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Shape Up NYC Instructor Training Application

Registration is now closed.

This fall, NYC Parks will offer a comprehensive 12-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 12 weeks, participants will get practical experience by leading one Shape up NYC class per week for a six-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.

Extended deadline: Please apply by noon on Monday, July 25, 2016.


West Bronx Recreation Center
1527 Jesup Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452
Saturdays from 2:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 
Starting September 10, 2016

McCarren Play Center
776 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Saturdays from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Starting September 10, 2016

Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center
232 West 60th Street, Manhattan, NY 10019
Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Starting September 8, 2016

Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center
93-29 Queens Boulevard, Queens, NY 11374
Tuesdays from 6:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Starting September 6, 2016

Greenbelt Recreation Center
501 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314
Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Starting September 7, 2016


$60 for fingerprinting and a background check. An NYC Parks Recreation Center Membership is required. Scholarships may be available. Email for more information.


Demonstrated interest in fitness, including current participation in group exercise 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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