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Certification Training


Are you interested in becoming a certified group fitness instructor or personal trainer? We have partnered with NASM to get you exclusive pricing for both Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer programs. Have access to all the study material, books, and videos anytime, anywhere! Registration also includes your exam fee and a free retake if you don't pass the first time!

Group Fitness Instructor Course

  • $400 / Member 
  • $500 / Non-Member 

Personal Trainer Course

  • $600 / Member
  • $700  / Non-Member

Shine Dance Fitness Certification

Who can be a Shine instructor? 
We want to tell you right here and now – you DON’T have to be a certain weight, age, or have any dance experience to be a SHiNE Instructor. We’re looking for leaders who are passionate about making a difference in their own life and the lives of others. We want people who value connection and see the bigger picture beyond burning calories and building muscles. Register on the Shine Dance Fitness

What will I learn? 
During SHiNE Instructor training, we discuss the power and fundamentals of dance fitness. Participants learn the seven qualities of a successful SHiNE Instructor, as well as how to create a playlist that is safe, effective, and FUN! We teach you the signature SHiNE warmup and break-down technique, choreography, cues, modifications, student engagement, and showmanship. Most importantly, you learn to build your own SHiNE Tribe by creating a community and opportunities for connection.

Saturday, March 4, 2023 
8:30 am - 6:00 pm 
Early Bird Price: $249.00 USD* (sign-up by 02.04.2023!)
Regular Price: $299.00 USD*
*Note: No refunds are provided, however, you can reschedule within 1-year for a different LIVE or ONLINE training date.

Same-day Free Master Class 

Fitness Professional Inquiry

Personal Trainer and Instructor Interest Meetings
Interested in becoming a Group Fitness Instructor or Personal Trainer? Join us for an interest meeting to learn how to become an instructor or trainer and how you can work for Campus Recreation during this process. Register on the Campus Rec portal. Can't make it? Get in contact through Get Involved to speak directly with a certified personal trainer or group fitness instructor. 

Friday, 1- 4 pm | Check in at the Fitness Zone Desk

  • January 20
  • February 17
  • March 24
  • April 21

Instructor Training Series
Interested in leading group fitness classes but don't know where to start? Join us monthly to learn how to teach different fitness formats:

  January 27 | 1 - 4 pm - The basics of teaching group fitness. This will prepare you to teach a variety of formats and eventually get certified as a general group fitness instructor.

  February 24 | 1 - 4 pm - Learn how to instruct dance fitness classes. This will prepare you to create and follow choreography and teach workouts to the beat of the music. This workshop will help you learn how to get certified in dance formats such as Zumba.

  March 31 | 1 - 4 pm- Form and technique for strength and interval-based classes. This will prepare you to teach classes using weights and intervals to elevate your heart rate. This workshop will help you learn how to get certified as a general group fitness instructor.

  April 28 | 1 - 4 pm - Mind and Body for yoga or pilates classes. This will prepare you to lead a mind and body class using yoga techniques. This workshop will help you learn how to get certified as a yoga instructor.  

Fitness Instructor Auditions

The Fitness Program at Campus Recreation is looking for enthusiastic group fitness instructors! Experience is preferred but not required. Develop a 10-minute group fitness class of your choice and start your part-time fitness career with us. 

Please direct all questions and video auditions to the Fitness Coordinator.