Course Content
Please review this information prior to starting the course.
1. Current State of Health and Fitness
Learning objectives: -- Understand current statistics around physical fitness, inactivity and obesity within the US and worldwide -- Gain an understanding of how obesity and disease impact healthcare costs and overall public health -- Understand how FitLot Outdoor Fitness Parks can be part of the solution
2. History and Benefits of Outdoor Fitness
Learning objectives: -- Understand the history of outdoor fitness and outdoor fitness parks -- Describe the health benefits of exercising outdoors -- Explain the potential impact of accessible green space and outdoor fitness parks on public health and communities
3. Group Training in Public Spaces
Learning objectives: -- Understand the benefits of exercising in groups -- Identify considerations for training in outdoor and public spaces -- Identify specific areas of concern for instructors leading classes safely in outdoor public spaces
4. Circuit Training Overview
Learning Objectives -- Understand the history behind circuit training programs -- Learn the benefits of circuit training, based on research -- Understand why circuit training is effective in a community class setting
5. Review of Anatomy
Learning Objectives -- Reinforce the importance of a basic understanding of bones and muscles -- Review the basic joint actions and types of muscle contractions -- Review the anatomical planes and understand their utilization in exercise programming
6. Foundational Training Principles and Concepts
Learning Objectives -- Understand the basic components of physical fitness -- Explain basic principles of exercise programming -- Review select points of exercise physiology and the various energy pathways
7. Training Fundamentals
Learning Objectives -- Describe and demonstrate fundamental movements -- Understand the fundamental elements that are incorporated into FitLot Circuit Training classes -- Identify the 11 fixed stations of the outdoor fitness park structure and describe exercises that may be performed at each of them.
8. FitKit Resistance Band Training
Learning Objectives -- Understand the FitKit Resistance Band System and how it can be incorporated into FitLot training -- Explain how the FitKit resistance bands, and other equipment utilizing anchor points, attach to the FitLot structure -- Understand existing research that supports the effectiveness of resistance band training -- Describe specific exercises that use the FitKit resistance bands
9. FitLot Circuit Training Program
Learning Objectives -- Understand FitLot Circuit Training Program methodology -- Understand how FitLot Circuit Training classes are organized and implemented -- Learn how to plan a FitLot Circuit Training class
10. Coaching and Class Instruction
Learning Objectives -- Understand successful instruction techniques for teaching outdoor fitness classes -- Describe best practices for class execution regarding music, timing, vocal instruction, monitoring intensity, and class setup
11. Considerations for Special Populations and Health Emergencies
Learning Objectives -- Understand the importance of pre-screening and health risk assessment procedures as part of the registration process -- Identify common conditions that may present special health and safety concerns in an outdoor fitness park class -- Identify special populations that may require extra attention and modifications during an outdoor fitness park class -- Describe environmental conditions that may arise when instructing outdoor fitness classes and how to handle them safely -- Identify emergency conditions and situations and explain corresponding appropriate action
FitLot Coaches Training Course
About Lesson

Here is an example of a coach demonstrating a palm up bicep curl using medium resistance bands while facing the low anchor point.

FitKit Terminology

Equipment Terminology

Attachment Site

The site where the resistance band attaches to the structure

Door Anchor

The piece used to secure the band using a closed door

Medium Resistance (Red)

The red resistance band 

Heavy Resistance (Black)

The black resistance band

High Level Attachment

The attachment site on the structure at shoulder level

Medium Level Attachment

The attachment site on the structure at waist level

Low Level Attachment

The attachment site on the structure at ankle level

Training Terminology

Facing the Anchor Point (AP)

Positioning of the body with chest toward the attachment site

Facing Away from the Anchor Point

Positioning of the body with back toward the attachment site

Aside the Anchor Point

Positioning of the body with side toward the attachment site

Step Towards the Anchor Point

Moving a foot towards the structure and attachment site, which will decrease resistance

Step Away from the Anchor Point

Moving a foot away from the structure and attachment site which will increase resistance

Palms Up

Using handles with palms facing up

Palms Down

Using handles with palms facing down 

Feet in Handles/Loops

Using the “door anchor” as a loop for foot placement

FitKit Safety Considerations

  • – Never release the handle while under tension.
  • – Always take the FitKit off the structure after use, and take the equipment with you