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 Spring 2020 course syllabus for more details.

The Fall 2020 Course runs September 2 to October 14. Registration is open below.

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.

Our Fall FIT Express runs October 16 and 17. Registration is open below.

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 TBD    
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!

Format Date Time Location


*Note: 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 which would be a better fit: the 7-Week Course or the Express Track.