International Institute for Sports Science and Fitness Training (IIFT)Group Fitness Instructor

International Institute for Sports Science and Fitness Training (IIFT)Group Fitness Instructor

Group Fitness Instructor


This course requires the student to have a sound knowledge of the sport and exercise science.  It forms an integral part of the course.  Your own knowledge-building will be strongly based on theoretical aspects associated with specialised fields in group fitness.

In doing the practical project(s) you will discover what a Group Expert DOES and how to PRACTISE Group Expertise.  You will discover that total integration of mental and physical experience takes place via

  • the integration of choreography;
  • music;
  • dance movements;
  • effect of exercise on the body;
  • exercise techniques;
  • concept of weight and weight loss;
  • basic anatomy and physiology;
  • stretching, suppleness, leadership;
  • behaviour, stress reduction;
  • relaxation-oriented group exercise for participants in sport, with exercise and sports psychology as integral parts.

This course affords every qualified instructor the opportunity to specialise further in-depth.  Further specialisation is supported by expert scientists assisting and guiding every researcher towards qualifying as a specialist.  Additional short courses may be taken.

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Specific specialisation courses.  These short courses afford the opportunity to specialise further in the health and fitness industry.

This intensive course affords every instructor/trainer the opportunity to give Step classes.  Well-trained instructors can also coach athletes for aerobic championships.  Some of the concepts taught are:

  • Correct techniques
  • Height of step
  • Building from simple towards more complicated movements on the step
  • Increase in exercise intensity
  • Use of arms, strength, speed and suppleness

The step course is fitness-oriented and choreography, which is also oriented towards sport and aerobic championships, is also taught at a more advanced level.

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This course affords one the opportunity to learn how to design and present exercises for seniors and to promote seniors’ mental health and discusses:

  • Knowledge of exercises for seniors
  • Exercise techniques, exercise programmes and the promotion of interpersonal relations among seniors
  • The importance of regular exercise for seniors

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On completion of this course the instructor/trainer

  • will be able to present the concepts of the cardio athletic kickbox;
  • will know how to apply the concepts;
  • will know how to develop leadership and interpersonal skills;
  • will understand the importance of group dynamics when exercising in a group context; and
  • will be able to integrate music with movement, choreography, communication, cueing and techniques required for cardio athletic kickbox.

This is an intensive group course setting high standards.  Fitness, strength, speed, coordination and suppleness are required.

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Before a student may take this course, he/she first needs to meet die admission requirements, and should therefore be in possession of:

  • Personal Trainer qualification
  • Group Fitness qualification
  • Fitness qualification

The course outcome is based on prior knowledge, as specified, with a better knowledge of

  • correct exercise;
  • warning signs and symptoms;
  • important trends;
  • important exercises for pregnant women (dos and don’ts);
  • adaptation of exercises;
  • relaxation techniques;
  • breathing techniques; and
  • counselling

This course is presented by highly qualified professionals, physiotherapists and biokineticists.

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This course affords every instructor the opportunity to present water exercises for all age groups.

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This course follows on from the following courses:

  • Personal Trainer course
  • Group Fitness course
  • Fitness course
  • BA (Sport and Exercise Science)

On completion of this course you, as an instructor, will

  • have adequate knowledge of the concepts of aqua-aerobics exercises;
  • know how to implement these concepts;
  • be able to promote interpersonal relations through aqua-aerobics exercises; and
  • know how to apply music, movement, strengthening choreography, communication, cueing, anatomy, kinesiology and muscle physiology in all group aqua-aerobic classes.

This knowledge has application in all aspects of sport and exercises science.

It affords every qualified instructor the opportunity to do further research.

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The aim of this course is to promote the total development of the toddler and junior learner up to and including Grade 3 by means of play and movement.  Total development entails physical, neurological and intellectual development as well as emotional, social and character development.  Language development and numeracy development are particularly important as a basis for later intellectual development.

Increasing emphasis is placed on the importance of the development of the child and preparing him/her for school.  That is why development and school-preparedness programmes are getting more and more attention.  School preparedness entails being ready physically and neurologically, as well as emotional readiness, social readiness and a minimum level of language development, numeracy development and character development.  As school preparedness includes all of the above, a total preparation programme, aimed at all of the above, is necessary.  The total preparation or development of the toddler and small child can be promoted in various ways.  However, play and movement are the most natural and effective ways of developing all facets of the child’s personality.  A total development programme via play and movement is therefore eminently suited to preparing and developing toddlers and junior learners.

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This process of movement development is followed up and applied to children in the age group 8-12.  The programme is based on

  • cardiovascular aspects;
  • endurance; and
  • physical strength, coordination and suppleness.

The outcome of this course will equip everyone who took it with knowledge of

  • group exercises for children;
  • how to handle this process;
  • interpersonal and leadership development;
  • the development of self-confidence and stress relief by means of play;
  • the composition of music;
  • choreography, communication, cueing, anatomy, kinesiology and muscle physiology; and
    all aspects of a group class.


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