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How to Become a Kettlebell Instructor

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Kettlebell training is an increasingly popular fitness niche, so it’s no wonder you’re wondering how to become a kettlebell instructor in the UK! This article will take you through everything you need to know about this career path, covering:

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What Does A Kettlebell Instructor Role Involve?

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If you’re reading this article, we’re guessing that you have a particular interest in kettlebell training, and want to know how to become a kettlebell instructor. 

But before we continue, we should clarify exactly what we mean by being a kettlebell instructor, as it is not as straightforward as you may think!

As the name suggests, a kettlebell instructor is simply someone who teaches a kettlebell-based group fitness class. And with so many benefits of kettlebell training, it’s no wonder that this is becoming one of the most popular and lucrative areas of fitness to get into.

However, despite its popularity, you may be surprised to find out that there are actually not many jobs out there with the exact job title of ‘kettlebell instructor’.

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This is because gyms and fitness centres are rarely looking to hire people to teach exclusively kettlebell training and kettlebell training alone. 

Instead, they are more likely to hire someone who may specialise in kettlebell training, but who can take on all the usual roles and responsibilities of a personal trainer or gym instructor, too. 

As such, many kettlebell instructors also work as freelance or independent trainers, carrying out 1-1 sessions with clients in addition to running kettlebell classes.

As well as personal training roles, you may also be able to get into teaching kettlebell classes by searching for group exercise instructor roles, such as this one:

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As you can see, this is an advert for a Group Fitness Instructor that specifies that the employer is looking for someone with experience in kettlebells. But as part of this role, you will also be teaching other kinds of classes, such as bootcamps. 

So, you can certainly become a ‘kettlebell instructor’, but it's likely that you will do so under a different job title, such as ‘personal trainer’ or ‘group fitness instructor’. 

You will therefore have to take on the other tasks involved in these roles, as well as kettlebell training - at least at the start of your career!

Once you have an established client base made up of regular attendees to your kettlebell classes, there is nothing stopping you from starting your own business and exclusively teaching kettlebell classes, but more on that when we discuss career progression.

For now, and for the purposes of this article, when we refer to how to become a ‘kettlebell instructor’, we are referring to becoming a PT or a group exercise instructor who specialises in kettlebell training. 

Qualifications Needed To Become A Kettlebell Instructor

Now that we’ve established what the role involves, let's get into how to become a certified kettlebell instructor, starting with how to get qualified. There are 3 key qualifications you will need:

Level 2 Gym Instructor

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A Level 2 Fitness Instructor Qualification is the baseline qualification to enter the fitness industry.

It will allow you to operate as a gym instructor in leisure centre and gym settings, and will also give you the foundational knowledge you need for any fitness role.

As a Level 2 Gym Instructor, you are qualified to teach group exercise classes. So technically, you can become a kettlebell instructor with just this qualification. 

However, we would not recommend this!

You should see this qualification as simply the first step on your fitness career ladder, rather than the end point. 

If you want to become a truly successful kettlebell instructor, you should take further qualifications to expand your knowledge, enhance your skills and increase your employability! 

 

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Level 3 Personal Trainer

Once you have completed your Level 2 Gym Instructing course, you can then go on to take your Level 3 Personal Training Course

This qualifies you to work as a personal trainer, but it is also an essential requirement for most fitness roles, such as this one:

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As you can see, this Class Instructor job asks for a Level 3 personal training qualification. 

With this qualification, you can:

  • Train clients on a 1-to-1 basis
  • Create tailored training plans
  • Help clients achieve specific exercise goals

Although the main purpose of this qualification is to allow you to work as a personal trainer, it also acts as a stepping stone to achieving the goal of becoming a successful kettlebell instructor.

With this under your belt, you’ll have a strong base of fitness skills and knowledge which you can then transfer to teaching kettlebell classes. 

