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The Life Time Academy Group Fitness Instructor certification course provides a unique educational experience of online, in-classroom and hands-on learning combined with practical experiences. 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.


Students will complete the program with confidence in their knowledge, skills and abilities to work as Group Fitness Instructor at locations such as fitness studios, health clubs and private businesses.

Group Fitness Certification Pathway

The emphasis of the Group Fitness Instructor Training 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.

* Approximate Total Cost (Includes- tuition, lab/activity fees, exam, books & supplies, Life Time membership)

Group Fitness Instructor FAQ

The depth of learning is greater than that of learning directly online to receive the AFAA 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.

Group Fitness Instructor Course
You are enrolled in an online course and will also attend regularly scheduled labs that will supplement the online learning. During  your enrollment, you will receive credit for the following course:
Course Name Contact Hours Credit Hours
GF1010 Essentials of Group Fitness 35 3
Total 35 hours 3 credits

Independent Study. There are weekly scheduled readings, online lectures, videos, activities, assignments and/or quizzes.

*Everyone studies differently! On average, our students have approx 6-8 hours of weekly study.

Weekly Online Webinars. Each week, you will have an online, interactive lecture, called a webinar, led by your online-instructor. Each webinar is recorded so you can go back and view it again as needed. The webinars are scheduled by your online instructor and more information regarding time will be provided at enrollment.

How many labs are there?
There are 3 labs, typically held on specified Saturdays during the course.

Where are the labs held?
Labs are held at your designated LTA campus. Click HERE to learn more.

The course is offered every March, May, August and October.

Your Lab Instructor oversees the hands-on experience as well as the online curriculum.

Your instructor has weekly office hours you can utilize for additional support; typically the office hours align with the webinar and lab schedules.

Contact us and we can help you schedule a meeting with your local instructors to learn more about Life Time Academy.

See our faculty list here!

Life Time Academy Certificate of Completion

AFAA Group Fitness Instructor 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.

No. Life Time Academy does not guarantee job placement as employment is always at the full discretion of the employer. However, we do offer Placement Assistance:

  • 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.
  • Additional 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!
Application Fee $25.oo
Tuition $525.00
Lab Fee $80.00
NASM CPT Exam Fee $49.00
Total Course Cost $679.00

Scholarships & Discounts

Monthly financing - If you are unable to pay your course balance in full, we offer a 2-month payment plan. Balance must be paid in full prior to the end of the course.

As a nationally accredited school we will be accepting federal financial aid in the near future. However, we currently offer tuition financing payment plans.

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