HFFC-CPT™ CORE COMPETENCIES

FITNESS CONSULTING

Understand the scientific basis of: 

· Health benefits of acute and chronic physical activity participation

· Dose-response relationship for health benefits and volume of physical activity

· Implications of recent research on existing health-related fitness guidelines & practices

· Physical activity habits and attitudes - Canadian profile

· Factors affecting participation in physical activity

· Understanding behavior changes stages and processes of changing behaviors

· The process of lifestyle and physical activity counseling related exercise physiology, anatomy and analysis of movement patterns

· Maximizing physical activity participation

· Healthy lifestyle practices and their impact on health-related fitness

· Acute versus chronic responses to physical activity participation

· Screening: most up-to-date version of the PAR-Q+ (currently the 2014 PARQ+) and ePARmed X+ (www.eparmedx.com),                                 resting blood pressure and heart rate

· Risk Stratification: Low, Intermediate & High

· Safety considerations; contraindications; emergency procedures; resuscitation

CONDUCTING THE HEALTH-RELATED FITNESS APPRAISAL:

·  Non-exercise and exercise protocols; sequence; limitations

·  NIH Waist Circumference, skinfolds, percent body fat,  aerobic fitness: submaximal single stage test (eg Ebbeling), submaximal multi-            stage test (eg YMCA etc) submaximal field test (eg Rockport), vigorous to maximal field test (eg Leger 20 m Shuttle Run), hand grip,  push-    ups, curl-ups, trunk flexion, vertical jump, back extension

·  Pre, during and post exercise heart rate and blood pressure measurements

·  Calibration and maintenance of equipment

INTERPRETATION OF HEALTH-RELATED FITNESS APPRAISAL OUTCOMES:

·  Standardized comparisons

·  Availability and use of norms

·  The composite scoring approach

·  The physical fitness profile: identifying strengths & weaknesses

GENERATE AND EVALUATE ALTERNATIVES, DEVELOP AN ACTION PLAN, FOLLOW-UP

·  Communication techniques; pros and cons of various approaches 

·  Guidelines for self-administered physical activity/exercise programs

·  Matching preferences and appraisal results

·  General considerations/contraindications

·  Training the motor fitness factors

·  Healthy body composition, Healthy aerobic fitness, Healthy musculoskeletal and back fitness

 

PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINING

Counseling

·  Stages of readiness for behavioral change

·  Motivational techniques for client adherence

·  Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation

·  Strategies for overcoming barriers to compliance

·  SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goal setting

·  Understanding the fitness components and interpreting the client’s results in terms of their knowledge, fitness comprehension and lifestyle

Exercise Prescription and Program Design

·  Build on the client data (age, stage of growth, health status, physical constraints, lifestyle habits, etc)

·  Designing aerobic fitness, musculoskeletal fitness and healthy weight management programs in line with the client data

·  Intensity (% HHR, % VO2R%, HRmax, METs, MET minutes per week, Steps, RPE, % 1 RM, sets, repetition, dynamic versus static                exercise)

·  Prescribing/monitoring appropriate intensity and progression

·  Selection of appropriate exercise equipment

·  Demonstrating proper exercise techniques and modifying client performance

·  Knowledge of proper and improper exercises

·  Select and modify the equipment and training to match the client

Safety and Injury Prevention

·  Supervision, intervention and spotting techniques

·  Identifying appropriate and inappropriate joint stress

·  Guidance for the prevention and recovery from musculoskeletal problems

Emergency Intervention, Documentation, Administration and Professionalism

·  Emergency action plan; procedures/response

·  Ethical business practices

·  Plan for ongoing professional development