Safety Guidelines for Strength Training

Safety Guidelines

Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the use of various strength training methods and activities across the health and fitness industry in Australia. 

The increased popularity of activities such as kettlebell training, Olympic lifting and high intensity/high weight combination programming as well as the use of a variety of activity-specific equipment has created a level of uncertainty regarding the application, safety and suitability of such activities. 

To address these concerns and with the aim of enhancing safe and effective practice, AUSactive, through the REPS Council has developed the following safety guidelines for strength training. These guidelines apply to the adult population. They do not apply to children and/or adolescents under the age of 16 years.

What’s in the Guideline?

  • Health Screening
  • Movement Screening
  • Setting & Space Requirements
  • Equipment Selection
  • Supervisory Ratio
  • Programming


AUSactive would like to thank members of the REPS Council and expert reference group for their contribution to the development of these guidelines.

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