Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)


Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)For over 30 years the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) has been dedicated to certifying group and personal trainers dedicated to leading others to a love for fitness and working out. AFAA believes that when you change bodies you change lives, and that being a group or personal trainer is about much more than just knowing the exercise or routine. That’s why since 1983, AFAA has issued over 350,000 certification in 73 countries, providing generations of trainers with the practical skills, science and hands-on experience necessary for effective group leaders and trainers to motivate and inspire others to move toward healthier and happier lives.

The global leader in fitness certification, AFAA upholds Basic Exercise Standards and Guidelines for safe fitness practice.

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Group Ex Instructor Certification

Share your love for fitness and be the person others look to for motivation and results as a Group Exercise Instructor. AFAA’s Group Ex certification will teach you how to craft fun, inspirational classes that people get excited to attend, all with science-backed movements and exercises designed to help participants enjoy getting fit.

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Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)Courses

AFAA offers a wide variety of specialty and continuing education courses. Examples of courses include:

  • Emergency Response
  • Exercise Design for Seniors
  • Golden Hearts: Senior Fitness Training
  • Health Coaching Skills
  • Midlife Fitness for Women
  • Perinatal Fitness
  • Prehab vs. Rehab
  • Stress Gets Personal
  • Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Suspension Training for Older Adults
  • Parkinson’s Disease

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Build your expertise as an instructor with hands on training in practical workshops. AFAA offers on-site workshops for Group Ex Instructor, Specialty, and Personal Training.

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