Have you ever thought about becoming a group fitness instructor for Life Time Fitness? Do you have an upcoming group fitness instructor audition with Life Time Fitness and would like to know what to expect? I teach group fitness classes at Life Time Fitness, so I’ve been through the group fitness instructor audition process first-hand. Here’s what you can expect:
Group fitness instructor auditions are held three times a year. Check with your local Life Time club. Auditions are held regionally, so you will likely have to travel do a different Life Time Fitness location in your area to audition.
Signing up for an audition:
Register for an group fitness instructor audition by checking the Life Time Fitness website for auditions in your area. Email the audition coordinator; she will provide you with further information on registration.
In what formats can I audition?
Dance (Hi/Lo), Cardio Kickboxing, Cycle, Aqua (as if from the pool deck), Step, Strength, Fitness Pilates, or Fitness Yoga. You will need to note what format you chose on your pre-registration form (provided via email by the audition coordinator). You can only audition in one format, so make sure to choose your strongest!
Do I need previous experience or certifications?
No. You do not need any previous experience or certifications to audition. However, if Life Time hires you, an ACE Fitness certification and CPR certification are necessary. After you are hired, you have six months to complete these certifications.
What’s the actual Life Time Fitness group fitness instructor audition process like?
Auditions last about 1.5-2 hours, depending on how many group fitness instructors are auditioning. Group Fitness department heads from the region attend and judge the auditions. You cannot bring your own music; it will be provided for you (unless you are auditioning for Cycle).
Auditions are held in a “class simulation format” – one person auditions by “teaching” the class of other auditionees. For this reason, you are expected to stay for the entire audition. The Group Fitness Department Heads will notice if you leave early and it could affect your audition status. Remember, this is a job interview and leaving early makes you look like you’re not a team player!
You will have 3 to 5 minutes to do your routine. Use simple choreography – this is not the time to show off your fancy moves. Life Time Fitness is looking for your cueing tactics, staying on the 32-count, choreography breakdown, correct form, and lots of energy and enthusiasm! Cueing is by far the most important component to success at your Life Time Fitness Group Fitness instructor audition, so be sure to focus on that.
Typically, the auditions begin with Cycle (spin) and proceed to the regular group fitness studio. Hi/Lo, Dance, and Kickboxing follow, since they don’t involve any equipment. Next are step and strength auditions. The Life Time Fitness group fitness instructor auditions wrap up with Yoga and Pilates.
What should I wear to the group fitness instructor audition?
Wear form fitting, professional-looking exercise attire (for example – Nike tank tops, workout pants, clean shoes, etc). Do not wear an oversized t-shirt and baggy sweats. As an instructor, you’ll need to wear form fitting exercise clothing so your participants can easily see your form.
What happens after the audition? Will I know if I am hired the same day as the audition?
No. After the audition ends, the Life Time Fitness Group Fitness department heads meet within the next few weeks and select new instructors. The Life Time Fitness group fitness department will notify you by phone or email on your status. If you are selected, it doesn’t mean you are hired. You still need to go through a formal interview process, just like you would for any job. If you are not selected, don’t fret! You can audition as many times as you’d like, so continue working on your skills for the next audition.
A group fitness instructor audition sounds more intimidating than it actually is. When I went through my Life Time Fitness group fitness instructor audition, I was nervous and didn’t know what to expect, but I actually found it to be a very fun experience. Every person auditioning was friendly and approachable – plus they cheer you on when it’s your turn to audition! It’s a very encouraging environment, which definitely helps with the nerves.
Good luck with your group fitness instructor audition!