How to Maximise your Learning Potential

Jun 26, 2014 | by AIF

Whether it has been years since you studied or just weeks, listening and remembering what IS said in your personal training course may seem daunting, says Charmaine Grame, Australian Institute of Fitness Coach, ACT.

Making the decision to complete your Master Trainer program is a huge step, which would have come with thought and consideration for yourself and your family. With such a big decision, it is important to maximise your learning potential so you get the most out of the course.

Outside the Classroom

Set aside 30-60 minutes per evening after class where you can review the day’s notes and come up with some questions if needed for further clarification. You can also spend some time with your Coach in Friends Focus time this is time before and after class where you can have one-on-one time with your Coach for any unanswered questions you may have left.

Make the Most of the Kick Start Course

Going through the program before you start your Master Trainer will be of huge benefit and using it to refer back to during Fitness Essentials will maximise your potential for learning.

Develop your Learning Styles

You can learn in three different ways, and using an element of all three will allow for easier absorption of information.

  • Visual learning (watching): Look at pictures in anatomy books, watch your Coach for practical demonstrations, and watch relevant DVDs. This learning style will help to cement a mental picture for your mind for future reference.
  • Auditory learning (listening): Listen to your Coach, and to your classmates’ questions and answers. But don’t just listen; actively listen. Hear the words, let them register and respond as required. Repeat aloud to your classmates all the major points so you can all hear the words and connect them to the pictures.
  • Kinaesthetic learning (doing): Participate in the practical components. In the fitness industry, having a kinaesthetic approach to learning is crucial as it will help you to understand exactly what is happening within an exercise in terms of the muscle and joint movements, and feeling the burn in the targeted region of the body so jump up, bottoms out of seats, and be proactive when there are practical activities, even if they seem a little quirky.

Practise, Practise, Practise

The more you apply in real life what you are learning in class, the more confident you are going to feel training a client out in the industry. When you learn a new technique or exercise, grab a friend or family member and teach it to them!

Have Fun

The Australian Institute of Fitness has a great reputation for fun and invigorating learning. Friendly, Fresh, Fun and First are values AIF hold with great respect. We combine the textbook learning with practical learning. We encourage class discussions and peer support. Friendships are forged with your classmates and every effort is made to make your learning journey motivating, creative and authentic.

If you aren’t laughing, you aren’t listening, and if you aren’t listening you aren’t learning.



The Australian Institute of Fitness
Note from the author: Where Certificate III in Fitness or Cert III/cert 3 is mentioned, it refers to SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness. Where Certificate IV in Fitness or Cert IV/Cert 4 is mentioned, it refers to SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness. Where Certificate IV in Massage or Cert IV/Cert 4 is mentioned, it refers to HLT42015 Certificate IV in Massage Therapy. Where Diploma of Remedial Massage is mentioned, it refers to HLT52015 Diploma of Remedial Massage.


At the Australian Institute of Fitness (AIF), we are no stranger to the competitive and evolving nature of the fitness industry. That’s why we remain the #1 fitness educator since 1979. We continuously raise the bar by providing the best education and resources through dynamic and hybrid training methods that mould to your lifestyle. We are strong believers in evidence over fads, so you can be assured your training with AIF will solidify your career for the long-term.

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