Become An Instructor

The Fitness program offers 3 different instructor training programs for students interested in pursuing employment, not just within the Fitness program at Campus Recreation, but also in the fitness field following graduation. Only two characteristics required: passion and energy! No previous teaching experience required.

Each instructor training program lasts 8 weeks, consisting of 40+ hours of both academic-based and hands-on training. Training program topics include basic anatomy, fundamentals of kinesiology and biomechanics, progression, safety cueing, injury prevention, risk management, as well as optional training to instruct specialty classes. At the conclusion of each training program, trainees will complete a written exam to assess learning and student learning outcomes. The Fitness program will then proceed with scheduling formal interviews and practical assessments/auditions to complete the hiring process.

Health Science majors can participate in “Become an Instructor” training programs as part of their required practical experience hours. Approval for practical experience hours must be discussed with the Health Science Department program advisor(s) and Associate Director of Campus Recreation prior to the start of training. Approval and academic credit are not guaranteed. Please contact Annette Biggs, Associate Director, at abiggs@uccs.edu for more information.

Please note the following regarding the completion of an instructor training program:

  • Does not automatically result in employment
  • Does not result in obtaining a formal certification. The training program does, however, provide a trainee with the fundamental knowledge necessary to start studying for a certification exam offered by a nationally recognized organization
  • No refunds

Group Fitness Instructor Training (GFIT)

Additional GFIT training topics include choreography and music, as well as optional training to instruct specialty classes. At the conclusion of GFIT, trainees are expected to teach all of the following formats: Step, BOSU®, CSI, Butts ‘N Gutts, Kickboxing, Bootcamp, Core Xpress and HIT30. Following training, trainees will complete a written exam, and upon receiving a grade of 80 %+ will move on to the next phase of instructor training; an internship. During this phase of instructor training each trainee will be matched with a veteran instructor in the Group Fitness program, co-teaching and applying the academic and hands-on skills obtained in GFIT. Formal interviews and auditions will follow the successful completion of the co-teaching experience.

Training dates and times:             April 6 - 27  on Sundays 1-5pm

Cycle Instructor Training

Additional Cycle Instructor training topics include appropriate bike fit, basic bike maintenance, music, diverse cycle program design, heart rate training, core training, and additional training to instruct specialty classes. Following training, trainees will complete a written exam, and upon receiving a grade of 80 %+ will move on to the next phase of instructor training; an internship. During this phase of instructor training each trainee will be matched with a veteran instructor in the Cycle program, co-teaching and applying the academic and hands-on skills obtained in the Cycle Instructor training program. Formal interviews and auditions will follow the successful completion of the co-teaching experience.

Training dates and times:             April 1 - May 9 on Tuesdays from 6-8am & Fridays 1:30-4pm

Become a Personal Trainer

This 8-week in-house training program prepares students for employment as personal trainers in the Fitness program at Campus Recreation. In addition to basic anatomy, the fundamentals of kinesiology and biomechanics, and risk management, the “Become a Personal Trainer” academic-based curriculum also includes information related to HIPAA, other legalities in the fitness and health industry, and motivational theory. Practical skills include the execution of fitness assessments based on the 5 components of fitness, exercise program design, Small Group Training class instruction, select Group Fitness class instruction, and specialty instruction, e.g. kettlebells, TRX® and heart rate training. At the conclusion of training trainees will complete both a written and practical exam, and with exam scores of 80 %+ may become eligible for an interview. Students hired as personal trainers following the conclusion of training must pursue a nationally recognized certification within 4 months of hire. Certifications accepted by the Personal Training program include ACSM, ACE, NSCA and NASM.

Training dates and times:             August 2014

Fees

Group Fitness Instructor Training, students only $165
Cycle Instructor Training, students only $165
Become a Personal Trainer, students only $165

To register for any of the "Become and Instructor" programs, please contact the Fitness program at fitness@uccs.edu