Kick Start an Exciting New Career as a Fitness Leader!
This course goes beyond the basics of what is required to become a Fitness Leader, so give yourself and your C.V. a competitive edge!
Our Fitness Leaders Certificate has more human biology than many other fitness courses available. We believe human biology knowledge is essential for Fitness Leaders and we've made it easily available to you as part of our course. We know from experience how important it is for graduates to be armed with a range of knowledge to be distinguished in this career.
The aim of the Fitness Leaders Certificate course is to elevate the standard of core knowledge and competency for people working in the field of fitness.
On successful completion of the core modules students will develop:
- 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 the preparation and delivery of basic fitness programs.
- An ability to explain basic human anatomy and physiology.
- The ability to describe bioenergetics and environmental aspects of human biology.
How does studying online through ACS work?
- Complete the Fitness Leader's Certificate Core Theory which incorporates key sections of Human Biology IA, Human Biology IB, and Health and Fitness I.
- Undertake 40 hours of practical at an approved fitness centre (under the supervision of a reputable instructor).
- Obtain a current First Aid Certificate from the Red Cross or St. John's Ambulance (or equivalent) that includes resuscitation.
- Sit and pass 2 examinations - one for each part of the course.
There are 13 lessons in this course, each requiring approximately 15 hours of work including reading, additional research, completing the set tasks and assignments.
The content of each of the 13 lessons is as outlined below:
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
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
Lesson Aims and Subject Areas
Aims and a summary of main subject areas for each of the lessons are as follows.
LESSON 1 - INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH and FITNESS
- To explain the nature of the health and fitness industries.
- To explain the human body at a microscopic level, including the structure and function of cells, tissues, and membranes.
- The components of fitness
- Physical fitness
- Cardiovascular fitness
- Muscular strength and muscular endurance
- Motor fitness
LESSON 2 - EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY
- 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
- Energy systems
- The ATP cycle
- The phosphocreatine, lactic acid and aerobic energy systems
LESSON 3 - EXERCISE PRINCIPLES and CARDIORESPIRATORY PROGRAMMING
- 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
LESSON 4 - PHYSIOLOGY SYSTEMS
- To explain different physiological systems of the body.
- 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
- 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
- To evaluate body movements during different exercises.
- To explain the human nervous system, in terms of structure and basic functions.
- Nervous system
- Training and risk
- Injury prevention tips
LESSON 7 - AQUAFITNESS
- To develop an understanding of how aquafitness activities differ from other fitness activities.
- Physiology of an aqua fitness session
- Types of exercises
- The components of a warm up
- Components of a cool down
LESSON 8 - FITNESS PROGRAM DESIGN
- 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
- To deliver a fitness program to a small group of clients.
- Customer service
- Communication skills
- Dealing with customer complaints
- Self Esteem
- Communicating for effective relationships
- Key communication strategies
LESSON 10 - ERGOGENIC AIDS TO PERFORMANCE
- 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
- Explain body regulation processes
- The acid base balance
- The effect of changing atmospheric pressure
- Temperature regulation
- Acid Base balance
LESSON 12 - SAFETY, ETHICS, INJURY and GENERAL WELLBEING
- To manage the well-being 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
- 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
WHY STUDY FITNESS THROUGH ACS?
CONTENT: ACS courses are longer, more in-depth, and cover more than what is prescribed for Fitness Leaders. In particular we offer more Human Biological Science.
EXCEPTIONAL TUTORS: In other fitness courses you may find you are being tutored by a tutor who holds only basic qualifications, and may have very little industry experience. ACS tutors by contrast hold university qualifications, and have extensive industry experience.
SET YOUR SELF APART FROM THE COMPETITION: It is well known that the key to success in any career is to be different in some way to your competition. We offer just that to our graduates by designing a course that delivers to you a set of skills and knowledge that surpasses those of your “average fitness leader”. This course is for those who strive to be better than ordinary, and want to come out of their qualification with more specialised knowledge than other graduates. As with any career, a qualification will get you the interview, but it is your knowledge, attitude, capacity to do the job, and your uniqueness that will get you the job. Choose ACS and set yourself apart.
Our Students Say
"I have been involved in sport all my life and now have an in-depth look behind the scenes so to speak."
Judy, on studying the Fitness Leader Certificate
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