GROUP FITNESS HIRING

Inspire, energize, and motivate your fellow Badgers as a group fitness instructor. We follow a “try, train, teach” model when hiring: you’ll try leading a mini-workout (don’t worry, we’ll tell you exactly what to do!), train with our veteran team members in our mentoring program, and then teach your very own class when you’re ready.

Cycling instructors teach Cycling, Cycle Strength, and Rhythm Ride.
Floor instructors teach classes like Group Strength, HIIT, Core, Tabata, Barre, and more.
Mind-Body instructors teach classes like Yoga, Powerflow, Yoga Strength, and more.

Questions? Email us at gftryouts@recwell.wisc.edu.

Cycling

The deadline to submit your application depends on your preferred tryout date.
For tryouts on March 26, the deadline to apply is Thursday March 24.
For tryouts on April 2, the deadline to apply is Thursday March 31.

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Prerequisites

  • Experience participating in Group Cycling classes preferred.
  • Must be a UW-Madison student studying on campus in 2023-2024.
  • No teaching experience necessary.

How to apply

1. Download and complete an application form.

  • Click here to download the application form.
  • Fill out the form.
  • Save form as “GroupCyclingApplication_YourFirstName_YourLastName” (example: GroupCyclingApplication_Jane_Smith).

2. Write your essay. 

  • In 500 words or less, tell us what motivates you to become a group fitness instructor for Rec Well. What inspires you? Why do you want to become a part of our team?
  • Name your essay file as “GroupCyclingEssay_YourFirstName_YourLastName” (example: GroupCyclingEssay_Jane_Smith).
  • Save the document as a Word or PDF file.
  • Be sure to keep a copy of your essay until after you’ve been contacted about level one tryouts.

3. Submit your application. 

  • Submit your application form and essay here by March 24 if your selected tryout date is March 26, or by March 31 if your selected tryout date is April 2. 
  • You will be contacted by the Thursday preceding your selected tryout date letting you know if you are invited to our Level One Tryouts.

Submit your application

Tryout process

Level one and level two tryout at Nicholas Recreation Center.

  • Take a 45-minute cycling class. You will be evaluated on how well you follow cues, your form and execution, and your enthusiasm.
  • If selected, you advance to level two tryouts (held the same day, immediately after level one tryouts).

For level two tryouts, you’ll teach a 5-minute workout in the following order:

  • Climb: 2 cycles of 30 sec seated, 30 sec standing & 30 sec standing tunnel (high resistance/low cadence)
  • Sprints: 2 cycles of a 20 sec sprint (high cadence/low resistance) and 10 sec of recovery (low cadence/ low resistance)
  • You will be evaluated on your cueing, execution and enthusiasm.
  • If selected, you will be invited for an interview.
  • Watch this video to prepare for level two tryouts.

Training & Mentoring Program

  • We’ll teach you everything you need to know.
  • Attend our Orientation on Monday May 2, 7:30-9pm
  • Attend our paid training sessions August 22 – Sept 6, 8am-8pm, and selected Saturdays and Sundays during the Fall semester.
  • Co-lead with a current Group Cycling instructor for one class each week during the Fall 2022 semester.

Floor

For tryouts on April 23, the deadline to apply is Thursday, April 21.

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Prerequisites

  • Experience participating in Floor classes preferred.
  • Must be a UW-Madison student studying on campus in 2023-2024.
  • No teaching experience necessary.

How to apply

1. Download and complete an application form.

  • Click here to download the application form.
  • Fill out the form.
  • Save form as “FloorApplication_YourFirstName_YourLastName” (example: FloorApplication_Jane_Smith).

2. Write your essay. 

  • In 500 words or less, tell us what motivates you to become a group fitness instructor for Rec Well. What inspires you? Why do you want to become part of our team?
  • Name your essay file as “FloorEssay_YourFirstName_YourLastName” (example: FloorEssay_Jane_Smith).
  • Save the document as a Word or PDF file.
  • Be sure to keep a copy of your essay until after you’ve been contacted about level one tryouts.

3. Submit your application. 

  • Submit your application form and essay here by April 21.
  • You will be contacted before your selected tryout date letting you know if you are invited to level one tryouts.

Submit your application

Tryout process

 Level one tryouts at the Nicholas Recreation Center – Saturday, April 23, 12:00-1:30pm, Elevation Studio

  •  You will take a 45-minute high intensity interval class. You will be evaluated on how well you follow cues, your form and execution, and your enthusiasm.
  • If selected, you will receive directions and guidance to prepare for level two tryouts.

Level two tryouts at the Nicholas Recreation Center.

  • You will be assigned to an hour and a half time block on the date of your choice, between 1pm and 3pm on April 22, or between 9am and 4pm on April 24
  • You will lead a 12-minute workout (warm-up, tabatas and strength/core exercises) and will be evaluated on your cueing, execution, and enthusiasm.
  • If selected, you will be invited for an interview.

Training & Mentoring Program

  • We’ll teach you everything you need to know.
  • Attend our Orientation on Monday May 2, 7:30-9pm
  • Attend our paid training sessions August 22 – September 6, 8am-8pm and selected Saturdays and Sundays during the Fall 2022 semester.
  • Co-lead with a current Floor instructor for two class each week during the fall semester.

Mind-Body

For tryouts on April 24, the deadline to apply is Friday, April 22.

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Prerequisites

  • Experience participating in Mind-Body classes preferred.
  • Must be a UW-Madison student studying on campus in 2023-2024.
  • No teaching experience necessary.

How to apply

1. Download and complete an application form.

  • Click here to download the application form.
  • Fill out the form.
  • Save form as “MindBodyApplication_YourFirstName_YourLastName” (example: MindBodyApplication_Jane_Smith).

2. Write your essay. 

  • In 500 words or less, tell us what motivates you to become a group fitness instructor for Rec Well. What inspires you? Why do you want to become a part of our team?
  • Name your essay file as “MindBodyEssay_YourFirstName_YourLastName” (example: MindBodyEssay_Jane_Smith).
  • Save the document as a Word or PDF file.
  • Be sure to keep a copy of your essay until after you’ve been contacted about level one tryouts.

3. Submit your application. 

  • Submit your application form and essay here by April 22.
  • You will be contacted before your selected tryout date letting you know if you are invited to level one tryouts.

Submit your application

Tryout process

Level one and level two tryout at Nicholas Recreation Center – Sunday, April 24, 12:00-1:30pm, Elevation Studio

  • Take a 45-minute Powerflow class.
  • You will be evaluated on how well you follow cues, your form and execution, and your enthusiasm.
  • If selected, you will advance to level two (held same day immediately after level one tryouts).
  • For Level Two tryouts, teach a 5-minute workout in the following order: plank, down dog, crescent lunge right side, plank, crescent lunge left side, chair, roll up, and single leg stretch. Hold each yoga pose for 3 breaths. Execute each Pilates exercise for 3 repetitions. Watch this video to prepare for level two tryouts.
  • You will be evaluated on your cueing, transitioning, breathing reminders, alignment, and execution.
  • If selected, you will be invited for an interview.

Training & Mentoring Program

  • We’ll teach you everything you need to know.
  • Attend our Orientation on Monday, May 2 from 7:30 – 9pm.
  • Attend our paid training sessions August 22 – September 6, 8am – 8pm, and selected Saturdays and Sundays during the Fall 2022 semester.
  • Co-lead with a current Mind-Body instructor for one class each week during the Fall 2022 semester.