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ACE® FITNESS COURSES

Learn how to help others get and stay healthy.

Classes meet requirements set by American Council on Exercise.

ACE® Personal Trainer Exam Prep Course

ACE® Personal Trainer Exam Prep Course

The American Council on Exercise (ACE®) Personal Trainer Exam Prep course prepares you for a career as a personal fitness trainer. The fitness industry offers many full or part-time employment opportunities for personal trainers who have an accredited certification, knowledge, people skills and a passion for helping others. This 10-week course is offered to students and community residents. UW-Madison students who take the course may qualify for employment with Rec Sports.

Student: $409
Affiliate & Community: $469

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    Prerequisites:
    • None
    Class Components: 
    • Learn the skills necessary to be a top-notch trainer
    • Help prepare you for the ACE® Personal Trainer Exam
    All course materials and textbooks are included. Upon completion, take the ACE®computer-based test right on campus. Students in class receive a discounted exam fee.

AMERICAN RED CROSS® AQUATICS COURSES

Certifications for lifeguards, lifeguard instructors, and water safety instructors.

Be prepared to respond to a variety of scenarios and teach others how to be safe in and around the water.

Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard Training

Learn to respond to aquatic emergencies.

$250

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    Prerequisites:

    • Must be 15 years old on or before the last day of the course
    • Swim 300 yards using a combination of freestyle (with rotary breathing and a strong kick) and breaststroke with correct coordination
    • Tread water for two minutes, legs only
    • 10-pound object retrieval from 7’10” depth
    • Successful completion of online session of course prior to first class meeting (further instructions will be provided upon registration)

    Class Components:

    • Now teaching 2017 American Red Cross® Lifeguarding material!
    • Learn water rescue skills, CPR/AED, and First Aid
Lifeguard Training Review

Lifeguard Training Review

Get recertified with this 12-hour review course.

$125

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    Prerequisites:

    • Must have current Red Cross Lifeguard Training certification

    Class Components:

    • Now teaching 2017 American Red Cross® Lifeguarding material!
    • Review water rescue skills, CPR/AED, and First Aid prior to taking the recertification test
Lifeguarding Instructor

Lifeguarding Instructor

Learn to teach American Red Cross® Lifeguarding courses.

$300

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    Prerequisites:

    • At least 17 years old
    • Possess one of the following:
      • Current American Red Cross® certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED
      • Successful completion of the Lifeguarding Instructor online session prior to the first class meeting (further instructions will be provided upon registration)

    Class Components:

    • Learn how to teach Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, Administering Emergency Oxygen, and Bloodborne Pathogens Training
Water Safety Instructor

Water Safety Instructor

Learn to teach youth and adults how to be safe in and around the water.

$300

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    Prerequisites:

    • Must be at least 16 years old at the start of the course
    • Must be able to tread water for 1 minute
    • Must be able to float on back for 1 minute
    • Must be able to swim 24 yards of front crawl, back crawl, elementary back stroke, and side stroke
    • Must be able to swim yards using butterfly

    Class Components:

    • Online learning and assessment
    • In-person skills session to develop instructional skills in and out of the water
    • Learn to teach youth and adults how to be safe in and around the water

AMERICAN RED CROSS® CPR COURSES

Learn to respond to First Aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies.

Skills that could save a life.

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

Adult First Aid/CPR/AED

Learn to respond to first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies.

$60

 

* Combines web-based learning with an in-class skills session

CPR/FA/AED for the Professional Rescuer

CPR/FA/AED for the Professional Rescuer

Designed for individuals with a duty to respond to emergencies.

$75

Host a First Aid/CPR/AED class

We offer private classes at the Natatorium for groups and departments on campus. $60 per person for University departments, $45 per person for registered student organizations. Place click the button below to fill out an interest form.

Additional Courses

How to Queenax

How to Queenax

Take your functional fitness to the next level by learning how to set up a full body workout using the Queenax, Rec Sports’ newest piece of fitness equipment at the Natatorium.  You will learn how to properly, safely, and effectively utilize three of the attachments: Super Functional, Upstrength, and Battle Ropes.

Student & Affiliate: $20

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    Designed for:
    • People looking to vary their workout and learn how to use the components and equipment pieces on the QueenAx
    Prerequisites:
    • None
    Class components:
    • Super Functional:  Simple, inclusive tools that accommodate conventional suspended bodyweight training movements plus play-based and skill-based training
    • Upstrength: The “ladders” and independent anchor points accommodate asymmetric suspended bodyweight training, along with standing, leaning, bending, climbing, pushing, pulling, and twisting movements
    • Battle Ropes- A must-have exercise in a workout for anyone looking to pack on lean mass.  “The key to their effectiveness is that they work each arm independently, eliminating strength imbalances as they sculpt your muscle,” John Brookfield, creator of the original battling-ropes system

How to TRX

What are those straps at the gym that everyone is hanging from?  Why is everyone doing suspension training? TRX provides world-class training for everyone.  Capable of total body workouts anywhere promoting strength, balance, flexibility, and core stability.  This workshop will teach you the basic equipment and exercises of TRX.

Student & Affiliate: $20

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    Designed for:
    • People looking to vary their workout and learn how to use the components and equipment pieces for TRX
    Prerequisites:
    • None
    Class components:
    • Learn about safely using the TRX system
    • Work with equipment
    • Learn different exercises and what parts of the body they work on
Introduction to Weightlifting

Introduction to Olympic Weightlifting

Learn the basic body positions, movement patterns, and lifts of Olympic weightlifting. Participants will progress from using just the barbell to adding weight plates. This class’s objective is to develop a solid foundation for safe Olympic weightlifting practices.

Student: $49
Affiliate: $59

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    Designed for:

    • Participants with little to no experience in Olympic weightlifting who are interested in learning proper technique and safe form

    Course Components:

    • 90 minutes of instruction
    • Proper warm-up technique for Olympic weightlifting
    • Safety cues and technique instruction
    • Practice of the following lifts: snatch, clean, jerk, overhead squat, and more
    • Course includes a test-out to earn a free Platform Pass in the Nat PTC
Build your own Fitness Program

Build your own Fitness Program

Want to get back into the gym?  Times have certainly changed and so has the equipment in the gym.  This class is designed to teach you how to set up a new exercise routine and how to progress and improve it over time.

Student & Affiliate: $20

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    Designed for:
    • Beginner/Novice students and affiliates looking to build their own fitness program

    Prerequisites:

    • None
    Class components: 
    • Learn about the components of fitness
    • Learn the 5 foundational movements:
      • Push
      • Pull
      • Rotational
      • Bend
      • Lift
    • Create a sample program
    • Tour and introduction to the Natatorium

Self-Defense Workshops

Class participants will learn fundamental safety principles like avoidance, awareness, and mindset in combination with physical techniques that will equip students with a further knowledge of mindset and physical technique that will help in self-defense situations.

Student: $10
Affiliate: $15

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    Designed for:

    • Men and women who want to learn more about what they can do to protect themselves on and around campus

    Prerequisites

    • None

    Class Components:

    • Learn preventative safety measures and trends in personal assaults
    • Learn specific target areas
    • Learn techniques and practice against different types of attacks