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 just 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 online member portal.  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 trainings; however, employment is not guaranteed.

Spring 2018 Educational Class Offerings

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.

  • Tuesdays, April 3 – 24, 8-9:30p.m.
  • Student Recreation Center, Studio B
  • Only $10! To register, please visit the online member portal or the Membership Office. Please print and sign the liability waiver and bring to the first class meeting. You must also be a student or have a membership to The Student Recreation Center. Registration closes at midnight Monday, April 2.

Beginner Tai Chi: Learn the art of Tai Chi

  • January 7 – April 27, Sundays 2 –3 p.m.
  • FREE! No need to register, just show up.
  • Miles Studio at the Student Recreation Center

Intro to Women’s Self-Defense

This is an introduction class for The Equalizer Women’s Self-Defense and SHARP programs.  In this class students will learn basic self-defense information and how to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.   Physical contact is required as well as comfortable clothing and closed toed athletic shoes.

  • April 17 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • FREE!
  • Multi-Activity Room at the Student Recreation Center
  • To register online, please visit the online member portal.


Contact information:
email at: urecgroupexercise@ua.edu