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Group Fitness Instructor Prep Course

Have you ever thought about becoming a Group Fitness Instructor? This prep course will give you the knowledge to design and teach any class better, lead all fitness levels more effectively, and deliver a one of a kind experience to your participants that will keep them coming back week after week.

In this prep course, you will learn:

  • Human anatomy, exercise physiology, applied kinesiology, and nutrition
  • Who Is the ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor?
  • Principles of pre-class preparation and participant monitoring and evaluation
  • Group exercise program design
  • Teaching a Group Exercise Class
  • Principles of adherence and motivation
  • Exercise and special populations
  • Exercise and pregnancy
  • The prevention and management of common injuries
  • Emergency procedures
  • The business of group fitness
  • Legal and professional responsibilities

This course is designed to give participants the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam and become effective group fitness instructors. Participants will also have the chance to audition for a Group Fitness Instructor position at The Ray. Employment is not guaranteed just because you complete the course. All registered participants will receive a discount on the ACE certified Group Fitness Instructor Exam.

Time Commitment:
3.5 hours of formal weekly meetings - 1.5 hours of lecture and 2 hours of practical experience. Attendance is highly recommended at all sessions.
Mondays & Wednesdays 3-5pm;
January 25th-March 2nd

Register online or visit the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center to register in person.

DePaul Students $99
Ray Members $199
Non-members $299
** These prices do not include your study materials or the cost of the exam **

All classes will meet at the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus, located at 2235 North Sheffield Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60614. Room 312 and Studio D

About the Instructors:
This course will be taught by DePaul’s Assistant Director of Fitness,Heather Hamilton. Heather has been a certified Group Fitness Instructor for 9 years and is an ACSM Exercise Physiologist, an ACE Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor. She has a B.S. in Kinesiology and an M.S. in Applied Health Science from Indiana University. Heather currently oversees DePaul’s Group Fitness Department and Instructional Programming.

If you have questions about this program please contact Heather Hamilton at or 773-325-4514.