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Job Summary

A Personal Trainer will conduct fitness assessments, develop specific individualized fitness and wellness programs, and implement the programming through training sessions. A Personal Trainer is responsible for providing every client with an exceptional experience.  As an employee of the Department of Recreational Sports we are focused on the customer, provide the best service possible, and emphasize safety in our programs and facilities at all times.  We are committed to enhance the quality of life at Michigan through engagement in recreation.  We will foster an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle and promote lifelong learning.


  • Successfully complete the hiring and mentoring process

  • Develop individualized programs that are safe and progressive to enhance the clients personal goals

  • Expand your knowledge and continue your education of personal training through attending workshops, presentations, conferences, and reading scholar publications

  • Conduct fitness assessments

  • Keep clear records of all training sessions and client progress

  • Conduct equipment orientations as scheduled or when requested

  • Follow Recreational Sports policies and guidelines, including equipment use and dress code

  • Serve as a first responder in emergency situations and follow emergency protocols set by the Department of Recreational Sports

  • Attend all scheduled staff meetings, in-service trainings, and one-on-one meetings with supervisors

  • Communicate all issues to the Coordinator or Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness

Required Qualifications*

  • Have at least one national personal training certification(ACE, ACSM, NSCA, etc…).  Must be completed by the end of the mentoring program

  • Have CPR and AED certification through American Red Cross or equivalent(AHA)

  • Have a foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology

  • Have at least one year of experience in strength training and cardiovascular training

Additional Information

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Position Criteria:

  • Ability to coach and communicate with several learning styles

  • Ability to use motivational interview techniques

  • Can maintain and demonstrate proper exercise technique

  • Knowledge of basic anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics 

  • Provides positive messaging that reflects the interconnectedness of the elements of well-being


The position requires trainers to be able to work a flexible day in order to accommodate the client’s needs.  This includes being able to train early mornings, mid-day, evening, and weekend hours.  Working hours includes time with the client and time before and after the training session for preparation and record keeping.

This position requires trainers to be able to demonstrate exercises and provide spotting assistance for the client. 


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.