Get your moment in the spotlight as Equinox hosts The Prodigy, our search for the next generation of Group Fitness talent to join our elite instructors. In Round One, you submit a short video showing off your instructing skills. In Round Two, we pair top trainees with personal mentors to unlock their raw talent and train them harder than ever for the ultimate test: a live performance in NYC. The call is open. The next Prodigy could be you.SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO
Group Fitness at Equinox continues to lead the pack. Our instructors are handpicked, second to none, and trained in-house for unparalleled expertise. We treat talent as number one and equip our instructors with everything they need to defy expectations and maximize potential.
Who Should SUBMIT?
Anyone who believes they’ve got what it takes. You should be prepared to teach Cardio or Strength (sorry, no Cycling, Yoga, Pilates or Dance), live within 30 miles of an Equinox club, and have never taught for or be currently employed by Equinox.
What is the opportunity?
In Equinox's second annual talent search, top candidates will be on the fast track to high performance with a month of one-on-one development with our mentors, and a select group will make the final cut: a 4-day professional development immersion at our headquarters in NYC.
THE PRODIGY FACULTY
VP of Group Fitness
Director of Group Fitness Programming
Senior Cycling Manager
Senior Running Manager
NICOLE DEANDA PETITO
Senior Barre Manager
Creative Manager of Group Fitness Programming
February 26 - March 23
One-on-One Mentor Training
Elite Training in New York City
Who is the ideal candidate for the Prodigy?
Our ideal candidate has a passion for fitness—and wants to share it. They love Cardio and Strength workouts and want to show us how they can take them to the next level. They have infectious energy, incredible personality, and a willingness to go the extra mile.
Do I have to be a fitness professional?
No, you do not need any credentials to be our next Prodigy, however, should you be hired to teach for Equinox, you will be required to complete a national certification.
What are the geographic restrictions or other requirements to apply?
You must be located within 30 miles of an Equinox location, and be legally authorized to work there. Click here for a list of club locations. You must also be at least 18 years old as of the day you apply.
I am currently employed by Equinox. Can I apply?
We want to see new talent, so we are unfortunately not accepting Equinox employees at this time. Former employees who were terminated for cause or who were employed by Equinox in the Group Fitness department will also not be considered.
How do I apply? Do I have to provide a resume?
Not immediately if you don't wish to. You'll apply to The Prodigy through our Careers website, and you'll be prompted to film and submit some short video clips. If we move forward with the hiring process, we will require a resume.
By when do I apply?
All applications and video submissions must be received by Equinox by February 16, 2018 by midnight in your time zone.
What are the requirements for my video?
All you need is a webcam or smartphone. You'll learn more when you begin the journey, but expect at least a couple short videos where you showcase your talents.
Can I use equipment to showcase my movement abilities?
Since The Prodigy is only for Cardio and Strength categories, we cannot accept submissions that use equipment—only bodyweight. We want to see your personality and how you move.
I want to delete/change my videos and try again. How do I do it?
You'll only have one practice video and one real take for each clip, so be prepared. There will be a countdown on the screen to get you ready. It doesn't have to be perfect—we just want to know who you are.
Can I submit more than one application?
No, multiple applications will not be reviewed.
What happens to my application and video once I submit it? What do I do next?
Your application and video will be reviewed by a committee of Equinox Group Fitness professionals. You will be contacted by the Equinox Group Fitness team if you are chosen to move to the next phase of the talent search.
How will the trainees be chosen?
We'll select the top submissions to be invited to our month-long mentoring program at an Equinox club near them. From this group, Equinox will select six elite trainees based off their final video submission after their mentorship.
Our selection criteria will be based on the specifics of what you teach, how you teach it, and who you are as an instructor. Letting your personality shine through is key.
When will I be notified if I made it?
Individuals invited to become trainees are expected to be notified by February 21, 2018.
What happens if I am invited to be a trainee for mentoring?
You will be required to go through Equinox’s standard on-boarding process for new hires, including submitting to and passing a background check, in order to move forward as a trainee.
How does the mentoring work?
Once you successfully complete the on-boarding process, Equinox will pair you with one of our elite Group Fitness professionals who will provide one-on-one mentoring at an Equinox club in your current area, working through an intense curriculum culminating in your mentor helping you create a second, 7-10 minute video submission.
How much time is involved in the training?
You will be required to meet with your mentor twice a week, two hours per session, for one month. You and your mentor are responsible for scheduling the specific dates and times. You are responsible for your transportation to and from each meeting.
Will I be paid for the trainee mentoring program?
Yes, the active training hours will be paid mentoring and development. Trainees will be at-will employees of Equinox, and Equinox reserves the right to terminate the participation and employment of any trainee. Nothing stated herein alters the at-will nature of the employment relationship.
What if I miss a session with my mentor?
If you need to reschedule a session, just let them know as soon as possible.
When will I be notified whether I made it into the elite training?
You will be notified by March 28, 2018 whether you made it into our elite training in NYC.
What happens if I am chosen as an elite trainee?
We will bring you to New York City for the final round, where you will meet with industry experts and teach a live 30-minute class.
When is the final round?
You will be required to arrive in New York City on April 11, 2018. The program will continue through April 14, 2018.
I will not be available for part of the days listed. Can I still apply?
Unfortunately if you are unavailable for any of the dates required, we cannot accept your application.
Who can I contact if I have other questions?
You may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.