This unit (SISFFIT019) describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to incorporate an understanding of exercise science principles into fitness instruction, programming and provision of fitness advice. This unit applies to the use of physiological and mechanical principles in training to improve the health- and skill-related components of fitness of clients who have recently completed industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification procedures. This unit applies to personal trainers who typically work autonomously in controlled and uncontrolled fitness environments. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

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Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and 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 which must include period(s) totalling at least five hours comprising at least five different client contact sessions in a mixture of controlled and uncontrolled environments: - effectively use knowledge of exercise science principles to improve own instructional practice to plan and instruct at least five different client sessions, and; - conduct sessions that individually or cumulatively incorporate: a variety of exercises which are targeted at health- and skill-related components of fitness, for achieving improvements and adaptations; variations of exercise; with and without equipment; exercises to change: joint action, stabilisation of the body and forces which act on the body during exercise; variations in the contribution of energy from three different energy systems, and; consideration of: musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology, mechanical principles and physiology concepts.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - organisational policies and procedures; - industry endorsed client pre-exercise health screening processes; - industry endorsed risk stratification procedures, exercise implications and referral requirements; - the physiology related to achieving improvements in health-related components of fitness; - the physiology related to achieving improvements in skill-related components of fitness; - musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology related to achieving improvements in fitness; - concepts and principles of mechanics relevant to fitness; - concepts and principles of the physiology of the body in relation to fitness; - the expected physiological responses, and appropriate action, and; - scope of practice for a personal trainer.

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