Level 2 fitness instruction – summative assessment guidance

The following is a list of guidance points to help those that are training towards their level 2 fitness instruction practical assessment. Intro
  1. Before you begin your session make sure you are dressed in appropriate gym attire, and are smart, clean and presentable.
  2. Begin your induction with a friendly introduction (smile, handshake), ask them if they are feeling fit and healthy (verbal screening).
  3. Make sure the equipment and the area you are taking your client into is clean/tidy/safe.
  4. Brief your client on the emergency procedure.
  5. Explain session objectives to your client i.e weight loss.
  6. Make sure you are dressed in appropriate gym attire.
Main You are then assessed on the following: Pulse raiser (CV), dynamic stretches, 3 x resistance machines, 3 x free weights, 1 x bodyweight, pulse lowerer (CV), static stretches.
  1. Introduce each exercise: Name and purpose.
  2. You MUST demonstrate every exercise before your client does.
  3. Explain the purpose of the exercise and give a minimum of three good teaching points.
  4. Select exercises that are appropriate to your clients abilities and needs, adapt if necessary or give alternatives.
  5. Give positive feedback to your client on the technique (reinforce your teaching points given during demo), effort level and performance throughout.
  6. Communicate clearly and project voice if necessary.
  7. Use appropriate methods for monitoring intensity on each exercise i.e RPE, and heart rate or question the client on the difficulty level.
  8. Use a teaching position that gives you the best angles for observing technique whilst remembering clients own personal space.
  9. For each exercise, once you have instructed it, ask the client if they now understand how to carry it out and whether they are happy to move on to the next exercise.
  10. Before using free weights you MUST instruct to your client how to deadlift correctly and explain the importance in lifting and moving weights safely.
  11. Encourage clients to lift weight in a controlled manner, correct tempo where necessary.
  12. Be mindful of time, making sure you fit all exercises into your allocated time without rushing through them.
  13. Try to build a rapport with your client, be friendly throughout and encourage conversation.
  1. After you finish your static stretches conclude the session by giving your client constructive feedback on their performance.
  2. Ask you client whether they felt that the exercises met their goals and if there is anything they would like to be added or taken out.
  3. Ask if there is anything else you could do to motivate or support them further.
  4. Leave any areas you have been working in clean and tidy.
I would also suggest you take your programme card out of your portfolio and keep it with you on a clipboard so you have something to refer to when carrying out the assessment. Although referring to several pieces of paper can be confusing so if you want to rewrite it so it all fits on one sheet then feel free to do so. Best of luck

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