Shape Up NYC Instructor Training Application

The application period for the fall 2019 instructor training program has ended. Please check back next year for more information about our spring program. 

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

Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center
232 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023
Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., September 12 to December 5, 2019
Class will not meet on Thanksgiving Day.


$60 for fingerprinting as well as an NYC Parks Recreation Center Membership.


Demonstrated interest in fitness, including current participation in group exercise classes. Prior exercise instruction experience preferred, but not required. All participants must past a background check through GoPass.


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. 


  • 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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