Recreational Sports Programs

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

Next Round of Fitness Instructor Tryouts will be held during the Autumn Quarter of 2016 – check back often for updates! 


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. Tryouts are held annually. We’ve already held tryouts for the 2015-16 year. The next round of tryouts will be held during the Autumn quarter of 2016. 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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