Portable Equipment Performance Standards

Portable Equipment designation performance standards build on the Foundations in Physical Activity and Exercise, and Group Exercise Fundamentals prerequisite knowledge base. 

A: The History & Evolution of Portable Equipment- based Group Exercise

  • Describe the evolution & benefits of the portable equipment classes, and the typical portable equipment: free weights, body bars/ barbells, stability balls, tubing/resist-a-bands, BOSUs, steps, medicine balls, foam rollers (may include others)
  • Describe the purpose and uses of each piece of equipment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of safe technique, posture, alignment for each piece of equipment
  • Outline injury and legal risks

B: Leadership & Teaching

  • Describe & implement exercises and variations possible for each piece of equipment
  • Design & conduct a safe and effective portable equipment-based group exercise class using appropriate leadership styles
  • Demonstrate exercise progressions, modifications and variations to meet the needs of the participants
  • Create a positive learning environment
  • Demonstrate knowledge and adherence to the AFLCA Code of Conduct and Scope of Practice

C: Class Structure & Content

  • Distinguish between the components of a portable equipment-based group exercise class when equipment is appropriate, and not appropriate
  • Describe common methods for monitoring exercise intensity
  • Identify music tempo appropriate for each component, and how to legally source class music
  • Explain & demonstrate uses of music phrasing in program design