FAQ Instructors

Frequently Asked Questions: Prospective Instructors

Q: How many days are AntiGravity® Fitness Instructor Trainings? 

A: There are different levels of Certified AntiGravity Fitness Instructors. Level One is achieved by taking AntiGravity Fundamentals 1 & 2 which is a four day training. Please refer to the "How to Become an AG Fitness Instructor" icon on our Homepage for more details. 


Q: How long are AntiGravity® Fitness Instructor Trainings? 

A: The hours of most trainings are generally 9:00AM to 5:00PM, with a midday lunch-break (subject to the discretion of "AntiGravity® Fitness” and the "Instructor Trainer").


Q: Can I teach wherever I want to once I pass the certification?

A: No. You are allowed to teach in a private (non-commercial) space or in an AntiGravity® Fitness authorized and licensed facility only. Obtaining authorization and licensing is a simple, standard business practice. Consider finding a space that may want to license the program before you take the training. 


Q: Where are AntiGravity® Fitness Instructor Trainings held?

A: We have training facilities all around the world. The entry Level One Training (AG Fundamentals 1 & 2) is held at authorized AG Basic Training Centers. The higher Level Trainings are held primarily at our two AG Advanced Training Institutes. We have an AG Advanced Training Institute in New York City and another in Chiang Mai, Thailand. For more information, see the AG Advanced Training Institute (New York, Thailand) and AG Basic Training Centers icons on our Homepage. 


Q: What certifications are offered? 

A: We have five (5) Levels of certification for AG Fitness Instructors who present classes to the public. For detailed information, please go to the "How to Become an AG Fitness Instructor" icon on our Homepage. 


Q: Is there a manual?

A: We offer a number of supportive approaches to your learning. Any person taking an AG Fitness Instructor certification course is given a personal coded access to the "AntiGravity® Digital Academy (AGDA)", a complete online video library of the course content. The class content can be viewed in video form unlimited numbers of times at your convenience. There is also a written manual in digital online form that will accompany every course. Last but not least, hard copy manuals are given out in each course to assist you in the classroom. 


Q: Must I be certified to purchase a Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock?

A: No. Our kit includes a DVD which will guide you through some very basic poses. However, we strongly recommend you attending at least a handful of classes, or take our Fundamentals 1 course to maximize your enjoyment of your personal Hammock.


Q: What physical background is most helpful to become a Certified AntiGravity® Fitness Instructor?

A: The physical background you need to become an instructor depends on the track you choose to pursue, Aerial Yoga or Suspension Fitness. AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga is a hybrid technique. It combines elements from yoga, dance, gymnastics, aerial acrobatics, Pilates and calisthenics exercise. AntiGravity® Suspension Fitness has a stronger focus on strength training, stretching and calisthenics as well as basic to advanced flips & tricks. For instructors who take to the AG Suspension Fitness track, the fastest learners tend to come from a dance or acrobatic background. In order to be a successful AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga or Suspension Fitness instructor in a group environment, a good physical background is recommended. For all potential AG Fitness Instructors, a strong passion for movement is needed. There is a linguistic vocabulary with detail that will need to be learned requiring a willingness to study. What is needed most is the desire and patience to master the technique. 


Q: What qualifications are needed for certification?

A: A previous certification in Yoga, Pilates or any other Fitness program is recommended, but not required. 


Q: Do I need to have teaching experience in yoga?

A: There are no strict requirements to become an AG Fitness Instructor however we do have five recommendations. 1. Teaching Experience: Experience teaching in a group environment is very helpful. It doesn't matter what the discipline is as long as one knows how to take charge of a room and maintain order. Although it is very helpful, it does not always need to be related to physicality. 2. Positive Outlook: The philosophy of AG Fitness is based on having fun while getting fit. Everyone needs to leave class feeling successful and empowered. If an instructor takes themselves too seriously, a typical trap for cold-war style coaches, boot camp style trainers, ballet-master style dance instructors etc, they are not right for this technique. Enthusiasm is key to being an AG Fitness Instructor. This is not a typical workout, it is playful conditioning for body/mind/spirit. 3. Physical Background: Some experience combined in preferably two of the following disciplines helps insure success: yoga, dance, gymnastics, aerial arts, skating, martial arts, fitness training or other artistic sports OR qualifications in Pilates, yoga, fitness training, physical therapy. 4. Anatomy: Basic understanding of anatomy, kinesiology and body mechanics is very supportive to your learning and teaching approach. 5. Fit: AG Fitness requires someone who maintains a consistent fitness regime and has a strong core. It does not require that one is without body fat, rather it requires that they are strong enough to lift their own body weight in different planes of motion. 


Q: Are there renewal requirements and/or a renewal fee?

A: Each certified instructor must pay a renewal / membership fee of $300 / year, which can be paid in monthly installments of $25/month or all at once. This membership fee will entitle you to perks created just for certified instructors, such as monthly newsletters with new content and access to the "AntiGravity® Digital Academy (AGDA)” online. This fee is waived if you continue your education by attending an additional training within 12 months of your previous training.


Q: What is the testing process?

