AFAA's Primary Group Fitness Certification workshop was less nerve-wracking than I thought it would be! I took it during AFAA's APEX, when the workshop is $99 instead of $299, but surprisingly we weren't as large a group as I expected - about 27 people. The day was meant to last from 9am - 6pm (luckily we got out about an hour early), so I made sure to bring snacks, coffee, and plenty of water.
Our instructor was really great and encouraging. The majority of the day was spent reviewing what we needed to know for the exam. I think it would have been extremely difficult if you didn’t study beforehand, but it seemed like almost everyone did that. We went over the muscles and their function (e.g. the biceps are responsible for elbow flexion, gluteus maximus for hip extension, etc.). She led us through options for strength and flexibility exercises for each major muscle group, which was extremely helpful for the practical component. We also practiced the cardio portion of the practical. They gave us a 45 minute break for lunch, so I ate at the Whole Foods next door with a some people from the group (one was 8 1/2 months pregnant! she had to do modified exercises but still, I was so impressed). One was fairly new to the group fitness world, like me, while others had been teaching for a while, or were switching from personal training. When we got back, our instructor reviewed the written test, and then it was go time for the real exam!