SISFFIT036 - Instruct group exercise sessions

    Unit code: SISFFIT036 | Study level: TAFE
    Footscray Park


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare for and deliver land-based group exercise sessions according to predesigned session plans which may have been developed by self or others.
    It requires the ability to use exercise instructional techniques, and cater for different participant needs, in a mixed ability group situation within the confines of session guidelines.
    Skills for planning group exercise sessions are covered in a complementary unit.
    Exercise sessions are diverse in nature. They could combine or specifically concentrate on cardiovascular, resistance and flexibility exercises, and be delivered with or without music.This unit applies to group fitness instructors who work unsupervised when instructing groups, using discretion and judgement to solve routine problems and are guided by policies and procedures. It also applies to personal trainers working independently with groups. Instructors practise in settings such as fitness facilities, gyms, leisure and community centres, client workplaces and other locations, depending on their role.


    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:

    • instruct three predesigned group exercise sessions:
    • each with a minimum duration of 45 minutes
    • each with at least six participants
    • one group that is predominately comprised of female adults
    • one group that is predominately comprised of male adults
    • one group that is predominately comprised of participants aged 55 years or over
    • across the above three sessions collectively, instruct:
    • cardiovascular exercises
    • resistance exercises
    • flexibility exercises
    • exercises with and without equipment
    • for each of the above three sessions:
    • prepare environment and equipment
    • pre-screen participants for current condition
    • brief participants and provide safety information tailored to the environment and types of exercises
    • incorporate the following techniques:
    • optimal instructor positioning
    • clear verbal communication
    • optimal voice projection
    • combined explanation and demonstration of safe exercise technique
    • verbal and visual cueing
    • motivational communication
    • complete accurate session documentation and evaluation reports
    • according to actual client interactions or case studies:
    • identify two situations from pre-session screenings that require recommendations on exercise participation, explain exercise precautions and provide recommendations for modifications
    • respond to two individuals showing signs of over exertion or difficulty, and modify their activities.

    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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