Monday, October 15, 2012
AAFA and Other Exciting News!
I received a confidence boost today. I passed my AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) exam! I took the practical and written exam over a month ago and I finally got my results today in the mail. Finally! Ahh, that was the longest month in a long time. I am now officially certified as a group fitness instructor. I got my Zumba basic license last year but I did not pursue classes yet as I wanted to wait until I got this AFAA certification. This certification is not required to teach Zumba class but many fitness facilities require a group exercise certification. I have to admit that I was slightly nervous that I did not do well on the test because it was a tough one, more difficult than I had anticipated. I was not as prepared as I would like to have been having not studied very much because I have 2 high maintenance children who require my attention. There were 2 parts to the test; a 10-15 minute practical and then a 100 question written exam for which you have to pass by at least 80%. So, thank. You. LORD!
The other exciting thing is that I am now officially licensed to teach Zumba Gold. I took the training class yesterday and I left there very excited about teaching future classes to populations that I am passionate about; seniors, people with special needs, and those with mobility issues. Zumba Gold is also great for beginners and those who just want a lower intensity class. It will take me a little while, though, to get used to that pace. I need to do that soon as I already have leads to start Zumba Gold classes.
As much as I love basic Zumba, I don't know if I will ever feel comfortable teaching that format. I do get a little nervous in front of people until I get to know them or if I feel that they won't be judgmental. I feel so much more at ease with older people as I feel that they are less apt to be judgmental. Believe me when I say that there are a lot of Zumba snobs out there who wouldn't even bother coming to a basic class instructed by me. So, I'll stick with teaching the Zumba Gold folks who are typically less judgmental when it comes to fitness and exercise.
Nearly 3 years ago when I went to my very first Zumba class, I was hooked right away. But, never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would go this far to get my Zumba licenses and then my AFAA group exercise certificate. I didn't think I was capable. I don't have much confidence in myself until after I prove myself (and others, of course) wrong. I am working on changing that. I think by starting out teaching Zumba Gold to my preferred target population, this will help me to build my confidence enough to possibly substitute teach Basic Zumba classes. I have a tendency to pursue things just to prove others wrong about me. But this time, my goal for getting these licenses and certification was to prove to myself that I can do this. And with God's help, I will do it. Thank you to those friends who have encouraged me and cheered me on in my endeavors. You know who you are.