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Shape Up NYC Instructor Training Application

The fall 2018 application is now closed for our fitness instructor training program. If you're already an experienced, certified fitness instructor, you can apply to teach a Shape Up NYC class on our Shape Up NYC Volunteer Fitness Instructor Application page

This fall, 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.

Locations and Training Schedule

West Bronx Recreation Center
1527 Jesup Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452
Mondays from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Starting September 10, 2018

McCarren Play Center
776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Starting September 8, 2018

Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center
232 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10019
Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Starting September 6, 2018

Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center
93-29 Queens Boulevard, Queens, NY 11374
Tuesdays from 6:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Starting September 4, 2018

Greenbelt Recreation Center
501 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314
Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Starting September 5, 2018


$60 for fingerprinting and a background check. An NYC Parks Recreation Center Membership is required. 


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 borough where you trained.


  • 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, you must provide a copy of your social security card AND a copy of one (1) of the following four (4) acceptable forms of identification: Current Driver’s License, Current Learner’s Permit, Student I.D, Passport.

If you have any questions, please email

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