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Now Accepting Applications.  Next Session Starts October 24th.

The Life Time Academy Group Fitness Instructor certification course is a unique online, real world virtual experience for our students. This prepares graduates to succeed as Group Fitness Instructor in their area of emphasis. Our program is an integrated approach of applying sound exercise and health science combined with specific program design, coaching and functional application. In addition to a foundation of online coursework, students will receive instruction and hands on application in their chosen area.


AFAA Group Fitness Instructor

Life Time Academy Certification of Completion

The emphasis of the Group Fitness Instructor Certification provides a quality educational experience that prepares graduates to succeed in the area of group fitness instruction, whether they are new to the industry or expanding their skills.

Group Fitness Instructor Certification


Price Includes:

  • Weekly Webinars
  • Live Labs (Virtual)
  • Study Guide
  • Application Fee
  • Exam Fee

* Tuition includes Life Time Student Membership.

Group FItness Certification FAQs

When does the next class start?

We are now enrolling for October Term. Classes start October 24thAPPLY NOW

What are the online courses?

Time needed: 5-8 hours per week

There are weekly scheduled readings, online lectures, videos, activities, assignments and/or quizzes. On average, our students have about 6-8 hours of weekly study.

What are the Virtual labs?

Time needed: 1.5 hours, every other Saturday (1-3:30pm CST)

4 virtual labs hosted on Zoom and led by industry experts prepare you for the day-to-day impact of your new career.

  • Apply concepts learned through peer-to-peer and one-on-one training,
  • Receive professional feedback and assistance from Life Time Academy Instructors.

What can I do with a certification?

With a fitness certification, you can work in a variety of settings depending on your area of focus and your personal schedule and abilities. For example, our graduates have found careers anywhere from large national gyms to smaller boutique studios, self-employment, and beyond.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Yes! See available Scholarships & Discounts.

Monthly Financing. If you are unable to pay your course balance in full, you can opt for a 2 month payment arrangement (depending on time of enrollment).

  • First payment is due by date outlined within student’s Enrollment Agreement. All subsequent payments are due the 15th of each month.
  • Tuition must be paid in full in order to receive code to sit for AFAA GFI exam.

What makes Life Time Academy different?

The depth of learning in our Group Fitness Certification is greater than that of learning directly online to receive the AFAA GFI certification. Life Time Academy’s commitment is to assist our students to apply skills in the workplace with the areas of emphasis that we know are valuable to your career success.

What are the Virtual Webinars?

Time needed: 1 hour per week

Each week, the Online Instructor hosts an interactive webinar that provides a deep-dive into the week’s online curriculum and preps students for upcoming Live Labs. Each webinar is recorded so you can go back and review the material covered at any time.

  • WHEN: Tuesdays 7-8pm (CST)

What certification can I earn?

Students who successfully complete the Group Fitness Certification earn their AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Certification and Life Time Academy Certificate of Completion.

Does Life Time Academy offer Job Placement?

Partnership with Life Time.  We guarantee each of our graduates will receive an interview with Life Time, if Life Time is a desired potential employer. *Graduates do need to apply for a position before being offered the interview.

Placement Services. We strive to help you find a job you love. We are always connecting with potential employers and send updated info on job postings as we learn about them. If you are curious about the jobs in your area, give us a call; we’re happy to help you on your search!

Have a Question?

Our Admission Specialists can answer any questions you may have about the program, schedule, cost or expectations.

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