Personal Fitness

Improve your personal fitness; understand your body, and its needs for exercise, nutrition, psychological health and more. Be fitter, live better.

Course CodeVRE103
Fee CodeS1
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

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Learn the Best Ways to Improve your Fitness

  • A highly practical course helps you to understand what fitness really is
  • Enables you to develop a balanced fitness program for yourself or for people around you 
  • Covers topics such as the human body, principles of exercise programming and weight control.

Lesson Structure

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Reasons for Fitness
    • Basic components of physical fitness, reasons for fitness, fitness testing and evaluating endurance.
  2. Understanding your body
    • Body structure, cardio respiratory system and aerobic/anaerobic energy.
  3. Testing your fitness
    • Types of fitness tests, differences due to age and gender and evaluating different types of fitness tests.
  4. Exercises for specific purposes
    • Types of exercise, developing physique, basic conditioning exercises, and exercises for specific problems.
  5. Nutrition and Weight control
    • Nutrition basics, weight control and planning a diet.
  6. Endurance and Suppleness
    • Assessing how supple your body is, exercises that increase suppleness.
  7. Home Medicine and First Aid
    • Basic first aid, acupressure and alternative vs mainstream medicine.
  8. Designing an Exercise Program
    • Designing a program, assessing fitness and designing an appropriate program.

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

What You Will Do

  • Perform different types of fitness tests
  • Perform a variety of different exercises
  • Interview an inactive person to assess their fitness goals
  • Determine which muscles are used in certain exercises
  • Plan a diet and a weight loss diet
  • Suggest exercises to improve suppleness
  • Contact medical training facilities to find out about courses offered
  • Suggest first aid procedures for a number of given situations
  • Design more than one fitness program

Fitness is affected by both psychological and physical factors

These factors range from your state of mind, to the things you eat. They include the activity you undertake, the environment you live and work in and not the least, your genetic characteristics.

Mental stress (pressures from situations at work, home etc.) can affect a person's fitness just as much as malnutrition or a physical injury. Stress is very often related to physical fitness. For example, a stressed person can have difficulty with muscles tensing or contracting when they shouldn’t or for prolonged periods of time, thus placing pressure on nerves or structures leading to further physical problems.

Allergies to foods, dust, even the common bacteria that can occur in everyone's internal cavities can pose problems to a person’s fitness level, or further complicate already existing problems.

The single most important fact to understand about human fitness is the complexity of the human body, and the fact that this complexity makes fitness multi-faceted. No-one can be completely fit by just eating right or just exercising. In a nutshell, fitness comes only by developing a balanced approach to life in all of the important spheres of life...

  • Eat the right food – a nutritious balance of essential food groups

  • Eat healthy foods that you are not allergic or sensitive to which provide all the necessary nutrients in adequate but not in excessive amounts

  • Exercise all of the parts of the body regularly and adequately

  • Know how to relax, to rest the body both physically and mentally

Reference Books

Buy a copies of our principal's books on fitness from our online bookshop.

Aquafitness by John Mason

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Ebook (for immediate download)   -

Aerobic Fitness (paperback, printed book) -


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John Mason

Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. J
Karen Lee

Nutritional Scientist, Dietician, Teacher and Author. BSc. Hons. (Biological Sciences), Postgraduate Diploma Nutrition and Dietetics. Registered dietitian in the UK, with over 15 years working in the NHS. Karen has undertaken a number of research projec
Lyn Quirk

M.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head fo
Jade Sciascia

Biologist, Business Coordinator, Government Environmental Dept, Secondary School teacher (Biology); Recruitment Consultant, Senior Supervisor in Youth Welfare, Horse Riding Instructor (part-completed) and Boarding Kennel Manager. Jade has a B.Sc.Biol, Di
Aerobic Fitness
Understand cardio respiratory fitness. Keep your heart, lungs and circulatory system healthy. Aerobic fitness can contribute more to your quality of life than any other aspect of fitness! This updated version of a book originally published by Kangaroo Pr
Aqua Fitness
Aqua fitness is low impact exercise in water. It is great for rehabilitation after injury, weight loss, and general fitness. This e-book is full of well illustrated exercises to try and has been written for both exercise professionals and amateurs. It is
How to be a Life Coach
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Human Nutrition
Both a text for students, or an informative read for anyone who wants to eat better. While covering the basics, the book approaches nutrition a little differently here to some other books, with sections covering ”Modifying diet according to Genetic Dispos