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Fitness Leader Certificate VRE004

Learn to be a Fitness Leader online -ACS Distance Education Course

  • Work in the fitness industry
  • Obtain Professional Indemnity cover through Tower or OAMPS
  • Articulate with advance standing into a wide range of courses, through us or any of 18 affiliated colleges in seven countries.

 

To obtain a Fitness Leaders Certificate, students must meet the following five requirements:

1.  Complete the Fitness Leader's Certificate Core Theory which incorporates key sections of Human Biology IA, Human Biology IB, and Health and Finess I.

2.  Undertake 40 hours of practical at an approved fitness centre (Under the supervision of a reputable instructor).

3.  Obtain a current First Aid Certificate which includes rescusitation (Red Cross, St. John's Ambulance for example).

4. Sit and pass four examinations.

AIMS:

The aim of the Core theory course is to elevate the standard of core knowledge and competency for people working in the field of fitness through the provision of a pre-service education program.

The aim of specialty modules is to contextualise and expands the leaning process and competencies into one of the recognised registered categories.

On successful completion of this module you will have developed:

  • abilities in describing the nature and extent of the health and fitness industry,
  • abilities in explaining exercise and its importance to health and fitness,
  • skills in preparation and delivery of basic fitness programs,
  • an ability to explain basic human anatomy and physiology, and
  • and ability to describe bioenergetics and environmental aspects of human biology.

 
LESSON CONTENT

The two parts I and 2 are made up of two units each with several lessons in each unit. Part I, unit 1 has three lessons, unit 2 three lessons. Part 2, unit 3 has three lessons and unit 4 has three lessons.


Part 1

UNIT ONE – Anatomy and Physiology and Exercise

Lesson 1. Introduction to Health and Fitness

Lesson 2. Exercise Physiology

Lesson 3. Exercise Principles and Cardio-respiratory Programming

Lesson 4. Physiology: Digestion, Excretion, Physiological Systems


UNIT TWO - Biomechanics

Lesson 5. Introduction to Biomechanics: The skeleton and muscles

Lesson 6. Biomechanics and Risk

Lesson 7. Aquafitness, exercise, routines, and equipment


PART 2

UNIT THREE – Program Design and Performance

Lesson 8. Fitness Program Design

Lesson 9. Delivering A Fitness Program

Lesson 10. Ergogenic Aids to Performance


UNIT FOUR – Safety, Injury, and Body Physiology

Lesson 11. Regulating Body Physiology

Lesson 12. Safety, Injury and General Wellbeing

Lesson 13. Fitness Programs for Special Groups



MORE DETAIL:

LESSON 1.

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH and FITNESS

AIM

a) To explain the nature of the health and fitness industries.

b) To explain the human body at a microscopic level, including the structure and function of cells, tissues, and membranes.

The components of fitness

  • Fitness
  • Physical fitness
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Muscular strength and muscular endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Motor fitness

LESSON 2.

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

AIM

To explain the relationship between the body and health, fitness and exercise, with reference to physiological processes, including energy pathways during resting, work and recovery, and how energy is used in the human body to create work and power.

  • The cardio-respiratory system
  • The heart
  • The cardiac cycle
  • The vascular system
  • Circulation
  • Energy systems
  • Objectives
  • Energy
  • The ATP cycle
  • The phosphocreatine, lactic acid and aerobic energy systems

LESSON 3.

EXERCISE PRINCIPLES and CARDIORESPIRATORY PROGRAMMING

AIM

To explain the relationship between the body and health, fitness and exercise, with respect to risk involved in exercise.

  • The cardio-respiratory system
  • The heart
  • The cardiac cycle
  • The vascular system
  • Circulation

Lesson 4.

PHYSIOLOGY SYSTEMS

AIM

a) To explain different physiological systems of the body.

b) To explain movement of materials in and out of living cells.

  • Osmosis and Diffusion
  • Digestive system
  • Urinary system
  • Endocrine system
  • Respiratory System
  • Breathing action

Lesson 5.

INTRODUCTION TO BIOMECHANICS

AIM

To explain features of the human skeletal system, and the human muscular system, in terms of structure and basic function.

  • Bones and joints and Muscles and muscle actions
  • The skeleton
  • Four types of bone
  • Factors affecting bone structure
  • The three types of joint
  • Synovial joints
  • Joint movement terms
  • Muscles
  • Muscle group actions
  • Muscle group actions on the joint(s)

LESSON 6.

BIOMECHANICS and RISK

AIM

a) To evaluate body movements during different exercises.

b) To explain the human nervous system, in terms of structure and basic functions.

  • Nervous system
  • Training and risk
  • Injury prevention tips

Lesson 7.

AQUAFITNESS

AIM

To develop an understanding of how aquafitness activities differ from other fitness activities.

  • Physiology of an aqua fitness session
  • Stretching
  • Types of exercises
  • The components of a warm up
  • Components of a cool down

LESSON 8.

FITNESS PROGRAM DESIGN

AIM

To design fitness programs, which are both safe and effective, to fulfil specified requirements of an individual.

  • Design process
  • Developing Physique
  • Basic Conditioning Exercises
  • Cardiorespiratory (Aerobic) Endurance
  • Structure of an aerobic training session
  • Weight Training
  • Qualities of A Professional
  • Leadership Communication
  • Communication Barriers

LESSON 9.

DELIVERING A FITNESS PROGRAM


AIM

To deliver a fitness program to a small group of clients.

  • Customer service
  • Your communication skills
  • Dealing with customer complaints
  • Self Esteem
  • Communicating for effective relationships
  • Key communication strategies

Lesson 10.

