Instruct group exercise sessions

The Unit of Competency SISFFIT007 Instruct group exercise sessions, is an elective unit for the Certificate III in Fitness SIS30315.  It describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, instruct, monitor and evaluate group exercise sessions, with or without music. It requires the ability to plan the selection, sequencing and progression of exercises and appropriate music to ensure safe participation in activities.

This unit applies to fitness instructors who work in a variety of fitness locations such as fitness, leisure and community centres. These individuals typically work independently with some level of autonomy in a controlled environment. Work is performed according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

Elements and Performance Criteria

1 Develop session plans.
1.1 Consider participant group characteristics and identify expected fitness outcomes and session type.
1.2 Determine appropriate phases, exercises or choreography to meet group needs.
1.3 Select and sequence music, as required, according to duration, concepts and phases of session.
1.4 Incorporate motivational techniques to maximise exercise program adherence.
1.5 Develop and document session plans that incorporate instructional information.

2 Conduct session.
2.1 Confirm availability of area, assemble resources and prepare environment appropriately.
2.2 Check equipment for maintenance requirements, as required.
2.3 Confirm capacity to independently participate in session and modify as required to suit specific needs.
2.4 Provide clear instructions using effective communication and instructional principles.
2.5 Demonstrate exercises, techniques and equipment, and monitor participation and performance of each participant.
2.6 Modify activity, as required to cater for a multi-level group.
2.7 Respond to participants experiencing difficulties and answer questions as required.
2.8 Encourage group cohesion and manage conflicts as they arise.

3 Evaluate session.
3.1 Seek and acknowledge feedback from participants.
3.2 Evaluate participant response and feedback.
3.3 Evaluate own performance and identify areas needing improvement.
3.4 Implement modifications to future sessions where relevant to meet participant needs.
3.5 Update session documentation.

Materials include:

  • Supplementary Notes (43 pages);
  • Powerpoint Slides (138);
  • Learner’s Assessment Workbook (60 pages);
  • Assessor Guide / Benchmarks (69 pages);
  • RPL Kit (Assessor Guide and Participant Kit);
  • Third Party Report; and,
  • Assessment Matrix

Price: AUD $700.00 + GST


Corresponding textbook: The Essential Guide to Fitness: For the Fitness Instructor by Rosemary Marchese.

marchese fitness text 3e

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