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Fitness Instructor Training (F.I.T.) Program

Are you passionate about fitness and health and looking to gain leadership experience teaching group fitness classes?  We’re looking for fun, energetic leaders to participate in our F.I.T. Program!

What is the F.I.T. Program?

UW Recreation’s Fitness Instructor Training (F.I.T.) program prepares students to lead group fitness classes on campus in a structured and supportive setting. No previous teaching experience is required! 

If accepted into the program, you will commitment to approximately 5-10 classroom/practice/study hours per week for two academic quarters, typically Winter and Spring. Those who successfully complete both quarters of preparation may begin teaching for UW Recreation the following Summer Quarter. Pay starts at $17 per hour.

How will the F.I.T. Program Benefit You?

You will gain experience in:

  • Fundamentals of anatomy, exercise science, and group fitness
  • Public Speaking
  • Group Leadership
  • Professional Conduct

Other benefits:

  • Join a supportive community of others dedicated to helping others
  • Looks great on a resume
  • Receive the opportunity to get paid to work out!

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of academic majors have been successful in the F.I.T. program. While group exercise participation experience is highly encouraged, no teaching experience is necessary. New instructors teach Core Conditioning, ABSolute Conditioning, Cardio Kickboxing, and Total Toning, so the best way to prepare for auditions is to take these (or similar) classes and/or the Fitness Instructor Audition Prep Course. Check out the bios of current instructors here.

Audition Information

**Update: We have postponed the November 5, 2017 audition. Our next found of Fitness Instructor Auditions will be held on Saturday, December 2! Additionally, we are hosting a Fitness Instructor Audition Prep Course before each audition.  See below for more details…

The F.I.T. program has a selective admissions process consisting of an application submission including résumé and cover letter (see below for form), an audition, and an interview. Auditions are held annually (The next audition will be held Saturday, December 2 @ 9:30am-12:30pm). Your audition will feature a brief program overview, introduction of current staff/instructors and instructor candidates, as well as three mini-classes (each 30 minutes in length).

Instructor candidates will be evaluated on:

  • public speaking ability
  • movement quality
  • energy

After each of the auditions, select instructor candidates will be invited to participate in an in-person interview. After the interview round, select instructor candidates will be invited to participate in the next round of Fitness Instructor Training, beginning Winter Quarter 2018.

*NEW* Fitness Instructor Audition Prep Course

New this year, instructor candidates will have the opportunity to participate in our Fitness Instructor Audition Prep Course. This four-week class will meet twice weekly to prepare you for your audition day. You will work with fitness staff and instructors to learn, first-hand, what you will be evaluated on in your audition. You’ll also receive positive and constructive feedback to help you grow and succeed. Please note participation in the Fitness Instructor Audition Prep Course is not mandatory to participate the audition.

To register for the Fitness Instructor Audition Prep Course (starts November 7th), please click here.


If you’re interested in getting more information or if you have questions, contact Jessica Norman, Fitness Coordinator, at or 206-543-1717.

Click here to read answers to our Frequently Asked Questions

Application for F.I.T. Interest

To participate in our Autumn Quarter 2017 auditions, you must complete an application (which includes attaching both your résumé and cover letter).

Your Full Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Phone Number (required)

If you are a student or graduate, your year/major:

If you are faculty/staff, your department:

Your Resume (required)

Your Cover Letter* (required) *Please tailor your cover letter to your interest in leading group fitness classes for the UW Recreation. You are encouraged to include any additional information about your knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to group fitness instruction.

Are you currently an IMA member? (required)

Those who successfully complete the program this spring are expected to work at the IMA for a minimum of one academic year.* Will you be taking classes or working on or near campus the duration of the 2018-19 academic year? (required) *Our first preference is to hire students and while faculty/staff are welcome to participate in FIT, we cannot guarantee that they will be hired upon FIT completion.

Are you lawfully permitted to work in the US? (required)