One of the most common ways to meet the WERQ Fitness Certification Requirement is AFAA’s Primary Group Exercise Certification. WERQ Fitness asked some of our Instructors who have completed the AFAA Online Primary Group Cert to tell us about it! Here are some answers. More information on the AFAA Certification may be found here: http://www.afaa.com/102.afa. AFAA’s Online Certification is the ONLY 100% Online pre-approved way to meet WERQ’s certification requirement.
“For someone with a background in exercise or group fitness this may be easy, but I came into it with no knowledge base other than what I got from taking group fitness classes. I studied for 3 weeks, watched the lectures, made my own flash cards (making my own put it into my brain twice – once to write it and once to review it). The study guide was invaluable. You must schedule your exam at least a week ahead of time but after the written exam I got my results in less than 5 minutes. For the practical, I spent several days preparing, figuring out different muscle groups and deciding what exercises to demonstrate. The proctor called out smaller muscle groups within the 5 larger groups and we demonstrated 2 exercises and one stretch per muscle group. There was an 8 minute mini cardio class consisting of a warmup, cooldown and mini cardio session. All participants do this mini-class section together. For the exercise demonstration each participant performs individually. Pick simple exercises that are easy for you to do with proper form. The proctors are not looking for a creative routine – they are looking to see a good foundation of basics to build on. I received the results for the practical in about a week.”
“I started going though the lectures on Monday, took the multiple choice exam on Friday afternoon and the practical exam on Sunday evening. There are 14 lectures ranging from 15-40 minutes. I simply made the time to sit though the lectures and spent 2 days reviewing and studying after completing the lectures. AFAA provides you with a study guide you fill out as you go though lectures. Additionally flash cards are available at http://www.flashcardmachine.com/afaa-study-guide.html. I would definitely recommend people fill out the entire study guide and know the flash cards as they cover every question. Everything in the guide was on the test so know it cold. Other than the study guide people need to memorize the sheets provided in the study guide that show anterior and posterior views of the body with the muscles they expect you to know.”
“For the practical portion of the exam, I spent 2 hours before the practical just reviewing the muscles. There are 5 muscle categories (Chest and Back, Shoulders and Arms, Hips and Buttocks, Legs Front and Back, and Torso Front and Back) then individual muscles in each group. During the exam the proctor calls out each grouping and you are expected to demonstrate 2 strength exercises and one stretch per muscle group. They also have you go though an 8 minute warmup/cooldown and an exercise of your choice demonstrating 3 different intensity levels for that exercise.”
“Take advantage of the tutoring session offered with their package. Overall the whole process was convenient and user-friendly”.