Online Virtual Personal Training
There has been a recent growth in the delivery of online virtual personal training areas in the Australian Fitness Industry with the advancement of online real-time technology.
These recommendations are for Personal Trainers on the Australian Register of Exercise Professionals delivering online virtual personal training. These recommendations should be adhered to in conjunction with the Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice for Australian Registered Exercise Professionals.
The provision of online virtual personal training services for AusREPs should only be available for clientele who have been identified as lower risk determined via a pre-exercise screening system#.
Personal Trainers offering online virtual training should:
- Commit to their customer's satisfaction and manage expectations.
- Provide a personal training service that is representative of the normal trainer-client relationship i.e – you spend the same face-to-face time with them it is just done via a virtual system rather than being in the same physical space.
- Clearly, honestly, and accurately represent their services, products, terms and conditions.
- Conduct pre-exercise screening, initial assessment, personalised programming, regular monitoring and review.
- Limit nutrition advice to the national guidelines (refer to the Nutrition Advice within Scope of Practice for AusREPs).
- Communicate precise instructions, guidance and knowledge via the online platform.
- In the absence of direct observation, identify when a client is not suitable for online exercise service delivery. This could be due to:
- The ability of the client - e.g. has never exercised before and therefore needs more direct supervision of exercise technique.
- The contraindications presented by the client - e.g. injuries/illness that require exercise adaptation and may need direct observation of the client's exercise technique and/or intensity etc.
- Identify when to refer to one-to-one direct (face-to-face) supervision or to another exercise, health or allied health professional, when physical activities or risks fall outside their professional boundaries (Scope of Practice) or, they do not feel competent to deal with the client.
- Respond to inquiries in a constructive, timely way.
- Ensure clientele are aware of what encompasses a safe environment to exercise within, for example, ensure that the exercise area is clear and free from obstructions or other potential hazards or risks - e.g. coffee table, pets.
- Maintain appropriate security policies and practices to safeguard sensitive and confidential information in privacy laws.
- Hold the appropriate insurance coverage by ensuring that your policy covers online virtual training services within your scope of practice.
#In example, Adult Pre-Exercise Screening System: https://fitness.org.au/apss.
Music Copyright Licensing
OneMusic Australia is pausing re-licensing activity for businesses and organisations affected by COVID-19.
If your business or organisation is affected, please email us, email@example.com or use live chat between 9am-7pm AEDT weekdays to discuss. They will of course make adjustments to your licence fee for the period you are directly affected. They're here to help you.
They're also going to cover any live streamed fitness class you host for your members as if it was a Fitness Class conducted at your premises.
The OneMusic Australia Fitness and Wellbeing Centre and Instructor licence would not normally cover the use of music in fitness classes which are live-streamed, but because of the pandemic and forced business closures we have been able to - for a limited period – extend our licence to include the use of music in classes conducted over a live stream.
There are some limitations:
o You need to stream the class itself. At the moment we cannot cover streams via other platforms like YouTube and Facebook and while you may choose to use one of those platforms OneMusic doesn’t own (control) all the music rights for Facebook and YouTube etc. This means that your live stream fitness class music on those platforms is ‘tracked' and you may be sent what is called a take-down notice or your live stream may be disrupted.
o The class must be from a secure password protected site (i.e. not generally open to non-members) but if you cannot technically do that then there must be no marketing or promotion of the class other than to members of your gym. In any event the stream must only be available for viewing in Australia.
o We will grant the licence for the purpose of live streaming only (we don’t have the rights to let you copy, store and subsequently communicate the class).
o The stream is not to include any third-party advertising.
o This additional activity under OneMusic Australia’s licence coverage is granted for a temporary period of six months (through to 30 September 2020) due to the extraordinary circumstances brought about by COVID-19, and will be further considered during that period.
For PPCA licensees who have not yet moved across to OneMusic:
If you have been billed in advance for activity (eg background music in the gym, or fitness classes that were expected to be conducted) that will no longer take place, the PPCA are happy to reassess and adjust your licence.
The best way to facilitate this is to email firstname.lastname@example.org advising your licence number, and what has changed (eg ‘temporarily closed from 23 March until further notice’).
Note that like many other businesses at the moment, the PPCA have an enormous number of queries to respond to so they would appreciate your patience as they systematically work through each of them.
Adult Pre-Exercise Screening Tool
Pre-exercise screening is used to identify people who may have medical conditions that put them at a higher risk of an adverse event during physical activity/exercise. Visit fitness.org.au/apss
Guild Insurance has developed an Online Virtual PT Guide on how to manage and reduce risks. Visit here.