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KINE 218 

This class is 100% online. Cuesta will pay for your exam voucher!

You will need the ACE GFI Handbook.

Are you interested in becoming a small and/or large group fitness instructor? According to the American College of Sports Medicine 2019 "Fitness Trend Survey," group training is the second hottest trend in the fitness and wellness industry (HIIT is #1). This class is designed to prepare students to take advantage of the trend and actualize their personal and professional fitness aspirations.

KINE 218 empowers students to manage a fitness class including personalizing a fitness experience, incorporating HIIT work, managing music, and developing their personal fitness leadership style. The class will prepare students to take the ACE or ACSM Group Fitness Exam. Moreover, students will get the opportunity to develop their group fitness skills in real group exercise settings.

This course presents the fundamentals of exercise programming and leadership in various group fitness settings Students will demonstrate skills in assessment and monitoring of group fitness participants, learning methods of teaching various group exercise classes, including general and special populations, as well as how to apply principles of adherence and motivation to group exercisers. The class is lecture based with on online lab component.

Please email me if you need more information: allison_head@cuesta.edu


Course: KINE 218 – CRN 51240

Instructor: Allison Head

Contact Information

Email Address: allison_head@cuesta.edu

Office Hours: To be determined one week prior to the start of class.

Instructor Contact Expectations

The best and quickest way to reach me is via email.  I generally respond to your emails within 24-48 hours during weekdays only.  Note: I will contact you frequently through announcements so please check those daily.

Course Environment

This online course will be using Canvas as the method to distribute information. Canvas provides the framework for the course, including all assignments, quizzes, discussion questions and all the tools to receive and send course materials. Also, it is through Canvas that you will send me messages, receive announcements, and access the grade book.

Note: The class Canvas page will be available approximately one week prior to the class start date. You can preview the site (no work submittal) and review the syllabus at that time.

Accessing Canvas

Prior to the first date of class, you will receive an email to your my.Cuesta.edu as a reminder that class will be starting. You will see your course in Canvas on the first day of class. You can access Canvas by clicking on Canvas from the top bar of the Cuesta homepage (www.cuesta.edu), or by typing the Canvas address (https://cuesta.instructure.com/) into your browser address bar.

If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference Guide. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.  

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after the first day of class and need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address support@my.cuesta.edu.   

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings.  Please be prepared to spend 8 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class.


Go to the Cuesta College Canvas Tutorial (self-paced)Links to an external site.,  there are many resources that were designed to help you understand the basis for an online class and the skills necessary for success. (If the tutorials do NOT describe you, then taking this class online is NOT for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.)

Regular Effective Contact Policy

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email, or messaging to individuals; and virtual office hours.

I encourage you to log into this course regularly, use the “How Do I…” forum in class, and participate actively in group discussions.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate effective methods of group exercise design, movement, and evaluation by applying basic principles of exercise science and fitness safety.

  2. Communicate healthy lifestyle behaviors and how they relate to an individual's physical fitness.

  3. Identify basic biomechanical principles and exercise prescription as they relate to exercise leadership.

  4. Design and evaluate current fitness programming principles for various group sizes.

  5. Assess personal leadership and motivational style and skill in a group exercise setting

Course Description and Objectives

Presents the fundamentals of exercise programming and leadership in various group fitness settings. Students will demonstrate skills in assessment and monitoring of group fitness participants, learning methods of teaching various group exercise classes, including general and special populations, as well as how to apply principles of adherence and motivation to group exercisers. Class will prepare students to take ACSM and/or ACE Group Exercise Leadership exams.

For the official course description and course outline of record please go to CurricUNET: http://www.curricunet.com/Cuesta/search/course

Textbook and Materials

  • ACE Group Fitness Instructor Handbook
  • A fitness/wellness journal of your choosing.
  • Technology tools outside of Canvas
    • Zoom
    • PPT
    • Adobe Reader

Technical Support:

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to  support@my.cuesta.edu. If you are having issues with Canvas, or email support@instructure.com.

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct URL: https://cuesta.instructure.com/ or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser. 

Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome.  This may solve your problem!  Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specifications


This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site. or at 805-546-3148.

Course & College Policies

  • Use respectful and appropriate language in your forum discussions. 
  • Please do not use texting language such as “lol”. 
  • Emoticons are acceptable ways to show emotion.
  • You are expected to read all forum posts.
  • You are to respond to the appropriate number of posts for each forum.
  • All messages are public, so be careful and courteous when you post.
  • Make your posts thorough and your replies as well. 
  • Complete sentences and thoughts are mandatory for forum posts. 
  • Use a person's name when you reply to his/her post.


Academic Honesty Policy

In addition to the behavior expectations noted above, please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of conduct


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