Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Educational Opportunities offered by Fitness Services with University Recreation. We provide interactive learning opportunities throughout the year. Whether you are interested in becoming a group exercise instructor, personal trainer, or interested in expanding your fitness knowledge, we have a variety of courses that will strengthen your understanding of fitness and wellness.

To register online, please visit the UREC Shop.  If registering in person, visit the Membership Office during their hours of operation. You will be contacted via email to discuss any details pertaining to the class before the first class meeting.

If you are interested in employment with University Recreation’s Fitness Services you will need to complete the training specific to your area of employment interest.  For example, if you would like to teach cardio or strength classes, you will need to complete The Student Instructor Training Course.  Employment is contingent upon completion of training; however, employment is not guaranteed.

Spring 2019 Educational Class Offerings


YogaFit Teacher Training

Level One: Foundations, 1/26-1/27,

Register for Level One

Level Two: Communication, 2/23-2/24,

Register for Level Two

Level Three: Introspection, 3/23-3/24,

Register for Level Three

Anatomy and Alignment, 4/13-4/14,

Register for Anatomy and Alignment

For all questions about YogaFit Teacher Trainings, please contact 888.786.3111 info@yogafit.com.

UA students and faculty/staff may receive a discount when purchased via phone.

Barre Above Teacher Training

Fusing the best of Pilates, yoga, aerobics, and elements of the strengthening exercises dancers do, Barre Above delivers a results-driven workout that is not only fun and dynamic, but it will sculpt your students’ bodies and keep them coming back for more!

  • February 9
  • SRC in the MAR
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • $249.99

Register for Barre Above 

Beginner Kung Fu

A traditional Chinese sport program that embraces the classical philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, medicine, and military science, typically composed of both offensive and defensive fighting martial arts.

  • February 8 – March 8
  • SRC in Studio B
  • Fridays, 10-11 a.m.
  • $10
  • Registration closes on February 7

Register online at the UREC Shop.

For all questions about Barre Above Teacher Training please contact urecgroupexercise@ua.edu

Intro to Tai Chi:

Explore the meditative body movements of Tai Chi an ancient Chinese discipline.

  • January 27 – March 3
  • SRC in Miles Studio
  • Sundays, 3-4 p.m.
  •  $10
  • Registration closes on January 25

Register online at the UREC Shop.

Intro to Contemporary Dance:

This class will focus on the fundamentals of contemporary dance while drawing inspiration from other dance styles such as modern, hip hop, ballet, and Latin dance. Participants will explore improvisation techniques, allowing each person to find their own style, flare, and voice. This class strives to create a comfortable, safe, and inclusive environment where everyone can express themselves. In this class, participants will be able to build a support system and find confidence in their own bodies. Come dance with us!

  • Wednesdays 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Studio B at the SRC
  • January 30 – March 6
  • $10
  • Registration closes on January 29

Register online at the UREC Shop.

Stiletto Hip Hop

This class will focus mostly on hip-hop, but other dance styles will be incorporated. The goal of the class is to create an atmosphere of confidence, exploration, and creativity. If you are not confident with the idea of dancing in heels or outside of your comfort zone this may not be the class for you.

  • Thursdays, 8:30-10 p.m.
  • Studio B at the SRC
  • January 31 – March 7
  • $10
  • Registration closes on January 30

Register online at the UREC Shop.

Instructor Training Course

This course will prepare students to teach cardio and strength classes for UREC.

  • Fridays, 1-3 p.m.
  • Studio B at the SRC
  • $70
  • February 1 – March 8
  • Registration closes on January 31

Register online at the UREC Shop.