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YMCAfit Exercise to Music Instructor course


Exercise to Music (ETM) instructors work in fitness centres and health clubs, they also teach in community centres, church halls, schools - in fact, wherever there's a suitable space and a stereo. A majority of ETM instructors work freelance, delivering a number of classes a week, boosting their income and enjoying the flexibility to work around their existing lifestyle. Some decide to teach full-time and they often become involved in the running of the club itself as studio coordinators. Wherever ETM instructors go with their career, one thing they all share is a love of music and a love of fitness.

Training as an ETM Instructor

You will learn to use your personality to inspire groups of people of different ages and abilities. The emphasis on freestyle teaching allows students to express their creativity and imagination confidently when delivering a studio class.

You will be taught by our highly qualified tutors who tailor their delivery to suit your individual learning style. You will achieve a recognised qualification. This qualification can also be used for those wishing to teach Body Training Systems.

Career options once qualified

  • Work full-time or part-time within a fitness/health club
  • Work freelance delivering a number of classes a week in various settings
  • Involve yourself in studio coordinating and advanced teaching methods
  • Teach classes at fitness events and conventions and possibly become a fitness presenter
  • Learn to deliver popular choreography based classes through YMCAfit CPD modules
  • Expand into holistic based teaching through Supple Strength and STOTT Pilates
  • Increase your skill base and employability by completing the Advanced Exercise to Music Instructor course

YMCA Exercise to Music

Learn to...

  • Identify the major bones, muscles and muscle actions of the body
  • Explain the workings of the body's cardiovascular and energy systems
  • Identify the components and principles of fitness
  • Relate the Health and Safety at Work Act to the studio environment
  • Identify good customer care and strategies for the adoption and maintenance of physical activity
  • Plan, teach, deliver and evaluate a ETM session
  • Design free-style choreography
  • Work to the beat, phrase and/or rhythm of a variety of music styles
  • Demonstrate good personal technique and form when teaching a session
  • Apply basic skills that will enable you to include older adult, disabled, and antenatal and post-natal client groups in your sessions

Course content

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • The components and principles of fitness
  • Relevant skills and knowledge needed to design and teach studio classes in a variety of styles, from hi/lo to body conditioning
  • Methods of delivery
  • Health, Safety and Professionalism in Exercise
  • An introduction to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Modules Prerequisites
  • Be over 16
  • Have experience of participating in ETM classes such as aerobics, hi-lo, dance-style aerobics, combat, pre-choreographed classes taught to music


There are two format options available, intensive or blended learning. Both options will take into account your preferred learning style and you will be taught at a pace you find comfortable.

Intensive learning

  • 10 days face to face learning, spread over 3 weeks
  • The course runs week on (5 days) - week off - week on (5 days)

Blended learning

  • Face-to-face: 6 days practical plus 1 day assessment
  • Distance: theory via eLearning The weekend option is offered on the blended learning format. Weekends may not always be consecutive. Courses may also include some Fridays


  • Multiple choice theory papers
  • Worksheets
  • Practical - you will be required to bring two helpers for your practical assessment Certification
  • CYQ Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Group Exercise to Music)

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