Recreational Sports Programs

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

Next Round of Fitness Instructor Tryouts will be held on Sat., Nov. 5, 2016!


The University of Washington’s Fitness Instructor Training (F.I.T.) program prepares students to lead group fitness classes on campus. Students learn the fundamentals of anatomy, exercise science and group fitness instruction in a structured and supportive setting. Students also gain experience in public speaking, group leadership, and professional conduct. Students in a wide variety of academic majors have been successful in the F.I.T. program. 

The F.I.T. program has a selective admissions process consisting of an application submission including résumé and cover letter (see below for form), a tryout, and an interview. Tryouts are held annually. The next round of tryouts will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 9:30am-12:00pm and 1:00-3:30pm (you will have the opportunity to select your time preference below in the application). The program is a commitment of 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 at the IMA in Summer quarter. Pay starts at $15 per hour.

While group exercise participation experience is highly encouraged, no teaching experience is necessary. New instructors teach the classes Ab Lab, ABSolute Conditioning, Cardio Kickboxing, and Total Toning, so the best way to prepare for tryouts is to take these courses or similar courses. Check out the bios of current instructors here. If you’re interested in getting more information or if you have questions, contact Jessica Norman, Fitness Coordinator, at or 206-543-1717.

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Application for F.I.T. Interest

To participate in our Autumn Quarter 2016 tryouts, you must complete the application below, 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 IMA. You are encouraged to include any additional information about your knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to group fitness instruction.

Time Preference* (required) *Tryout session preferences will be considered; however, they cannot be guaranteed.
9:30 am - Noon 1:00 - 3:30 pm 

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 2017-18 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)