This unit (AHE2129) of study deals with the research-based knowledge and contemporary practice of advanced resistance training conditioning for healthy and athletic populations. Students gain practical experience in powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and associated accessory and supplemental exercises (e.g., plyometrics and other speed/power movements) under the broad umbrella of resistance training. The mechanics of weightlifting and applied coaching is covered extensively in practical classes. Students practice and implement testing procedures for assessment of muscular strength and power, and utilise modern methodology (LPTs) to analyse movement and quantify biomechanical variables and training loads. Advanced training periodisation is covered in depth and students will make use of these training load data in planning and developing resistance exercise programmes.

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AHE1112 - Resistance Training

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise and report current applied and research-based literature relating to a given resistance training system;  
  2. Demonstrate advanced resistance training exercises, and critically evaluate, identify and solve problems in client conduct of these exercises, including injured clients or those with compromised movement capacity;  
  3. Apply muscular strength and power testing and screening methodologies and analyse and extrapolate findings in both applied and research settings;  
  4. Formulate resistance training programs for healthy and athletic populations on the contextualised basis of testing outcomes and literature.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Skills Test - Application of knowledge surrounding movement screening methodologies 10%
Assignment Programming Assignment - Development and analysis of physical requirements in a personalised healthy individual scenario 30%
Test Demonstrate knowledge underpinning the theories of advanced resistance training 20%
Practicum Practical demonstration of powerlifting and/or Olympic lifting and associated coaching cues 40%
Hurdle: To gain an overall pass in this unit students must attend and complete 80% of the laboratory and classroom sessions.

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