Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will start a vocational course on ‘Fitness and Gym Operation’ from the 2012-13 session. The course is designed to required skill for a career in sports. The course will have five units in theory carrying 60 marks, while the practical component will have three units carrying 40 marks. In the Class XI course, students will get to learn about various aspects of health, fitness, physiology of exercise and training, structure of a health-related fitness programme, and diet and nutrition. Students who opt for the subject will have to undergo 15 days of in-house internship in the institution/gym designated by the Board. Training for Class XI students will be held during the summer break before the new session begins. Either the school or the students will have to bear the cost of the internship.
The practical component in Class XI includes training in a gym, procurement, placement and handling of gym equipment, body composition analysis, CPR and cryotherapy, fitness testing, and different exercises such as weight training and cardio training.