If you are a group fitness instructor you ALWAYS want to have well-attended classes. ALWAYS.
When you show up to teach your class, and there are people hanging out waiting to get in the studio, that's a GREAT sign. When you start your class with only a handful of people, you hope that by the middle of the warm-up, there will be a sea of smiling faces pouring in at the last minute.
Today, I want to share with you what the size of your fitness classes is actually saying about YOU as an instructor and what you can do if you don't like the answers. Watch the video or read the summary below to find out!
In This Video...
The size of your fitness classes determines your income.
If you work for a flat fee per class, you are also included in this determination because if your class numbers dwindle, the people in charge might make cuts. So, regardless of whether a gym or studio pays you per class, you pay rent, or you have a percentage split arrangement, ultimately your take home pay for your group fitness business is determined by how many people consistently show up to take your classes.
Most fitness instructors (especially independent ones) shell out the bucks to pay for certifications and licenses to teach, plus continuing education, rent, and all of the supporting materials (insurance, sound system, mics, etc.).
It's important for you to make money to offset your expenses.
It's important for you to make a profit because teaching fitness classes is a valuable commodity.
You deserve to make money doing what you love and what you are passionate about.
The size of your fitness classes determines your fun.
The point of group fitness is... well, working with a group, which means NUMBERS. It's so much more fun to lead a group fitness class when there is some volume in the room. The more the merrier! Everyone's energy is up, we are all feeding off each other and pushing each other harder, and YOU as the instructor, don't have to work so hard to motivate everyone and keep up the spirits.
If you teach a dance fitness format like Zumba® Fitness, or if music is an important element in your class, having a larger group is KEY. It's not that we don't love and appreciate our die hards, but showing up to only a handful of people feels like a let down.
It's OK to want larger fitness classes.
A larger group feels good because you are sharing the love with more people.
A larger group feels good because it creates community.
As the instructor, you get a major boost in energy and enthusiasm with larger groups.
The size of your fitness classes determines your self worth.
When a steady stream of consistent people show up to take your fitness classes it means...
√ You are a good instructor—you know your stuff, you are a GOOD teacher.
√ People like YOU.
√ People enjoy the format you teach.
√ People are getting the results they are looking for.
We all need validation. It's important to know and have proof that what we are putting out there in the world is a GOOD thing and that we are valuable and worthy.
When classes become small or fluctuate in size, it knocks our confidence. Fear of competition sets in and we frantically increase our efforts to get people back to class and to attract new clientele.
Now, write down what's most important to you: Money, Fun, or Validation?
Are you in it for the income? There's NO SHAME in that! It's a REQUIREMENT that you love to help people get fit and healthy and are passionate about what you teach. Having income goals is important too. How can you make more money as a fitness instructor?
Are you in it for the fun? What do you need to do in order to increase the fun factor so you walk away feeling satisfied every time after your teach?
Are you in it for the validation? What do you need to do outside of class to build your self worth and confidence?
I help fitness instructors fill their fitness classes. It's time you use your talents and passion as a health & fitness professional so you can become the #bossqueen of your business & your life.
As an Advanced PSYCH-K® Facilitator, I understand how your mind works, what's happening in your head and how you need to SHOW UP in your life and your business in order to make the money you want and have a business & life that you ADORE.
I've built successful online and offline health & fitness businesses and am now helping other smart, purpose driven, and hard working women build thriving health & fitness businesses too.
I own and operate a health & fitness studio in southern Colorado, am a stay-at-home mamma, and Advanced PSYCH-K® facilitator.