Recreational Sports Programs

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

Fitness Instructor Tryout applications due on Wednesday 10/29/14 at midnight!


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 a résumé and cover letter submission, a tryout and an interview. 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. Tryouts are held annually. The tryout for the 2014-15 year will be held on Saturday, November 15. 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 Learn more from the fitness instructors themselves on this short video. Questions can be directed to Anne Garrett, Fitness Coordinator, at or 206-543-1717.

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Application Instructions:

1. Read the FIT Info Sheet 2014-15 to learn important details about the program, registration process, and tryout (required).
2. Complete the FIT Tryout Registration 2014-15. Email along with your résumé and cover letter to Anne Garrett, Fitness Coordinator, at
You should receive a confirmation email within 2 business days.