Instruct group personal training programs

exercise motivation flow chartThis unit of competency, SISFFIT023 Instruct group personal training programs, is part of the core requirements for the Certificate IV in Fitness (SIS40215).  This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to plan, instruct and evaluate group personal training programs for a variety of clients in both controlled and uncontrolled environments. It requires the ability to plan individualised programs for clients who have completed industry endorsed pre-exercise screening and risk stratification procedures.

It requires the ability to instruct personal training sessions and programs to a group of people, whilst taking into account individual goals, programming requirements, personality and fitness level. The personal trainer ensures that the supervision ratio to client adheres to organisation policies and 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.

The elements and performance criteria include:

1. Identify group personal training program requirements
1.1 Consider and confirm compatibility of client needs, expectations and preferences using suitable questioning techniques.
1.2 Review and advise clients of outcomes of pre-exercise screening procedures and fitness appraisals.
1.3 Refer clients to medical or allied health professionals as required.
1.4 Establish exercise intensities appropriate for each client within the group.
1.5 Identify potential barriers to achieving needs and goals of individuals within the group.
1.6 Develop and document client profiles for re-evaluation purposes.

2. Develop group personal training exercise plan and program
2.1 Determine type of training, training methods and equipment required to achieve client goals.
2.2 Develop client personalised strategies to maximise group coherence and increase exercise adherence.
2.3 Develop and document program plans that incorporate key instructional information appropriate to group training and match client preferences.
2.4 Develop customised training sessions that include a variety of exercises and equipment to meet client needs.
2.5 Select appropriate session assessment techniques.
2.6 Obtain permission for use of public spaces if required.
2.7 Document group personal training plans.

3. Conduct group personal training sessions.
3.1 Allocate sufficient space, assemble resources and check equipment for safety and maintenance requirements.
3.2 Determine client prior knowledge and skills in the fitness activity.
3.3 Provide clear exercise instructions to the group and confirm individual client understanding.
3.4 Demonstrate exercises, techniques and equipment to the group, providing individual assistance if required.
3.5 Relate location and function of major bones and major joints to movement when instructing the group.
3.6 Identify major muscles acting at major joints when instructing the group.
3.7 Manage the use of different equipment by different clients within the same session, in a timely and safe manneer.
3.8 Supervise clients performing a variety of exercises or variations in exercises, at the same time.
3.9 Monitor participation and performance and modify as required.
3.10 Select and use motivational techniques for group personal training to increase performance and adherence to exercise.
3.11 Respond to clients experiencing difficulties and answer questions as required.
3.12 Complete session documentation and progress notes.

4. Evaluate personal training program.
4.1. Monitor and evaluate exercise program at appropriate intervals.
4.2. Request and respond to feedback from clients.
4.3. Perform follow up fitness assessments on each client, individually or as a group, as required.
4.4. Review own performance and identify areas needing improvement.
4.5. Identify aspects needing further emphasis or attention in future sessions.
4.6. Evaluate program or activities and discuss modifications to program
4.7. Modify personal training plan for individual clients, or group, as required and prepare new exercise program.
4.8. Document and update records of evaluation and modification of program

Purchase the materials:

  • Supplementary Notes (47 pages);
  • Powerpoint Slides (245);
  • Learner’s Assessment Workbook (47 pages);
  • Assessor Guide / Benchmarks (59 pages);
  • RPL Kit (Assessor and Participant); and,
  • Assessment Matrix
  • plus a couple of ‘free’ extras



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Corresponding textbook: Fitness Trainer Essentials for the Personal Trainer by Tony Attridge and Martin Felice.

attridge textbook

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