Course Content
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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
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About Lesson

Those of us who have experienced or taught group exercise classes know how many advantages they provide. Not only are they fun and energizing to participants, they can also be easily integrated into public spaces. Initiating these classes is an excellent strategy to foster a more active community. That said, creating high quality group community classes takes planning, especially when utilizing public outdoor fitness parks. To truly create a culture of health around these spaces, we must make sure that people understand how to use them safely and effectively. Hosting group training classes at your outdoor fitness park creates an opportunity for community members to learn proper form under the supervision of a fitness professional. It also gives them the opportunity to be surrounded by a supportive group of neighbors and friends who they can look to for motivation and accountability.

“When clients enjoy their training, they are more likely to make it a habit rather than something they have to do…” (Jett et al. 2013).

The same ACSM survey that ranked “outdoor activity” at 13 out of 20 gave “group training” a ranking of 3 out of 20 (Thompson, 2019). Put those together, and we have pure magic! In this survey, group classes are described as effective, motivational sessions for different fitness levels, with instructors teaching many types of classes and utilizing a variety of equipment.

Let’s examine the benefits of group training and how best to plan high quality community classes in an outdoor public setting. 

Benefits of Exercising as a Group (Matthews, 2016)  

  • – Expert Guidance – puts the structure and organization of the training session into the hands of a certified professional 
  • – Accountability – can help participants stay consistent; pre-registration is often required for classes
  • – Social Support – creates a sense of community and opportunities for social engagement
  • – Variability – exposes participants to new movements and ensures a well-rounded workout
  • – Fun – sets participants up for an enjoyable and interactive experience