SISFFIT042 - Instruct personalised exercise sessions

    Unit code: SISFFIT042 | Study level: TAFE
    Footscray Park


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare for, instruct and evaluate pre-designed exercise sessions that have been tailored to individual client needs, exercise preferences and fitness goals, as part of an overall personal training program. It covers skills for modifying programs in response to ongoing client monitoring and feedback.
    Skills for planning programs and sessions are covered in a complementary unit.This unit applies to personal trainers who work independently with clients using discretion and judgement to prepare for and instruct exercise activities. 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:

    • instruct six personalised exercise sessions which have been developed as part of overall exercise programs:
    • each with a minimum duration of 45 minutes
    • collectively instruct:
    • a female adult client
    • a male adult client
    • a client for whom medical guidance has been received
    • across the above six sessions collectively, instruct indoor and outdoor sessions and the following types of exercises:
    • cardiovascular
    • resistance
    • flexibility
    • low and high impact
    • exercises that target:
    • health related components of fitness
    • skill related components of fitness
    • exercises with and without equipment
    • for each of the above six sessions:
    • prepare environment and equipment
    • pre-screen client for current condition
    • use the following instructional and communication techniques:
    • clear and correct verbal, visual and tactile instructions
    • correct and safe exercise technique demonstration
    • feedback and positive reinforcement
    • motivational communication
    • complete accurate session records which include client progress notes, client feedback and evaluation of own performance
      according to actual client interactions or case studies:
    • identify two situations from pre-session screenings that indicate exercise precautions and modify planned exercises in response
    • respond to two clients showing signs of over exertion or difficulty, and modify their activities
    • evaluate the effectiveness of one client program, modify program and future 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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