How to Become a Zumba Instructor

As a fitness enthusiast, personal trainer, or gym buff, you’ve obviously heard of Zumba before.

You notice the classes every time you walk by the multipurpose rooms in your gym – you hear the music, you see the smiles, and you likely think to yourself, now, that’s a fun way to get your cardio in.”

Zumba, an aerobic fitness program that’s derived from Latin American dance moves, is typically set to lively, zesty Latin American music, hip-hop, or the latest pop hits scanning the radio waves. People join in on Zumba classes to make movement and fitness fun.

If you’ve taken a class, or just think it would be fun to experience it, you might have also considered what it would be like to teach a class.

If you’re already a fitness instructor or a personal trainer, you might have thought about adding this class to your fitness repertoire – but should you?

 When it comes to teaching Zumba, there’s a lot of factors to consider, and questions to answer. All depending on your gym or area, registration, licensing, and certification to complete.

We’ve laid out some of the most sought-after Zumba information for you, from certification information to elements you might not have considered all for the purpose of answering the primary question:

Can I become a Zumba instructor, and if so, should I?

Certification and Licensing: All the Details

Before we dive into some of the core questions you’ll need to consider – for your own personal fitness goals as well as your established fitness training business – let’s talk about the realistic details that go hand-in-hand with Zumba certification.

If you’re already a personal trainer, you’ve gone through a certification process before, though, we can guarantee that those requirements were a bit more involved (and certainly lengthier) than a Zumba certification.

Essentially, the entire Zumba certification process takes anywhere from a full day to an entire weekend, doesn’t require any pre-requisites, and as long as you’re over 18, you’re good to go.

That’s good, because it’s an accessible form of fitness.

Once you’ve completed your certification training, your license is valid and you’re ready to teach – but for how long?

As a certified Zumba Instructor (Basic 1), you’re license is valid for 6 months.  After that, you’ll need to refresh your certification after six months.

Sometimes, though, just a Zumba certification will not suffice.

If you’re planning to work at, or already work at, a fitness facility, you might be required to have a general group exercise certification.

Check in with your fitness center to ensure that your Zumba certification is enough, and if it’s not, work on achieving the necessary certifications (if you decide that teaching Zumba is for you).

Prices for certification will vary depending on where you’re training and when your training takes place.

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Consider Your Fitness Niche: Will Zumba Fit into Yours?

If you’re comfortable with the licensing and certification details and plan to work out any other certifications you might need, it’s important to begin asking yourself other, crucial questions surrounding your Zumba decision.

For example, if you already have established, or plan to establish, a certain niche for your fitness business or personal training business, will Zumba ultimately fit into this company?

Consider where your brand, business, and goals are currently.

Does Zumba fit into this? How about in a year from now? Five years? Ten years? Can you realistically see yourself offering this fitness class for the long-haul? If not, does that matter to you? Does Zumba fit into your short-term plan in order to bring in more clients, attract a different audience, and offer your clients variety?

More importantly, even if it ends up being a lucrative, enjoyable class to offer, you need to ask yourself if you can ultimately go to the mat and back up this kind of fitness.

Can you honestly say that you believe this type of exercise to be worthwhile, healthy, and beneficial for your clients? If you can, and if you think you’re ready to consider more facets surrounding the Zumba certification questions, continue reading.

Will Adding This Option Take Away from Your Core Clients?

This mostly concerns personal trainers and fitness enthusiasts who already have a core client base.

If you’re working with a committed, dedicated group of people with individual goals and have specific programs laid out for each of them, it’s important to ask yourself, “will adding this to my fitness repertoire take away from my core clients?”

It’s important to always build your business, attract new people, and help as many people get healthy as possible, but at what cost?

Is adding on a new, exciting, albeit time-consuming class, going to subtract from your already dedicated and committed client base? Will adding Zumba to your routine give you less time and energy to dedicate toward your real niche?

These are important considerations for instructors who have already established, developed, and continue to work with, a core client base.

Where Are You Working Now? How Does Zumba Fit into That?

As we said above when we talked a bit about certification, sometimes just having your Zumba certification isn’t enough to guarantee that you’re going to be able to teach the course where you want to.

You might need to get other certifications in order to teach at the facility you want to, like CPR training, group fitness training, and other specialized training courses.

How Zumba fits into your fitness offerings may also depend on where you work and how you’re paid.

When you teach it a gym, you’re likely to get paid a flat rate no matter how many students show up, however, if you teach at other places, you’re probably going to be paid per head. While Zumba certification goes over some marketing tools, it’s likely you’re going to be on your own for attracting new clients and making it a lucrative business.

Most Importantly, will it Make You Happy and Contribute to Your Health?

As a personal trainer or fitness instructor, your happiness and health matters, too.

Not just because it’s going to reflect on your personal routine and regimen, but because you deserve to work hard, reap the benefits, and enjoy your job.

One of the last factors to consider about becoming Zumba certified is to determine if it will add or subtract from your own personal happiness and your health routine and regimen.

This matters much more than money, scheduling, and certification.