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Shape Up NYC Instructor Training Application

Registration is now closed. To apply for this fall's training program, please check back here in late August.

This fall, NYC Parks will offer a comprehensive 10-week training program designed to train individuals to become fitness instructors for Shape Up NYC. Topics will include: basic anatomy, exercise physiology, injury prevention, music, cueing and body toning with light weights. After 8 weeks, participants will get practical experience by leading one Shape up NYC class per week for a 6-month period. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive an NYC Parks Certificate of Completion, and will be equipped to pass a nationally accredited certification exam.


West Bronx Recreation Center
1527 Jesup Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452
Saturdays from 3-5pm
Starting March 21, 2015

McCarren Play Center
776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Saturdays from 9:15-11:45am
Starting March 28, 2015

Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center
93-29 Queens Boulevard, Queens, NY 11374
Tuesdays from 6-8:30pm
Starting March 24, 2015

Greenbelt Recreation Center
501 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314
Wednesdays from 5-8pm
Starting April 8, 2015

Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center
232 West 60th Street, Manhattan, NY 10019
Thursdays from 6-8:30pm
Starting March 26, 2015


$60 as well as NYC Parks recreation center membership.


Demonstrated interest in fitness, including current participation in aerobics/dance classes. Prior exercise instruction experience preferred, but not required.


  • You must be 18 years or older to apply to the Shape Up NYC Fitness Instructor Training Program.
  • If you are accepted into the program, applicants must provide copies of two (2) of the following five (5) acceptable forms of identification: Current Driver’s License, Current Learner’s Permit, Social Security Card, Student I.D., Passport.

If you have any questions, please email


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