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 and non-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 commit to approximately 5-10 classroom/practice/study hours per week for two academic quarters, 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, as well as non-students, 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, Step, and Total Toning, so the best way to prepare for auditions is to take these (or similar) classes and/or attend the Fitness Instructor Open House. Check out the bios of current instructors here.

Audition Information

Update: Our next found of Fitness Instructor Auditions will be held on Sat., October 27, 2018 @ 9:30 AM-12:30 PM! Additionally, we are hosting a Fitness Instructor Open House before the 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. Your audition will feature a brief program overview, an introduction of current staff/instructors and instructor candidates, as well as three mini-classes (30 minutes in length each).

Instructor candidates will be evaluated on:

  • public speaking ability
  • movement quality
  • energy

After the audition, 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 2019.

*NEW* Fitness Instructor Open House

New this year, instructor candidates will have the opportunity to participate in our Fitness Instructor Open House. This informal gathering will be a time for you to interact with current staff and instructors as well as learn about what to expect from the audition. The Fitness Instructor Open House will be held on Tuesday, October 16 @ 5:30-7:30 PM in IMA Meeting Room 246Please note participation in the Fitness Instructor Open House is not mandatory to participate in the audition.


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

Click here to read answers to our Frequently Asked Questions

Application for F.I.T. Interest

Applications for F.I.T. Interest are OPEN! Applications will close on Fri., Oct. 26 at 12 PM.

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 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 2019-20 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)