It’s the best feeling in the world, empowering children with the insight and ability to commit to regular exercise. This sets them up for the future, instilling great lifestyle habits that they can adopt through their early years, into their teens and on into early adult hood and beyond.
If you’re thinking of running your own business, or expanding a current fitness business and are passionate about improving children’s lives through exercise, then offering kids exercise classes is a great option. The classes take many different shapes and forms such as circuit training for kids, core strengthening exercises for kids, HIIT workouts and kid’s aerobics. Children’s fitness franchises are also growing in popularity. These enable you to run a kids exercise business in a set locality using tried and tested methods.
There’s no doubt this a truly rewarding experience. You’ll see class participants build their knowledge, grow in confidence, develop their social skills and reap all the health benefits regular exercise has to offer. But it doesn’t stop there! Under your expert guidance your class will also learn about human anatomy, exercise choice and techniques, together with the importance of correct joint and bodily alignments.
Here’s my personal story of what made me choose to qualify in kid’s fitness, along with my top tips to getting started and ways to set up a successful coaching business.
Why Fitness for Kids?
It wasn’t an easy decision to make, especially as it involved leaving my fashion career after a lengthy twenty-three years. But, I am the happiest I’ve ever been and can only say I wish I’d switched careers and become a kids fitness coach years ago!
My love of personal fitness and passion for helping children geared me in this direction. I’d reached a time and stage in my life, after being a fashion designer for many years, of wanting and needing a change. So, in short, my internal fitness passion plus the love of exercising with my own kids made me follow this dream.
From a young age my son and daughter always came on their bikes with me whilst I ran. This made my run more enjoyable, plus it gave me the opportunity to talk with them, as well as guide them and inform them about street safety. They loved it so much they asked frequently to come with me. Then, eventually when I felt they were ready, their bike ride became a power walk / jog along my side. So it was a no brainer for me to help other kids, having seen and experienced the huge benefits this had on my children.
Even to this day my daughter, Emmy is by my side in my kids fitness sessions. She has become so fit now all the children look up to her and she loves it. My son also is now studying in this field. Eventually, he’d like to be a sports massage therapist or sports physiotherapist.
So if you’re thinking about it, do it, you will not regret it. Plus, you are helping the children out there physically as well as mentally, teaching them with your wisdom and learning.
Sadly, children today have become less active and this is impacting their lives both in the here and now and for the future. I believe offering kids exercise classes is part of the solution and offers a growing market for enthusiastic fitness entrepreneurs.
Taking the plunge
For me the first step was to complete my course and become fully qualified in kid’s fitness. I knew that once I’d passed I’d be able to offer children’s exercise classes and really set my business on the right track.
Since completing my level 2 kid’s fitness qualification I have been working as a kid’s fitness coach, steadily expanding my client base and classes. My qualification has given me the basic foundation and confidence to grow as a Personal Trainer and, as the course teaches, always better myself, re-evaluate and keep learning and researching.
I now offer private fitness sessions in children’s own environments. Saturday slots are extremely popular and I run back to back sessions helping a wide range of clients. Plus, I also work some weeknights and run group sessions which are mainly aimed at teens, giving them a full body 45-minute workout. The focus is on cardiovascular exercise, strength training and core work. I deliver correct techniques and stress the importance of this over to the children I teach. I truly love every second whether I’m running private sessions or working with groups. It gives me the biggest buzz ever!