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 is academic as well as practical. Participants learn all of the fitness fundamentals required of fitness professionals. (Anatomy, Basic Physiology and Adaptations to Exercise, Biomechanics, Exercise Technique, Program Design, Special Populations, Adherence and Motivation, etc.) Participants 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. 

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 will be based on an application. The program is two and one-half quarters. (Participants in good standing can start working in Winter quarter.) Attendance at training sessions is mandatory. Cost of program does not include books or exam fee.



Friday, 10/16/20, 3:00-4:00pm, Pyramid Room, 2nd floor, John Wooden Center OR Wednesday, 10/21/20, 7:30-8:30pm, Games Lounge, 2nd floor, John Wooden Center


Click Here  for the google form application. Due: Friday, 10/23/20 by 5pm. Contact Elisa Terry at after the deadline.


Quarter dates: Fall: 10/28/20 -12/420, Winter: 1/6/21 - 3/12/21, Spring: 3/31/21 - 6/4/21
Wednesdays 7:30pm-9:15pm (Games Lounge, JWC) & Fridays 3:00pm-5:00pm (Pardee Gym, JWC). Participants will also be assigned to assist and attend one fitness class per week. This is scheduled based on the participant's availability.

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.

Yoga Leadership Program


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Saturdays & Sundays, 7am-12pm & 1pm-6:00pm

Jan. 25 & 26, 2020 - Module 1, Pt 1
Feb. 8 & 9, 2020 - Module 1, Pt 2
Feb. 22 & 23, 2020 - Module 2, Pt 1
Mar. 7 & 8, 2020 - Module 2, Pt 2
Mar. 14 & 15, 2020 - Module 3, Pt 1
Apr 4 & 5, 2020 - Module 3, Pt 2
Apr 18 & 19, 2020 - Module 4, Pt 1
May 2 & 3, 2020 - Module 4, Pt 2
May 16 & 17, 2020 - Module 5, Pt 1
May 30 & 31, 2020 - Module 5, Pt 2 

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 200 hour program will meet on weekends for five months at KREC (training) and JWC (orientation). 

Access the Yoga Leadership Program APPLICATION here! 

Click here for our Yoga Leadership POSTER.

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. 

Minimum of 2 years of Level 1/2 yoga practice
Application (due Jan. 21, 2020) 
UCLA Student or UCLA Recreation member

Info Meeting: 
October 18, 2019, 5:30-6:30p, Games Lounge, JWC
November 22, 2019, 5:30-6:30pm, Games Lounge, JWC 
January 17, 2020, 5:30-6:30pm, Games Lounge, JWC

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

For questions, please email for more information!