Congratulations on deciding to become a part of a huge community of fun loving fitness instructors that are working in part to make the world a healthier and a happier place!
Did that sound a bit like an infomercial? It may have but, I’ve found it to be true in my life and so many others! Teaching Zumba Fitness is a rewarding job/hobby that keeps not only yourself healthy but, helps the public maintain a healthy lifestyle in a fun way. I’ve discussed previously what made me want to become an instructor and why I continue to do it, if you would like to know why (see the about me section).
Whatever your reason is to become an instructor, it can be scary to start the process but, it is completely worth it.
Here are some “myths” about becoming a Zumba instructor that are not totally true. Hopefully debunking these will help make your experience seem a little less scary.
Myth #1: I have to be fit and in shape to be an instructor
As long as you can follow the guidelines the Zumba Education Specialist (ZES) provides you in your Basic 1 Zumba Fitness training and provide a safe and efficient work out, you can be in whatever beautiful shape you are in.
Typically, once you start teaching classes you’ll drop some weight and get in better shape automatically. As an instructor, you tend you work much harder when you are teaching than when you are taking a class as a student. So, be prepared to feel like you got a better work out after teaching your first couple classes. Which may even mean sweating more. Yay!
Myth #2: I have to be a dancer to be an instructor
It again comes back to being able to perform what they instruct you to do in your training. Some of this may be that keeping a beat and staying on time makes your class more successful. So, if you aren’t great at those things to start, guess what…PRACTICE! Practice makes progress. Progress means you get better. You can learn those skills without having any sort of dance background. If you struggle with those skills and have been attending Zumba classes regularly than I am sure you’ve noticed those things have gotten better over time. Imagine what can happen when you put more time and effort into making them better.
On a side note: If you are a dancer, then great! Some of the process will come much easier to you. Just remember to not only dance but, to also instruct them so they can follow you with ease. Being an instructor is not about putting on a show; it is about leading the students so they can feel successful in their work out.
Myth #3: I’m not outgoing or enough of an extrovert to be an instructor
To an extent this is false. There are definitely circumstances that may make it extremely hard to be an instructor. If you have any health issues or concerns, you should discuss those with a professional before deciding to attend training. Even with that being said, all types of people teach Zumba, so it is not impossible. I am a shy and introverted person. When I first started teaching, it was difficult for me to have a big personality in front of my students in class. It was even more difficult for me to talk to people before and after class. With time, it became easier and it helped me be more outgoing, not only in class but in life. Now I put on a goofy fun personality when I teach and enjoy talking to students outside of class. Was it easy to get to this point? Heck no it wasn’t! Was it worth it? Absolutely! Being able to connect with my students is a great feeling and helps me retain them so they continue coming to class and staying healthy.
Remember: you can do anything you set your mind to. Now get out there and have fun at B1!