Teach group fitness in a sober active community

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Volunteer instructors teach free group fitness, dance, bootcamp (and more!) classes throughout New York City with a sober active community.

We are The Phoenix - New York City, a nonprofit organization that helps create sober active communities through community-based fitness, art, or social events. All events are free with 48 hours of sobriety. We are seeking volunteers to teach fitness classes with us or connect us with gyms or studios who may want to host free classes.

As a Volunteer Group Fitness Instructor, you:

  • Are certified in your discipline or have experience in teaching group fitness. Depending on the class, a certification may be required. This will be discussed later in a welcome call
  • Are committed to volunteering long-term, for at least 6+ months and with at least two classes per month
  • Complete volunteer onboarding and training, which includes a phone call to help prepare you for the role and 15-minute training video
  • Do a background check. Recognizing that we come from different experiences, a record doesn’t automatically disqualify you from volunteering
  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Help spread the word and bring a friend or 2 to help drive attendance

Interested? Want to learn more or have questions? Click "I Want to Help" above, or visit thephoenix.org/volunteer

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About The Phoenix


2239 CHAMPA ST, DENVER, CO 80205, US

Mission Statement

The Phoenix offers a free sober active community to individuals who have suffered from a substance use disorder and to those who choose a sober life. Using a peer support model, we help members heal and rebuild their lives while also striving to eliminate stigma around recovery.


The ultimate impact Phoenix seeks is to help individuals not only achieve sobriety, but to thrive in recovery. The Phoenix Model is unique because of its non-clinical approach that uses the power of human connection and positive coping mechanisms through physical activity to help people heal from the underlying causes of addiction.

Phoenix peer instructors use an experiential approach that leverages innate goal-setting association with engagement in physical activities while facilitating a positive and supportive experience, allowing team members to shed the defense mechanisms that have historically kept them isolated. By bringing people together, Phoenix creates a community where people can heal, obtain essential life skills, and practice effective social interaction. Research suggests facilitating physical activity, social connection and community are potent strategies for promoting health and healing from disease.


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We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations New York, NY 10001



  • Bicycling
  • Fitness Instruction
  • Coaching
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Dance / Aerobics
  • Mental Health




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Ideally, we would ask for a 6+ month commitment, but how often you want to teach is up to you.

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