UW Recreation offers fitness and dance classes and special events in a variety of formats to meet the unique desires, goals, and interests of the members of the UW community. Under the guidance of our talented Group Fitness and Dance Instructors, participants can expect to be led through movement experiences that are accessible to individuals with varying abilities and skill levels.

Recreation Fitness & Dance Class Offerings

UW Recreation boasts a comprehensive listing of fitness classes which include a variety of formats. Our fitness and dance classes are open to everyone regardless of experience. Participants should wear clothing appropriate and comfortable for movement, including footwear (for example, sneakers). Sweat towels are provided in each studio. 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

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!

F.I.T. Program FAQ’s

F.I.T. Eligibility

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.

F.I.T. Auditions

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.

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. 

F.I.T. Applications

Applications have closed. The next round of FIT Program Auditions will be held in Autumn Quarter 2019.

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

It is a two-quarter commitment in which we meet one night 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.

What can I do to prepare for the audition?

You can prepare for the audition by going to fitness classes at the IMA, especially the fitness classes you would be teaching as a new instructor (Core Conditioning, ABSolute Conditioning, Cardio Kickboxing, and Total Toning.)
New this year, instructor candidates will have the opportunity to attend our Fitness Instructor Training Program Open House on Tuesday, October 16 @ 5:30-7:30 PM. You will have the opportunity to meet fitness staff and instructors to learn, first-hand, what you will be evaluated on in your audition. Please note participation in the Fitness Instructor Training Program Open House is not mandatory to participate in the audition. 

What will you be looking for at the audition?

We look for a couple of different things. If you are interested in teaching cardio, we look at how well you can teach to the beat. If you are interested in teaching strength, we look at form, especially for exercises such as squat lunges, push-ups, plank, and/or bridge.

What can a student do to be successful in the F.I.T. Program?

The biggest thing is to take fitness classes before you audition. That will give you a heads up when you go to try out. Once you are accepted into the program, you will need to study outside of your normal classes. Depending on your background – if you have a background in anatomy or in physiology – you won’t have to study as much. If the subject matter is new to you, you will probably need to put in at least an hour and possibly up to three hours, per week of study time outside of the F.I.T. Program classes.

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

Unfortunately, not everybody is hired to teach. You do need to have an 80% passing rate for the first quarter in order to go on to the second quarter. And then in the second quarter, you need another 80% passing rate in order to get hired as an instructor.

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

It depends on their schedule – we’re certainly flexible. At the minimum, they would teach a 30-minute Core Conditioning class twice per week (1-hour commitment). At a maximum, instructors would teach two different classes session per week (4-hour commitment).

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 Jessica Norman, Fitness Manager, at or 206-543-1717.

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.

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