Working in a Sport & Fitness Environment (WSFE)

(SISXIND101A Work Effectively in Sport and Recreation Environments)

This subject provides the perfect foundation for your study in Fitness. You will develop knowledge of the sport and recreation industry in Australia, learn about the role and importance of volunteers in the industry, ethical practices, and the every day job roles and activities expected of a professional working within a fitness centre environment. Assessments will include case studies, role plays and a presentation.

Risk Analysis, Occupational Health & Safety, and First Aid (RAOHS)

(SISXOHS101A Follow Occupational Health and Safety Policies: SISXRSK301A Undertake Risk Analysis of Activities: HLTAID003 Provide First Aid)

A safe work environment is essential in any industry, but when dealing with people’s health and wellbeing, it is a priority. In this subject you will learn: the responsibilities of the staff and managers of fitness organisations; how to identify and report safety issues according to procedures; manual handling, maintenance and repair of fitness equipment; communicating, classifying, minimising and handling risks. Assessment includes a portfolio, role play and activities performed in the real industry environment. First Aid including CPR skills will be delivered and assessed by SSFCC’s partner organisation- Surf Life Saving NSW.

Anatomy and Physiology for Fitness (APF)

(SISFFIT305A Apply anatomy and Physiology Principles in a Fitness Context)

Understanding how the body functions can be a challenge. For anyone wanting a career as a fitness instructor it is essential to have an underlying knowledge of human anatomy. This subject covers: anatomy and physiology terms to assist in instructing fitness classes; body systems; bones and joints; the role of individual muscles during exercise; postural alignment and biomechanics. There are full-size anatomical wall charts as well as a life-size skeleton to assist you with your understanding in this subject. Assessments include a written project to design a flexibility program, a presentation, and program design and review.

Nutrition for Fitness (NF)

(SISFFIT306A Provide Healthy Eating Information to Clients in Accordance with Recommended Guidelines)

Fitness professionals should be able to give clients advice on healthy eating when required. Some of the topics studied in this subject are: the fundamental principles of health eating; the digestive system; balanced nutrition; chronic disease and nutrition; management of body composition; supplements. Assessments for this subject include a role play, presentation discussing healthy eating/dietary concerns, and a case study.

Fitness Orientation, Health Screening & Health Assessment (FOHSHA)

(SISFFIT301A Provide Fitness Orientation and Health Screening: SISFFIT307A Undertake Client Health Assessment)

The fitness orientation is a key factor when a client is new to a fitness facility. As a fitness instructor you should have the skills to take the client through this process. This subject teaches you how to: Collect and assess client information via an interview/questionnaire; identify general fitness requirements for a new client; outline the benefits of a health appraisal; perform a client induction; complete a fitness evaluation. You will learn a variety of tools and testing methods which are currently used in the fitness industry. Assessment includes a portfolio, presentation and a real industry task.

Fitness Programs and Equipment (FPE)

(SISFFIT304A Instruct and Monitor Fitness Programs: SISXFAC207 Maintain Sport and Recreation Equipment for Activities)

This subject is where you apply your existing knowledge to develop a fitness program according to a client’s individual needs. You learn: steps involved in program design; fundamental principles of physical training and program design; cardiovascular training programming; resistance training programming; flexibility programming; body composition programming; delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS); overtraining. You will also learn about fitness equipment maintenance. Assessment includes role plays, portfolios and industry tasks.

Specialisation – Group Exercise (SGE)

(SISFFIT309A Plan and Deliver Group Exercise Sessions)

One of the most popular pathways for a fitness instructor is to work with group exercise. This subject looks at the following areas: planning and developing the group exercise session; preparing the music; instructing a group exercise fitness session; choreography; potentially harmful practices; freestyle sessions; methods of teaching; motivation of clients. Assessments include a written task, a presentation, and observation of the delivery of an indoor or outdoor group fitness session conducted with peers.

Fitness for Specific Markets and Populations (FSMP)

(SISFFIT303A Develop and Apply an Awareness of Specific Populations to Exercise Delivery)

It is important for the fitness instructor to recognise at-risk clients, or those with special fitness needs. This requires a new level of skill to be able to deliver exercise programs to these special population groups and work with allied medical health professionals, such as physiotherapists, or dieticians. This subject will cover: identifying specific population clients; specific populations and exercise; contraindications to exercise; common diseases; obesity; pregnancy; depression and other barriers to exercise. Assessment includes case study, presentation and written tasks.

Customer Service (CS)

(SISFFIT302A Provide Quality Service in the Fitness Industry)

Providing quality service is essential in the fitness industry, as clients should be cared about as a whole person, and not simply a ‘client’. You will learn about: the aims of customer service; interpersonal skills and providing customer service; personal presentation; communicating with customers; responding to complaints; basic counselling. Assessments include observation, oral questions; role play; a written task and real industry task.

Water Based Fitness (WBF)

(SISFFIT310A Plan and deliver water based fitness)

Fitness instruction can cover many areas, including the delivery of water based fitness classes (once known as ‘aqua aerobics’ and still very popular for the elderly, pregnant, and clients in rehabilitation). In this subject you will undertake some practical classes at SSFCC partner facility – UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre. Topics covered are: Determining the needs of participants; pool safety; best practice principles of aquatic activities; water familiarisation, buoyancy and mobility skills; properties of water; developing water session plans; equipment; choreography; instructional techniques; delivering water based fitness classes. Assessments will be practical and theoretical including the delivery of a water based fitness session to peers.

Gym Programs (GP)

(SISFFIT308A Plan and Deliver Gym Programs)

To be a competent fitness instructor you also need the ability to plan and deliver gym based programs. This subject covers developing customised training programs; instructing resistance exercises; supervising training sessions; circuit training; monitoring client progress; types of training equipment. Assessments include practical observations, portfolio, and a real industry task.