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Position Summary:
Group Exercise Instructors are responsible for conducting safe, effective and enjoyable exercise classes by providing excellent leadership, up-to-date quality instruction and high-energy motivation to students, faculty and staff in correct and safe aerobics manner utilizing exercises that incorporate a variety of teaching methods. Instructors must be able to effectively instruct courses and design routines for those courses. Example formats include HIIT, Core, Strength Training, Yoga Foundations, Indoor Cycling, Barre, etc. Specialty Certifications for those formats may be needed.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Deliver positive customer service at all times
  • Maintain current group exercise certification through NETA, ACE, AFFA, ACSM, or another equivalent nationally recognized program
  • Be familiar with SRWC emergency procedures, protocols, and display confidence in their implementation
  • Ensure the SRWC is a safe and clean environment for members
  • Follow the equipment reporting policy for all equipment irregularities, including any that are standard maintenance and repair
  • Become proficient in and enforce all policies, procedures, guidelines and rules of the SRWC in a firm, fair and consistent manner when applicable. Customer service is never compromised when doing this.
  • Follow the group exercise absenteeism policy and adhere to all University of Akron and SRWS policies
  • Maintain positive communication skills with all peers, superiors and employees
  • Attend staff meetings and training classes. Assist in staff training through direct instruction and/or participation in meeting/class
  • Display proficiency in the operation of basic computer skills as well as CSI software
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to class time with issued music cued, choreography ready, and dressed per department dress code for teaching
  • Begin and end the class at scheduled time
  • Ensure sign in sheet is accurate and legible prior to the start of each class. Ensure a sign in sheet is available for the next class
  • Greet members warmly, enthusiastically and by name (smiling, eye contact)
  • Advise participants on program and class procedures and policies, at the beginning of each class
  • Maintain control of the class environment by remaining positive and supportive. Responsible for maintaining an atmosphere that motivates long-term participation and member retention.
  • Lead assigned classes according to individual schedule and class format. Such as low impact aerobics, stretching/flexibility, yoga, circuit training, general fitness, weight training, and/or specialty training
  • Aids in set up and monitoring of class equipment, and ensures its return in clean, serviceable condition for the next class. Responsible for all group exercise equipment storage and accountability. Must maintain studio order. Show respect and responsibility for all equipment
  • Be available to answer questions from participants after each session; assists in performing follow-up and communication with participants, as required
  • Instructors must be able teach on the 16 and cue participants at least 2 beats ahead for movement changes
  • Instructors are not physicians and will not diagnose or prescribe exercise. If a member asks a specific question regarding exercise the instructor will refer the member to the professional fitness staff
  • Instructors must use the music selection from the SRWC unless the selection has been cleared by the supervisor
  • Educate participants on proper form, anatomy, contraindications, and modification of movements
  • Develop routines utilizing appropriate music and choreography
  • Operate and secure all components of the sound system. Display respect and responsibility for the components of the sound system
  • Assist in the development and implementation of group exercise incentive programs to motivate and enhance member participation. Maintain current knowledge and encourage participation in all SRWS programs, services and activities
Required Qualifications:
  • Must be a full-time student at The University of Akron for the duration of the semester in which you are employed (12 credit hours minimum for undergraduate students; 9 credit hours minimum for graduate students)
  • Current group exercise certification through NETA, ACE, AFFA, ACSM, or equivalent nationally recognized program
  • Current CPR, First Aid, AED certifications
  • Knowledge of and ability to communicate exercise physiology principles and technology as related to a well-rounded fitness program
  • Physically fit to lead class at the appropriate level. Willingness to promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Excellent customer service skills including strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Knowledge of fitness training and education methods and techniques in area of specialty
  • Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of fitness equipment and facilities
  • Basic computer operational skills
  • Maintain a professional attitude and appearance at all times
Hours Scheduled:
  • Approximately 5 - 10 hours per week, averaging 2-3 classes per week.
Salary Range:
  • $8.80 (training) – $15.00/hour (instructing)

All University of Akron student employees must meet the designated minimum standards as stated on the Student Employment Eligibility Chart. UA student employees must be 18 years or older at the time of their start date. Any approved remote work conducted by student employees MUST be performed within the state of Ohio.