Advanced Resistance Training

Unit code: AHE2129 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
AHE1112 - Resistance Training
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit 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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 10%
Skills Test - Application of knowledge surrounding movement screening methodologies
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 30%
Programming Assignment - Development and analysis of physical requirements in a personalised healthy individual scenario
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Demonstrate knowledge underpinning the theories of advanced resistance training
Assessment type: Practicum
Grade: 40%
Practical demonstration of powerlifting and/or Olympic lifting and associated coaching cues

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

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