Loyola University Chicago

Campus Recreation

Division of Student Development

Become a Group Fitness Instructor

Become a Group Fitness Instructor

Primary Function

Group Exercise Instructors are primarily responsible for conducting effective group fitness classes, educating patrons on basic fitness knowledge and maintaining a safe and enjoyable workout environment for class participants.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Prepare appropriate warm-up, exercises, stretching, and cool down techniques for the specific class format being taught
  • Effectively explain and demonstrate proper exercise techniques, as well as modifications for different level participants
  • Identify different muscle groups and teach appropriate methods to strengthen and stretch specific muscles
  • Teach according to class goals
  • Present a neat and professional appearance
  • Record counts and class attendance at the conclusion of each class
  • Execute emergency procedures when necessary
  • Report any incident of injury, theft, or broken equipment to the Building Manager on duty
  • Attend scheduled staff meetings and trainings
  • Communicates effectively with the Fitness Coordinator, Fitness Leads, and peers


  • Must possess a current group exercise or specialty certification from a nationally recognized certifying body (i.e. AFAA, ACE, Mad Dogg Spinning, Yoga Alliance, etc.)
  • Must maintain current American Red Cross CPR/AED and First Aid certification
  • Possess team oriented ideals, willingness to work hard, and a drive to work independently.
  • Demonstrate effective communication and organizational skills.
  • Maintain a clean and safe workout environment.
  • Act in a professional manner and respect participants at all times.
  • Currently enrolled Loyola student 

Learn How to Become a Group Fitness Instructor

Loyola University Chicago’s Fitness program employs certified student personal trainers and group exercise instructors. Students that do not already have a certification can take advantage of our in-house education programs in pursuit of an accredited certification.

We offer a GFIT Prep Course in the Spring semester. Our GFIT Prep Course, is a FREE course designed to educate students on the general process and education necessary towards becoming a Group Fitness Instructor. This course will prepare you for the ACE Primary Group Exercise Certification.

Dates - Spring 2019

February 23 and 24


More Details Coming Soon!

*to register for the programs/certifications mentioned above, please contact the Fitness Coordinator, Kyra Dickie at kdickie@luc.edu

Questions?  Contact Kyra Dickie at kdickie@luc.edu