As we have said, employers rarely hire exclusively kettlebell instructors, but instead look for qualified personal trainers. Without a Level 3 qualification, you simply won’t fit this criteria!

Most employers will also require that your qualification is accredited and regulated by the relevant bodies. So when choosing your course provider, you should look out for the following logos:

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This means that the course is accredited by CIMSPA (the UK’s professional body for health and fitness), and regulated by an Ofqual-approved awarding body, such as Focus Awards. 

In other words, these logos act as a ‘stamp of approval’ that a course meets the industry standards of education in fitness. 

This is of course desirable for employers, as it means that you will have received a high level of education and so will have all of the skills and knowledge required to take on the role. 

Here at OriGym, all of the courses you need to become a kettlebell instructor are CIMSPA-accredited and Ofqual-regulated, so you can apply for jobs with confidence! 

If you don’t already have your Level 2 and 3 qualifications, OriGym’s Personal Training Diploma gives you both in as little as 4 weeks. This is ideal if you want to become a kettlebell instructor fast! 

CPD Kettlebell Training

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Once you have become a qualified personal trainer, you will have a strong foundation of general fitness knowledge.

But if you want to become a successful kettlebell instructor, you will of course need specialist knowledge about kettlebell training specifically. 

Here at OriGym, we offer a CPD course in kettlebell instructing that gives you exactly that!

During this course, you will become an expert in conducting kettlebell classes. You’ll learn:

  • The history of kettlebell training
  • Benefits of kettlebell training
  • How to perform and identify kettlebell movements
  • How to plan and deliver kettlebell classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced students

OriGym’s kettlebell CPD course takes place over just one day, so you can start your journey to becoming a kettlebell instructor fast! 

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Plus, the only prerequisite for this course is a Level 2 Gym Instructing qualification. So if you’re wanting to become a kettlebell instructor fast, then you could even take your CPD course whilst studying for your Level 3 personal trainer qualification. 

For example, if you took your Level 3 personal trainer qualification part-time, you could set aside a day to complete your kettlebell CPD course. Then once you complete your Level 3 course, you'll be fully qualified to start working as a kettlebell instructor straight away!  

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Other CPD courses  

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As well as a CPD in kettlebell instructing, there are some other CPD courses that we offer here at OriGym which could enhance your career prospects as a kettlebell instructor, such as:

You may be thinking that you want to know how to become a certified kettlebell instructor, not a medicine ball instructor! But hear us out. 

Whilst not directly related to kettlebell training, a lot of the skills you’ll learn on these courses are certainly transferable to kettlebell training. 

For example, a CPD in Group Training will of course teach you how to deliver group training sessions. This will then help you in delivering kettlebell classes to groups!

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CPD courses can also increase your chances of landing a job in a gym or fitness centre. As we’ve previously mentioned, it’s rare that you will be exclusively teaching kettlebell classes - most gyms will be looking for someone who can teach a variety of classes.

So by taking a variety of additional CPD courses, you are immediately more appealing to an employer! 

Plus, here at OriGym, all of our courses take place over just one or two days maximum, making them a quick and easy way to enhance your employability.

You can check out OriGym’s full range of CPD courses here.  

How Much Do Kettlebell Instructors Earn?

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If you’re wondering how to become a kettlebell instructor in the UK, we know that you’ll want to know what kind of salary you can expect to earn. 

Unfortunately, there is no concrete answer to this! 

This is largely because, as we have explained, the job title ‘kettlebell instructor’ rarely exists. 

Instead, we can say that the average fitness instructor salary is £17,506 a year according to Payscale, with the potential to go up to £28,904 with more experience. 

However, there are lots of factors that can influence your salary, such as:

  • Location (jobs in London typically pay more)
  • Who you work for (prestigious health clubs vs budget gyms)
  • How much experience you have 

Whether you are employed by a business, work as a freelancer, or are self-employed will also affect your salary. 

