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Performance Appraisal Tool for Group Exercise Leaders

This Performance Appraisal Tool (PAT) was developed using principles of safe exercise and performance appraisal theory taken from Human Resource Management (Mathis and Jackson, 2003).  The validation of this instrument was discussed in an article published in ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal (October, 2006) as well as guidelines for group

Evaluating Group Exercise Leader Performance: An Easy and Helpful Tool exercise coordinators on how to properly use this tool such as: (1) providing each group exercise leader (GEL) with this form upon hiring so they know how they will be evaluated and its major purpose – to help them improve their job performance, (2) time frame for performance appraisals, (3) having each GEL use the PAT for completing a self-appraisal, (4) discussion and feedback, and (5) confidentiality.  Note:  This PAT also can be adapted and used when conducting performance appraisals with personal fitness trainers. 

Regarding the copyright statement at the bottom of the form:

Feel free to remove this statement when using this form in your facility. However, if you choose to publish this form (e.g., in a book, book chapter, journal article, magazine/newspaper, Internet website, thesis/dissertation, etc.), formal permission from Dr. Eickhoff-Shemek ( and the copyright statement will be necessary.