Become a Group Fitness Instructor

Fitness Instructors

William & Mary Campus Recreation conducts Group Fitness Instructor Hiring every fall and spring. Individuals do not have to have a national fitness certification in order to be hired as Group Fitness Instructors at the Student Recreation Center. However, once hired, Instructors must obtain a national Group Fitness Instructor Certification within 6 months of the date they start work with Campus Rec. The Campus Rec in-house Group Fitness Instructor Training Course prepares students to take the American Council on Exercise Group Fitness Instructor Exam to become nationally certified Group Fitness Instructors. Students that have not taken the Group Fitness Instructor Training Course when they are hired will be required to take it while on staff.

Once hired, Instructors will be considered "Fitness Instructors-In-Training" and will team-teach classes with returning Instructors until they are ready to teach classes on their own.

Spring 2015 Interview/Audition Process

Step 1: Attend the Group Fitness Instructor Info Session on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7:00pm in the Student Recreation Center Conference Room.

Step 2: Complete the Group Fitness Instructor application online.  Applications are due by Sunday, March 22nd at midnight.

Step 3: Audition Practice Sessions: Wednesday, March 18 from 7:30-9pm and Tuesday, March 24 from 7:30-9pm in the Multipurpose Studio. See description of practice sessions below.

Step 4: Instructor Auditions: Wednesday,March 25th from 7:30-9:30pm in the Multipurpose Studio. After application review, candidates will be contacted about scheduling an audition time.

Step 5: Instructor Interviews - Friday, March 27th from 1:30-4:30pm in the Rec Center Conference Room. Those who are called back from auditions will be invited to Instructor interviews with the Group Fitness Staff's Hiring Committee.

Instructor Audition Practice Sessions

Practice sessions will be held prior to auditions to let students know what to expect and how to best prepare for the tryouts. It is not required that everyone interested in auditioning attend both of the practice sessions. However, at least one session is recommended. It is also recommended that all interested students attend a variety of group fitness classes at the William & Mary Campus Recreation Center before auditioning. No advanced sign-ups necessary. Just show up.

Feel free to contact Sarah Smith at or Jenny Fisher [[jvrueh]] with any questions!

Group Fitness Instructor Job Description

Fitness Instructors are responsible for leading safe and effective fitness classes for the Campus Recreation Department. They are to design enjoyable classes that encourage participation and educate patrons on the benefits of exercise and healthy lifestyles. Fitness Instructors must demonstrate a positive commitment to the mission and goals of the Campus Recreation Fitness Program.  Instructors are required to work with the Fitness Instructors-in-Training, and are encouraged to be involved with Instructor Training Sessions.

Expectations & Responsibilities
  • Become nationally certified within 6 months of being on the Campus Recreation Staff
  • Complete the Group Fitness Instructor Training Course in the fall
  • Attend weekly Group Fitness Instructor meetings-Tuesdays @ 9:00pm
  • Attend the Campus Rec Staff Training once/semester the day before school starts
  • Attend all workshops and special events that are designated as mandatory by the Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness.
  • Arrive ON TIME to all meetings, workshops, training sessions and special events
  • Maintain current CPR, First Aid, AED and national group fitness instructor certifications.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest health and fitness trends. Continue your knowledge and education by attending workshops, presentations, expos, conferences, etc. to earn continuing education credits.
  • Maintain open and frequent communication with the Assistant Director for Fitness and Wellness, the Graduate Assistant and your co-workers and return all emails and calls in a timely manner.
  • Follow Campus Recreation rules and guidelines including equipment use and dress code.
  • Abide by the honor code.
  • Design and lead safe and effective group fitness classes.
  • Report to work at least 10 minutes prior to class. Have a class format prepared, bring music if needed, water, and other items you may need during class.
  • Keep a staff contact/phone list and know how to get in touch with all of the Fitness Instructors.
  • Stay up-to-date with all staff special events and programs so that you can describe them to participants.