Group Exercise Instructor

Group Exercise Instructor

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Posted Job Title
Group Exercise Instructor

Job Profile Title
Temporary Employee - Non-Exempt

Job Description Summary
The Group Exercise program is intended to encourage participants to increase participation in exercise and develop healthy behaviors in their daily lives. All Group Exercise Instructors are expected to deliver safe and effective classes to all levels of participants. This position will be under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness and the Coordinator of Fitness & Wellness.

Job Description

  • Build safe, effective, and engaging group exercise class plans for participants at all fitness levels
  • Connect with participants to build rapport and be their accountability partner
  • Explain and demonstrate exercises in detail
  • Provide modifications and progressions for exercises to reach all fitness levels
  • Check-in all participants using the Fusion software system prior to the start of every group exercise class
  • Report attendance after every group exercise class in Group Ex Pro software
  • Explain and educate participants on safe and proper use of gym equipment
  • Promote Campus Recreation programs and services
  • Perform CPR and administer first aid in case of emergencies
  • Inform clients about on gym safety and hygiene guidelines
  • Meet with Coordinator and Assistant Director of Fitness & Wellness as needed
  • Assist with department-wide programs, staff-training, etc as needed
  • Other duties as assigned


Accredited and current Group Fitness Instructor Certification and CPR/AED certification required. Strong interpersonal and customer service skills. Excellent time management skills. Have the ability to interact with members and provide information about Penn Campus Rec program offerings.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Division of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics

Pay Range
$7.25 - $230.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check may be required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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