Feb 07, 2023  
2022-2023 College Catalog 
2022-2023 College Catalog
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FSS 208 - Group Fitness Instructor

2 Credits, 3 Contact Hours
1 lecture period 2 lab periods

Gain knowledge necessary to prepare for a nationally accredited certification exam as a group fitness instructor. Includes introduction to group fitness class and to the certified group fitness instructor.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: FSS 234  or FSS 234A  or FSS 234B .
Information: This course requires physical activity and is intended for students pursuing the Fitness Professional certificate program.
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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Differentiate between various teaching styles, methods, and cueing.  
  2. Demonstrate teaching a group fitness class including warm-up, cool-down and modifications. 
  3. Observe various group fitness classes and evaluate them according to specific criteria.    
  4. Identify the professional responsibilities and legal obligations when providing fitness activities to individuals and groups.

  1. Introduction to Group Fitness Class
  2. Introduction to the Certified Group Fitness Instructor
    1. Principles of pre-class preparation and participant monitoring and evaluation
    2. Group exercise program design
    3. Teaching a group exercise class
      1. Free-style vs. structured combinations
      2. Combination building
      3. Counting music phrases
      4. Music selection considerations
      5. Cueing techniques
    4. Principles of adherence and motivation
    5. Exercise and special populations
    6. Exercise and pregnancy
    7. Prevention and management of common injuries
    8. Emergency procedures
    9. Business of group fitness
    10. Legal and professional responsibilities

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