Group Exercise Instructor



  • To provide fitness classes as part of the Fitness program.
  • Responsible for conducting fitness classes and instruction for University Recreation participants. 
  • Ensure the safety and security of patrons, facility and equipment. 
  • Enforce University Recreation policies and procedures in a fair, prudent and professional manner. 
  • Plan, develop and instruct safe, fun and well-rounded exercise and fitness classes using approved exercise guidelines and principles. 
  • Observe participants for proper technique, body posture and movements for safety.
  • Provide exercise modifications to allow for a variety of fitness levels and abilities.
  • Provide customer service and communicates with staff and patrons.
  • Advise participants on routine exercise questions. 
  • Assist with emergency procedures and evacuations.
  • Complete required forms completely and legibly.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrate positive leadership qualities.
  • Presents a professional appearance and attitude.
  • Maintains a high standard of customer service.
  • Demonstrate strong initiative.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of diversity.
  • Acts an ambassador for University Recreation both at work and away.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled at MSU with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.
  • Previous involvement in group exercise. 
  • Group exercise certification by a nationally recognized organization (i.e. ACE, AFAA, ACSM, Cooper’s Institute, etc.) or other certification as approved by Assistant Director of Fitness.
  • Must teach a minimum of 3 classes per week
  • Ability to lead and cue participants through a safe and effective group exercise workout.
  • First Aid, Adult CPR, and AED certified.

Pay Rate

Starting pay: $9.00-1 hour classes, $7.50- 30 minute classes

Contact Person

Meridith Nuckolls
Fitness Coordinator
Phone: 662-325-0022