Cleveland State University

Fitness Instructor Training

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Sign up Today! Contact Katie Scherry at 216-802-3210 or k.scherry@vikes.csuohio.edu


Do you think you have what it takes to become a group fitness instructor? If so, this program is for you! Group fitness is a rewarding career, but the process to become an instructor takes time, patience and commitment. We want the best instructors here at CSU, so through the F.I.T. program you will learn how to create innovative fitness classes to transform your desire to teach into the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to deliver a great class.

Course Structure


This eleven-week intensive program provides in-class theory aong with hands-on practical training. Participant will meet weekly in the CSU rec center to cover topics such as anatomy and phisiology, nutrition, safety, class formats and cueing. Training is accompanied by a mentorship program where each participant will work with a current instructor in one of their weekly classes.

Course Commitment


  • One 1 1/2 hour session weekly
  • one in-class mentor experience per week

    Session Details


    The program will run throughout the fall semester, from Sep. 15 - Dec 6.

  • Week 1: Introduction to group fitness

  • Week 2: Cardiovascular exercise

  • Week 3: Muscle cueing and movement rehearsal

  • Week 4: Individual cardio demos

  • Week 5: Muscle structure and function

  • Week 6: Upper body muscles and strength moves

  • Week 7: Lower body muscles and strength moves

  • Week 8: Individual strength demos

  • Week 9: Form and safety

  • Week 10: CPR/AED certification

  • Week 11: Individual audition

  • Important information


    In order to teach at the recreaton center, instructors must hold a national certification. This course prepares participants to take the exam necessary to acquire such a certification, along with gaining the practical and personal hands-on experiences of instruction. The fee for the program includes a full CPR/AED certification, as well as the ACE Group Fitess Instructor Exam, so no additional costs are required outside the registration fee to acquire all certifications necassary to teach.

  • Participant cost: $250

  • Registration opens August 1 and will run through Sep 15

  • For more info, contact Katie Scherry at 216-802-3210 or k.scherry@vikes.csuohio.edu