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Campus Rec contributes to physical and emotional wellbeing by providing a flexible fitness program that is convenient for the ֱState community.

Fitness Programs

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Fitness Certification Courses

Campus Rec offers a variety of non-credit or credit optional instructional courses for its members that provide certification.For more information, contact Erin Bransford, Fitness & Wellbeing Coordinator,at orndorf@pdx.edu or 503.725.2959.


ACE Personal Training Prep Course

Offered Spring 2024


Class Dates: April 9 - June 6, 2024

Class Day & Time:Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00 - 5:50pm

Class Fee:

Registration Opens:

  • For PSU Students: Monday, February 19 at 8am
  • For Non-Students (if space allows):April 3 at 8am

Registration Closes:April 16 at 4pm or when class is full

Limited to the first 20 registrants. Register online via the or in person at the Member Services desk

Course Description:This course prepares you to become a certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and provides you with the skills needed to become a Personal Trainer for Campus Rec. Topics include anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, health screening, fitness assessment, program planning and progression, injury prevention, special populations, and more. Academic credit is available. Cost includes exam fee and all study materials.Underrepresented PSU students can apply for thePersonal Training Cohort Program, which covers the cost of the course and provides additional mentorship and pathways to employment.

For more information, contact Erin Bransford, Fitness & Wellbeing Coordinator,atorndorf@pdx.eduor 503.725.2959.


Group Fitness Instructor Training (GFIT) Course

Offered Winter 2024


Class Dates:Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 16 - March 14, 2024

Class Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Class Location: Rec Center, Multipurpose Room 440/441

Class Fee: $299 for Campus Rec members. Free for PSU students in the Group X Cohort Program.

Registration Opens:

  • For PSU Students: Monday November 6, 2023 at 8 a.m.
  • For Non-Students (if space allows):Wednesday, January10 at 8 a.m.

Registration Closes:Tuesday January 16, 2024 at 2 p.m. or when the class is full. Limited to 10 participants.

Course Description:Learn the strategies needed to teach safe and effective group exercise classes. This class is designed to prepare you to take the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Group Fitness Certification Exam and teach Group X classes for Campus Rec. Cost includes exam fee, textbook, study guide, practice exam, and all instruction. Class is limited to first 10 participants. Academic credit is available. Register at Member Services.

For more information, contact Erin Bransford, Fitness & Wellbeing Coordinator,atorndorf@pdx.eduor 503.725.2959.


Group X & Personal Training Cohort Programs

Campus Rec's Group X and Personal Training cohort programs assist underrepresented students with entering the personal training and group fitness fields. Cohort programs reduce barriers to participation by providing free entry into certification courses, mentorship and pathways to employment at Campus Rec, and career paths post graduation.


Group X Cohort Program

Supporting Underrepresented Students Entering the Group Fitness Field

Campus Rec's Group Exercise (Group X) Cohort Program assists underrepresented students with entering the group fitness field. The cohort program offers free entry into the ACE Group Fitness Instructor Training (GFIT) Course ($299 value), mentorship from current Group X Instructors, a pathway to employment at Campus Rec, and access to career paths post graduation. Visit our Employment webpage to learn more about the Group X Cohort Program.

Personal Training Cohort Program

Supporting Underrepresented Students Entering the Personal Training Field

The Personal Training (PT) Cohort Program assists underrepresented students with entering the personal training field. The cohort program offers free entry into the ACE Personal Training Prep Course ($599 value), mentorship from Campus Rec trainers, a pathway to employment at Campus Rec, and access to career paths post graduation. Visit our Employment webpage to learn more about the PT Cohort Program.


Fitness On-The-Go

Are you a part of a student organization, department, or team at PSU? Looking for a team-building or bonding activity where you can have fun and be healthy? Fitness On-the-Go aims to fill a growing need exhibited by the PSU community to access private fitness classes and events for a specific group. With very limited open facility space within the Rec Center, Fitness On-the-Go allows for instructors to travel to various spaces across campus and teach Group X classes with ease. This program may also eliminate barriers to Group X participation by bringing Group X classes to a convenient location with familiar faces. Fitness On-the-Go is a great option for group team building, stress management, exercise, and fun!

Opportunities: Class types include: Power Vinyasa Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Bootcamp, Zumba, and HIIT. Special requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be accommodated if possible. Groups must coordinate their own space reservation on campus but suggested locations and reservation instructions can be provided upon request.

Price: $45/class (classes can be 30-60 mins and cost is the same for all group sizes and class lengths)

To get started: Please submit a , and the Group X Student Coordinator will get back to you within two business days. Note: A minimum of two weeks notice is required.

Contact info: If you have additional questions please contactErin Bransford, atorndorf@pdx.edu.