Group Fitness Leadership

Group Fitness Leadership Online Master of Science (M.S.) – Group Fitness Leadership Concentration

About Group Fitness Leadership

Inspire and motivate as you guide your clients through a group fitness workout.

With a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania, you can focus your studies on group fitness leadership – and move to the head of the class.

Cal U has partnered with Les Mills™, internationally acclaimed for its group exercise workouts, to create a unique academic program built around group fitness research and real-life experience.

As a student in Cal U’s online group fitness leadership program, you’ll learn advanced strategies in fitness leadership and master the concepts essential to becoming a top leader in group fitness and exercise. This master’s degree concentration covers topics such as:

  • Class motivation.
  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
  • Group flexibility training, and more.

Advance your career in group exercise leadership.

At health clubs and fitness centers across the country, an increasing number of employers require fitness workers to have an advanced degree in a health- or fitness-related field, such as exercise science and health promotion.

Cal U is a recognized leader in online education for exercise science professionals — and its one-of-a-kind partnership with Les Mills is designed give you a competitive edge.

Whether you’re teaching cardio, weight training, barre, spinning, flexibility training or other fitness courses, you’ll be prepared to motivate and support your clients every step of the way.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: GROUP FITNESS LEADERSHIP

Earn Your Fitness Degree Online: Cal U’s group fitness leadership concentration is delivered entirely online, so it fits with your busy schedule. Complete the 36-credit program on a full-time or part-time basis, or combine group fitness leadership with a second concentration to earn a 48-credit dual concentration degree.

Personalize Your Program: Customize your M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion by choosing focus areas that help you reach your professional goals. Complete the group exercise leadership concentration alone, or combine it with one of these programs to create a dual concentration:

For students seeking a professional credential instead of a master’s degree, a 12-credit post-bachelor’s group fitness leadership certificate is available as a stand-alone credential. In fact, Cal U offers certificates in all of the program areas listed above.

Inspire a Passion for Fitness: Cal U’s online degree program is designed for professionals who lead choreographed exercise classes that are typically 30 to 90 minutes long. It provides advanced education regarding group fitness and leadership principles, so you can inspire your clients to maintain their health and well-being through exercise. This program is ideal for group fitness instructors and personal trainers who are looking to earn a master’s degree, whether they work in coaching, the military, a wellness center or the fitness industry.

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Number of academic programs nationwide that partner with the Les Mills fitness and group exercise organization.
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Number of certified Les Mills instructors worldwide.
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Degree Benefits

The online master's degree concentration in group fitness leadership lets you:

  • Work full time while earning a graduate degree from a historic state university.
  • Complete your fitness degree online, efficiently and affordably.
  • Learn from exercise science faculty with years of professional experience.
  • Build a professional network of peers who are skilled group fitness leaders.
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Graduate Outcomes

Group fitness instructors are generally fit, healthy and energetic, since they are expected to participate physically in the classes they lead, rather than merely providing verbal instruction. Students who complete the online exercise science degree can work in a variety of areas; graduates of the group fitness concentration typically will be employed as instructors at fitness centers, health clubs and college fitness centers.

 
Group Fitness Leadership Concentration – Online Master’s Degree
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International Partner

Cal U is working directly with Les Mills Fitness to develop its group exercise leadership program – the only university to partner with this internationally renowned firm. Les Mills workouts are licensed to more than 19,500 fitness clubs in 100 countries, and its 130,000 certified instructors lead creative, motivating workouts every day for millions of people around the world.

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Find the Right Fit

Les Mills offers 20 different programs encompassing a wide range of exercise styles, including high-intensity interval training, youth programs and virtual programming solutions. Our group fitness graduates lead classes that suit their style, as they inspire, engage and motivate their clients and fitness club members.

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Military Tuition Discount

Cal U discounts tuition costs for active-duty service members and veterans of all U.S. military branches, as well as their spouses and eligible dependents, when they enroll through the University’s Global Online division.

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Curriculum

 

Course Credits  
GRA 800 Graduate Internship 6  
PRF 700 Orientation to Exercise Science and Wellness 3  
PRF 701 Advanced Topics in SAQ and Endurance Training 3  
PRF 705 Industrial, Clinical, and Corporate Wellness 3  
PRF 715 Business and Entrepreneurship in the Fitness Industry 3  
PRF 716 Advanced Techniques in Movement and Recovery 3  
PRF 720 Essentials of Human Movement Science
3  
PRF 756 Program Design for Optimizing Human Movement and Recovery 3  
PRF 760 Leadership and Professional Development 3  
PRF 765 Nutrition for Peak Performance 3  
PRF 770 Exercise Physiology: Assessment and Exercise Prescription 3  
PRF 786 Current Topics in Movement and Recovery Science 3  
PRF 816 Research in Movement and Recovery Science 3  
Total 42  
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.50 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.50 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Global Online Applicants


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.50 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Resume may be requested
    • Two professional references may be requested
    • Two professional letters of recommendation may be requested
    • An interview by the program coordinator may be requested to determine potential for success in the program.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:
Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

Exercise Science and Health Promotion (M.S.)

Relevant Programs

Concentrations

 

Select a single concentration as the focus of your degree or add a second approved area of focus to create a dual concentration. Post-bachelor’s certificates are available in these areas as well.

Certifications
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion
  • Certified Wellcoach
  • Fusionetics®
  • Les MillsTM

Additional Resources

Top 10 Reasons To Get An Exercise Science Master Degree

What Can You Do With An Exercise Science Master Degree/Careers

How To Choose An Exercise Science Concentration

Group Fitness Leadership Faculty

Wendy Batts
Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Carol Biddington
Professor

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Dr. William B. Biddington
Professor; Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

biddington_w@calu.edu

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Dr. Joni L. Cramer Roh
Professor

roh@calu.edu

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Julie Ramsey Emrhein
Part-Time Assistant Professor

emrhein@calu.edu

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Dr. Marc S. Federico
Professor

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton
Associate Professor

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Melissa Hatton
Adjunct Professor

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Dr. Rebecca A. Hess
Professor

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Christina Lombardo
Professor

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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy
Professor

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Dr. Brian Oddi
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Linda Platt Meyer
Professor

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Dr. Benjamin Reuter
Associate Professor

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Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby
Professor

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James Thornton, MA, ATC, PES, CES
Adjunct Professor
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Dr. Ronald Wagner
Associate Professor

wagner_r@calu.edu

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Dr. Ellen J. West
Associate Professor

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Dr. Tom West
Professor

west_t@calu.edu

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