This unit (AHE1112) introduces students to the principles and practices of resistance training. The unit deals with systems of resistance training and exercises for various body segments and individual muscles. An understanding of muscle actions is fostered throughout the unit. Resistance training for general fitness, strength, hypertrophy and muscular endurance will be covered with students developing skills and knowledge in the use of resistance training as a modality of exercise prescription for various groups. This unit heavily emphasises practical aspects of coaching human movement in the context of resistance exercise prescription. The unit also deals with common muscular strength and endurance tests.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the basic norms, principles and practises of resistance training to client groups (simulated);  
  2. Interpret muscle and segment actions as they relate to movement preparation and resistance training exercises;  
  3. Contrast past and current beliefs, practices and trends in the field; and  
  4. Design, demonstrate and evaluate resistance training exercise programs appropriate for healthy populations that satisfy different client outcomes.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Movement preparation assessment 15%
Report Evaluation of lifting technique 20%
Exercise Explain Demonstrate and Coach - 2 progressive assessments (20%, 25%) 45%
Test Online test 20%
Hurdle: Successful completion of practical exercises to obtain an average score >50%.

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