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Become a VCU Rec Sports Instructor or Personal Trainer



Fitness Instructor Training (FIT)  

Interested in becoming a group exercise instructor or personal trainer? Join us for our Fitness Instructor Training (FIT) programs informational meeting to learn more about our programs where we teach you the skills, know-how and technical skills to be successful! 

Spring 2017 course application process in now closed. If you are interested in our future FIT programs, please email groupexprgm@vcu.edu


ACE Group Exercise Instructor Prep Course

The Group Exercise Instructor Prep Course is instructed by a certified group exercise instructor. This course teaches you the skills and knowledge necessary to lead group exercise classes. The Group Exercise Instructor candidate will learn the fundamentals of anatomy, exercise science and group fitness instruction in a structured and supportive setting. The individual will also gain experience in public speaking, group leadership, and professional conduct. Exam fees and study materials are reduced for those who participate in the preparation course.

This course does not include the exam for certification. Participation in the course allows for a discounted rate for the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam. Registration for the exam is completed through American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Course only available for current VCU students. 

Cost:  Free. Course Materials will be loaned out to participants for the duration of the course. 

Upon successful completion of the course, you may interview for employment with VCU Recreational Sports.


ACE Personal Trainer Prep Course

The ACE Personal Trainer Prep Course is instructed by a certified personal trainer. This course teaches you the skills and knowledge necessary to train clients. On completion of the course, you will feel better equipped to motivate, empower, challenge, and retain clients for the long term. Exam fees and study materials are reduced for those who participate in the preparation course.

This course does not include the exam for certification. Participation in the course allows for a discounted rate for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam registration fee. Registration for the exam is completed through ACE.

Course only available for current VCU students. Register by May 8, 2017. Click the link below to download and complete the application, and return to Nikki Stock at the Cary Street Gym. 

Cost: $150 for Course and Course Materials

ACE PT Prep Course May 2017 Application‌ (MS Word)

Upon successful completion of the course, you may interview for employment with VCU Recreational Sports.


NEW Summer Course- Group Exercise Instructor Prep Course (HPEX 290)

In partnership with the VCU Kinesiology Department, Rec Sports is offering a Group Instructor Prep Course. Learn how to lead group exercise classes while also receiving summer class credit. This hands-on course will teach you the skills of instructing a variety of group exercise classes. The course is designed to provide applicable knowledge and practical skills in preparation for a national certification in group exercise instruction. Topics include:

  • Guidelines for instructing safe, effective and purposeful exercise
  • Essentials of the instructor-participant relationship
  • The principles of motivation to encourage adherence in the group exercise setting
  • Effective instructor-to-participant communication techniques
  • Methods for enhancing group leadership
  • The group exercise instructor’s professional role

By the end of this course, you should have the knowledge and practical experience necessary to lead a group exercise class. Students will be provided fitness & wellness information via lectures, handouts, and assignments.

Course only available for current VCU students.

 Register for HPEX 290 on eServices. For more information, email groupexgrpm@vcu.edu