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.

Floor

The deadline to submit your application depends on your preferred tryout date.
For tryouts on Friday, April 5, the deadline to apply is Thursday, April 4.
For tryouts on Saturday, April 6, the deadline to apply is Friday, April 5. 

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Prerequisites

  • Experience participating in Floor classes preferred.
  • Must be a UW-Madison student studying on campus in 2025 – 2026.
  • No teaching experience necessary.

How to apply

1. Submit your application. 

  • Submit your application by completing the form in the link below.
  • 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 will take place at the Nicholas Recreation Center, 1 – 2:30pm on Friday, April 5, and 12 – 1:30pm on Saturday, April 6. 

  •  If selected, 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 will take place at the Nicholas Recreation Center.

  • You will be assigned to an hour and a half time block between 9am and 3pm on Friday, April 19. 
  • 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, April 29 from 7 – 9pm. 
  • Attend our paid training sessions are on August 19 – 23, August 26 – 30 and selected Saturdays and Sundays during the fall 2024 semester.
  • Co-lead with a current Floor instructor for two classes each week during the Spring 2024 semester.

Zumba

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until October 10 and as needs are met.

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Prerequisites

  • Experience participating in Zumba classes preferred.
  • Must be a UW-Madison student studying on campus in 2024 – 2025.
  • No teaching experience necessary.

How to apply

1. Write your essay. 

    • In 500 words or less, tell us what motivates you to become a group fitness Zumba instructor for Rec Well. What inspires you? Why do you want to become part of our team?
    • Name your essay file as “ZumbaEssay_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. 

2. Submit your application. 

  • Submit your essay here by October 10. Application accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled. 
  • You will be contacted with more information on the audition process.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Tryout process

If selected, you will be invited for a tryout. The tryout consists of the candidate teaching 3 assigned Zumba songs (10 – 12 minutes). Candidates will be provided with choreography and music to learn the 3 songs. Candidates will be contacted to coordinate a tryout date/time. 

Training & Mentoring Program

  • We’ll teach you everything you need to know.
  • Attend an Orientation and initial Zumba training session in early October.
  • Co-lead with a current Zumba instructor for one class each week during the Fall 2023 semester.
  • Complete the Zumba basic one workshop before January 2024 to become licensed to teach Zumba.

Mind-Body

Not currently taking applications. Mind-Body tryouts will be in Fall 2024.

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Prerequisites

  • Experience participating in Mind-Body classes preferred.
  • Must be a UW-Madison student studying on campus in 2024 – 2025.
  • No teaching experience necessary.

How to apply

1. 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.

2. Submit your application. 

  • Submit your essay here by Thursday, November 2 if your selected tryout date is Saturday, November 4, or by Thursday, November 9 if your selected tryout date is Saturday, November 11.
  • 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 tryouts will take place at the Nicholas Recreation Center, from 12 – 12:30pm on Saturday, November 4 and Saturday, November 11.

  • If selected, you will 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, November 27 from 7 – 9pm.
  • Attend our paid training sessions January 20 – 22 and selected Saturdays and Sundays during the spring 2024 semester.
  • Co-lead with a current Mind-Body instructor for one class each week during the Spring 2024 semester.

Cycling

Not currently taking applications. Cycling tryouts will be in Fall 2024.

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Prerequisites

  • Experience participating in Group Cycling classes preferred.
  • Must be a UW-Madison student studying on campus in 2024 – 2025.
  • No teaching experience necessary.

How to apply

1. 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.

2. Submit your application. 

  • Submit your essay here by Thursday, November 2 if your selected tryout date is Saturday, November 4, or by Thursday, November 9 if your selected tryout date is Saturday, November 11.
  • 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 tryouts will take place at the Nicholas Recreation Center, from 3 – 5:30pm on Saturday, November 4 and Saturday, November 11.

  • If selected, you will 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:  A climb (2 cycles of 30 sec seated, 30 sec standing & 30 sec standing tunnel with high resistance/low cadence) and sprints (2 cycles of a 20 sec sprint at high cadence/low resistance) with 10 sec of recovery (low cadence/ low resistance) between the sprints
  • 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, November 27, 7 – 9pm. 
  • Attend our paid training sessions January 21 – 22 and selected Saturdays and Sundays during the spring 2024 semester.
  • Co-lead with a current Group Cycling instructor for one class each week during the spring 2024 semester.

Instructor Testimonials

  • “This job has helped me in so many ways. I signed up for try outs thinking, “Why not, it sounds fun!”. I made it through try outs and was a trainee in the spring of 2019. I have been teaching for 3 years now. I am graduated and continue to sub because I am not ready to leave. It is a fantastic program where I learned so much about public speaking, clear communication and leadership skills. I was a Mind Body Lead for 2 years where I gained experience leading trainings and helping new instructors. I bring the skills I gained from my group fitness role into my real life job today as an elementary physical education teacher in Dane County. I truly believe that my experiences in the group fitness program helped me achieve my goal of becoming a teacher.”  
  • “The team of group fitness instructors are a great community filled with so many unique perspectives as we all have different career aspirations. No matter your major, you can thrive here! I could go on and on about how much I love Rec Well Group Fitness and all it has done for me!”
  • “This job was incredibly rewarding and fulfilling for me as an undergrad. Each week, I got to come to work knowing I was going to be an outlet for my peers, helping them focus on their mental and physical well-being. On top of that, I also worked on myself in the process, improving my confidence, time management skills, and ability to receive and incorporate feedback. It’s definitely the best job to have on campus!!”
  • Working for Rec Well has been life-changing, and I am so thankful I applied years ago.
  • “I have had a few different campus jobs, and all of them strived to prepare us with transferrable skills and they fell short- Rec Well actually does it! We spend time in trainings discussing how to give feedback to peers, and prepare ourselves to take feedback and use it to make our classes better. I learned how to avoid taking feedback personally, and now I look forward to critiques.”
  • “The team of group fitness instructors are a great community filled with so many unique perspectives as we all have different career aspirations. No matter your major, you can thrive here! I could go on and on about how much I love Rec Well Group Fitness and all it has done for me!”
  • “I really love bringing accessible and enjoyable classes to members of the Rec Well community. Movement and exercise is for everyone, and Rec Well truly believes it. I think of exercise as being joyful and I am thankful to be able to move my body, and that is completely different from when I started this job.”
  • “I knew leading group fitness classes was going to strengthen my public speaking skills, and another aspect I learned is how to troubleshoot under pressure with 20 pairs of eyes watching me. It is a new type of leadership to take technological issues or participant issues and fix it while staying calm and in control.”
  • “As an aspiring physical therapist this job has aided my understanding of the human body specifically when it comes to exercising. During our in services we learn about important areas of the body to be cautious with or use in a certain way like our rotator cuff muscles. As a result this helped me in my academic classes but it has also help me personally train and weight lift with better form and caution from injury.”