FitForce™ Physical Training Instructor Course
Group exercise leadership, particularly in a military or paramilitary environment requires a distinct skill set which builds upon a body of information. Included in this body is information about the physical and physiological demands of training, general conduct of the training session, overview of individual and group program design, as well as safety and motivation. Therefore, this program is intended to be delivered along with or as part of an overall plan that includes the FitForce™ Coordinator Course. The format is variable and may be delivered in one or more eight hour blocks depending on the needs of the client agency.
The overall goal of the program is to prepare the participants to administer a physical training program (PT) in a recruit academy setting. The course was designed to meet the demands specific to public safety.
To achieve this end, participants will:
- Relate the concept of Total Fitness to the mission of recruit training and officer physical readiness;
- Learn how to apply the principles of fitness to small and large group training;
- Develop those platform skills required of group exercise leaders;
- Gain competence through guided practice in conducting group exercise including warm-up and cool-down sessions, aerobic and anaerobic power training, muscular fitness, and static stretching to facilitate recovery;
- Study ways to monitor individual and group progress;
- Discuss program review methods including fitness test results, injury and illness rates, and descriptive statistics;
- Review motivation techniques;
- Develop a comprehensive safety plan for recruit training sessions.
The course is highly interactive, with numerous activities to stimulate learning and encourage participants to share their experiences. The course materials include handouts and video based information.
Participation in the physical activity including fitness testing is required; there are however, no physical fitness requirements. Exceptions or allowances can be made in the event of injury. Physical fitness training attire, including shorts is necessary, dress is casual. Extra changes of PT attire, towels, paper and writing tool are the only other requirements.
Successful completion of the course, leading to a three-year certification, requires passing scores on the written and practical exams and class participation.