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HPE 127 - Personal Physical Fitness

Credits: 1
2 Activity Hours

This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the scientific basis of physical fitness. The course is intended to help each student in developing a personal fitness profile and subsequent program of physical activity that will result in healthful living. The course will make use of practical experience and actual participation in fitness activities. Individual progress will be emphasized.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Define physical fitness.
  2. Describe several benefits of regular physical exercise.
  3. Identify and describe the five components of health-related fitness.
  4. Identify and describe the six components of skill-related fitness.
  5. Identify health problems linked to inactivity.
  6. Employ the guidelines for medical clearance prior to beginning an exercise program.
  7. Use exercise guidelines for a safe and effective physical fitness program.
  8. Develop an individualized fitness program.
  9. Compute resting and exercise heart rate and exercise training zone.
  10. Demonstrate the knowledge to measure resting and exercise heart rate and the ability to compute their exercise training zone.
  11. Identify benefits of weight training and the effects of progressive resistance training on skeletal muscles.
  12. Describe the benefits of flexibility and demonstrate a variety of flexibility exercises as part of their fitness program.
  13. Define body composition, percent body fat, energy balance and obesity.
Listed Topics
  1. Orientation session
  2. Wellness – illness continuum
  3. Health – wellness components
  4. Health – problems linked to inactivity
  5. Physical fitness components
  •  health related
  •  skill related

    6. Medical clearance for exercise
    7. Effective exercise guidelines
    8. Importance of warm-up and cool-down
    9. 4-step fitness workout development
  10. Testing and evaluation

  • 12 minute Cooper test
  • skinfold caliber test
  • sit and reach flexibility
  • handgrip dynamometer
  • 1 minute abdominal curls

  11. Characteristics for a cardiorespiratory endurance
  12. Benefits of cardiorespiratory fitness programs and exercise guidelines
  13. Heart rate measurement:

  • resting
  • exercise
  • determining proper cardiovascular training zone

  14. Possible benefits of moderate weight-training
  15. Effective exercise guidelines for strength training (isotonic and isokinetic)
  16. Methods for developing flexibility (effective exercise guidelines)
  17. Body composition assessment
  18. Energy balance

 Reference Materials
Required textbook, as determined by instructor.

Approved By: Sutin, Stewart Date Approved: 04/13/2007

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