Group Exercise Instructor | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa
  • Location: All On-Campus Recreation facilities  
  • Supervisor:  Pat Kutcher
  • Rate of Pay: Pay dependent upon years of experience, training and certifications


To provide a safe, comfortable, and motivating class for all fitness levels and ages. This position must have the ability to demonstrate sound judgment and are able to promote and deliver courteous, efficient, and memorable service to our participants.  The Group Exercise Instructor must have a genuine interest in, not only the development of fitness, but also the well-being of our staff, members and guests. 


  • Enforces facility policies and procedures (accessibility issues, rules of activity).
  • Driven to learn the names of participants who attend your classes.
  • Dressing appropriately for teaching exercise classes.
  • Must be able to think independently and develop safe and effective choreography for teaching various exercise class to all fitness levels.
  • Must be alert and aware of signs of exercise-induced distress.
  • Willingness to seek out educational (such as keeping up-to-date on safety and fitness trends) and sharing this information with your class participants
  • Teaching classes with energy and enthusiasm.
  • Motivating class participants to the best of your ability.
  • Noting new participants and sharing basic exercise information with them, helping them to feel comfortable with group exercise.
  • Exceed member expectations by “going the extra mile”.
  • Assist in the training, supervision and evaluation of entry-level instructors. Co-teach as needed.
  • Reporting any equipment/facility problems to the Assistant Fitness Director or Fitness G.A.


  • Previous experience teaching is not required; however, instructors with no experience will be required to attend in-house training for a fee from $30 to $75 based on class.
  • Knowledge and understanding of fitness principles and their application to the group setting.
  • Mandatory attendance at meetings, in-service trainings, and functions as scheduled.
  • Must be well-organized and prepared to teach classes; ability to interact with diverse groups through a variety of situations.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to fill in as a substitute instructor, accommodating to a schedule that may include early mornings, late evening and weekends.
  • Must be in excellent physical condition to teach classes.
  • Ability to use independent judgment when needed.
  • Outstanding customer service skills; must have excellent written and oral communication
  • Certifications in CPR/AED or willingness to obtain.
  • Complete Bloodborne Pathogens Training.

Student Leadership Competencies

  • Anaylsis
  • Problem Solving
  • Productive Relationships
  • Diversity
  • Verbal Communication 
  • Ethics