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FitWell Instructor Training Course

Fall 2023

The FitWell Instructor Training Course is a training program designed to provide students with the information, instruction, education, and practical experience needed to become Group Fitness Instructors. The course will prepare students for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) national fitness certification exam. This course is only open to students of William & Mary.

Group Fitness Instructor Training Course information
Dates, Times and Location

Sept. 6-Oct. 25
Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00pm
In-person; Bee McLeod Recreation Center Conference Room


Register Here

Course Instructor

Jenny Dunfee is the Associate Director of Campus Recreation for Fitness & Wellness at William & Mary. She has taught the in-house Fitness Instructor Training Course and the in-house Personal Training Course for the past 19 years and also supervises the FitWell Instructor and Personal Training staffs at the Bee McLeod Recreation Center. She is certified as a Group Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and as a Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). She is also an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist.

What is involved in this program?

All areas of health and fitness will be taught from basic anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, and nutrition to instruction techniques and combination building. The required study materials are the American Council on Exercise's Group Fitness Instructor Manual, Study Guide, and Sample Test. Students will receive their study materials on the first day of class.


The cost of the course is $150. This fee includes the study materials, a CPR/AED certification, and operation costs of the training course. The course fee can be paid online. When you click on the link, make sure you have selected the Fall 2023 semester down on the bottom left. Pay online.

What happens when I complete the course?

At the end of the course, all members of the training course will be prepared to pass the American Council on Exercise Group Fitness Certification Exam (it is recommended that students take the exam during winter break). Exams can be taken on a computer at various testing sites around the country. Students can go to the ACE website (link below) to view dates and locations of upcoming exams near them. All students receive a 20% discount on the cost of the exam and 20% off of study materials (included in the course fee). In order to pass the in-house training course, participants will need to pass a short practical exam and also a written exam.

Learn more about the American Council on Exercise.

Please contact [[jvrueh, Jenny Dunfee]] with questions.