Lakewood University

Group Fitness

Program Highlights

The Lakewood University all-inclusive Group Fitness Certificate Program offers premium fitness knowledge with empirical data and qualified instructors. This program is designed for exam preparedness. Additionally, upon completion, graduates are eligible to sit for multiple nationally recognized certifications. The program includes weekly online and practical assignments that incorporate fitness training services, typical facility tasks, and mentoring. The Lakewood University Group Fitness Certificate Program provides the foundation for aspiring group fitness instructors and gym operators to gain the skills and knowledge necessary for group fitness success.

Students completing this program are prepared for and able to sit for the Certified Group Fitness Instructor (GFI) with the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).

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Program Outcomes
  • Apply the theoretical information and subject matter (e.g., anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, and kinesiology) to the design and delivery of group exercise classes.
  • Formulate the appropriate response(s) for general safety issues such as injury prevention, preexisting conditions, special populations, and emergency response protocol in a group exercise setting.
  • Outline and appropriately apply the AFAA fitness training recommendations according to the Basic Exercise Standards and Guidelines in group program design.
  • State and appropriately apply the AFAA 5 Questions™ when evaluating exercise selection and technique.
  • Integrate the areas of instructional technique, cueing, music usage, exercise sequencing, and choreography within a group exercise class setting.
  • Incorporate professionalism in his/her practice by following the Code of Ethics and related legal guidelines.
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What You Receive

Lakewood University provides everything you need for the Group Fitness Program. You will receive:

  • Comprehensive textbooks & study guides
  • Career search & time management guides
  • Open-book, online exams
  • Instructor guidance and unlimited tutoring
  • Your own Student Success Coach!
  • Access to our online library!
  • Networking with Lakewood’s active student and alumni social community
Career Outlook

The employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 15 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

As businesses, government, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors. For example, some organizations may open their own exercise facilities onsite to promote employee wellness.

Other employment growth will come from the continuing emphasis on exercise to combat obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles for people of all ages. In particular, the baby-boom generation should continue to remain active to help prevent injuries and illnesses associated with aging.

Participation in yoga and Pilates is expected to continue to increase, driven partly by older adults who want low-impact forms of exercise and relief from arthritis and other ailments.

The median annual wage for fitness trainers and instructors was $40,510 in May 2020. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,640, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $76,550.

In May 2020, the median annual wages for fitness trainers and instructors in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Fitness and recreational sports centers$42,160
Educational services; state, local, and private40,570
Civic and social organizations33,860

Many fitness trainers and instructors work variable or part-time schedules that may include nights, weekends, or holidays. Some travel to different gyms or to clients’ homes to teach classes or conduct personal training sessions. Exercise trainers and group fitness instructors sometimes hold jobs in other fields and conduct training sessions or teach fitness classes at times that accommodate their work schedules.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Fitness Trainers and Instructors, at (visited August 23, 2021).

Program Cost
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Pay in full
Payment in full: $7,400.00
Tuition: $7,400.00

Lakewood University provides all textbooks, study guides, supplemental materials, achievement exams, and instructional support at no cost to the student.

This is a 600 clock hour program with a tuition cost of $12.33 per clock hour (600 clock hours X $12.33 per clock hour = $7400.00 in tuition).

Administrative Fees (in addition to the tuition above)

Application Fee- $75 for degree programs; $0 for vocational programs

Registration Fee – $200 for degree programs; $125 for vocational programs

Library Fee – $100 per degree semester; $250 per vocational program term