"There's an instructor in all of us" 

FreeStyle Group Fitness Cert

Group Fitness Certifications

Our Group Fitness Instructor Training Workshops are designed to increase your theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in order to become a better and more effective group fitness professional!  It's deigned to give you the knowledge to design and teach any class better, lead all fitness levels more effectively, and deliver unforgettable experiences to your participants. Don’t position yourself as a performer when you can position yourself as a professional.    FreeStyle Fitness Academy's Primary Group Fitness Certification is designed to equip those seeking to become certified as group fitness instructors with the competencies needed to design safe and effective group exercise programming for the general healthy population.   

Since most instructors teach only part time and are either primarily going to school or have full time jobs, we give a variety of options to get your Group Fitness Instructor Certification depending on your needs and available time.   Also to help with the cost of remaining certified we only require 4 Continuing Education Credits (CEC's) every 2 years and we accept CEC's from any fitness company.   When it comes time to re-certify it only costs $39.00.

There is NO requirement that any of the CEC's come from FreeStyle Fitness Academy and we accept CEC's from ALL fitness training organizations (Ex. ACE, AFAA, NETA, IFTA, etc).  

Option 1: One day Workshop with written test

This option is held at a designated site that is hosted by a facility.   Once you pay for a program that is being offered at a designated facility location the manual will be mailed to you.  This option includes lecture and some practical.  See schedule to find a testing location near you.   
Fees:  Early Bird $199
            Standard $249
Manual included in the cost of the program.

Option 2:  FreeStyle Group Fitness Certification Home Study

Study in the comfort of your own home.  Once you pay for the program the manual will be mailed to you.  Study for the exam and when you're ready you will be given online access to your exam.  You will be given your score right away and your certificate will be emailed to you.  In the event that a passing score is not given you may choose to retake the test for a small fee.  (Retesting must within completed within three months of first initial test date.  If 3 month retest date passes instructor will be required to pay the full $149 again with no manual included in cost)  

Fees:   Initial test:  $149
            Retesting :   $39
Manual included in the cost of the program.
A 3.5% Credit Card fee will be added to all Paypal and Credit Card Transactions.
To pay by check mail to:  FreeStyle Fitness Academy
                                            2208 11th St S
                                            Moorhead, MN 56560

Option 3:   FreeStyle Group Fitness Instructor Practical & Certification Full Program

Find a scheduled program at a facility near you.

In the Full FreeStyle Group Fitness Certification program you learn to be a group fitness instructor from the ground up. This program places a heavy emphasis on the practical. Instructors learn how to teach Cardio & Toning formats along with basic Core exercises. It's a 12 week training program and once completed the student will be able to teach a variety of Step, Hi/Lo, Circuits, and toning formats. The skills learned in this program are the fundamental building blocks that every instructor should master before teaching all other formats and even pre-choreographed programs.  Our motto here is "if you can teach step you can teach anything." FreeStyle Fitness Academy provides the important foundation needed to become a successful freestyle fitness instructor. 

Topics include:

  • Anatomy, Kinesiology, Physiology & Nutrition     
  • Cueing, Choreography, Communication & Music Skills    
  • Safe Exercise Evaluation

When an instructor has graduated from this program they will be able to teach FreeStyle:   
  • Step     
  • Hi/Lo    
  • Circuits       
  • Toning   
  • and any combination thereof.  
They will learn to use Bands, weights, bodybars, balls, etc. along with proper form in all exercises.  Also they will have a knowledge of Anatomy, Kinesiology, & Physiology along with being able to format the style of class you want to put on your schedule. 

How long is the program?
It's takes 12 weeks to complete.  We meet one weekend a month for 3 months for practical work and lectures.  The trainee will have assignments to complete and a written and practical test that they will need to pass to graduate.  

How much does the program cost?
Fees:  Early Bird* $459
            Standard $499
Manual included in the cost of the program.
Monthly Payment option available.
*Early bird discount if you register 30 days prior to Certification date *Price includes Certification Exam  & manual.
Meets one weekend a month for 4 months.  
Weekend Times:  Check-in @ 7:30 am
                              Saturday @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
                              Sunday @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
                              End times may vary depending on class size.

This program gives a new instructor the base knowledge that they need to start teaching right away instead of the painstaking trial and error in classes, that a new instructor does, that leads to unsatisfied participants and lower class numbers.  We even work with you to let you know if they are ready to start co-teaching and then teaching their own classes.   Unlike other certifications who only sell you the materials, FreeStyle Fitness Academy supports you throughout the study process. And we don’t just mean online. Our experts provide a personal, one-on-one connection for candidates who need help navigating complicated topics or encouragement when they’re overwhelmed with studying. Give them a call or send them an email when you need expertise, motivation or advice on starting your career as an FreeStyle Fitness Academy Group Fitness Instructor.  This school has the knowledge and dedication to help your instructors to become the individual superstars that they are inside just like our tag line says "There's an Instructor in all of us".   

So bring back that fun creativity to your schedule again by bringing a back those great FreeStyle classes!
FreeStyle is on its way back!!!!

Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find a FreeStyle Fitness Group Fitness Certification near me?
When a facility has booked a training, the facility and dates will be posted on

How do I book a FreeStyle Fitness Group Fitness Certification at my club?
Just call or email Karla Hensrud-Wagner using the information on our contact page and she will get you scheduled.

How many people do we need to be able to hold a booked training?
Five individuals needed for places within 200 miles radius of Fargo/Moorhead area.
Eight for places within 500 mile radius.
10+ for places beyond 500 mile radius. 
Note: participant sign up requirement may be more dependent on how far away the facility is.