Fitness Leaders may be a dime a dozen, but exceptional fitness leaders are far less common.
If you want to earn more and be more successful in the fitness industry; you need to learn more, know more, and be able to do more than the average fitness leader.
This course will provide credits towards IARC (International Accreditation and Recognition Council) accredited qualifications.
The course goes beyond the scope of some other fitness certificates.
ACS has also developed arrangements with well established insurance companies that allows graduates to obtain professional indemnity insurance, to cover them working in the health or fitness industries.
WHY STUDY FITNESS THROUGH ACS?
CONTENT: Our courses are longer and provide more than what is the prescribed minimum for Fitness Leaders in both the UK and Australia. In particular we teach 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.
PROFESSIONAL INDMENITY INSURANCE: AJG welcomes Professional Indemnity insurance applications from ACS graduates across all disciplines including Fitness Leaders. Click here for more details.
TO 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.
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 Fitness 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 that includes resuscitation (Red Cross, St. John's Ambulance for example)
4. Sit and pass two examinations
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 expand the learning 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
- An ability to describe bioenergetics and environmental aspects of human biology
There are two parts to this module (Part I and Part II), each of which comprise two units. Each unit in turn contains several lessons. (See below for details).
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
INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH and FITNESS
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
Muscular strength and muscular endurance
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 cardiac cycle
The vascular system
The ATP cycle
The phosphocreatine, lactic acid and aerobic energy systems
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 cardiac cycle
The vascular system
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
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
Four types of bone
Factors affecting bone structure
The three types of joint
Joint movement terms
Muscle group actions
Muscle group actions on the joint(s)
BIOMECHANICS and RISK
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
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
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
DELIVERING A FITNESS PROGRAM
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
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.
REGULATING BODY PHYSIOLOGY
Explain body regulation processes
- The acid base balance
- The effect of changing atmospheric pressure
- Temperature regulation
- Acid Base balance
SAFETY, ETHICS, INJURY and GENERAL WELLBEING
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
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
BEYOND THE CORE
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.
How Do You Get Someone To Start and Stick With an Exercise Program?
It is one thing to get someone to start exercise; but a different thing to get them to keep exercising, regularly, and for the rest of their lives.
Establishing the habit and maintaining the commitment applies in nutrition as much as in exercise. Not only do you need programs that meet the needs and goals of the client safely and effectively, you need to make it enjoyable enough that they stick with it in the long term. A number of factors affect the likelihood of a person sticking with a program, or dropping out. It is important to take these into consideration when planning a program for someone.
Time, energy, money, convenience are all factors that influence program adherence. A person’s lifestyle will influence how much time they have to dedicate to exercise, and what specific times are convenient for them to exercise. It will also influence the amount of money they have, and are prepared to spend on fitness. You need to take into account their other commitments, family, work and social and try to limit any sacrifices they have to make in order to keep to their program.
Energy and Motivation
Many people will feel they don’t have the energy after all their other commitments, to exercise. This can be related to motivation as well. Programs should be scheduled at easy, convenient times, when energy and motivation are likely to be highest. For some people this will be first thing in the morning, before they are swamped by the pressures and chores of the day. For others, getting out of bed earlier is not desirable and perhaps a 30 minute walk at lunch time is a better option. Exercise tends to lift the mood and often people feel energised after a session, so it is worth getting people to trial programs to experience this benefit, even if they claim they are too tired or don’t have the energy.
The best support structure will be different for different people, but in general a combination of family, friends, professionals and people with similar fitness goals is a good start. Family and friends are great for encouragement and motivation, while professionals provide confidence through motivational techniques, information and personal attention and monitoring. Many people will benefit from regular group sessions as they will find other people in similar situations as themselves. Missing scheduled sessions also leaves a person accountable; they need to explain absences and risk letting people down. This can provide the extra motivation they need to attend.
Comfort and Facilities
People are much more likely to enjoy exercising and to therefore continue exercising in a comfortable environment. This means facilities need to be clean, safe and aesthetically pleasing. Staff need to make participants and clients feel comfortable and welcome and should be approachable. The comfort of the exercise session is also important – if a person leaves a class feeling exhausted to the point of feeling ill, or finds the climate too hot or cold they aren’t likely to return for long. If they feel that they can’t keep up, or find the exercises make them feel uncomfortable, self-conscious or embarrassed they are likely to drop out.
Things such as your personality type, your perceptions of exercises and the motivational tools you use (self-talk, imagery etc) can all affect adherence. Some people are inherently more determined, and likely to feel a drive to complete what they start, others are not and will require extra incentive and motivation to keep to a program. Some trainers may like to employ simple personality tests to get an understanding of their clients. Goal setting is also crucial for adherence. Having specific goals, broken down into achievable steps or mini-goals are much more likely to adhere to a program as they get the motivation of success as each small goal is attained. It is important to set realistic time frames in which to achieve each goal.
When someone starts an exercise program, or seeks out a professional or service to enable them to start exercising, they are attempting to change a behaviour or pattern of behaviour. Changing engrained behaviours (habits) is not easy. There has been a lot of research on how to improve the chances of a person making a permanent positive behavioural change. There are also a number of different theories on behavioural change. These theories, and much more are explained in this course.
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