AUSTRALIAN MADE. BUILT NOT BOUGHT. AlphaFit is a 100% Australian owned family company manufacturing gear specifically for the strength and conditioning, functional fitness and high-performance…read more
Palmerston North’s UCOL sets out to prepare industry ready trainers
UCOL (the Universal College of Learning) is aiming to equip industry ready trainers through its new Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Wellness).
The first ever class to go through the programme have had great success after completing a practical component of their learning, working with real clients.
Staff from New Zealand's Ministry of Education, Palmerston North City Council and UCOL received eight weeks of personalizsed training from students overseen by their lecturers.
Students were assigned two to three clients of varying fitness ranges within a healthy scope, and were set the challenge of tailoring a fitness programme to help their clients achieve their goals.
Advising that he has received a lot of enthusiastic feedback from clients and is thrilled with how the process has gone, UCOL Senior Lecturer in Exercise and Wellness, Michael Mann stated "we knew going into this that it was somewhat of a challenging opportunity opening the doors to real clients. Often clients have a high standard of what they expect, so it’s a good opportunity for our students to develop professionalism quickly. Before any training commenced, clients were tested clinically including blood pressure, cardiorespiratory capacity and general fitness. One major aspect that our students excelled in was their understanding of Commitment as they worked with real clients who would be honest with what they would like to gain and their expectations."
The design of the programme sees eight students at a time working with eight clients in the Manawatu Campus’ Gym. The benefit of this is creating a community of developing trainers who can bounce ideas off each other and find inspiration when challenged to create new plans for clients.
Mann added "they learned how to keep the rapport going through communication and variation of exercises.
“The assessment also gives them an opportunity to experience in a learning environment how to adapt on the spot, if say, a client expresses boredom, lack of drive or turns up to training with an undisclosed injury. It sees students get to put their theory into practice and develop industry ready skills before they walk out the door. We had an incredibly positive response from clients who are ready to sign up for more and are even continuing on with their programmes through the summer."
The Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is a New Zealand Government tertiary education institution (TEI) located primarily in Palmerston North and with campuses in Whanganui, Masterton and Levin.
Images: Activity in the Manawatu Campus’ Gym. Courtesy of UCOL.
27th March 2016 - Events boost participation in triathlon among Manawatu youngsters
6th June 2008 - Big plans for Arena Manawatu
23rd May 2013 - UCOL graduate exercises fitness business know-how
13th December 2019 - Spotlight on student research at Massey University sport conference
11th January 2020 - $1 fitness classes offers exercise incentive at Aquatics Horowhenua
3rd January 2020 - Environment, exercise and diet top New Zealanders’ New Year resolutions
3rd October 2019 - ExerciseNZ backs relaunch of Yoga New Zealand
20th August 2019 - ExerciseNZ’s Beddie highlights ways that activity increases life expectancy
17th November 2018 - New Zealand organisations release guide to working in the exercise industry
15th August 2012 - REPs releases guide to working as an exercise professional
24th November 2017 - Fitness Industry Roundtable to launch in New Zealand in 2018
23rd March 2018 - New Zealand set for massive wellness sector growth
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
HTS Group Ltd provides a complete design, system integration, installation and maintenance package to the transportation, traffic engineering, parking and sports timing industries in New Zealand,…read more
Pico is a global leader in Total Brand Activation. We specialise in engaging people, creating experiences and activating brands. Leveraging a track record in experience design that spans half a…read more
Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…read more
Fitness On Demand™ is a market-leading developer of virtual group fitness products. Our innovative video delivery systems offer robust content and a simple-to-use, comprehensive web app. Fitness…read more
Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…read more
Rhinoplay offers playground equipment in Australia that is safe, durable, and most importantly fun! We specialise in creating unique indoor playgrounds for play centres and outdoor playgrounds for…read more
Life Fitness Cardio Life Fitness Strength Hammer Strength Group Cycling Rowers Certified Refurbished Freeweights Benches & Racks Flooring Life Fitness is the global leader in the fitness…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!