I have been asked this question numerous times, and I want to take a little time to answer it in depth. These three gals you see below are kinesiology interns who have served 90 hours as part of their graduation requirements working with me on various Clubbell Yoga projects, marketing, manual writing, social media posting and more. Today they helped me with a little video project that will be released in the coming months, stay tuned for that :)
Back to the question at hand:
"How the hell do I succeed at making a career of teaching movement?"
There are three major parts to this job:
1. Mastery of the content: Whether that includes your education at university, apprenticing, practicing, teaching, studying, reading, going to seminars, getting certified in different disciplines, creating your own philosophies/beliefs, etc. All are valuable ways to "master the content." There are several different ways to go about education, and there is not a one size fits all option. Some people study Kinesiology at University, learning anatomy and physiology from text books, others go to 200 hour Yoga teacher trainings, while some go to tech schools like the National Personal Training Institute. Choosing a way to learn that fits your personality type, attention span, interests and style of learning is key to getting the most out of your time there.
3. Becoming a good business person: If you want the freedom to work for yourself, you will need to learn to wear many hats. You will have to allocate time for administration, marketing, continuing education, creating relationships/partnerships with other health practitioners in your community, and more. You also must learn to be consistent with the services you are offering, the price at which you are offering them at, and be willing to adapt to the needs of your clients/students. This last quarter, I had one of my interns run statistics on which classes were most well attended at my studio Fit Body Wellness, and now we will adjust the group class schedule to help satisfy the demand (for Clubbell Yoga).
"Most gyms haven't heard of Clubbell Yoga or TACFIT, so how do I teach these programs if I don't own my own studio?"
That is an excellent question. Here is exactly what I said to this person who wrote me this question. He says he believes in the work of Scott Sonnon and myself, but is fearful that he won't have anywhere to teach if he was to get certified. First thing is reframing that Fear. Scarcity mentality is a self fulfilling prophecy. If you are scared you won't succeed, you will stand in your own way. Get out of the way! Let go of the fear...
Here are some other helpful points:
-There are many places that are welcoming TACFIT and Primal 12 into their gyms. We have several certified instructors that are also gym owners, and I recommend starting with the instructor locator page on the websites, contacting those people in your area who support CST systems, and going from there if you would like to be hired eventually.
-That being said, in order to be a desired instructor at any gym or studio, you need to have a certain level of mastery of teaching the content (not just being certified - see above).
-If you are very serious about wanting to get certified in Clubbell Yoga or TACFIT, then you must do the physical preparation and get to a seminar and test. That is the first and most feasible way for you to make this dream a reality.
-RMAX offers different seminars that help you learn different skills. I am a firm believer that those who are certified in all programs, CST, Clubbell Athletics [Fisher Sisters], TACFIT, Clubbell Yoga and FlowFit/6D Flow are the ones that find the most success in making this a career. For example, two of my students started by getting Certified in Clubbell Yoga with me, then went on to do other seminars too (TACFIT, Clubbell Athletics) and now they are ambassadors in their areas.
Specifically, Brie Helmuth in NYC, and Bogi Sofi in Hungary who has led countless fitness conventions, gotten media press and grown a very successful following in Hungary. Both ladies got certified in Clubbell Yoga only 2 years ago and are lead ambassadors for CST systems.
I hope you continue to seek out teachers and systems that inspire you. Just remember that thoughts become words, words lead to actions, and your actions will help you manifest your reality. As Kathyn Budig says: "Aim True." Wake up every morning with a clear vision of what you want. Make it a practice to set your intention, and start taking the small steps to having a career and life you love.
Engaged in the movement toward more functional fitness. Mama, entrepreneur, leader, mentor, and co-creator of Clubbell Yoga.
Co-Creator of Clubbell Yoga, Movement & Performance Specialist, Head Coach at RMAX International