The name Reebok has become a staple in the fitness industry. Since the 1980s Reebok has been involved in the development of step aerobics, aerobics, strength and flexibility training. The Reebok Instructor Alliance was created to provide instructor training for group classes and networking opportunities for fitness professionals. As the fitness industry has evolved, so has Reebok, from the early days as a footwear company to a worldwide fitness training resource.
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Types of Training
Reebok has offered training under the names Reebok University, Reebok India and Reebok Instructor Alliance. Training is geared toward step, aerobics, martial arts, core, strength, Pilates and kick-boxing. Certification includes a combination of knowledge and theory along with practical application. Candidates learn how to construct a safe and effective workout for participants of all fitness levels.
Instructors can become certified as a Reebok Certified Fitness Trainer or Reebok Certified Step Trainer. The certification includes 60 to 80 hours instruction, including theory and practical application. Content knowledge consists of anatomy, exercise physiology, injury prevention, program design, nutrition, biomechanics, fitness testing and nutrition. Practical application topics consist of communication, teaching techniques, music, choreography and patterns and special populations.
Ongoing professional development courses are available for instructors that are certified through an outside organization such as the American Council on Exercise, or ACE, and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, AFAA.
Benefits of aerobic training include increased heart and lung function along with a decreased risk of heart problems. Increases in metabolism help reduce excess body fat and prevent obesity and obesity-related problems. Participation in a cardio training program led by a certified instructor provides a "how-to guide" for beginner-level participants. Instructor training on proper exercise technique, progression and motivation helps to maximize effects and stick to a program designed to achieve health and fitness benefits along with a decreased risk of injury. This instructor training provides a stamp of approval for the public, giving the instructor the confidence and the ability to successfully lead group classes and individual training sessions.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an above-average increase is expected in employment opportunities for fitness instructors between 2008 and 2018. This is due to the realization of the importance of exercise. Fitness instructors are employed in health clubs, universities, studios, hospital, rehabilitation and corporate settings. As awareness of the health and fitness benefits of exercise increases, so do employment opportunities for fitness instructors.