SISFFIT040 - Develop and instruct gym-based exercise programs for individual clients

    Unit code: SISFFIT040 | Study level: TAFE
    Footscray Park


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop tailored gym-based exercise programs for individuals where the level of personalised instruction, ongoing client monitoring and program evaluation is limited. Clients are provided with initial instruction and then largely self-manage their own exercise sessions at the gym, according to the program, without ongoing one-to-one instruction.
    It requires the ability to integrate information from pre-exercise screenings, fitness assessments, and any medical guidance that may have been received for particular clients, to design suitable programs.This unit applies to gym instructors and gym-based personal trainers who work unsupervised when interacting with clients using discretion and judgement and are guided by policies and procedures. They practise in settings such as fitness facilities, gyms, and leisure and community centres.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce & extend knowledge and skill competence within set & controlled parameters in accordance with each unit’s learning outcomes & 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:
    Evidence of the ability to complete tasks outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit in the context of the job role.

    • develop and document one individually tailored gym-based exercise program for three clients, to collectively include:
    • a female adult client
    • a male adult client
    • a client aged 55 years or over
    • a client for whom medical guidance has been received
    • for each of the above three clients:
    • develop and document two session plans, each with a minimum duration of 30 minutes
    • instruct two sessions according to the above session plans, each with a minimum duration of 30 minutes
    • consistently use client-centred communication and instructional techniques
    • across the above six session plans collectively, incorporate the following:
    • cardiovascular exercises
    • resistance exercises
    • flexibility exercises
    • exercises with and without equipment
    • according to actual client interactions or case studies, evaluate the effectiveness of two client programs, modify program and session content and document details of the evaluation and changes made.

    Required reading

    The qualified trainer and assessor will provide teaching and learning materials as required in the form of workbooks produced by the VUPolytechnic and/or via the VU Polytechnic e-learning system.

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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