The NAMSET/NAMSIT Method to Teach Gym Exercises

Updated on February 2, 2018
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Liam Hallam is a Sports Science graduate and competitive cyclist who loves to travel to Europe in search of great riding.


NAMSET: A Logical Approach to Teaching Resistance Exercise

Beginners to resistance training are often unfamiliar with resistance exercise machines and free weights. This is a basic method that gives the instructor the ability to provide a consistent and logical introduction to resistance exercises. It also allows the trainee to more easily understand an exercise's purpose and technique.

NAMSIT is used by some training courses in place of NAMSET, but the two are essentially the same. I recommend using whichever acronym makes the most sense for you or whichever one your course uses. The acronym is defined as follows:

N = Name of the exercise

  • The instructor tells the client the name of the machine or free weight exercise.
  • Example: "This exercise is called the back squat."

A = Area of the body worked

  • The instructor then points out the area(s) of the body that the exercise will work.
  • Example: "The squat mainly uses the legs and hips but also engages the core and back for stability."

M = Muscles used

  • The instructor provides more detail and explains which muscles will be used and points them out to a client.
  • Example: "The squat mainly utilizes the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, erector spinae, and abdominal muscles."

S = Silent demonstration

  • The instructor now demonstrates the exercise silently so that the client can see how the exercise is done.

E or I = Explanation or instruction of the exercise

  • The instructor then explains key aspects of the exercise.
  • Example: "Stand upright with a neutral spine and with feet shoulder-width apart. Bend at the hips first and then at the knees, as if you are sitting down on a chair, until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Then, return to the starting position."

T = Teaching of the exercise

  • The instructor now guides the client through the exercise as they attempt it themselves.
  • See the video below for an example of this complete method.

This approach forms part of the CYQ (Central YMCA Qualifications) gym instructor Level 2 qualification.

Final Tips

This approach can be used no matter what resistance machine or free weight exercise is being used. The emphasis should always be on good form and technique.

The highly visual nature of the demonstration provides a large amount of information for the client to take in. This should be supplemented with small amounts of verbal instruction.

The instructor should always ensure the correct exercise intensity is maintained for the client’s fitness level.

Good look with your CYQ or any other qualification you may be studying for.

Has this article helped you? Please feel free to leave a comment below!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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