Issue 5
Wednesday, 07 July 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
CDU fitness instructor Nikki Higgins is guiding her students to run training sessions for staff and those who want to get into shape
CDU fitness instructor Nikki Higgins is guiding her students to run training sessions for staff and those who want to get into shape

Fitness course aims high

There are big changes happening in CDU lecture rooms, sporting fields and gyms, and it involves students completing their Certificate III in Fitness.

Over the course of six-months, the students have gained valuable knowledge, improved their health and fitness, become more confident, developed a positive outlook, and are ready to transition into the fitness industry, should they choose to do so.

VET Lecturer - Workplace Assessor, College of Health and Human Services Nikki Higgins said the Certificate III in Fitness course consists of five modules.

These include work health and safety, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, maintenance of equipment in the gym, selling memberships, conducting fitness assessments and writing programs for clients and running group sessions.

“Instructing group fitness is probably the scariest thing a student will do,” Ms Higgins said.

“They are required to lead a session with a group of participants with varying abilities, injuries and fitness levels.  By comparison, it’s easy to develop rapport with a one-on-one client.”

Students were given the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice over a period of four weeks in June while instructing a ‘Bootcamp’ program named the ‘Raising Stars Challenge’.

Students tested the participant’s fitness abilities then conducted 45-minute training sessions three mornings per week. The participants were then re-tested on the final session and prizes were awarded to those who achieved the most improvement in their results. 

“Regardless of whether they go into business for themselves or work in a gym, trainers must develop professional relationships with their clients to assist with client retention,” she said.

 “The more the clients come, the better results they’re going to achieve, and the same is true for the students.

 “It’s a huge adrenaline rush when students first instruct, but I love witnessing their fear subside, and seeing how pumped they are after their first session.”