University of Vermont

Fitness & Wellness

Certification Courses and Trainings for Fitness Professionals

Certifications Personal Training Course | Group Fitness Instructor Course

Specialties and Trainings Les Mills Instructor Training | Cycling Training | HITT it with Yoga | Kettlebell Specialty

Keiser Indoor Cycling


As a cycling instructor it is important to provide your class participants with the true feeling of an outdoor ride enlivened by racing drills, visualization techniques, and ride specific training. This 6-hour course provides the foundations for efficient and effective instructing on the M3. Positioning, technique, intensity, heart rate, and drills are just a few of the topics covered. At the end of the course, participants will receive their certification which is nationally recognized through organizations such as ACE and AFAA for C.E.C.'s.

February 4, 2017, 9am-4pm, $300
Gutterson Multipurpose Cycling Studio, 97 Spear Street, Burlington VT, 05405
To register contact Fitness Coordinator Eli Barrett at or (802) 656-7713
or click here.

Modules (Workshops):


In this fast paced age of technology the M3 bike offers a unique onboard computer that allows the rider to stay connected to their progress during a ride. By utilizing easy step-by-step instructions, you will learn how to maximize the information generated by the computer in order to provide feedback to your students. By manipulating power output, gear, cadence, heart rate, time and distance, an instructor can create new workouts, enhance current drills and maximize motivation. The M3 computer brings your class together in a way you never thought possible.

February 5, 8-10am, $60
Gutterson Multipurpose Cycling Studio, 97 Spear Street, Burlington VT, 05405
To register contact Fitness Coordinator Eli Barrett at or (802) 656-7713
or click here.


Are you ready to power up your indoor cycling class? By understanding how to utilize power measurement in your class you can help your students understand how hard they should be working and when. In this workshop you will explore the concepts of watts as output, experience drills specifically designed to use with powermeasurements, and learn how to develop new power based workouts.

February 5, 10am-12pm, $60
Gutterson Multipurpose Cycling Studio, 97 Spear Street, Burlington VT, 05405
To register contact Fitness Coordinator Eli Barrett at or (802) 656-7713
or click here.

Les Mills Body Pump 99

December 3-4, 2016
8am-6pm both days

$150 for UVM Affilates
* Please contact Eli Barrett for this discounted rate.

University of Vermont
97 Spear Street
Campus Recreation Studio
Burlington, VT 05405
(802) 656-8058

Sign-up here:


Want to change the world?  Sign up for this 2 day Certification Training and help to create a fitter planet!
REQUIREMENTS:  Les Mills has gone green!  As a result, you will need access to a computer & internet to download your digital training materials (music, video & choreography) as well as all future quarterly materials.

PREWORK:  Once signed up, you will receive an e-mail 2 weeks prior to the event letting you know that your training materials are available for downloading from our instructor portal. (We'll include instructions on how to download your music, video, and choreography notes. Don't worry, it's really easy!) Take the next 2 weeks to learn the release and the 2 tracks you will be assigned to present at training. 

CERTIFICATION NOTE: Les Mills instructors are the best in the world.  In order to maintain the amazing quality of our instructors, we have a bit of a more rigorous certification process than most organizations.  Attending training does not guarantee certification.  After passing training, instructors need to submit an assessment video in order to show that they’re teaching a safe and effective class. There are a few minimum requirements that need to be met in order to certify.  Please understand that submitting the video also does not guarantee certification.  The complete certification process will be fully explained, and all the tools you need to be successful will be provided to you during your training weekend, but if you have any questions about this prior to attending training, please feel free to contact us at or by calling 844-LES-MILLS
CANCELLATION POLICY:  You may receive a full refund 16 days prior to your training start date.  After that, there is a non-refundable $50 fee if you cancel your enrollment.  You can transfer to another training with no financial penalty as long as that training workshop is on the same release.  If you transfer to a training using another release, there will be a $50 fee.

CREDITS:  ACE and AFAA Continuing education credits/units will be awarded for this training. Once you’ve completed your training, log in to your instructor portal, click on EVENTS, and go to the MY PREVIOUS EVENTS tab.  You can print out your CEC/CEU certificate right there from your training event listing.

Check the schedule carefully.  You have to participate 100% in training, so be sure you can attend the whole time or you will not pass the module.  We cover a lot of information into the weekend, and we want our instructors to be as successful as possible!

