The Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing Gym course you require you to attend one assessment day. It is on this assessment day that you will take two theory exams and your practical observation.
The assessment day is the final part of your course and you will attend this day once you have completed all of your online studies and spent adequate time in gym. On the assessment day you will take two theory exams one on Anatomy and Physiology and the other Principle of Exercise, Fitness and Health. On this day you will also take your practical observation, this is you in the role of a Fitness instructor giving your client a full body workout. Your client will need to be someone you bring with you to the assessment day; they must be over 16 years of age and of good health. It is ideal if you bring someone who is new to the gym environment as this will put you in a real life scenario. We ask you to provide your client for the assessment day as you will need to spend some time with your client in between the training and assessment days preparing your programming and practising for your observation.
As part of your Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing Gym course the assessment day will require you to have completed a Gym Learner Assessment Record (LAR) this document includes some worksheets, gym program, informed consent, par-q and an evaluation form. This must all be completed before your practical assessment, except for the evaluation form as you will be required to complete this straight after your assessment but before your assessor feedback.
For the assessment day you will need to plan the following using the gym program card in your Learner Assessment Record and as indicated you will then teach a reduced version of the plan you have made.
Planning your Gym Program
Planning must consist of a warm up, you start with mobility exercises to warm the joints, you should plan a minimum of 3. Then you need to plan a pulse raiser on one piece of CV equipment, this should be planned for 5-6 minutes. This should not be the piece of CV equipment you were assessed on during the training day. Then you need to plan 4-6 preparatory stretches circling the pictures on your program card. Following this you need to plan your main CV workout which should last for 20 minutes and be on 1 piece of CV equipment, this should be different to the warm up CV and the piece of CV equipment you were assessed on during the training day.
Then you need to plan 4 Resistance machines, 4 Free Weight exercises and 3 Body Weight exercises.
You need to plan a cool down CV, this must be different to the above planned CV machines and this will last for approx. 4-5 minutes. You will end of your program with 4-6 maintenance stretches and 1 of these will need to be a developmental stretch.
On the Day
On your assessment day you will deliver a reduced version of your plan as you have already been assessed on some of these sections during the training day. You will find once the assessor has seen enough they will move you on during your assessment. You cannot be assessed on anything you were assessed on during your training day. The assessor will choose 1 Resistance Machine and 1 Free Weight exercise at random for you to demonstrate as part of your assessment.
Good luck for your assessments!