SISFFIT045 - Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients

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Unit code: SISFFIT045 | Study level: TAFE
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This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to complete pre-exercise screening and fitness assessments for individual clients aged thirteen to seventeen years, and to develop and instruct exercise programs and sessions specifically tailored for these clients. It covers skills for evaluating and modifying programs in response to client monitoring and feedback.
Programs and sessions take account of the particular issues and limitations for adolescent clients.
Program design involves effective application of exercise science principles. This unit has a direct relationship with, and is supported by, SISFFIT049 Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction.This unit applies to personal trainers, who work independently with clients using discretion and judgement to develop and instruct individually tailored client programs. They practise in settings such as fitness facilities, gyms, leisure and community centres, client workplaces and homes and outdoor locations.


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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, and:

  • complete pre-exercise screening and fitness assessments of three different adolescent clients, to collectively include:
  • a female adolescent client
  • a male adolescent client
  • an adolescent client aged between 13 and 15 years
  • an adolescent client aged between 16 and17 years
  • for each of the above three client assessments:
  • determine health risk factors for exercise participation using industry standard screening questionnaire and guidelines for young people
  • select and use activities and equipment appropriate to age and stage of development to assess:
  • cardiovascular endurance
  • muscle strength
  • muscle endurance
  • flexibility
  • functional motor skills
  • accurately record screening and fitness assessment results in client records
  • for each of the above three clients:
  • develop and document one personalised exercise program suited to the client age and stage of development
  • develop and document two personalised session plans, each with a minimum duration of 30 minutes
  • incorporate exercises and injury prevention strategies suited to client stage of development
  • instruct two sessions for two of above the clients (four sessions in total), according to session plans, each with a minimum duration of 30 minutes
  • consistently use client-centred communication and instructional techniques that are suited to client age and stage of development
  • develop one 30 minute group session plan and instruct one group session of at least four adolescent clients
  • according to actual client interactions or case studies, evaluate the effectiveness of one client program, modify program and session content and document details of the evaluation and changes.

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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