Instruct group exercise sessions (Release 1)

In this unit, SISFFIT036 Instruct group exercise sessions (Release 1), covers 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.

The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

The elements and performance criteria include:

1 Prepare for group session.

1.1. Check and prepare physical environment to meet session requirements and identify and respond to factors that may impact session delivery.
1.2. Prepare required physical resources and check for safety and serviceability.
1.3. Follow pre-exercise screening procedures and assess participant characteristics, condition and capability as they present through observation and verbal screening and provide required response.
1.4. Allocate exercise equipment to match participant characteristics and types of exercises.

2 Brief participants.
2.1. Provide clear safety information about environment, equipment and group spacing for exercises.
2.2. Explain participant responsibility to work within their capability and provide clear advice on contraindications and precautions for particular activities during session.
2.3. Introduce session and its basic components using communication suited to participant characteristics.

3 Deliver group exercise session.
3.1. Follow predesigned session structure and timings.
3.2. Use voice projection techniques suited to the environment and nature of exercise activity.
3.3. Combine clear and accurate verbal instructions and demonstrations for exercise technique.
3.4. Use group communication techniques that motivate participants to maintain active participation in the session.
3.5. Monitor participant technique and safety and provide feedback, encouragement and corrective instruction based on observations.
3.6. Facilitate effective group interaction to maintain group cohesion, engagement and safety.
3.7. Observe individual participants, respond to difficulties and modify their activities to suit needs and to ensure engagement and comfort.

4 Evaluate group session.
4.1. Seek and acknowledge feedback from participants and evaluate satisfaction with session.
4.2. Evaluate own performance and identify areas for improvement.
4.3. Complete session documentation and evaluation according to record keeping procedures.


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  • Supplementary Notes (26 pages);
  • Powerpoint Slides (168);
  • Learner’s Assessment Workbook (29 pages);
  • Assessor Guide / Benchmarks (41 pages);
  • RPL Kit (Assessor and Participant);
  • Third Party Report; and,
  • Assessment Matrix.

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