Fitness Instructor guiding the class


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 course will also provide instruction on how to obtain a fitness certification.

Students can get a discount on fitness certifications from the American Council on Exercise.

Upcoming Certifications

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 certification.   Please click the “Registration” button below to register and the “Campus Recreation Portal” button to pay.

Date & Times: Fall 2019 dates will be set by the middle of August. Class will meet 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

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

Registration          Campus Recreation Portal

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 certification. 

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 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. 

Registration             Campus Recreation Portal

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 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 Fees vary.

Private lectures or fitness classes

Our staff is available for private fitness classes for your university group. You can choose from any of our current types of SouthFit classes. We have provided private classes for:

  • Department of Visual Arts students
  • Greek Life
  • New residents from the USA Health System
  • Jaguar Athletics’ student-athletes

Group Class Description

Private lectures/classes can be held at the Student Recreation Center or your campus location depending on equipment and space required.  Please email to request a private lecture/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.

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, Concepts of Health & Fitness classes, or any other group on campus.  We will also discuss the programs that Campus Recreation offers. FREE. Please email to set up a time.

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