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Free fitness yoga instructor vacations

Fitness studio owner reviews in this podcast interview

Fitness coach and instructor free vacation travel with triptribe
Coach Kelly with some of her tribe in the yoga hut.

If you have a loyal group of participants to your class or fitness studio, taking them on a TripTribe fitness retreat or vacation sounds like an awesome opportunity – especially when you get to travel for free as a TripTribe Ambassador!

We talked about this new opportunity in an earlier post about getting paid to take a group on a fitness vacation. 

Coach Kelly McCormack owns Club Inhale Exhale in Billerica, Massachusetts. This past May she traveled with a group of her clients to a ranch in the mountains of Costa Rica. it sounds like everyone had a great time and best of all, the check TripTribe sent her at the conclusion of the trip paid all of her expenses 🙂

Listen to my interview with Kelly to hear her explain her experience.

Last minute teaching fitness vacations.


If you’re feeling a spontaneous urge to travel to the Caribbean next week, there are a bunch of All Inclusive Resorts who need a fitness pro.

Travel the week of May 24-31 to
Secrets Vallarta Bay (PVR)
Now Amber Puerto Vallarta (PVR family resort)
Dreams Villamagna (PVR family resort)

Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun (CUN)*open due to last minute cancellation. Gift fund only. No admin fee. This week/resort ONLY.

Hyatt Ziva (MBJ family resort)
Hyatt Zilara (MBJ family resort)
Couples Tower Isle (MBJ) yoga position
Couples San Souci (MBJ)
Jewel Dunns River (MBJ)
Jewel Paradise Cove (MBJ)
Jewel Runaway Bay (MBJ family friendly)

Just added – last minute request – one week only for
Sandals La Toc St. Lucia (SLU or UVVF)

All the details are here – even if you can’t make it next week, there’s no time like now to plan your next vacation.

Is it time to schedule your teaching fitness vacation?

Teach Fitness Vacation in Jaimaica

I know it’s summer, but I needed a trip scheduled. This warm, beautiful weather is going to end long before I’m ready. When it does I’ll want to escape to a warm beach, even if only for a week. Past experience tells me that there are limited opportunities to travel where Amy and I can teach fitness, in exchange for an all-inclusive vacation at a resort in the Caribbean.

This morning, Amy and I booked our week in the sun! We’re traveling the week of December 7th – 14th and we’ll be teaching at the Secrets St James resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica 🙂

We were there a few years ago. This resort is awesome and only a 15 minute cab ride (on the wrong side of the road) from MBJ – the Montego Bay, Jamaica airport. Here’s a short video we made explaining what happens when no one shows up for your class – which is not uncommon and is nothing to be concerned about.

Teaching opportunities at Secrets are for Group Fitness and Mind Body certified Instructors = this will be an easy week for me as I’m neither. But I will help out. Many resorts schedule an early AM fitness walk, which I’ll do, so Amy can sleep in.

Amy’s teaching schedule will include a couple of Pilates classes each day. That’s it, unless we work a trade with the other Instructor to cover each other’s their classes one day, so we both have a full day off to explore Jamaica if we choose.

The company that makes these trips possible is FitBodiesInc. Amy and I have traveled with them for close to 20 years (has it really been that long?) and we have always enjoyed working with their president Suzelle Snowden. Suzelle was actually my very first guest on the Indoor Cycle Instructor Podcast back in 2008. Since then we have encouraged hundreds of other instructors to take advantage of these very low cost vacations.

Suzelle and I recorded an interview back in 2009 that explains everything and how they added a few resorts where you can teach if you’re not a Group Fitness/Mind Body Instructor – you’re only certified as an Indoor Cycling Instructor.

You can learn more about the details here or create a free profile so you can check availability at the 60 participating resorts in Jamaica, Mexico and other exotic locations in the Caribbean.

Tennis Pros are needed to teach at these resorts this spring

Tennis Pro Teaching Vacations to Jamaica and Mexico

Are you a tennis Pro or coach looking to take an all-inclusive vacation this spring? FitBodies,Inc. has these opening they need to fill ASAP!

TENNIS PROS – check it out.  For a few short weeks you can book the all new JEWEL PARADISE COVE in Runaway Bay Jamaica.  April 13-20, 20-27 and April 27-May 4 weeks are available for a tennis pro and your one adult companion.   Log in and look for Jewel Paradise Cove to find these three dates only.  No more will be available so take advantage for this limited time only. See our short review of this property below 🙂

Grand Lido Negril –  Would love you tennis pros to book more weeks!  Right now we have a special request for a tennis pro April 13-20.  Travel to beautiful Jamaica and to one of the most amazing beaches in the world right out your hotel door. This is my all-time favorite resort in Jamaica.

Zoetry Paraiso de la Bonita – This wonderful property is looking for tennis pros too!  You will find this resort available to tennis pros on our site but with no dates listed.  You must first create a user profile and then contact Lisa at to be approved and find out dates of availability.  Sorry, Christmas and New Years weeks will never be available.  Also keep in mind that there is a nightly per person fee to stay at this exceptional property.

