Group X Instructor Training Program


Want to teach your own Group Fitness class, enhance your fitness library, and meet people who share your interests?

Join UREC’s Group X Training Program:

This once-a-week program will run you through how to effectively run a workout class while giving you hands on experience on how to conduct one. Go through the training program while also working with current instructors to gain knowledge and find which type of class you enjoy! Past and current instructors praise what this program and instructing itself will teach you that’ll translate to everyday life and will greatly help you down the road. Once you complete the program, you’ll have the opportunity to audition to get hired to teach for UREC. Teaching for UREC is a very student-oriented job. We make sure that you’re teaching what you want to teach, when you want to teach.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be at current UWM student to be eligible to participate.
  • Must be a UWM student for at least one full year post completion of the training program to be eligible to be hired to teach for UWM UREC.
  • This course is non-credit, but you can expect the time commitment and workload to be equivalent to a 1-credit course.


  • 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.


  • Step 1 – Apply Here!
    • Space is limited to 10 participants.
    • Applications are due September 17
    • Accepted applicants will be notified by September 21.
  • Step 2 – Attend all 6 weekly lecture/practical sessions. This will give you the base knowledge needed to construct and teach a safe and effective Group Exercise Class.
    • Sessions are held in-person in Klotsche on Fridays, September 24, October 1, 8 15, 22, 29
      • Class times will be either 10-12am, 12-2pm or 2-4pm.
    • The weekly meeting time will be determined by participants availability.
  • Step 3 – 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.
  • Step 4 – 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 Fall semester!
  • Step 5 – Get Hired and teach for UREC!

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