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Next Cohort Starts August 20th

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.

woman with barbell across her shoulders in a group fitness class


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.

AFAA Group Fitness Instructor

Life Time Academy Certification of Completion

Group fitness certification TUITION & PRICING

Life Time Member Pricing

Course Fees Include:

  • Weekly Webinars
  • Study Guide
  • Exam Fee

Important Dates:

  • Application Deadline: 8/14
  • Enrollment Deadline: 8/16
  • Course Starts: 8/20
Non-Member Pricing

Course Fees Include:

  • Weekly Webinars
  • Complimentary Club Access
  • Study Guide
  • Exam Fee

Important Dates:

  • Application Deadline: 8/14
  • Enrollment Deadline: 8/16
  • Course Starts: 8/20

Financial Assistance & Discounts

Discounts are available for students who qualify. Please connect with your admissions advisor to determine your eligibility and qualifications.

Life Time Team Members

Life Time team members may be eligible for Life Time tuition assistance. Must have proof of employment (employee ID #).

Healthy Way of Life Scholarship

The Healthy Way of Life Scholarship is open to all incoming students. Pending approval, each recipient is awarded a non-cash scholarship in the amount of 15% off the total tuition charged. The scholarship will be applied directly to the Academy on the recipient’s behalf.

Military Discount

We want to salute all military personnel for their service. To take advantage of our 10% off any course or program, provide us with a copy of your military ID.

Group FItness Certification FAQs

When does the next class start?

Application for the May 14th cohort will open in mid April.

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 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 Webinars. 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!

Submit Your Application

Ready to take the next step in your fitness career? Fill out our online application today and join Life Time Academy!

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