Teaching POP Pilates Changed Me

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July 7, 2016 marked the day I passed my Group Fitness Certification and officially became certified with American Council of Exercise (ACE).  Two days later, I attended the POP Pilates training class being held in my city.  The following month, I passed the course evaluation and was officially a POP Pilates Instructor.

Now the idea to being a group fitness instructor was SCARY for me. I am the person who avoid large groups (i.e. anything over 3-4 people).  I have a terrible time with public speaking, my heart rate increases, I get sweaty, I begin to stutter. Overall not a fun experience. When signing up for the ACE certification, my though process went a little something like this:

“Are you crazy?”

“You don’t even like talking in classrooms?”

“Do you really need this?”

“Do you seriously think you’ll be good enough.”

That last thought is what made me purchase the program.  I knew that I wouldn’t know what I was capable of until I gave it a shot.

Fast forward two years later, and I do not regret a thing. I LOVE teaching and guiding my students through the POP Pilates format. I have several classes throughout the week and a few are early morning, like 5 am early. (Now if any who knows me personally is reading this, you know how big of a deal that is. Noria likes her AM sleep.)

Since I started teaching, I’ve found that I am more comfortable initiating conversations with strangers. The joy I get from teaching, watching my students’ techniques grow, and getting bigger classes completely makes me forget that naturally I am not a outwardly social person. I’m doing something I love and that passion outshines any fear I have. Does that mean I can go on a big stage and start my career as a public speaker, maybe not today. However, I won’t knock it as a possibility because I’ve seen the changes to my confidence level in the past year. Who knows what else this new change will bring.


I am currently the Group Exercise Coordination at my local gym and teach the following formats: Pop Pilates, WERQ®, Cardio Interval Strength, Strength Circuit, and Release (Deep Stretching).

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a group fitness instructor and have questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments below or send me an email.
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