Level 3 personal training – summative assessment guidance

The following is a list of guidance points to help those that are training towards their level 3 personal training practical assessment.
  1. Before you begin your session make sure you are dressed in appropriate gym attire, and are smart, clean and presentable.
  2. Begin your PT session with a friendly introduction (smile, handshake), ask your client if they are feeling fit and healthy, and has anything changed since they completed their PARQ (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 training systems and purpose, links to clients goals.
Main You are then assessed on the following: 2 x CV approaches i.e interval & steady state, 4 x resistance training systems i.e drop sets; super sets; forced reps; eccentrics, 1 x core exercise i.e cable wood chop
  1. Introduce each exercise: Name and purpose, link to client’s goals.
  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 client’s 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 client’s own personal space.
  9. Question client to check their understudying of the exercise with regard to technique, intensity and purpose.
  10. Before using free weights you MUST instruct 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. Remind client how the exercises are helping them towards their goals.
  14. Try to build a rapport with your client, be friendly throughout and encourage conversation between exercises but remember it’s a workout not a chit chat!
I would also suggest you take your overview/programme cards out of your portfolio and keep them 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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