GroupEx Zumba class with teacher dancing and F45 instructor using ropes with two participants

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Become a fitness instructor

Instructor training program

Interested in learning to teach GroupEX or F45? Our instructor training will give you the skills you need to teach a variety of fitness classes! This program includes lecture and hands-on practical training. Participants who complete the training are given an opportunity to audition and interview for a GroupEx or F45 position with University Recreation!  

Virtual meeting on Monday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m.

Fee: $40

Fee includes 8-week training program, training manual, and handouts. 

Questions/concerns about payment? 

Email contact to learn about financial assistance options


Grace Darling
Graduate Assistant of Fitness and Wellness
(269) 387-4732

Spring informational meeting

Monday, Jan. 29

In-person •  5 p.m. 




Fitness Instructor Training Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Aerobics Instructor Training program?
It is an eight-week long program that teaches individuals the guidelines for safely teaching a variety of group fitness formats while allowing hands on experience and constructive feedback from professionals within the field. Instructor training will include a one-hour classroom portion and two-hours of hands-on training weekly. Participants who successfully complete the training are given an opportunity to audition and interview for a group fitness or F45 position with University Recreation.

What can I expect from this program?
This course will cover the basics of exercise physiology and anatomy needed to format a group fitness class. Participants can expect to learn how to create an exercise routine fora group following the appropriate guidelines and safety recommendations set out by ACSM. Topics covered will include choreography, safety, strength training, cardio, choreographed dance, aqua aerobics, music selection and more. Participants will take turns leading each other in formats in a small group setting and receive their own training manual with handouts covering the information for future review.

How do I enroll in this program and what is the cost?
Payment and registration can be made at the service desk. The cost is $40.

What day and time is this program held?
Session days and times are to be determined. 

What if I cannot be there for every session? 
Just as with an academic course, you are expected to attend sessions in order to learn. Should you miss a session or two, you can always connect with a fellow participant to see what, you missed.

Why is this a valuable experience for students pursuing a fitness/wellness based career?
No matter your professional course, knowing how to lead a group exercise class and how to safely format exercises for a variety of individuals is important information. It can also turn into a fun  on-campus job while building your resume and gaining valuable, transferable skills.