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Shape Up NYC Instructor Training Application

The application period is now closed.

This summer, NYC Parks will offer a comprehensive 12-week training program designed to teach 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 12 weeks, participants will get practical experience by leading a one hour Shape Up NYC class per week as part of a six month internship. Upon completion of the training and internship, participants will receive an NYC Parks Certificate of Completion, and will be equipped to pass a nationally accredited certification exam.

Deadline: Please apply by noon on June 16, 2017. 


Brownsville Recreation Center
1555 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11212


Saturdays, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., from July 8, 2017 through October 7, 2017.


$60 for fingerprinting and a background check. An NYC Parks Recreation Center Membership is required. Scholarships are available, and more information will be shared at the first class.


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


This program requires a commitment of at least nine months, and includes attendance at 12 two-and-a-half hour training sessions, as well as approximately three hours weekly to study and practice material independently.

Upon completion of the formal training sessions, participants must teach one weekly Shape Up NYC class for six months. The Shape Up NYC internship must be completed in the neighborhoods of Brownsville, East New York, and Canarsie.


  • 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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