested in becoming a POP instructor, too.
I am a POPster turned POP Pilates instructor. When I first got certified last year, I was extremely doubtful of myself in even trying to audition for 24 or any other gym due to my lack of experience in teaching group fitness—this was the first certification I ever got, so I felt like I needed to teach on my own at first, gain some experience, and then try out for a well-established gym.
Teaching on my own
That was really the tough part–having to spend money on things like: liability insurance, waivers, and speaker systems, just so I could be an independent instructor. I thought “why am I spending money if I’m not able to make enough??” It was also very difficult finding an audience for POP Pilates, as I wanted to teach at a beach park, and those who were interested in taking a class had varying availabilities. Most of my classes consisted of 2-3 friends, so I just used those classes as practice.
While I wasn’t able to make money teaching on my own, spending all that time practicing helped me improve and become confident enough to audition for 24 Hour Fitness! I auditioned back in October and started working in January of the following year.
After joining 24
Even though I had a class time set up, it was my job to keep students coming back! In the beginning, attendance really fluctuated–one week I had 10 students, the next it dropped down to 4, then 2! It was very difficult to not feel discouraged during those months. Over time my numbers gradually became more consistent, and last week I had 20 people in my class! 😀 The best part of my job is at the end of class, when students come up to me and say they’re feeling stronger or that they really enjoyed POP! ❤ I think that’s what makes this job worth it—just having the ability to help others on their health/fitness journeys.
If you LOVE POP Pilates and want to share your passion with others through teaching, become a POP Pilates instructor! As a POP Instructor we get first-hand news from Cassey and the rest of the Blogilates team about POP events, new merch (and did I mention that as a POP instructor we get 20% off POPFLEX???? Best perk ever!) along with being part of a compassionate and extremely helpful community of instructors.
Here’s a calendar for all of the US workshops:
Get 15% off if you sign up more than two weeks before your training! There is also a student discount for those who are still in school (which I took advantage of since I was still in grad school at the time), all you have to do is e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your valid school ID to get 20% off the $299 certification fee. Or if you time it right, there are usually really good deals around Thanksgiving/Christmas time–say, $100 off?! That’s what happened this year and last year!
If you haven’t tried out POP Pilates yet, see if there are any nearby classes using the handy Class Locator!
If you have any questions about the process or about POP Pilates in general, feel free to leave me a comment! 🙂