ERGOGENIC AIDS TO PERFORMANCE

AIM

Explain ergogenic aids to body performance during activity/exercise.

Ergogenic aids are substances which improve performance which can include Drugs, Vitamins, Water, Warm up activity, and Motivational talks.



Lesson 11.

REGULATING BODY PHYSIOLOGY

AIM

Explain body regulation processes

  • The acid base balance
  • The effect of changing atmospheric pressure
  • Temperature regulation
  • Acid Base balance
  • Acidity

LESSON 12.

SAFETY, ETHICS, INJURY and GENERAL WELLBEING

AIM

To manage the wellbeing of participants in a fitness program, including safety and injury.

  • Ethical practice
  • Safety and injury
  • General wellbeing, which can cover psychological as well as physiological wellbeing.
  • Sample Screening Questionnaire
  • Sample Medical Clearance form

LESSON 13.

FITNESS PROGRAMS FOR SPECIAL GROUPS

AIM

To design fitness programs, which are both safe and effective, catering to needs of special populations (weight control programs, handicapped/disabled persons programs or for the elderly).

  • Program management
  • Exercise variables (frequency, duration, intensity)
  • Four zones of training
  • Programs for weight control and evaluation of cardiorespiratory endurance and
  • muscular strength and endurance

BEYOND THE CORE

  • Undertake 40 hours of practical at an approved fitness centre (Under the supervision of a reputable instructor).
  • Obtain a current First Aid Certificate which includes rescusitation (Red Cross, St. John's Ambulance for example).
  • Sit and pass four examinations.

 

Working as a Fitness Professional

The fitness industry has emerged from almost nothing a few decades ago, to become a significant and rapidly changing field in today’s world.

Fitness Leaders are the “coal face” workers of the industry. They provide guidance to clients on development and maintenance of fitness (commonly dealing with a class or informal group using a gym). Fitness leaders often get very low rates of pay, and have relatively poor job security; but for many in this industry, this can be a starting point.

Personal Trainers provide personal guidance on fitness (dealing with one individual only in a session). Personal trainers usually earn a lot more than fitness leaders, but they are commonly self employed, and need good business and marketing skills as well as expertise in fitness if they are to be successful.

Life Coaches provide guidance on many different things that affect wellbeing. This may include fitness, career, money, general health, relationships etc. They also are commonly self employed, and require skills that are broader and deeper than a fitness leader

Opportunities
Fitness professionals find employment in small and large organisations, government and private enterprise, both self employed contractors and employed by others.

They may be employed in any of the following:

 Fitness leaders or instructors in Gymnasiums, health clubs or Leisure Centres
 Personal Trainers
 Life Coaches
 Sports Coaches
 Fitness Teacher or Specialist Instructor
 Facility managers
 Marketing (eg. Fitness or Sports equipment, Sales, PR, Advertising, etc)
 Event Managers

Fitness jobs range from relatively low paid part time or casual positions to highly paid professional careers that require a great deal of expertise and training.

Risks and challenges
The fitness industry is highly competitive so can be challenging to find work/clients. You will need to develop skills to make you stand out from the rest - something that makes you unique, and inspires people to train with you over other trainers.

Many people choose this profession believing it to be relatively healthy and stress free; but in reality, if you run your own business or work in a position of responsibility in any industry, there will always be times of stress.

Fitness professionals in theory should be more conscious of how to manage their own wellbeing, but it is an unavoidable occupational hazard that you will tend to attract clients with problems and helping them deal with those problems will place unavoidable pressure upon anyone who cares. You need to care in order to do a good job; but if you care too much, your own wellbeing suffers and in turn your capacity to do the job suffers.

Also keep in mind the nature of your work – the majority of the day will be spent in fitness training, so you will need to be cautious of how much of the activity you do yourself, so as not to wear yourself out too much.

How to become a Fitness Professional
People get a start in this profession by both

a/ Undertaking some study

b/ Experience (as an amateur or professional athlete)

This is an industry where ongoing professional development is essential. If you want a secure future in the fitness industry; you need to be committed to keep learning, attending seminars, workshops, courses, being involved with professional bodies and overall keeping abreast of new developments.

Fitness leaders are often the lowest paid employees in this industry; and the entry level courses which fitness leaders take are often relatively basic.

There are lots of opportunities to advance to more challenging and better paid positions; but to give yourself the best chance of advancement, you need to be thinking well beyond doing a minimum entry level qualification.

Commonly fitness professionals find the best opportunity to advance will come from either:

 Starting their own business
 Moving into Management or Marketing
 Education: Teaching others to be instructors

You may need to consider joining a fitness association. There are many different bodies that are relevant to fitness industry, some amateur, some professional; some are national and others are international.

Professional Indemnity Insurance is important if you are giving advice to people on fitness. Most insurance companies will provide cover to people who have undertaken a credible course that is substantial in its content. (Note: The ACS Fitness Leader certificate and more advanced courses have been accepted for insurance in the past).

Other insurances may also be needed; particularly if you plan to be self employed. Talk with an insurance expert before establishing a business. Discuss insurance cover before accepting employment with anyone else.

Related jobs
 Nutritional counsellor
 Counsellor
 Fitness or Health Centre Manager
 Nutritionist
 Weight Loss Consultant
 Life Coach
 Personal Trainer
 Aromatherapist

 

Graduates may achieve additional qualifications and fitness leader registration in either (or both) the U.K. and Australia, by undertaking a small amount of additional study with one of our partner colleges: Fitness Industry Education in the U.K., or Australian College of Sports & Fitness (in Australia).

 

 

 

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