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Become a Fitness Instructor

The Summer FIT 7-week course scheduled for May 13 to June 17 has been canceled.

We also offer an Express option for those with both prior instruction experience and a national certification or extensive formal training. Our Summer FIT Express will run June 19 and 20. 

 

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.

Due to lack of registration, the Summer FIT class from May 13 to June 17 has been cancelled. The Express course below is not cancelled.

Registration for the Fall class will open June 8.

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 (joseph.martin@wsu.edu) with your resume/CV and copies of your national certifications or formal training documentation.

Our Spring FIT Express will run June 19 and 20. Registration is now 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 (joseph.martin@wsu.edu) to register.

Format Date Time Location
Yoga The in-house training schedule for Fall will be out soon!    
Spin               
Functional and Circuit Training      
Instructional Dance      
Kickboxing      

 

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
The training schedule for Fall will be out soon!      

 

*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 6-Week Course or the Express Track.

 

Registration Ends June 19

UREC Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) EXPRESS

Jun 19 - Jun 20 in Online Class/Seminar Online
[F] 3:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
[Sa] 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$20
 
 
We will learn the basics of group fitness instruction with UREC's Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) program. In order to qualify for the FIT Express course, we require students to have prior instruction experience, as well as 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. This two-day course will cover theoretical content and hands-on practice. It will take place on June 19 (3:00-6:30 PM) and June 20 (9:00-12:30 AM) via Zoom. This training is required to work for UREC and prepares instructors for taking the ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification exam (though we do not require instructors to take this exam). After successfully completing the course and the subsequent apprenticeship process, participants can audition to lead group fitness classes for UREC. Registration fee includes the manual, textbook rental, and enrollment into fitness classes for shadowing. Please note that completion of this course does not guarantee employment.