This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to promote exercise and incorporate behaviour change strategies into fitness instruction, programming and provision of fitness advice.

This unit applies to personal trainers who work in controlled and uncontrolled environments. These individuals typically work independently with some level of autonomy. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

Unit details

Study level:
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 which must include period(s) totalling at least three hours comprising at least three different client contact sessions and: - use knowledge of exercise behaviour change strategies to improve own instructional practice to improve exercise adherence of clients: - collect information from each client regarding attitude towards exercise, and; - motivate clients during exercise programs.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - organisational policies and procedures; - strategies to promote exercise behaviour change; - components of motivation to enable effective assessment of progress; - role of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in exercise behaviour; - methods of evaluating self-motivation, self-efficacy and stages of change; - personal and situational factors that may affect behaviour and/or exercise adherence; - stages of change; - principles of goal setting; - arousal control techniques; - common barriers to exercise participation; - methods of collecting information about client's attitude towards exercise, and; - scope of practice for a personal trainer.

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