For example, if you are working as a fitness instructor for a gym under a full-time contract, you will likely be working fixed hours with a fixed salary rate. 

This may be a fixed hourly rate, such as in the job advert below:

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Or, it may be a fixed annual salary, such as this advert:

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This advert also states that you could get additional pay, such as commission and bonuses, which would of course increase your overall earnings! 

But if you are working on a freelance basis, you determine how much you work, so your earnings are ultimately up to you!

Freelance job adverts typically state the hourly rate that they offer freelance staff, such as this one:

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As you can see, this advert states that the salary is ‘from £30 an hour’. This implies that there is potential to earn more, depending on things such as your experience and level of qualifications. 

So the more experienced you get as a freelancer and the more popular your classes become, the more you can charge for your classes! This is why working as a freelancer comes with a much higher earning potential than working in a contracted role. 

It's important to note that the ‘averages’ reported on sites such as Payscale or Indeed don’t consider freelance or self-employed earnings, which, as we say, are often higher than those of employees. 

We discuss all of these factors in more detail in our guide to the average fitness instructor salary here.

Skills Needed To Become A Kettlebell Instructor

As well as qualifications, there are certain skills that you will need to become a kettlebell instructor. 

Most of the skills required to become a kettlebell instructor are the same as the skills of a personal trainer. But there is particular emphasis on the following skills:

Confidence

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As a kettlebell instructor, you will of course need to be confident speaking to and instructing a large group. This is a major part of the job, so this is an essential skill!  

If you are confident in what you are doing, then the people in your class will have confidence in you as an instructor. 

Your confidence will increase over time as you become more familiar with the job. But you should be a naturally outgoing and confident person if you want to become a successful kettlebell instructor. 

Ability to clearly explain complex movements

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Being able to give clear instructions is particularly important for a kettlebell instructor, as kettlebell exercises can be complex.

Especially if you have beginners to kettlebell training in your class, you should be able to clearly explain how to do each movement. 

You can do this verbally, or by physically demonstrating the movement to them.

Again, this skill often comes with time. But the more in-depth knowledge you have about kettlebell training, the better you will be able to explain the exercises. This is why taking courses such as a CPD in kettlebell training is so beneficial! 

 

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Motivational

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Kettlebell training can be a high-intensity and fairly advanced form of training. So the ability to motivate your students through a hard class is essential!

This is particularly important when teaching beginners. If they haven’t done kettlebell training before, they may need some extra words of encouragement to push through the class. 

For some ideas of how to do this, check out these ways to motivate your clients here!  

Organisational skills

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Aside from physically teaching the class itself, being a kettlebell instructor involves a lot of administrative work too. This requires a high level of organisation. 

For example, you will have to plan a routine and structure for your classes. Without a clear plan for your classes, you will seem unprofessional and you may forget to include important aspects of the class or lose track of time! 

Organisational skills are particularly important if you are working as a freelance kettlebell instructor. You will have the added responsibilities that come with being freelance, such as:

  • Doing your own taxes
  • Organising finances
  • Creating marketing strategies
  • Managing your clients and schedules
  • Sourcing a space to train in

To help you get organised, check out these essential personal training resources

How To Find A Job As A Kettlebell Instructor

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Now that you are qualified, the next step to becoming a kettlebell instructor is of course to find a job! 

General job listing websites such as Indeed and Glassdoor are a great place to start. There are also fitness-specific job boards such as:

As we’ve already touched on, when looking for jobs on these sites, it is unlikely that you will come across a job with the exact title of ‘kettlebell instructor’. 

Instead, try searching for terms such as:

  • Personal trainer
  • Fitness instructor
  • Group exercise instructor
  • Exercise instructor
  • Gym instructor

You can then look in more detail at the job description to see if teaching kettlebell classes is part of the role. 

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That said, don’t immediately discard a job if there is no mention of kettlebell classes in the description. 

You could still apply for the job, and in the interview stage, ask the employer whether there would be an opportunity to teach kettlebell classes as part of the role. 

