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Deliver pre-choreographed or prescribed group exercise to music classes

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Issue Date: March 2019

This unit applies to group exercise leaders who are required to prepare and deliver pre-choreographed or prescribed group exercise to music classes using appropriate music and class format. The training guidelines of the pre-choreographed or prescribed group exercise to music provided by the program developer must be followed. The training guidelines for pre-choreographed classes describe the choreography, movement sequencing and music selection requirements of the program developer. The training guidelines for prescribed classes may require the group exercise leader to prepare choreography and movement sequences from a selection of options pre-determined by the program developer and according to appropriate music selected.

This unit may apply to group exercise leaders who work in a range of fitness locations including fitness, leisure and community centres, delivering group exercise to music classes to clients of mixed ages or abilities. The group exercise leader would typically work independently under limited supervision in a predictable and controlled environment.

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare, deliver, monitor and evaluate a pre-choreographed or prescribed group exercise to music class as provided by a group exercise to music training provider.

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Evidence Required

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The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

Evidence of the ability to:

prepare, instruct and evaluate pre-choreographed or prescribed group exercise to music classes

monitor technique and respond during the class as required to ensure safe practices

maintain accurate records of group exercise program delivery

evaluate and implement modifications to instructional techniques and program delivery

show sensitivity to social and cultural differences.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Assessment must ensure access to:

a real or simulated workplace that allows for the delivery of group exercise to music classes of sufficient duration to demonstrate competency and consistency of performance

a fitness facility with an exercise area with access to audio equipment

appropriate documentation and resources used in the workplace

client groups with a range of exercise needs and expectations.

Method of assessment

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

observation of instruction of a group exercise class to music

oral or written questioning on knowledge of the principles of group exercise delivery and relevant fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology

review of portfolios of evidence and thirdparty workplace reports of onthejob performance by the individual.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:

SISFFIT332 Deliver pre-choreographed or prescribed community group exercise programs.

Submission Requirements

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Assessment Tasks

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Required skills

ability to:

move in a controlled and efficient manner while delivering the chosen group exercise to music class

maintain timing to beat of music as required

apply injury prevention strategies and resources for the chosen group exercise to music class

communication skills to:

provide clear and accurate instructions and information

motivate clients

effectively manage group cohesion

provide clear and effective cueing

problem-solving skills to:

identify improvements to energy, water and other resources for environmental sustainability

determine how to use anatomical and physiological knowledge to promote safety and desired training responses and training adaptations

prepare movement sequences and music within the program training guidelines to meet client needs

identify client problems during the class

promote ideal postural alignment during exercises as required

promote correct and safe exercise positioning and technique to achieve desired training adaptations and minimise the risk of injury

modify the class to meet the needs of clients and minimise the risk of injury determine need for referral

self-management skills to review and reflect on own work performance in effectively preparing and delivering a class according to client expectations

conflict resolution skills to identify and respond to inappropriate behaviour to enable effective management of group cohesion

technology skills to operate music equipment, including sound system and headset equipment

numeracy skills to manage the timing of client exercises and facility schedules

ability to planning and organising skills to ensure venue or facility and required equipment are available and suitable for specific program requirements

language and literacy skills to:

read and interpret the group exercise to music class plans and requirements

maintain records

read equipment manufacturer instructions

source, read and comprehend relevant information on the anatomy and physiology of the human body.

Required knowledge

organisational policies and procedures and requirements of relevant legislation to enable the safe and effective conduct of group exercise to music classes

fundamental anatomy and physiology principles relevant to the instruction of pre-choreographed or prescribed group exercise to music classes, including:

structural levels of the human body

muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems

types of joints

energy systems and pathways and body temperature regulation

signs and symptoms of intolerance

screening procedures, contraindications and the appropriate referral processes

group exercise to music class training guidelines

music beat, tempo and phrasing to select appropriate music for group exercise to music classes

the physical, psychological and social reasons for participating in group exercise to music classes to enable the application of effective motivational techniques

injury prevention strategies related to group exercise to music classes

principles of group exercise class preparation and exercise repertoires to enable the selection and sequencing of exercises appropriate for beginner, intermediate and advanced clients

principles of instruction to enable an effective group exercise to music class

instructional and motivational techniques suitable for group exercise to music class to support client adherence to exercise

group exercise to music class types and their suitability for meeting client needs

group management techniques to assist individuals within the group to achieve desired outcomes

common injuries, diseases or conditions that may preclude participation

potentially harmful practices, including overtraining, and the reasons why they are avoided to enable safe client participation in the group exercise to music class

signs and symptoms of intolerance and management strategies

environmental and resource efficiency practices related to the use of activity areas and group exercise equipment

general characteristics of the main cultural and social groups in Australian society and the key aspects that relate to their cultural and religious protocols and preferences for exercise.

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Training guidelines may include:







scope of practise and limitations

rules and procedures

venue requirements and limitations



Group exercise to music class must include:

pre-choreographed or prescribed exercise programs

program developer.

Needs and requirements may include:


cardiovascular fitness

muscle endurance

muscle strength




general health and wellbeing


Clients may include:



age specific groups

gender specific groups

experienced or inexperienced

specific cultural or social groups.

