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Duration (approx) 100 hours
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Health and Fitness Home Study Course

Develops an understanding of the fitness industry and the skills required to explain exercise and its importance to human health. Prerequisites: A first aid certificate (eg. St Johns) and an understanding of human biology (eg. Human Anatomy and Physiology); or equivalent. 




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Learn to Develop and Deliver Fitness Classes

Do you want to be a better fitness leader?
Learn how to develop fitness programs which positively effect muscles and physiological systems of the human body.
This course is designed to provide the skills to confidently explain exercise and its importance to human health, whether you are a fitness leader, work with children or volunteer in community activity programs. It is the first course of three to get you on your way to understanding human health in relation to physical fitness.
Recommended Prerequisites: A first aid certificate (through St Johns Ambulance Service etc) and an understanding of human biology e.g. Human Anatomy and Physiology or Biology.

Duration: 100 hours



There are 8 lessons as follows:
  1. Introduction to Health & Fitness
  2. Exercise Physiology
  3. Exercise Principles & Cardiorespiratory Programming
  4. Biomechanics & Risk
  5. Fitness Program Design
  6. Delivering a Fitness Program
  7. Safety, Injury and General Wellbeing
  8. Fitness Programs for Special Groups


  • To explain the nature of the health and fitness industries.
  • To explain the relationship between the body and health, fitness & exercise, with reference to physiological processes.
  • To explain the relationship between the body and health, fitness & exercise, with respect to risk involved in exercise.
  • To evaluate body movements during different exercises.
  • To design fitness programs, which are both safe and effective, to fulfill specified requirements of an individual.
  • To deliver a fitness program to a small group of clients.
  • To manage the wellbeing of participants in a fitness program, including safety and injury.
  • To design fitness programs, which are both safe and effective, catering to needs of special populations (including weight control programs and programs for handicapped/disabled persons).


  • List the different types of health and fitness organisations and businesses offering services in your locality.
  • Explain the philosophical basis of health and fitness in a workplace you are familiar with.
  • Explain legal implications of providing fitness services in a gymnasium in your locality.
  • . Explain official systems of accreditation, registration, and licensing which relate to providing services in the health and fitness industries, on a local, state or national basis.
  • Explain the status of professionalism, in the health and fitness industry.
  • Develop guidelines for ethical behaviour of staff in a health and fitness industry workplace.
  • Describe the history of fitness training in your country.
  • Explain a physiological response to a balanced exercise program over a period of months, in an adult who has not regularly exercised for many years (i.e. what happens to the adult over the time period of the exercise).
  • Indicate the likely response of the following different body parts to different levels of exercise:
    • Heart
    • Lungs
    • Back
    • Legs
  • List physical symptoms, which can result from a lack of exercise.
  • List risk factors associated with irregular exercise, for different types of people.
  • Explain the mechanics of body movement during three different exercises, using illustrations.
  • Analyse the movements observed during the three different types of exercises, performed by the three different people.
  • Explain the general benefits of regular exercise, for 3 different demographic groups(eg. children, teenagers & young adults; or teen males, teen females and elderly).
  • Explain the components of fitness in a typical young adult.
  • Explain the different goals of training including cardio-respiratory fitness, flexibility, strength, and endurance.
  • Apply the principles of training, to design an exercise program to suit your lifestyle, resources and aims.
  • Design instructions, for two different series of stretching routines, for different purposes.
  • Explain how the principles of leadership may be applied, in a fitness program.
  • Explain how the principles of learning apply, in fitness program.
  • Analyse different motivational techniques being used by a leader, in a fitness session which you observe.
  • Survey members of two different health/fitness clubs to determine differences in attitude towards services being offered.
  • Develop a checklist of criteria which are critical to customer satisfaction in the delivery of a fitness program.
  • Demonstrate the leading of one or several people through their first session of a 30 minute fitness program, which they are unfamiliar with.
  • List different options for screening techniques, to evaluate health in a gymnasium.
  • Discuss symptoms of poor condition, including poor fitness, sickness and injury; which you observed in the video/TV program where different people are exercising.
  • Develop safety procedures for a specified fitness setting.
  • Specify a fitness injury you are familiar with, then recommend an appropriate recuperation process for that injury.
  • List first aid facilities which should be available in two different specific types of health and fitness facilities.
  • Compare different weight loss programs.
  • Explain the general benefits of regular exercise, for different demographic groups including:
    • Paraplegics
    • Elderly
    • Overweight people
  • Design a weight control program for a specific person.
  • Design a healthy weight gain program for a specific person
Exercise can take place Inside or Out
Aerobic activities can be performed both inside (e.g. at a gym or in a hall) or outdoors. The type of facilities required will depend on the specific activities being undertaken. Most people consider aerobics to be the typical structured aerobics class or session held in a gym or hall, however aerobic exercise can involve a wide range of other activities (e.g. bike riding, running, swimming, etc). Each of these will have their own specific equipment requirements.
When indoors:
  • There is protection against the elements (e.g. rain, wind, sun).
  • Air temperature can be more readily controlled.
  • There are usually less distractions (e.g. vehicles passing by, animals, other people).
  • Privacy and personal safety can be more readily maintained.
  • Participants may feel restricted or enclosed. There may be less room to move.
  • The noise from an exercise-to-music class can be annoying to others in the gym, residents living nearby, or people working nearby. 
When outdoors:
  • Sun protection will be needed.
  • Wind, rain or glare can be a problem.
  • Other people may watch and this can discourage proper participation by anyone who is self-conscious.
  • External noises will make hearing the instructor harder. The instructor will also need to maximise the use of their voice, because the louder the outside environment the more strain put on the instructor.
  • There will be increased distractions, however there is a wider variety of things for participants to observe which might reduce boredom.




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