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

While there are numerous ways to guide participants through circuit training programs, years of experience and testing have resulted in the creation of best practices for planning and coaching FitLot Circuit Training Classes in a public setting geared towards engaging and educating the general public in safe and effective fitness practices. No cost community classes are an amazing opportunity for people to work with a fitness professional and learn how to exercise. Our programs are geared towards engaging and educating people new to fitness so that they can eventually maintain an effective fitness routine on their own.  It is strongly recommended that trainers review and apply the suggested methods outlined in this training manual for best results.  

Planning Outdoor Fitness Park Programming

Best scenario:

  • – Participants register for a 6-12 week series through the program organizer, i.e Department of Parks and Recreation.  Series dates will often coincide with programmatic seasons. i.e. a Fall or Spring FitLot Series of Classes.
  • – One trainer is assigned to the group and the series.  
  • – Participants meet 2 or 3 times each week in order to get into a regular routine.
  • – Trainer creates a full body circuit training program appropriate for a wide range of ages and abilities. Trainer is prepared to provide progressions, regressions, and modifications for each exercise.
  • – Each participant is provided with a “Circuit Training Tracker Card” in order to record and track progress during the series. It can also be used as a guide for solo workouts after the series has ended. (Downloadable link can be found at

Other FitLot Class formats include Stand Alone Classes and Intro Classes:

  • – The Department of Parks and Recreation creates a schedule of classes, where participants are able to drop-in as desired or sign up for a series of classes.
    • — If the Program Organizer needs assistance putting together a registration system, reach out to FitLots Program Manager by emailing We build a custom landing page for each FitLot and registration systems for communities that need one to organize their classes. Here is a link to a custom park landing page for a FitLot in St. Petersburg, FL.
  • – Each workout is treated as a stand-alone total body conditioning experience, and progressive programming is not necessarily provided.
  • – “Circuit Trainer Tracker Cards” may or may not be given out to participants. As a coach, if you are able to print them out and guide your participants on how to use them. Fantastic! That is the gold standard in circuit training.