SISFFIT041 - Develop personalised exercise programs

    Unit code: SISFFIT041 | Study level: TAFE
    Footscray Park


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to develop exercise programs and a series of sessions tailored to individual client needs, exercise preferences and fitness goals.
    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. Skills for instructing sessions are covered in a complementary unit.
    Program design involves effective application of exercise science and training 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 individually tailored client programs. They practise in settings such as fitness facilities, gyms, leisure and community centres, client workplaces and homes and outdoor locations.


    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, and:

    • develop and document one personalised exercise program for three clients, to collectively include:
    • a female adult client
    • a male adult client
    • a client for whom medical guidance has been received
    • consistently use client-centred communication to identify each of the above client’s program needs and preferences
    • for each of the above three clients, develop and document four personalised session plans, each with a minimum duration of 45 minutes
    • across the above 12 sessions collectively, incorporate both indoor and outdoor sessions and the following types of exercises:
    • cardiovascular
    • resistance
    • flexibility
    • low and high impact
    • exercises that target the:
    • health related components of fitness
    • skill related components of fitness
    • exercises with and without equipment.

    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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