Physical Fitness (Short Course)

$199.00 Inc GST

The course helps you understand physical fitness in the broadest sense. All aspects of fitness are considered -aerobic, muscle, skeletal. psychological.

What to expect:

This course is jam packed with information, as well as suggested learning experiences beyond simply reading the notes and studying the many illustrations. It helps you to understand human fitness and wellbeing, for your own benefit, or for the benefit of others you might work with. The course can be completed in around 20 hours; but if you want to learn in greater depth, and have the time to devote to learning, it can be given a lot more time, for a lot more learning.

A very large range of techniques for improving and maintaining fitness are covered – from gentle to high intensity techniques. Safety, biology and health/injury issues are also covered. This is an exceptional course, which is equally useful for the everyday person wanting to better understand and improve their own wellbeing; through to people working in the health or fitness professions who will find serious benefit doing this course for professional development.

How does it work?

At the end of each lesson, you will be given a short interactive test to undertake, which will provide an indication of how your learning is progressing. Upon completing the very last lesson, you will be offered a more thorough automated test or examination. This final assessment can be undertaken at any time of day or night; and any day of the week; and if you achieve an overall pass (60% or more); you will be able to obtain a “certificate of completion” with your name and completion date on it.

Note: these short courses are self-guided online courses and are not to be confused with our tutor-supported online courses.


There are 8 Lessons in this course:

1. Human Biology & Aerobic Fitness

    • Sources of ATP
    • Energy definitions
    • Energy production pathways from different foods
    • What happens during exercise
    • Resistance training
    • Types of resistance training
    • Muscle contraction
    • Terminology
    • Resistance training program components
    • Misconceptions about training
    • The major muscle groups in training
    • Training response
    • More on fatigue
    • Recovery from exercise
    • Other factors affecting performance
    • Human anatomy
    • The muscular system
    • The respiratory system
    • The circulatory system
    • The physiology of the circulatory system

2. Equipment & Facilities

    • Where to exercise
    • Outdoor areas
    • Clothing and footwear
    • Music
    • Characteristics of equipment
    • Examples of equipment used in aerobic activities
    • Other types of equipment specific to aerobics classes
    • Aerobic home equipment
    • Maintaining equipment
    • Outdoors/park equipment used for aerobic exercises

3. Exercises

    • How often, how hard
    • Exercise movement components
    • Running/jogging/walking
    • Cycling
    • Swimming
    • Rowing
    • Stepping & climbing
    • Skipping
    • Ball sports
    • Surfing
    • Horse riding
    • Skating
    • Skiing
    • Jumping
    • Tai chi (tai qi)
    • Wilderness areas
    • Safety
    • Gym/class exercises
    • Stretching
    • Muscle conditioning

4. Special People & Situations

    • Pregnancy
    • Older adults
    • Children
    • People with disabilities
    • Overweight people
    • Other health problems

5. Safety

    • Aerobic classes
    • Safety related issues
    • Safety in other aerobic activities
    • First aid considerations
    • Identifying hazards
    • Pre-screening of clients
    • Legal liabilities for fitness instructors

6. Fitness testing/Assessment

    • What do we test?
    • What can we measure?
    • Designing fitness tests

7. Programming, Motivation, and Leadership

    • Fitness/aerobics class design
    • Programming an exercise session
    • Designing exercise programs
    • A typical aerobics class
    • Writing an exercise program
    • Classes for different types of people
    • Configurations or patterns for movement
    • Motivation
    • Dealing with complaints

8. Back Pain and Injury Management

    • Anatomy and physiology
    • Basic back health
    • First aid treatment of injuries
    • Types of injury
    • Assessment and screening
    • Professional treatments
    • Patient rehabilitation