When applying for jobs, you could also include in your fitness instructor CV and cover letter that you have a particular interest in kettlebell training, and mention any extra qualifications you have.

As with any career, networking can also be a good way to find a job as a kettlebell instructor. You can do this by things like visiting gyms and fitness centres in-person, as well as online via social networks such as LinkedIn. 

For example, you could go into a gym and ask if they would be interested in someone to teach their kettlebell classes. This shows great initiative and can really help you stand out to employers! 

Kettlebell Instructor Career Progression

Now that you know how to become a certified kettlebell instructor, you may now be wondering what career progression you can expect.

Here are some of the most popular career paths in kettlebell training:

Become a personal trainer specialising in kettlebell training 

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As we have said, if you work for a gym or fitness centre, it’s likely that you would be working under a different job title, such as ‘fitness instructor’ or ‘personal trainer’. 

Who knows, you might find a passion for personal training, and decide that you want to work as a freelance personal trainer with a specialism in kettlebell training.

For example, Jason Elliott is doing exactly that:

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As you can see, he has started his own business, operating as a personal trainer who specialises in kettlebell training.

Having a personal training niche such as this means that you can market yourself as a specialist. For example, in this case, this PT has marketed themselves as a ‘kettlebell guru’. 

This increases your earning potential, as being a specialist in a particular area of fitness means that you can justify charging more for your sessions! 

Plus, choosing a niche makes it easier for you to stand out as a personal trainer. There are lots of general personal trainers out there, but not many who specialise in working with kettlebells!

Another benefit of working as a personal trainer specialising in kettlebell instruction is that in general, personal trainers earn more than those who are exclusively class instructors.

According to Payscale, the average hourly rate for a personal trailer is £24.85, with the potential to go up to £49.42

Compare this to the average group exercise instructor salary of £11.79, and it is easy to see why so many kettlebell instructors are also working as a personal trainer!  

Start a kettlebell training club or gym

Another potential route of progression is to start your own kettlebell training club or gym. That is, rather than being a freelance personal trainer with a specialism, you start your own business. 

Here is an example of a company that solely specialises in kettlebell training:

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As you would expect, this is something that you would work your way up to. It is a lot easier to do once you have gained at least a few years of experience working in the fitness industry, rather than if you have just qualified as a personal trainer, for example. 

This is because you will need to be extremely confident in not only your instructing skills, but also in all of the other elements that come with starting a business such as finances, administration, and marketing.

Plus, if you already have experience working as a kettlebell instructor, you may have gained loyal clients which you could then take with you, rather than starting from scratch!

If you like the sound of this career path, check out our guide to writing a gym business plan for tips and inspiration.   

 

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Offer online kettlebell classes

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As a freelance personal trainer or as part of your kettlebell training business, another good way to progress in your career and increase your earnings is to offer online classes.

This is becoming an increasingly popular and lucrative career option for fitness professionals, as more and more clients are wanting to train from the comfort of their own home. 

By offering online kettlebell classes, you are able to take on clients who want to train from home, as well as training clients in-person. This therefore expands your clientbase and increases your earnings!

This can also help increase your client retention rates.

For example, say you teach a kettlebell class at a gym and one of your regular clients moves away and can no longer come to your in-person classes. By running classes online, this client can join in from home, and you have avoided losing a loyal paying client! 

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You can also take on clients who couldn’t train with you previously due to location or logistical barriers.

Exclusively offering online kettlebell classes allows you to work in the area of fitness that you are passionate about, and it means that clients don’t have to pay for or store tons of equipment for their home workouts - they’ll just need a kettlebell!

A good way to get into online kettlebell instruction is to simply film your kettlebell classes as you teach them in-person. This way, you’re not spending much more time and effort, but reaching a whole other audience of clients!

For example, you could simply set up a camera at the back of the room. You could then either live stream your class to people at home via Zoom, or record the class and post it online afterwards. 

