Group Fitness

Group Exercise Fundamentals

** This course is required before you can take Group Cycling, Group Sport conditioning, Group Choreography & Step, Pilates**

A minimum 8 hour course covering topics specific to leading group exercise classes. Topics included are: leadership, trends and media, history, legal responsibility and accountability, class components, music, movement and cueing, developing movement combinations, exercise analysis, and special populations. This course may be combined with a specialization practical designation course such as Choreography/Step, Group Cycle, or Sport Conditioning.

Please note that Group Exercise Fundamentals and Designation courses may be taken separately or as a combined offering. To register for the Group Fitness Fundamentals by Distance Education Course – Group Fundamentals course online click here!


Manitoba Fitness Council @ The Yoga Barre
Group Fitness Fundamentals Course
November 27, 2021 (9am-3pm)
Please Register Here. For further questions please contact 204-235-1245 or info@manitobafitnesscouncil.ca.

**This course is required to move onto any of the Group Certification ‘Specialty’ Areas.


Group Fitness Fundamentals Course
University of Manitoba – Active Living Centre

February 6, 2022 – in-person (9-5)
To Register go to University of Manitoba. Under Course Type: choose Manitoba Fitness Council Certification Courses. Click Search.
Manuals must be purchased from the MFC office, please call 204-235-1245 to arrange for manual.


Group Fitness Fundamentals Course
University of Manitoba – Active Living Centre

March 6, 2022 – in-person (9-5)
To Register go to University of Manitoba. Under Course Type: choose Manitoba Fitness Council Certification Courses. Click Search.
Manuals must be purchased from the MFC office, please call 204-235-1245 to arrange for manual.


Group Fitness Fundamentals Course
University of Manitoba – Active Living Centre

March 29 & April 5, 2022 – virtual course (6-10pm)
To Register go to University of Manitoba. Under Course Type: choose Manitoba Fitness Council Certification Courses. Click Search.
Manuals must be purchased from the MFC office, please call 204-235-1245 to arrange for manual.


Group Fitness Fundamentals Course
University of Manitoba – Active Living Centre

May 29, 2022 – in-person (9-5)
To Register go to University of Manitoba. Under Course Type: choose Manitoba Fitness Council Certification Courses. Click Search.
Manuals must be purchased from the MFC office, please call 204-235-1245 to arrange for manual.


Our Process

Group Fitness has been around for decades. Our first rendition included mostly Step and Choreography training.

Since then we have evolved and offer many different group fitness certification options. The fundamentals of Group Fitness including how to engage your participants and teach using music is still an integral part of this certification.

Group Fitness Fundamentals is the gateway course to this group of certifications. Group Fitness Fundamentals is required FIRST to follow up with the following Group Specialty areas – Sport Conditioning, Choreography & Step, Cycling, Pilates, and/or Tai Chi.

This course is available both online as well as in person.


Choreography/ Step Course

A minimum 12 hour course covering topics specific to leading group exercise choreography classes. This practical based course will cover specific information for planning and developing floor-based and step based choreography classes. Topics include: history of floor-based group exercise, research and guidelines, class structure and content; planning, class components, use of music, leadership and choreography; movement combinations, instruction and cueing.
*May include, but not limited to high, low, moderate impact, combination, step, bosu, cardio kickboxing


Sport Conditioning

A minimum 8 hour course covering topics specific to leading group exercise/sport conditioning classes. This practical based course will cover specific information for planning and developing circuit training classes. Topics include: use of portable equipment, evolution of fitness, research and guidelines, class structure and content; planning, class components, use of music, leadership; equipment exercises, movement combinations, instruction and cueing.


Group Cycling

This 8 hour course will cover topics specific to leading group exercise cycling classes. This practical based course will help you plan, develop and lead indoor cycling classes and cover everything from bike-set-up and safely to pedaling, cadence, posture, structure, content as well as the physiology behind this type of cardiovascular training. Become a great coach with ideas about cueing, class styles and use of music. No previous cycling experience required. Each participant must be ready to ride and bring a towel, water bottle and a set of headphones.


Group Pilates *NEW*

Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) is the founder of the Pilates method. He used his own creation of physical exercises to help him overcome rickets, asthma, and rheumatic fever. Many of these body-weight exercises took place in his bed which is where the original concept for the Pilates reformer was created. Pilates is now popular all over the world. The American College of Sports Medicine surveyed 4,000 fitness professionals in 2018 and still found that group training is the second most popular form of physical exercise. They also found that specifically body weight training was the fourth highest training mode of resistance training. It is evident that people are still discovering Pilates and it will continue to grow in popularity within the fitness realm. Pilates is a mindful activity that strengthens the body from the inside out.


TAI CHI Leader *NEW*

Tai chi is a mind-body exercise that was developed as a form of marital arts in China around the 12th century. This tried and true form of exercise has been popular in North America for decades. The Manitoba Fitness Council has developed a basic Tai Chi workshop that will allow you to learn the basic moves of Tai Chi in a way that you can easily share them with others. This moving meditative work focuses on basic stance and movements. 

If you have little to no experience with Tai Chi we can send you some suggested links to try it out and see if it would be a good fit for you. 

“There are so many options for certification, I really have been able to focus on taking the courses and building the skills that I needed to expand on.”

Jon Baker