Fit Bodies,Inc is sponsoring our “Awesome Instructor” Award


I’m really excited to announce that Michelle Parolini from Allison Park, PA. is the first recipient of our “Awesome Instructor” award!

Suzelle Snowden from Fit Bodies, Inc has graciously offered a $500.00 certificate that Michelle and a guest can use toward an All-Inclusive Teaching Vacation at any one of 60 beautiful resorts in the Caribbean :)

Michelle quit her day job as a commercial real estate broker to become the CEO | Head Coach & Mentor of Park Journeys, Inc.

Park Journeys, Inc. is a youth development organization which seeks to educate, energize, and empower urban and rural youth through exploration, wellness and civic engagement.

You can learn more about why Michelle is an “Awesome Instructor” and hear her share the wonderful experiences she having with Park Journeys, Inc. by following this link to

We just booked Jewel Paradise Cove Resort and Spa for December

Teach fitness class in Jamaica

Jewel Paradise Cove Resort and Spa is a brand new property in Runaway Bay Jamaica – and I’m not kidding about brand new, their grand opening isn’t until Nov 15 2013. That’s a month from now.

John and I are very excited to spend the week there. Poor guy, he wasn’t able to go anywhere last winter. My older daughter Abby and I had a fabulous time at Dreams in Puerto Vallarta… while John stayed home to watch the dog.

I hear this place is awesome and the early reviews are very positive. We plan to post a review of the resort as soon as we get back in mid December.

Do you have your teaching vacation planned for 2014?


Now you can teach in St. Maarten!

take a teaching fitness vacation in the caribbean as a yoga instructor
Another beautiful place to teach!

Suzelle Snowden from FitBodiesinc send me the announcement about a new resort in St. Maarten that all you Yoga Instructors should check out.

Fit Bodies, Inc. is very proud to announce a BRAND NEW Country and a NEW RESORT to add to our list of prestigious locations for our members.

St. Maarten!! Did you know….The 37-square-mile island of St. Maarten was first settled by the Arawaks and was discovered by Christopher Columbus on behalf of Spain in 1493. Columbus sighted the island on November 11th, the holy day of St. Martin of Tours, and so named the island after him. For the next 150 years the island was passed between Holland, England, teach fitness at a vacation resort in mexico or jamaicaFrance and Spain.\The old stone forts that guard many of the island’s inlets are proof of the island’s turbulent past. In 1648 St. Maarten was peacefully divided between Holland and France, and today is the smallest landmass in the world to be shared by two sovereign nations. and announcing our newest resort….

The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino inviting yoga teachers to experience a new level of luxury in St. Maarten. From the moment you arrive you will know this resort is something special. Click here to see if you qualify and/or learn more.

Vacation and teach fitness with an instructor friend

teach fitness at a vacation resort in mexico or jamaica

For many of us, our world is all about fitness. Many of our friends are fitness instructors who we’ve taught with for years and we socialise with them and their significant other.

So why not vacation together as couples?

It wasn’t so easy… until now.

In the past, resorts would typically only accept one fitness professional at a time. Amy has vacationed with a friend – leaving me and the kids at home 🙁 It’s been a great deal for both; Amy’s teaching credentials provide the all-inclusive accommodations (you get to bring one adult with you) and her girlfriend pays for the plane tickets – typically with points.

But now a number of resorts recognise the value of having two guest instructors, which opens the potential for you and another instructor to take a teaching vacation together!

Here is the list of resorts that will host two instructors and the formats you’ll need to be certified to teach:

  • Couples San Souci – tennis and group exercise
  • Couples Tower Isle – Yoga/pilates and group exercise or Spin only
  • Couples Swept Away- yoga and group exercise
  • Couples Barbados – Yoga and group exercise
  • Dreams Puerto Vallarta – Yoga and group exercise and/or tennis through October 2013 then 1 pro is scheduled weekly. They will host ANY enthusiastic format!
  • Secrets Montego Bay – Yoga/pilates and group exercise or Zumba
  • Jewel Runaway Bay – Yoga/pilates, group exercise or Zumba and GOLF or tennis
  • Jewel Dunns River – Group exercise and tennis
  • Hedonism II – Group exercise and tennis and yoga/pilates (3 positions)
  • Barcelo Punta Cana – Group exercise, yoga/pilates, Zumba or Personal Trainer (3 positions)
  • Grand Palladium Riviera – Group exercise or Zumba and tennis
  • Grand Palladium Vallarta – Group exercise and tennis
  • Grand Palladium Bavaro – Zumba and Yoga
  • Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton – tennis and group exercise or yoga or Zumba

This can work very well for you and your friend, if you both teach the required formats. One can take all the classes during the day, giving the other the full day off to schedule off-property excursions.

Create your free profile to check availability and  learn more