Jen Brewer, a mom of seven in Rochester, Minn., asked how she could teach aerobics while taking a class — and got hired on the spot. She now makes up to $50 for each class she teaches. “Not only do I get paid to exercise, but the club watches my kids on site, and I get a free membership,” she says.
Other potential fitness opportunities: Teach yoga or become a personal trainer. You can teach aerobics with minimal training, though some gyms offer on-site courses to further your skills. To become a yoga instructor, it’s best to get certified, which does cost money. You don’t need a license to be a personal trainer, but it’s also worth getting certified through an organization like the American Council on Exercise to ensure safety and bolster your reputation.
Yoga instructors typically make $20 to $60 per class, says Mariam Gates, director of programming for Rolf Gates Yoga, which offers online training courses. Personal trainers may charge less than $20 per hour or more than $100 per hour; the range depends on experience and location.