Certification class offers opportunity to instruct

Betsy Allen
435th Services Squadron

***image1***The Ramstein Northside Fitness Center offers exercise enthusiasts the opportunity to become group exercise instructors. The Aerobics and Fitness Association of America will host a Primary Group Exercise Certification class from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 27 at the Ramstein Northside Fitness Center.
With an AFAA certification, new instructors will be certified to teach throughout the world. Members will also be certified to teach at any of the 435th Services Squadron fitness centers.
“This course ensures qualified instructors are available to teach in the KMC,” said Steve Smithers, 435th SVS fitness centers program director.
With the new push toward squadron physical training time, the workshop’s target audience has grown.
“This workshop can provide squadron (physical training) instructors better insight into group exercise,” said Mr. Smithers.
The class includes a review of the basic exercise standards and guidelines, anatomy, exercise science, exercise evaluation and exam criteria.
Participants can finish the day with practical and written exams to test their form and technique.
“I encourage people to attend some fitness classes in preparation for this workshop to work on the basics and correct technique,” said Mr. Smithers.
The class costs $255, plus an additional $44 for the textbook. The workshop fee includes the study guide, full one-day certification review, certification examinations, one-year AFAA membership, subscription to American Fitness magazine and a certified instructor certificate and I.D. card upon successful completion of both exams.
Current CPR certification is required before certificates will be issued to participants. Present certified instructors can take the course for continuing education credit at a cost of $75.
The first 30 people registered will be guaranteed a spot in the class.
Qualified participants are eligible for discounts when courses are scheduled on military installations. All civilian government employees currently employed at the host military installation also receive the discount price.
The one-day workshop explains criteria for designing an effective muscle-conditioning class focusing on innovation and safety. The class is recommended for current instructors or those interested in teaching strength training in a classroom format.
For more information or to register for either workshop, call Mr. Smithers at 480-8085/7623 or e-mail steve.smithers@ramstein.af.mil.