Fitness Leadership Program

Want to be a personal fitness trainer or teach fitness classes?

Fitness Leadership

It is our mission at UCLA Recreation to offer affordable, safe, and fun fitness options for our students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Teaching life-long skills that promote healthy life-style choices is a business that we take pride in. FITWELL has the unique opportunity to impact the lives of many people in a positive way, and we take great care in creating the highest caliber personal fitness trainers and group exercise leaders in the industry. Our program is challenging, and our fitness leaders become excellent role models who lead a variety of fitness classes, strength & conditioning programs, and train clients one on one to lead healthier, happier lives!

The Fitness Leadership Program (FLP) is an in-depth training program that prepares participants for the NSCA CPT or ACSM Group Exercise Instructor certifications. 

The program includes both lectures and practical sessions Participants learn all of the fitness fundamentals required of fitness professionals. Lectures cover Anatomy, Basic Physiology and Adaptations to Exercise, Biomechanics, Exercise Technique, Program Design, Special Populations, Adherence and Motivation, and more. In the practical sessions, you master exercise technique and learn how to teach exercise and lead classes or train 1:1. Participants may assist in fitness classes, serve as UCLA Fitness Leaders & Liaisons to the campus community, and volunteer at health fairs and other wellness functions. Participants in good standing can start working in our programs as early as winter quarter.* (when we are able to be on campus and teach live). 

At the end of the program, FLP participants take the NSCA CPT or ACSM GEI exam. (Test fees not included in program cost.)  In addition to the written exams, FLP participants take an in-house practical exam and perform an audition. Our UCLA fitness staff is selected through this process.

Acceptance into the program is based on an application. The program is two and one-half quarters. Attendance at training sessions is mandatory. Cost of program does not include books or exam fee.



This program will be held virtually in Fall 2020 and continue to be held virtually as long as is required and necessary. Lectures and practical sessions will be conducted on Zoom. For Fall, you will need a resistance tube with handles & door strap/anchor, a resistance loop/mini band, and a mat. By winter, you will also need dumbbells in case we are still virtual (a light, medium, and heavy set would be ideal.) By spring, if we are still virtual, you will need a kettlebell (medium weight), and a barbell and plates would be ideal (not mandatory but ideal.) 

At the start of the program, you will be assigned a mentor (one of our full time and/or seasoned trainers). You will be required to meet weekly with this person throughout the program. 

You will also be required to observe and eventually assist at least one virtual fitness class per week throughout the entire program. 


PROGRAM FEE: $400 (can be paid in 3 quarterly installments or in full) 


Wednesday, 10/14/20, 7:30-8:30pm, REGISTER for ZOOM MEETING


Friday, 10/16/20, 3:00-4:00pm, REGISTER for ZOOM MEETING


Click Here  for the google form application. Due: Friday, 10/16/20 by 5pm. Contact Elisa Terry at after the deadline.


Quarter dates: Fall: 10/21/20 -12/4/20, Winter: 1/6/21 - 3/12/21, Spring: 3/31/21 - 6/4/21

Wednesdays 7:30pm-9:15pm (virtual) & Fridays 3:00pm-5:00pm (virtual).

If in good standing in the program with demonstrated proficiency, FLPers can start teaching fitness under the supervision of certified personnel and earning money by the start of Winter Quarter (when we return to campus/in person learning & teaching).



Yoga Leadership Program

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Saturdays & Sundays, 8:00am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-6:00pm

Jan. 30 & 31, 2021 - Module 1, Pt 1
Feb. 6 & 7, 2021 - Module 1, Pt 2
Feb. 20 & 21, 2021- Module 2, Pt 1
Mar. 6 & 7, 2021 - Module 2, Pt 2
Mar. 13, 2021 - Virtual or In Person Exercises
Group #1: 8:00am - 12:30pm
Group #2: 1:30pm - 6:00pm
Mar. 27 & 28, 2021 - Module 3, Pt 1
Apr. 10 & 11, 2021 - Module 3, Pt 2
Apr. 24 & 25, 2021 - Module 4, Pt 1
May 15 & 16, 2021 - Module 4, Pt 2
May 22, 2021 - Virtual or In Person Exercises
Group #1: 8:00am - 12:30pm
Group #2: 1:30pm - 6:00pm
June 5 & 6, 2021 - Module 5, Pt 1
June 12 & 13, 2021 - Module 5, Pt 2 
June 19, 2021 - Written Exam
June 20, 2021 - Practice Teaching Exam
8:00am - 6:00pm

Love yoga and want to take your practice to the next level? Want to lead yoga classes at UCLA? Learn to teach core yoga flow/hatha yoga classes. This is a Yoga Alliance accredited Yoga Teacher Training allowing you to teach both at UCLA and in Yoga studios.

This online virtual 200-hour program will meet on weekends for five months in a combined format with live stream virtual classes, exercises and practices with the use of different online platforms (Zoom, Teachable) to facilitate your learning and practice.

Most sessions will be conducted in a virtual format throughout Zoom live streaming.

If possible, we will also have in person small groups (max 10 people) sessions for practicing teaching Yoga & exercises. 

The dates for this training are January-June 2021. The schedule will be over 11 weekends. The daily schedule will be Saturday & Sunday: 8am-6pm (including a 1-hour lunch & 4 breaks throughout the day)

Access the Yoga Leadership Program APPLICATION here! 

Participants will gain an excellent foundation in anatomy & alignment of asanas, asana sequencing, building a class, pranayama and basic meditation and be exposed to subtle body anatomy/chakras, basic yoga philosophy, neurobiology of yoga, Ayurveda and Sanskrit. 


1. Minimum of 2 years of Level 1/2 yoga practice.

2. A 20-min video of your practice including 2 sun salutations with the vinyasa flow transition, plank, runner's lunge, crescent pose, triangle 1/2 moon, warrior 1, warrior 2, warrior 3, extended side angle, twisting triangle, 1/2 bow & bow poses, seated bound angle pose, pigeon pose.

3. Application (due Jan. 21, 2021)

4. UCLA Student or UCLA Recreation Member.


Info Meeting Times (only need to attend one):
Thursday, December 17, 2020 @ 5:30pm - REGISTER HERE

Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 5:30pm - REGISTER HERE 

Monday, January 18, 2021 @ 5:30pm - REGISTER HERE

Cost: $660
(does not include books)
Or pay in 3 installments of $220



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