Venue or facility requirements may include:

community hall

council facility

fitness centre

leisure centre

entry charge



needs of other facility users

emergency evacuation and procedures


Resources may include:





transport and related logistical requirements.

Access may include:




vicinity to public transport


Organisational policies and procedures may include:

pre-session screening




client to instructor ratio

climate control


risk management

standards of personal presentation

participants’ clothing and footwear

use, care and maintenance of equipment.

Legislation and regulatory requirements may include:

work health and safety/occupational health and safety

duty of care





child protection

trade practices

Australian Consumer Law


business registration and licences.

Exercise repertoire may include:

contraindications and modifications

variations to provide differing intensities

potential for combinations.

Movement terminology may include:





internal rotation

external rotation


Relevant anatomical and physiological principles may include:

definitions of anatomy and physiology

anatomical terminology

anatomical position

directional terminology

structural levels of organisation

muscular system

skeletal system

cardiovascular system

respiratory system

neuroendocrine system.

Training adaptations may include:




Music may include:

beats per minute



motivational value





Motivational techniques may include:

arousal control techniques and theories

zone of optimal function.

Safety must include:

minimising risk of injuries

monitoring for adverse reactions


Screen clients may include:

verbal pre-screen

use of an industry endorsed pre-exercise screening tool.

Common conditions may include:

sprains and strains

heart conditions


history of illness or injury

recent medical procedures

recent injury or hospitalisation


Medical or allied health professionals may include:

sports physician

sports doctor

general practitioner


accredited exercise physiologist

occupational therapist

remedial massage therapist



accredited practising dietician



Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health worker.

Pre-class instructions must include:

personal introduction

class level outline

emergency procedures

appropriate and safe footwear and clothing

frequency of breaks during exercise

correct exercise techniques and breathing

pain or discomfort


Instructional principles and techniques may include:

establishing rapport

teaching positioning

session organisation and formation

visual and verbal cueing with variety

visual previewing

verbal communication

body language

mirror imaging





movement breakdown techniques

use of learning curves

voice protection and projection

monitoring and encouraging class response

sequencing and progression.

Cultural and social characteristics may include:

modes of greeting, farewelling and conversation

body language, including use of body gestures

formality of language


Exercise intensity may include:

heart-rate response

perceived rate of exertion

form and fatigue

motivation and enthusiasm suitable to the class format.

Ideal postural alignment may include:

joint position and alignment

spinal position and alignment

correct exercise positions and techniques

Technical errors may include:


limb position

ballistic movements.

Potentially harmful practices may include:

exercising while sick or in extremes of temperature

exercising while injured



multiple repetitions

ballistic movements

spinal hyperextension

loaded knee hyperflexion

on-the-spot pounding

straight leg sit-ups

lever length


Signs and symptoms of intolerance may include:


muscle cramps





inability to complete exercise.

Intervention strategies may include:

stopping or modifying the exercise

modifying equipment or its use

referral to medical or allied health professional.

Muscle contractions may include:






Feedback may include:





Own performance may include:

instructional and choreographic techniques

class format

appropriate intensity

managing client behaviour

responding to feedback

managing time allocation.

Records may include:



oral recording.

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Observation Checklist

Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice Yes No Comments/feedback
Review training guidelines of the group exercise to music class as determined by the program developer. 
Identify expected fitness outcomes, needs and requirements of clients and prepare appropriately. 
Determine venueor facility requirements and resources. 
Confirm access to the venue or facility satisfies the training guidelines, organisational policies and procedures and legislation and regulatory requirements. 
Identify the exercise repertoire or choreography, using appropriate movement terminology and application of relevant anatomicalandphysiological principles. 
Identify training adaptations resulting from short term or regular participation in group exercise to music classes. 
Access, select and sequence music according to training guidelines 
Prepare movement sequences and choreography. 
Identify motivational techniques to positively influence performance of clients. 
Prepare the exercise environment and equipment, and minimise negative environmental impact where possible. 
Check safety of equipment. 
Screen clients for common conditions relevant to participation, and refer to medical orallied health professionals as appropriate. 
Provide pre-class instructions. 
Provide advice regarding management of body temperature in current environmental conditions. 
Instruct the required exercises using appropriate equipment and instructional principlesand techniques. 
Explain and demonstrate the correct use of any required equipment according to manufacturer instructions. 
Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and social characteristics. 
Monitor performance, exercise intensity, and ideal postural alignment to minimise risk and ensure safety. 
Identify technical errors, potentially harmful practices, signs and symptoms of intolerance and implement appropriate intervention strategies. 
Adjust the exercise environment and temperature regulation of clients. 
Confirm muscle contractions are appropriate to minimise risk of injury and maximise training adaptations. 
Provide feedback to clients regarding exercise intensity and technique. 
Use motivational techniques to positively influence the performance of clients during group exercise to music classes. 
Respond to inappropriate client behaviour to effectively manage the group. 
Modify activities to meet the needs and requirements of clients and training guidelines, and to minimise risk of injury. 
Seek, acknowledge and respond to feedback from clients. 
Evaluate own performance and client feedback. 
Identify potential improvements for future group exercise to music classes. 
Implement identified improvements in response to self-evaluation and client feedback, within training guidelines. 
Maintain records. 


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