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 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.

Floor

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Prerequisites

  • Experience participating in Floor classes preferred.
  • Must be a UW-Madison student studying on campus in 2021-2023.
  • 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 a 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. Film your application video.

  • Please film at a low resolution. Maximum file size for submission and upload is 10MB.
  • Film a video of yourself executing the following exercises in the order listed below:
    • 10 squats
    • 10 lunges with right leg forward
    • 10 lunges with left leg forward
    • 10 pushups (on toes or knees, your choice)
    • View an example here.
  • We are not looking for mastery in execution. We are looking for basic mechanics and familiarity with the movements.
  • Set up your camera to capture a side view of your movements. Your full body must be in frame. At the beginning of your video, face the camera to state your name.
  • Name your video file as “FloorVideo_YourFirstName_YourLastName” (example: FloorVideo_Jane_Smith).
  • Be sure to keep a copy of your video until after you are contacted letting you know if you are invited to level one tryouts.

4. Submit your application. 

  • Submit your application form, essay, and video.

Tryout process

 Level one tryouts at the Nicholas Recreation Center.

  • If selected, you will be assigned to a two-hour time block between 11am and 3pm on the date of your choice.
  • 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 a two-hour time block between 9am and 4pm on the date of your choice.
  • 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.
  • Orientation
  • Paid training sessions
  • If hired, you’ll co-lead with a current Floor instructor for two class each week during the fall semester.

Cycling

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Prerequisites

  • Experience participating in Group Cycling classes preferred.
  • Must be a UW-Madison student studying on campus in 2021-2023.
  • 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.

Tryout process

Level one and level two tryout at Nicholas Recreation Center.

  • You will be assigned to a two-and-a-half hour time block between 2pm and 7pm on the date of your choice.
  • 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

  • Once hired, we’ll teach you everything you need to know.
  • Orientation
  • Paid training sessions
  • Co-lead with a current Group Cycling instructor for one class each week during the fall semester.

Mind-Body

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Prerequisites

  • Experience participating in Mind-Body classes preferred.
  • Must be a UW-Madison student studying on campus in 2021-2023.
  • 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. Film your application video.

  • Please film at a low resolution. Maximum file size for submission and upload is 10MB.
  • Film a video of yourself executing a short flow sequence as listed below: Plank, down dog, crescent lunge right side, plank, crescent lunge left side, chair, roll up, and single leg stretch. View an example here (between 0:20 and 1:20).
  • We are not looking for mastery in execution. We are looking for basic mechanics and familiarity with the movements.
  • Set up your camera to capture a side view of your movements. Your full body must be in frame. At the beginning of your video, face the camera to state your name. 
  • Name your video file as “MindBodyVideo_YourFirstName_YourLastName” (example: MindBodyVideo_Jane_Smith).
  • Be sure to keep a copy of your video until after you know if you are invited to level one tryouts.

4. Submit your application. 

  • Submit your application form, essay, and video.

Tryout process

Level one and level two tryout at Nicholas Recreation Center.

  • You will be assigned to a two-and-a-half hour time block between 9am and 2pm on the date of your choice.
  • 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

  • Once you’re hired, we’ll teach you everything you need to know.
  • Orientation
  • Paid training sessions
  • Co-lead with a current Mind-Body instructor for one class each week during the fall semester.