Develop and instruct gym-based exercise programs for individual clients (Release 1)

In this unit, SISFFIT040 Develop and instruct gym-based exercise programs for individual clients (Release 1), covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to provide with initial instruction and then largely self-manage their own exercise sessions at the gym, according to the program, without ongoing one-to-one instruction.

It requires the ability to integrate information from pre-exercise screenings, fitness assessments, and any medical guidance that may have been received for particular clients, to design suitable programs.

This unit applies to gym instructors and gym-based personal trainers who work unsupervised when interacting with clients using discretion and judgement and are guided by policies and procedures. They practise in settings such as fitness facilities, gyms, and leisure and community centres.

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 Identify client needs.

1.1. Review outcomes of client pre-exercise screening and fitness assessment and identify relevant information for program design.
1.2. Identify implications of medical guidance for exercise programming and duty of care to follow.
1.3. Discuss exercise preferences and consult with client to identify their short- and long-term fitness goals to inform program design.
1.4. Build client trust and rapport using client-centred communication showing sensitivity and empathy during interactions.
1.5. Develop and document client profile to assist with programming.

2 Develop program and session structure.
2.1. Review client’s exercise preferences, goals, current abilities and medical advice to determine types of exercises and equipment for program.
2.2. Determine type and frequency of exercise sessions required for client to achieve goals.
2.3. Select exercises, training techniques and exercise equipment that target client’s fitness goals.
2.4. Plan sessions that incorporate volume and intensity and load of exercises appropriate to client’s age, sex and existing fitness capabilities.
2.5. Plan for exercise phases and volume within client’s preferred session duration.
2.6. Document program and session plans for use by client according to organisational format.

3 Provide initial instruction and advice.
3.1. Provide clear and accurate exercise technique instruction and demonstration to client.
3.2. Demonstrate safe use of equipment included in program.
3.3. Observe client exercise technique for safety and effectiveness and provide corrective instruction based on observations.
3.4. Provide advice to client about how to adapt and progress exercise volume and intensity over time to achieve fitness goals.
3.5. Seek feedback from client about proposed program and record agreed modifications before finalising program.
3.6. Provide information about ongoing program monitoring and evaluation options and agree to approach based on client preferences.

4 Provide ongoing service to client.
4.1. Identify and use opportunities to interact with and support client during their gym sessions and seek feedback on their experience with program.
4.2. Complete formal program evaluation based on client requests and organisational requirements for periodic evaluation.
4.3. Modify and update program according to feedback and evaluation.
4.4. Update client records with details of evaluation and modifications.


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  • Assessment Matrix.

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