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Upcoming Adjusted Hours:

Campus Recreation will operate on an adjusted schedule Thursday, October 6-Sunday, October 9 for Fall Break. There is no Group Exercise during the break. We will resume our Hours of Operation and Group Exercise schedule on Monday, October 10. The adjusted hours of operation for the Reily Student Recreation Center and Tulane Fitness Center (TU Fit) are as follows:

Reily Student Recreation Center:

  • Thursday, October 6-Friday, October 7: 6 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8: Closed (Home Football Game)
  • Sunday, October 9: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

TU Fit 

  • Thursday, October 6-Friday, October 7: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.

Fitness Professional Certification Track Program

Tulane students who are interested in pursuing a fitness certification have the opportunity to enroll in this program and learn first-hand what is like as Tulane Campus Rec fitness staff. During the program, students are provided with an opportunity to prepare for their certifications while participating in a program that will ultimately prepare them for employment at Campus Rec. The program track will allow students to choose if they would like to become certified personal trainers or group fitness instructors. Once the student applies to become a trainer or instructor and is selected to participate in the program, there is a list of objectives that must be completed in order to guarantee their opportunity for employment with the department.  In order to be considered for the program you have to meet the following requirements:

  • Enrolled as a Tulane student 
  • Available to work two consecutive semesters AFTER the program and certification as a PT or GXI are complete
  • No previous fitness training or sports background is required but is preferred

To encourage involvement in the program and reduce financial barriers, scholarships, are awarded to qualified applicants. Anyone awarded scholarship funds must complete the program and obtain the chosen fitness certification within the designated semester. The following is a list of objectives that will need to be completed for the respective fitness professional tracks.  

Group Exercise Instructor:

  • Complete 6 training hours with a mentor Group Fitness Instructor  
  • Attend and help in at least one Fitness Wellness Program during the semester I.e., Rock the Rec, Body Respect Week  
  • Observe two Group Fitness classes in your chosen format and the instructor  
  • Participate in at least two group exercise classes 
  • Co-teach and teach a warmup in two classes with your chosen format and instructor 

Personal Trainer:

  • Complete 6 training hours with a mentor Personal Trainer  
  • Work two fitness events/programs: rock the rec wave fit, small group training,   
  • Complete one shadow session  
  • Complete one mock session  
  • Lead one Fitness Assessment and Space Orientation Program  
  • Assist with one Free Fitness Assessment  & Orientation


  • Audition for the format/formats you would like to teach/ train 
  • Obtain a Nationally Accredited Fitness Certification within the semester of participating in the certification track program  
  • Optional Activities:  
  • Coffee/smoothie with your fitness mentor 
  • Partner workout with your fitness mentor  
  • Monthly study group sessions 

Upon completion of the certification track program, the newly certified trainer or instructor will have the following additional requirements assigned. These objectives serve as their continued development and contribution to the certification track program. 

  • Teach at least 1 group exercise per week and be available to subclasses  
  • Train at least two clients per semester  
  • Attend Fall and Spring All-staff training (August and January) and at least 2 fitness staff training meetings per semester.  
  • Personal trainers only- work at least 1 free fitness assessment and fitness space orientation per semester  
  • Work at least one Fitness + Wellness Event a semester (I.e., Rock the Rec, Body Respect Week, WaveFit, or Tabling events)  
  • Participate as a mentor for future FA certification programs   

Fall 2022 Program Timeline

  • Application Opens: Friday, August 26th 
  • Application link: Fit Pro Certification Track Application
  • Info Session: Thursday, September 8th | 4:30 PM, Lagniappe Room & Live via Zoom
  • Application Deadline: Friday, September 23rd | 11:59 PM
  • Interview Meetings: Monday, September 12th - Friday, September 23rd | Day & time varies depending on application submission
  • Program Acceptance Emails Sent: Week of September 26th 
  • Program Begins: Monday, October 3rd 
  • General Meeting: Tuesday, October 11th |  4:30 PM, Lagniappe Room

Deadline to complete program objectives and take fitness certification exam: December 

Accepted Certifications

List of NCCA Accredited Certifications

Certifications must be NCCA accredited. The NCCA is the National Commission for Certifying Agencies that regulate these certifications and educational material. We have provided a list of great personal trainer certifications below that are all NCCA-certified.

  • NASM- National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • ACE– The American Council on Exercise
  • NSCA– National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • ACSM– American College of Sports Medicine
  • NESTA– National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association
  • NCCPT- National Council for Certified Personal Trainers
  • NCSF– National Council on Strength & Fitness

ACE also offers discount pricing for students. Included here is a link to the ACE student pricing webpage: https://www.acefitness.org/student. The page offers discounts on study aids, manuals & certification exam.

If you are interested in getting certified as a group exercise instructor or personal trainer, please contact Fitness and Wellness at fitness@tulane.edu or 504-314-2864 for more information.