SISFFIT049 - Use exercise science principles in fitness instruction

    Unit code: SISFFIT049 | Study level: TAFE
    Footscray Park


    This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to identify how exercise science principles (also known as exercise training principles) apply to fitness instruction, and use those principles in the design and ongoing modification of exercise programs for clients.
    This unit has a direct relationship with, and supports the following units involving the application of exercise science and training principles to program design:
    SISFFIT041 Develop personalised exercise programs
    SISFFIT043 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for body composition goals
    SISFFIT044 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for older clients
    SISFFIT045 Develop and instruct personalised exercise programs for adolescent clients.This unit applies to personal trainers who work independently with clients using discretion and judgement to develop and deliver individually tailored client exercise 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:

    • source information from credible sources about the exercise science principles of:
    • adaptation
    • overload
    • specificity
    • individualisation
    • progression and regression
    • reversibility
    • evaluate key aspects of the above information relevant to fitness instruction and identify how it can be used to inform the design of personalised exercise programs
    • document how exercise science principles are incorporated into the design of four client programs, and record the following details for each client:
    • a profile of the client and how individual characteristics of age, sex, fitness levels and basic physical characteristics have been used to design the program
    • how the program is systematically structured to provide progression towards planned goals and adaptations
    • rationale for the selection of exercises that relate to the principle of specificity
    • how the principle of overload has been used to determine the volume and intensity of exercises and frequency of sessions
    • rationale for the types of recovery that are incorporated into sessions, and how sessions are sequenced to allow recovery from specific types of exercises between sessions.

    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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