For more information about how to start offering online kettlebell classes, check out our complete guide to how to become an online personal trainer

Instructing other group exercise classes 

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Many kettlebell instructors also go into teaching other forms of group exercise. 

This is a great option if your favourite aspects of kettlebell instructing are planning the classes and teaching a large group of people!

Plus, learning how to teach other group exercise classes as well as kettlebell classes, has the potential to increase your earnings, as you can expand the range of services you offer your clients. 

Here are some of the most popular types of group exercises classes that you could teach in addition to kettlebell classes:

Circuit/ HIIT/ bootcamp classes

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These kinds of classes are those that involve a mix of different strength training and cardio exercises performed in a circuit, with rests in between each set of exercises. 

There are lots of benefits to circuit training, making it a very popular type of group exercise class. This subsequently means that instructors who can teach circuit classes are very in demand! 

To teach circuit training-based classes, we recommend taking OriGym’s CPD course in Circuit Training. You’ll learn how to plan and deliver group circuit training sessions, qualifying you to teach a wide range of circuit classes. 

Many gyms offer their own versions of circuit classes under different names. For example, PureGym have ‘JD Burn’, which is a kind of HIIT circuit training class:

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By having a CPD in circuit training, you would therefore have the knowledge and skills to teach this kind of class. 

Spinning classes

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This is one of the most popular fitness classes out there, so it is certainly a lucrative area of group instruction to get into! 

We have a whole article on how to become a Spin instructor. But to summarise, since Spin is actually a trademarked name, you will need a specific qualification to teach an official ‘Spin’ class. 

However, there is nothing stopping you from running your own indoor cycling classes- as long as you don’t use the official ‘Spin’ name! 

In fact, many gyms offer their own version of indoor cycling classes, which you can teach with a Level 2 fitness instructing qualification. For example, PureGym run cycling classes simply under the name ‘Cycle’:

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Since it doesn’t use the official trademarked ‘Spin’ name, you could teach this class as a qualified group exercise instructor, as well as their kettlebell classes! 

Les Mills classes

Les Mills is a fitness company with trademarked classes such as Bodypump, BODYCOMBAT and BodyBalance, which are taught in gyms and fitness centres across the world. 

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Like Spin, it’s a trademarked name, and you’ll need a specific qualification to teach official Les Mills classes. 

Check out our article on how to become a Les Mills instructor here for more information about this qualification. 

Just as you can with indoor cycling, you can run your own classes that are very similar to Les Mills classes, as long as you don’t use their trademarked names.

In fact, taking a Les Mills-specific qualification is not only expensive, but it also limits you to teaching exclusively Les Mills classes. 

For example, BODYCOMBAT is simply a type of boxing-inspired aerobics class. Whilst you need a specific qualification to teach a BODYCOMBAT class, as a qualified fitness instructor, you can still teach general box fit classes.

If you want to teach boxing-inspired classes, we recommend taking a CPD course in Boxing and Pad Work with OriGym. This teaches you the skills required to lead pad work and boxing classes.

Before You Go! 

So, that covers everything that you need to know about how to become a kettlebell instructor in the UK! 

Start your journey to becoming a kettlebell instructor today by completing a personal training course with OriGym. You can also browse the full range of courses we offer by downloading our free course prospectus here

Written by Alice Williams

Content Writer & Fitness Enthusiast

Alice is a content writer at OriGym. With a first-class degree in French and Linguistics, she loves all things language, fitness and culture. As part of her degree, she spent a year living in France where she worked for a lifestyle blog, gaining professional experience in both translation and content writing. 

When she’s not writing, you can usually find Alice practicing yoga and she hopes to one day become a yoga instructor herself. She also loves running, tennis and cooking up a vegan storm in the kitchen! It was this passion for health and fitness, combined with her love for writing, that brought Alice to OriGym.

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