You need to bring: 
* LES MILLS Release kit (on your electronic device)
* A pen and paper for taking notes
* iPod or a device to listen to your assigned tracks
* We also recommend bringing a laptop or tablet so that you can review your allocated tracks as homework after the first day
* Fluid and snacks to sustain you throughout the day, and changes of clothes (you are going to sweat. A lot.)

Campus Recreation values the importance of student development through preparing students to become Certified Group Fitness Instructors and/or Personal Trainers. We have partnered with the Physical Education Department to offer classes that are a semester-long and provide potential instructors and /or trainers with the education and experience to not only prepare for the American Council on Exercise (ACE) National Certification Exam but also gain hands on experience needed to become safe and effective in their role.

EDPE 200: Personal Training (Exam Preparation Course) – spring - 3 credits - no prerequisites required

This is a course to assist students interested in Personal Training and/or becoming a Certified Personal Trainer (certification exam fee and exam not included).  This course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare to take a nationally accredited Personal Training exam and to become innovative, safe and effective Personal Trainers.  Students taking this course do not have to have applied sciences pre-requirements. Sciences related to the human body and functional movement will be covered.  This course consists of both online and physical lecture, online testing, and laboratory experience.  The goal is for hands-on learning of comprehensive systems for designing individualized programs based on each client’s unique health, fitness, and goals.  The information covered by this course will help students learn how to facilitate rapport, adherence, self-efficacy and behavior change in clients, as well as design programs that help clients to improve posture, movement, flexibility, balance, core function, cardiorespiratory fitness, and muscular endurance and strength.  Students will apply the skills and information learned in this course through simulated training experiences in the UVM Campus Recreation Gucciardi Fitness Center during class time.   It is strongly recommended that all students for this course register for a Personal Training package prior to class to gain exposure to our assessment, goal setting and program design process.

EDPE 200: Group Fitness Instructors in Training – Group Fitness Exam Preparation Course - spring - 3 credits - no prerequisites required

The Group Fitness Instructor Certification preparation course will give you the knowledge to design and teach any class better, lead all fitness levels effectively, and deliver experiences your participants will never forget. This course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare for the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Certification Exam and become effective group fitness instructors. This class will cover foundations in applied sciences and create relative fitness and instructional experiences to practice this knowledge. In this course students will sample and learn to lead modalities like step aerobics, cardio kickboxing, TRX, Pilates, Spinning, Yoga, strength training, core training and more. Earning a certification accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) will set you apart as a teacher who leads more than just the front row. The certification exam cost is not part of the course fee.

NETA- National Exercise Trainers Association

The University of Vermont and NETA, a non-profit fitness professional association, are co-sponsoring the following nationally-recognized workshops:

Kettlebell Specialty- Certification

Kettlebells are the latest and most popular strength training tool that can be used in a group setting or with personal training cliets. This introductory course teaches the basics of Kettlebell training, the history of this fascinating workout, safety techniques, body positioning, alignment, and appropriate starting weights. You will experience the most popular exercises including swing, clean and press, the snatch, and many more.

Date: March 25th 8am-3pm

Location: Patrick Multipurpose 217. 97 Spear Street, Burlington VT. 05405

Price: 169$

Register: To register call 800.237.6242 or on-line at

Continuing Education Credits: 7 NETA, .6 ACE, 8 AFAA, .8 NASM

HITT it with Yoga- Workshop

High intensity interval training (HIIT) is fun, effective, and challenging for all. Yoga is the practice of poses that combines deep, meditative breathing with slow strengthening movements which is incredibly healthy for your mind, body, and spirit. Fusing these two seemingly different formats together is clearly a "win-win" approach for successful cardiovascular exercise improvement and overall performance thus, we have 'HIIT it with Yoga'.

Date: March 26th 8:00 am–1:00 pm

Location: Patrick Multipurpose 217. 97 Spear Street, Burlington VT. 05405

Price: $119.00 ($129.00 On-site)

Register: To register call 800.237.6242 or on-line at

Continuing Education Credits: 5 NETA, 0.5 ACE, 5 AFAA, 0.5 NASM

    • If you have questions call Fitness Programs at (802)-656-7713 or email us at

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