Fitness Instructor guiding the class

Education

Become a group fitness instructor or personal trainer

SouthFit offers a one-semester, non-credit class to prepare you to be a group fitness instructor (G.F.I.T.) or personal trainer (P.F.I.T.).  Both theoretical knowledge such as anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, and kinesiology as well as hands-on skills are emphasized. The class will also provide instruction on how to obtain a nationally-recognized fitness certification or training.

Students can get a discount on fitness certifications from the American Council on Exercise. We also host fitness certifications at a discounted cost from the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA).

Upcoming Certifications at the USA Student Recreation Center


G.F.I.T. (Group Fitness Instructor Training) offered Fall Semester

G.F.I.T. will not be offered in Fall 2020. If you are interested in become a group fitness instructor at the Student Recreation Center, please email sarahschrenk@southalabama.edu to discuss certification options.

Cost: $25 for USA students, $50 for USA faculty/staff/Rec Center members, and $75 non-USA. Payment is due by the second class meeting. Fee includes an American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid certification.  Please register and pay via the Campus Recreation Portal.

Date & Times: Fall 2020 G.F.I.T. will not be offered. If you are already a certified group fitness instructor and would like to apply for a job, please email sarahschrenk@southalabama.edu.

Skills Covered: Warm-ups, cool-downs, class design, music, cueing, posture, alignment, safety, exercise modifications, and more.


P.F.I.T. (Personal Fitness Instructor Training)

Cost: $25 for USA students, $50 for USA faculty/staff/Rec Center members, and $75 for non-USA. Payment is due by the second class meeting. Fee includes an American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid certification. Please register and pay via the Campus Recreation Portal.

Date & Times: Spring 2021 class dates are TBD. If you are already a certified personal trainer and want to apply for a job at the Student Recreation Center, please email sarahschrenk@southalabama.edu.

Skills Covered: Fitness assessments, health screenings, muscular imbalances, session design, posture, alignment, safety, exercise modifications, and more.


Physical Activity as part of your academic classes

Professors, would you like to tie in physical fitness to your class objectives? We would like to team up with you. Some of our current collaborations include:

  • Department of Earth Science’s Geology Field Camp
  • College of Nursing’s NU 101 students

If you have a collaboration idea, please email sarahschrenk@southalabama.edu. Fees vary.


Private lectures or fitness classes

Our staff is available for virtual private fitness classes for your USA group with USA attendees only. Fee is $45/hour and must be paid in advance via the Campus Recreation Portal. Your group may choose virtual yoga, barre fusion, POUND®, or body sculpt. Contact sarahschrenk@southalabama.edu to schedule a class.


Student Recreation Center Tours

Class tours are temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19.

We are happy to give short tours (20-30 minutes) of the Student Recreation Center to First-Year Experience classes or any other group on campus.  We will also discuss the programs that Campus Recreation offers. Please email sarahschrenk@southalabama.edu to set up a time.

 
 
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