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This course will provide credits towards IARC (International Accreditation and Recognition Council) accredited Certificates or Diplomas, including the Elite Fitness Certificate. The course incorporates Exercise and Fitness Knowledge Level 1 and 2 in the U.K. ACS is an approved CYQ Centre (code ACS523).

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 reresuscitationRed Cross, St. John's Ambulance for example).

4. Sit and pass four examinations.

5. Complete one additional specialist course chosen from either Aquafitness, Gym Supervision, or Advanced Aerobics


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

Upon successful completion of the course, the UK student can sit the Exercise and Fitness Knowledge I and II examinations via CYQ.

If you are studying this course from outside the UK you can still be awarded the Fitness Leaders Certificate (which is none the less valuable training), but the YMCA endorsed qualification cannot be awarded unless you sit your exam in the UK.

If you wish to complete and be awarded a Fitness Leaders Certificate by ACS, you must sit and pass a Core exam, then complete a series of additional requirements after the core studies. See these requirements outlined at the top of this page.

   

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