Group X Instructor Training Program


Want to lead your own Group Fitness class at UWM? Join UREC’s Group X Instructor Training Program to enhance your fitness knowledge, learn communication and leadership skills, and meet other students who share your passion!

Apply here to join the program in Spring 2022, starting February 4.

About the Training Program
This is a semester long, once-a-week program that will run you through how to effectively create a workout class while giving you hands on experience leading one.


  • To gain the knowledge necessary to successful create and lead various group exercise formats.
  • To gain practical experience in instructing classes such as HIIT, Group Strength, Guts & Butts, and Group Cycle
  • To become familiar with the responsibilities of a UWM Group Exercise Instructor.

Specific Topics Covered:

  • Principles of Fitness
  • Basic Anatomy
  • Working with Music
  • Warm-up and Cool-down Guidelines
  • Cardio Training Guidelines
  • Strength Training Principles
  • Cueing Techniques
  • Formatting & Delivering a fitness class
  • Safety Recommendations


  • The program cost is $75.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Experience participating in Group Exercise classes preferred.
  • Must be a UWM Student on campus for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • This course is non-credit, but you can expect the time commitment and workload to be equivalent to a 1-credit course.
How to apply
  1. Complete the online application form here. 
  2. Must apply by the start of Spring semester.
  3. Must attend the Info Session on TBD in Klotsche RM 104.
Hiring Process

Phase I: Apply and attend the info session TBD

Phase II: Attend all 6 weekly workshops. These will be held in person in Klotsche RM 110 on Fridays in Februay-March.
-Instructors interested in teaching Group Cycle or Yoga will meet for an additional hour/day per week for training specific to that class format.

Phase III – Participate in 6 weeks of team-teaching. Team-teach 1 Group Exercise class per week, along with an experienced UREC instructor/your mentor, to gain more practical knowledge and teaching experience to prepare you for the specific class you wish to teach.

Phase IV – Audition!  You will be interviewed and will also be asked to demonstrate a full Group Exercise Class.  If you pass Phase 4, you will be hired as an instructor for UREC for the Summer/Fall semester!


What our Program Participants have said:

“Group X instructor is the best job I’ve had. I love seeing participants come back to my class weekly, as well as seeing them improve. The training process wasn’t a “competition for the job”, instead everyone was accepting, friendly, and wanted me to succeed. The training process effectively eased you into teaching a diverse, modifiable class for all participants. All in all, I highly recommend becoming a group x instructor!”
– Danielle, Sophomore in Industrial Engineering

“From the Group X Instructor program, I learned how to illustrate the importance of fitness and how it can be achieved through a variety of diverse ways. While instructing, I’ve learned to adapt quickly, provide the understanding for why form and technique is important, and on top of all, let my personality shine through to make my class empowering, high-spirited, and fun.”
-Claire, Sophomore in Psychology

 For more information about the program, contact Sara Luelloff at