Recreation

UW Recreation offers a variety of fitness options to challenge, excite, and inspire you to grow in your health and well-being. Our fitness classes are engaging, modifiable for most ability levels, and designed to offer the variety you want with the motivation you need!


Group Fitness

Our fitness and dance classes are designed to celebrate and inspire all. Register for the quarter with the Rec Class Pass and drop in as options fit into your schedule. We offer a wide variety of unique classes that will help you on your wellness journey. All of our instructors are certified for their respective classes and are eager to help you succeed and be well! If you have any questions regarding the group fitness program, please email Jeff at jpalmer8@uw.edu

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Fitness Instructors

Learn what classes our instructors teach, and a little bit about their backgrounds and what inspires them on our instructor page.

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

Do you love fitness and want 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 Handbook Rental 
  • 16 hours of lecture to prepare for the national certifying exam, 
  • 16 hours of practical experience learning to teach one of the following formats
    • Dance
    • Cardio Kickboxing
    • HIIT *(High Intensity Interval Training)
    • Indoor Cycling
    • Total Body Strength 
    • & more! 
  • The program fee DOES NOT include the ACE GFI Exam fee of $199

Course Information:

F.I.T. will not be offered for the remainder of the academic year.

FAQ’s

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 Jeff Palmer, jpalmer8@uw.edu.

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

It is a one-quarter commitment in which we meet two times 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 $19 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. 

Questions About Accessibility?

UW Recreation’s programs, operations, and facilities are intended to be inclusive and accessible. If at any time, you have a need or concern please contact us, we encourage everyone to participate in our department offerings. For accommodation requests connected to a disability or health condition contact us at (206) 543-4590 or at recinfo@uw.edu. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance as possible, preferably at least 10 business days.

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Insurance

UW Recreation does not provide accident or medical coverage for participants. It is recommended that participants obtain their own personal coverage. Students may obtain additional information on student accident/sickness insurance by contacting:  Insurance & Cost | Husky Health & Well-Being (uw.edu)

Questions About Refunds?

For questions about program or membership refunds check the Registration page or contact recinfo@uw.edu.

Contact Us

Jeff Palmer
206.543.1717
jpalmer8@uw.edu

Member Services
206.543.4590
recinfo@uw.edu