A: We want to support your learning. Level One AG Fitness Instructors will be given a Readiness Assessment and a Self-Test as part of their learning experience. Both of these are done online at the convenience of the new instructor. There is also an ongoing assessment during the classroom experience provided by the Instructor Trainer. Higher Level Trainings each have their own online Self-Testing/Assessment process and informal classroom personal assessments. 


Q: What happens if I don’t pass the test?

A: If you don’t pass you can retest again. There is no limit to the number of times you may retest. The idea of the testing/assessments to reinforce and clarify your learning. Everyone learns at a different rate, it is not crucial that you are a fast learner, only a thorough one.


Q: How many instructors are currently certified worldwide?

A: As of January 2013 there are more than 400 certified instructors worldwide.


Q: Once I pass can I immediately begin teaching?

A: Once one has completed the training requirements (Class attendance and associated online Self-Test/Assessments) you are permitted to teach the class material in which you have been trained. 


Q: Does my training count towards AFAA, Yoga Alliance, CYQ and/or ACE continuing education credits?

A: Yes, However, although the technique has already been approved (2009), we are required to approved each new rendition of the technique. Our most recent update submitted for approvals were done in June 2013 for the sake of obtaining credits from AFAA, Yoga Alliance, CYQ, and ACE for AntiGravity® Fundamentals 1 and 2, AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga 1 and 2, AntiGravity® Suspension Fitness 1 and 2, and AntiGravity® Yoga Restorative. Please check back after Summer 2013 regarding continuing education credits and where to submit. Until then, hold onto your certificate and receipt. 


Q: How thorough is the training?

A: Although the training is a short period of time, it is very extensive and thorough. From the AntiGravity® Fitness philosophy to the exact sequencing and progressions, to the maintenance of the hammock, to how to structure a class, you will be given everything you need to know in order to teach a class. Whether or not you become an instructor has to do with the time you put in to learning the technique thoroughly. 


Q: What things can I do to prepare for the AntiGravity® Fitness Instructor Training?

A: Ideally you should be on a Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock and in classes. However, if that is not an option, then study the website to learn more about AntiGravity® the company, get your core strong and go over your anatomy terms. 


Q: What differentiates AntiGravity® Fitness from their aerial competitors?

A: AG® Fitness is the only aerial yoga program that is certified by the governing bodies of America and the EU. Christopher Harrison is the originator of the suspension fitness and aerial yoga genres and the inventor of the silk hammock apparatus. He has put 10 years into developing the technique and along with his international team they have put many years into creating the program. He personally sees to it that all trainings are in line with his standards and that the manuals are very thorough. 


Q: How many days are AntiGravity® Fitness Instructor Trainings?

A: There are different levels of Certified AntiGravity Fitness Instructors. Level One is achieved by taking AntiGravity Fundamentals 1 & 2 which is a four day training. Please refer to the "How to Become an AG Fitness Instructor" icon on our Homepage for more details. 


Q: I’m already a certified instructor but my manual is outdated. How do I get a new manual? Do I have to pay extra for it? How much does it cost?

A: When you register under CAGI on our new website you will offered the opportunity to have access to the AntiGravity Digital Academy for a nominal annual fee. Once registered, you can request a hard copy of the new and greatly improved Fundamentals Manual for the price of shipping and handling (this price differs if you are out of the U.S). Please note that depending on the date of your original certification, we may require proof of having attended continuing education courses in order to be eligible for an update. 


Q: How do I test out so that I can be considered officially certified?

A: The training methodology proved successful for students who test well, but did not properly showcase many of the better instructors who had a longer learning curve. Therefore, we have changed our testing procedures to take place on line without the challenging time variable in order to assure a greater success rate. 


Q: Can I waive recertification fee’s with continuing education courses?

A: We no longer charge a recertification fee, rather in order to continue to be listed as "active" on our website we require all instructors to take advanced AG education courses OR pay a yearly MEMBERSHIP FEE of $300 (.83 cents per day).  Staying active allows for access to the AntiGravity Digital Academy. 


Q: Do I still need 50 apprenticeship hours?

A: We do not have the bandwidth to monitor this properly and we found that the requirement was only discouraging students to begin teaching. With the online videos to study and succinct class designs now in place, this is less important. From now on, we suggest a self-imposed apprenticeship, but do not enforce one that we track. 


Q: What about Flying Fitness 2 curriculum content? How do I get access to the new materials?

A: We’ve divided Flying Fitness 2 into two parts, Suspension Fitness 2 and Aerial Yoga 2. You qualify for either course if you have taken the first course (AY1 or SF1) or are already Level 1 (old program).


Q: Am I required to take the online test even though I’ve already been certified?

A: We highly recommend that everyone takes the online test as it reinforces many things you have already learned. However, if you took your training before April 2013 then you are not required to until you take a new course. 


Q: What’s my current standing as a certified AGF instructor with the new curriculum changes?

A: Please register CAGI and AG HQ will assign you your new level of certification based on courses taken. 


Q: How strict is the license agreement? Can I teach at other “unofficial” studios?

A: No, You may only teach at officially licensed AG studios.