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

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 2019 G.F.I.T. will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, August 28-November 13, 2:30-3:20 PM in the Student Recreation Center classroom. 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 in Spring 2020 via the Campus Recreation Portal.

Date & Times: This class will next be held in Spring 2020. If you are interested in becoming a personal trainer and applying for a job at the Student Recreation Center prior to that, please email sarahschrenk@southalabama.edu for information about accredited certifications and job requirements.

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
  • Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Sport's research studies
  • 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 private fitness classes for your university department, student organization, or academic class. You can choose from any of our current types of SouthFit classes.


Private classes can be held at the Student Recreation Center or your campus location depending on equipment and space required.  Please email sarahschrenk@southalabama.edu to request a private class. The fee is $45 for up to one hour and we provide all equipment. Payment must be made in advance of the class via our Campus Recreation Portal.


Student Recreation Center Tours

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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