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.

Fall 2017 Interview/Audition Process

The Fall 2017 Group Fitness Hiring will take place the week of November 7, 2017. All interested parties should complete an application, and they will be contacted by our Group Fitness Supervisor with an audition time. Applicants have the option to audition in the following formats: Cycling, Barre/Pilates, Yoga, or 32-count (for classes like BodyPump(TM), Cardio Dance, etc.). Applicants may audition for more than one type of class as well. After auditions, we will have call-back interviews.

Fall 2017 Group Fitness Hiring Dates are as follow:

  • Group Fitness Instructor Interest Meeting: October 10th, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Student Recreation Center Conference Room.
  • Practice Sessions for applicants will be held on the follwing days and times:
    • Sunday October 29th, 5-6 PM, Multipurpose Studio
    • Wednesday November 1st, 7:30-9 PM, Multipuprose Studio
    • Thursday November 2nd, 7-8 PM, Multipurpose Studio
  • Group Fitness Instructor Application: due November 3rd, 2017.
  • Group Fitness Instructor Auditions: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:30-9 PM, Multipurpose Studio
  • Group Fitness Instructor Interviews: Friday, November 10, 2017, 1:30-4:30 PM, Student Recreation Center Conference Room.

Click here to fill out an application

Please contact [[e|ezavala, Eleonor Zavala]], Group Fitness Supervisor 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 @ 8:00pm
  • 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 & 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 & 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.