FAQ Instructors / Teachers
Frequently Asked Questions: Prospective Instructors / Teachers
Q: How much does an AntiGravity® Fitness Teacher Training cost?
A: Click HERE.
Q: Where are AntiGravity® Fitness Teacher Trainings held?
A: Click HERE.
Q: How long are AntiGravity® Fitness Teacher Trainings?
A: Trainings range from 1 day to 2 days to 4 days. 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: What will I learn during an AntiGravity® Fitness Teacher 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 want to become an instructor or just deepen your at-home practice, success has to do with the time you put in to learning the technique thoroughly.
Q: What certifications are offered? How do I further my Certifications / Grow as an Instructor?
A: We have 5 Levels of Certification for AG Fitness Instructors who present classes to the public and 3 Levels of Certification for AG Fitness Instructor Trainers who present Teacher Trainings. Click HERE for more details surrounding the Certified AntiGravity® Instructor and Instructor Trainer's Path.
Q: What differentiates AntiGravity® Fitness from their aerial competitors?
A: Christopher Harrison, founder and creator of AntiGravity® Fitness, 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: What things can I do to prepare for the AntiGravity® Fitness Teacher Training?
A: Ideally you have taken AntiGravity® classes or have a home practice on a Harrison AntiGravity® Hammock. However, if that is not an option, you can study the website to learn more about AntiGravity® the company, get your core strong and go over your anatomy terms. Be sure to sign up / register HERE and follow the host studio's policies and procedures surrounding payment, schedule, paperwork, dress code, etc.
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 AntiGravity® Fitness Instructor however we do have 5 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 AntiGravity® 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 AntiGravity® 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, or physical therapy.
4. Anatomy: Basic understanding of anatomy, kinesiology and body mechanics is very supportive to your learning and teaching approach.
5. Fit: AntiGravity® 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: 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 what your goals are, although not a requirement, a good physical background is recommended. Our Fundamentals 1&2 Course provides a foundational practice to both you, as the Instructor, and your future clients. AntiGravity® Techniques involve a hybrid approach to fitness combining elements from yoga, dance, gymnastics, aerial acrobatics, Pilates, calisthenics exercise, strength training, and stretching as well as basic to advanced flips & tricks. For all potential AntiGravity® Fitness Instructors, a strong passion for movement is needed. We have found that the fastest learners tend to come from a dance or acrobatic background. 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 do I wear / bring?
A: Each host studio will have their own policies, however, we strongly recommend wearing:
-Workout wear that covers the armpits and legs.
-Cotton or cotton blend fabric is best (non-slippery).
-Tops: A little tighter is better.
-Bottoms: If wearing tights, make certain they are opaque (non-see through). If wearing sweats, tight around cuff of legs is best.
-Undergarments: Sports bra for females, fitted bottoms for men. Remember, you will be upside down.
-No socks unless they are grippy.
-You may need sticky gloves if you have a weak grip.
-PLEASE NO JEWELRY.
-Water or water bottle-Pen (for note taking)-Snacks (there are times you'll be sitting for lecture)-An open mind!
Q: Is there a manual?
A: We offer a number of supportive approaches to your learning. Any person taking an AntiGravity® Fitness certification course is given personal coded access to the "AntiGravity® Digital Academy (AGDA)", a complete online video library of the course content. Access is FREE for the first year, then requires renewal (*see POST TRAINING below for details). 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: What is the testing process?
A: We want to support your learning and know that everyone learns differently. In order to ensure we uphold our value of "Safety", we have both online and in-person testing.
1. Prior to your first Teacher Training, there is an online Readiness Assessment Test to introduce you to AntiGravity® that is sent via your welcome packet upon registration.
2. Throughout the Teacher Training, there is ongoing assessment and feedback from the Instructor Trainer.
3. There is an in-person Practicum on the last day of every training that allows for Trainees to teach each other in a classroom setting to allow for observation of others as well as an opportunity for immediate feedback from the Instructor Trainer. This determines pass/fail at the discretion of the Instructor Trainer and our testing protocols.
4. Post Training there is an online, open book Comprehension Test to complete your Certification and ensure the information has been absorbed.
5. When all of these pre, during, and post requirements are satisfied, you are officially a Certified AntiGravity® Instructor and your Certificate will be processed within 4-6 weeks. Your supportive video content and AGDA perks with also be activated and visible to you on your Dashboard.
Q: Once I pass can I immediately begin teaching?
A: Once one has completed the training requirements (class attendance and associated in-person and online tests), and upon receiving your official Certificate, you are permitted to teach the class material in which you have been trained / certified in.
Q: Can I teach wherever I want to once I pass the certification?
A: We strongly recommend that you only teach at an AntiGravity® Affiliate or Licensee. In cases where you may have to teach at a location that is not an AntiGravity Affiliate, you may teach an AntiGravity® class. Any class that is advertised as AntiGravity® must be taught on AntiGravity® Hammocks and follow the curriculum of the program in which you are certified.
Q: Does my Training count towards Continuing Education Credits / Units (CECs / CEUs)?
A: Yes, ALL 8 of our programs are approved by AFAA (Athletics and Fitness Association of America) and NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) for Continuing Education Credits / Units. To claim your Credits, follow each organization's protocols and use our Provider number that is listed on your AntiGravity® Fitness Certificate.
Q: After my initial year of FREE AGDA membership has expired, are there renewal requirements and/or a renewal fee?
A: Each certified instructor must pay a renewal / membership fee of $195 / year, which can be paid in one payment or in 12 monthly installments of $18. This membership fee grants you access to AGDA, the AntiGravity® Digital Academy, with its many teaching tools, and ever growing list of perks.
Q: Does taking additional Trainings automatically renew my AGDA membership?
A: It does not. Our low membership pricing is created to allow Instructors to maintain access and helps us in keeping the site running smoothly.
Q: I'm already a Certified AntiGravity® Instructor but my manual is outdated. How do I get a new manual? How much does it cost?
A: AGDA always has the most updated version of our manuals digitally. If you prefer a printed copy, you can request a hard copy to be shipped to you. Prices vary depending on course, number of manuals, and location to be shipped. To request, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Active status is required to receive an updated Manual. Be sure your AGDA membership is up to date.
Q: Can I audit a Training I previously took as a refresher?
A: Yes! We actually encourage that. The audit fee for any training is $300. Taking a refresher does not extend AGDA membership.