This unit describes the performance outcomes, knowledge and skills required to plan, instruct and evaluate a variety of fitness programs and circuit sessions aimed at the health-related components of fitness. It involves programming and instruction of cardiovascular, resistance and flexibility programs for low or moderate risk clients who have completed industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification procedures.  This unit applies to fitness instructors who work in a variety of fitness locations such as fitness, leisure and community centres. These individuals typically work independently with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - plan, document, implement and evaluate at least five fitness programs using the principles of program design to suit the needs of clients with goals related to health-related components of fitness; - plan, document, implement and evaluate at least three circuit training sessions with interrelated components; - conduct sessions, and; - modify programs for clients.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legislative and regulatory requirements regarding fitness programs, sessions and circuit sessions; - organisational policies and procedures; - principles of program design; - fitness program planning for improvement of health-related components of fitness; - program design and variables relevant to health-related components of fitness and factors affecting program design; - components of a circuit training session plan; - circuit training session planning considerations and inclusions; - training methods and consideration of intensity, program types, sets and reps, circuits, matrices, super-sets, pre-fatigue and interval training; - benefits of fitness sessions and circuit sessions; - contraindications and precautions to participation in session, and suitable modification options for participants where the safety of the participant is not compromised; - exercises and programming requirements; - effects of different exercises on the major body systems; - methods of monitoring exercise intensity, techniques and progression; - manufacturer and exercise equipment specifications for safe use and techniques; - signs and symptoms of exercise intolerance, and; - motivational techniques and exercise adherence strategies.

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