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Boot camp master_ Sharita Jennings FitnessAfter all the studying, and dreaming, and passing of my certification exam, I am now a bonified fitness instructor! So far, (a whole two months) I couldn’t be happier with my decision to pursue fitness as a career. However, I will say, this is not an easy job! Take for instance my very first class…

First of all, no one told me that there was this audition component necessary to teach fitness classes. When you think about it, it makes perfect sense, but I was not at all prepared for this challenge. The day after I received my certification, I began cold-calling gyms in my area, submitting applications online, and reaching out to anyone who mentioned a need for new teachers.

My first glimmer of hope came from LA Fitness. I received a call while at work from a woman named Flo. (How cute is that?) She called only one day after I submitted my application online letting me know of an opening at a gym for an 8 PM class 30 minutes away from my home… My pure excitement forced me to overlook the mileage and awful timing of the class, and I quickly accepted! Two days later, I showed up for my audition, which apparently consists of me showing my moves to a club manager. Just picture someone jumping around talking to themselves, as another person watches and takes notes…. very awkward. But the humiliation only lasted for about 10 minutes, and then I was hired! Woo Hoo!!

Less┬áthan a week after my audition, I walked into my new gym location, lost as ever, but ready to work! I had my pink 3×5 notecard with my routine safely tucked away and back up playlist ready to go! After I got a few hundred questions answered at the front desk, and learned how to press play on the stereo (which was from the 1950s), I introduced myself to my four new students! My class consisted of 2 tiny Asian women over 50, a Hispanic woman in her late 30s, and a black gentleman who was about 40-45. I quickly thought about all the plyo moves I had in store for them and prayed that no one broke anything!.

Thankfully, my class was in pretty good shape, and they loved running and hopping and lunging across the very large room. I planned out some HIIT training with several rounds consisting of 2 minutes of cardio, 4 minutes of strength and 1 minute of abs. I got a few angry looks, but the class hung in there, and they even laughed at some of my corny jokes, so I was ecstatic! Since then, those first students have stuck with class every week, and I even got a few more new faces! I’m moving on to a new location soon, but I will never forget my very first students! Even with the late class time, they kept me excited to teach and hopefully I helped them realize their hidden strength!

Can’t wait to see what’s in store at my next location, and I am itching to try out some new moves!

Feel free to leave comments or questions below!

Keep it moving!

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  1. Dominique
    January 4, 2015

    Hey Rita! I know I have told you this before but I am amazed and proud to be a friend of someone that has followed her dreams in all aspects of life. I can’t wait until I am on the east coast and can take one of your classes. You are a true inspiration and full of energy and this has been the case the entire time I have known you. I hope all continues to go in your favor. Your story is very “If you can dream it you can do it ” .

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