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Effective Friday, November 20, indoor recreation spaces will be closed in accordance with the Governor's orders. This includes closure of the Student Recreation Center, Stephenson Fitness Center, and Hollingbery Fieldhouse.  The SRC Pool is still open for use.  Reservations are still required to use the SRC Pool
The Chinook will remain open for non-recreation activities only.
The ORC Rental Shop and Valley Road Playfields will operate as normal.  The SRC Backyard and the Outdoor Tennis Courts will be available until 7:00pm each night.

Become a Fitness Instructor

Are you interested in becoming a UREC Group Fitness Instructor? Our Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) course can be your first step to teaching group classes and inspiring active, healthy living. 

FIT is a combination of lecture and practical application that cover the basics of group exercise instruction:

7-Week Course

We designed this option for those with no prior experience in group fitness. Topics include:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Exercise Selection
  • Cueing and Choreography
  • Injury Prevention...and much more!

View our Fall 2020 course syllabus for more details. Registration is below at the bottom of the page.

The Spring 2020 Course will run January 27 to March 10 with both virtual and in-person meetings. Registration opens December 1.

FIT Express

Our two-day Express course is for those who have both prior instruction experience and a national certification or extensive formal training. A national certification includes a general (Group Fitness from ACE, AFAA, NASM, etc.) and/or format-specific certifications (Les Mills, Zumba, XPole, CrossFit, etc.). Formal training includes dance, martial arts, theatre, and other instructional formats. We will also accept successful completion of substantial Exercise Science-related courses with grades of B or higher as formal training. To verify your eligibility for this course, please send Joseph Martin, Coordinator for Group Fitness & Instruction, an email with your resume/CV and copies of your national certifications or formal training documentation. Registration is below at the bottom of the page.

The Spring 2020 EXPRESS Course will comprise of unguided virtual content (completed on students' own time) and an in-person meeting on March 13. Registration opens December 1.

FIT Apprenticeship & In-House Training

During the FIT course, students will be assigned a fitness class to shadow and observe, depending on their format interests. The instructor for this class will serve as their mentor as they continue to the apprenticeship portion of the hiring process after passing the course.

The apprenticeship will prepare students for their auditions, which is the final step prior to being hired. The process usually takes another six weeks and involves further shadowing/observation, practice, and co-teaching with their mentors. 

As continuing education and instructor development is important to us and our team, students will also undergo in-house training. In-house training covers format-specific knowledge and skills and further prepares students for class planning, equipment use, and instruction. Students can complete in-house training before or after completion of the FIT course. If students are interested in teaching more than one format, they will have to attend multiple trainings and complete an audition for each one. Please contact Joseph Martin to register.

Format Date Time Location
Yoga October 17-18 1-8 p.m. SRC 245
Spin  We are not conducting any other in-house training at this time.    
Functional and Circuit Training      
Instructional Dance      

National Certifications

Join UREC in taking your fitness experience and instructional skills to the next level with these national certifications! 

We invite you to register through the links below. We regularly update this page, so check back for more training dates for other formats!

Training Date Time Location
Pink Gloves Boxing Training Camp  January 30-31, 2021  9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.  SRC 256

After successful completion of a national certification or in-house training at UREC, we still require prospective instructors to undergo FIT. Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding which would be a better fit: the 7-Week Course or the Express Track.

You can register for FIT below: