This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, instruct and evaluate group personal training programs for a variety of clients in both controlled and uncontrolled environments. It requires the ability to plan individualised programs for clients who have completed industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification procedures.

It requires the ability to instruct personal training sessions and programs to a group of people, whilst taking into account individual goals, programming requirements, personality and fitness level. The personal trainer ensures that the supervision ratio to client adheres to organisation policies and procedures.  This unit applies to personal trainers who typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments. 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 which must include period(s) totalling at least ten hours comprising at least ten different client contact sessions in a mixture of controlled and uncontrolled environments: - plan, document, implement and evaluate at least three group personal training plans and exercise programs for groups of three to twelve people that meet specific needs and goals of each individual within the group, and; - conduct sessions that individually or cumulatively incorporate: a variety of indoor and outdoor training environments, methods, and equipment; flexibility; resistance training; cardiovascular training techniques; adequate spacing between clients; appropriate line of sight for clients; appropriate motivating instructional techniques to increase exercise adherence and positive health and fitness habits of the group, and; modify personal training plans for clients.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - legislative and regulatory requirements regarding group personal training, equipment use and selection; - organisational policies and procedures; - industry endorsed client pre-exercise screening processes; - industry endorsed risk stratification procedures, exercise implications and referral requirements; - program planning for improvement of health and skill-related components of fitness; - safety and preparation considerations for the use of plyometric training in group personal training; - suitable training and monitoring techniques and exercises to achieve improved; - training principles relevant to the health and skill-related components of fitness in the client's program; - training methods and consideration of intensity, program types, sets and reps, circuits, matrices, super-sets, pre-fatigue and interval training; - types of conditioning and training, and expected adaptations, including timing; - client considerations and needs; - application of exercise science, anatomy, physiology, biomechanics considerations to fitness activities and group personal training programs; - manufacturer and exercise equipment specifications for safe use and techniques; - signs and symptoms of exercise intolerance and appropriate management strategies; - common barriers to exercise participation; - different learning styles of clients and methods to adapt training to suit these learning styles, and; - motivational techniques.

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