UW Recreation offers a variety of fitness options to challenge, motivate and inspire you to grow in your health and well-being.

Our classes are engaging, modifiable for all and designed to offer the variety you want with the motivation you need!

Recreation Fitness & Dance Class Offerings

Our fitness and dance classes are designed to celebrate and inspire all. Register for the quarter, or drop in as it fits in your schedule. For classes that involve partner work (for example, Salsa), participants do not need to register with a partner and all of our instructors use gender neutral language to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Participants should bring a water bottle.

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Become a Fitness Instructor – Fitness Instructor Training (F.I.T.) Program

Do you love fitness and aspire to inspire others to build their physical wellbeing?  Are you energetic, team-oriented and want to learn skills that will set you apart? 

Become a nationally-certified group fitness instructor with the skills and knowledge to safely and effectively lead others through group fitness classes.

Our Fitness Instructor Training Program prepares students and members to lead group fitness classes in a structured and supportive setting. No previous teaching experience is required. 

The program fee includes: 

  • ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam
  • ACE Group Fitness Instructor Handbook Rental 
  • ACE Digital Classroom (chapter reviews, quizzes, videos, webinars, exam review)
  • 10 hours of lecture to prepare for the national certifying exam, 
  • 20 hours of practical experience learning to teach one of the following formats
    • Cardio Dance
    • Cardio Kickboxing
    • HIIT *(High Intensity Interval Training)
    • Indoor Cycling
    • Total Body Strength 
    • & more! 

Course Information

Join us for the winter course kickoff on January 25th from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This course meets on Tuesdays and Sundays for 8 weeks beginning January 28th.


Who do I contact with questions regarding the F.I.T. program?

If you’re interested in getting more information or if you have questions, contact Leigha Bickford at

What does the F.I.T. commitment look like?

It is a one-quarter commitment in which we meet two nights per week. Towards the end of the quarter, we often add on an additional second practice per week. Our instructors have compared it to a 2-credit class because you will be doing assignments and studying, and putting in some practice time outside of class. You will also be asked to do some observations of our current instructors to complete your assignments.

Is everyone who does the F.I.T. Program hired to teach?

While there is no guarantee, the program is set up to help students succeed. We often find that most individuals who do not continue onto employment self-select out of the process. For those who are hired, the pay starts at $17 per hour.

When hired, how many hours per week do instructor work?

It varies. At a minimum, our instructors teach one class a week, most teach twice a week and some teach more if they demonstrate reliability and an ability to maintain an inspired environment in their classes. As you might imagine, teaching can be fatiguing and we aspire to help our employees find a healthy balance. There are opportunities to work other areas within Recreation for those seeking more hours.

Questions About Accessibility?

We encourage you to participate in classes, personal training, intramurals, rec clubs, or UWild Adventures. Please contact the Programs Office, (206) 543-2571 for more information.

The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests.  Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 business days.

Request Disability Services Office

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at:

Request Disability Resources for Students

Or the Disability Resources for Students Office at: