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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Cardio Fitness family of activity courses.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Lifelong Learning Transferable: CSU/UC
3 hours laboratory. (36 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Develop improved cardiovascular conditioning through spinning
  • Practice safe and effective warm-up and cool-down exercises for cardiovascular training.
Description -
An indoor cycling program to enhance cardiovascular fitness and improve cycling techniques. Emphasis will be on improving endurance through non-impact activity.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Improve cardiovascular endurance through a non impact activity
  2. Demonstrate effective and safe riding technique to maximize endurance gains.
  3. Achieve target heart rate in classes ranging from beginners to elite athletes.
  4. Identify and describe the benefits and value of cardiovascular fitness.
  5. Demonstrate the biomechanics of proper pedaling
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Heart rate monitor is encouraged.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Terminology, equipment, and riding guidelines
    1. Safety procedures for indoor cycling
    2. Proper riding technique and use of equipment
    3. Pedaling cadence and proper workload.
  2. Basic skills
    1. Technical aspects of cycling
    2. Knowledge of varying training terrains in relation to target heart rates.
  3. Training goals and program
    1. Identify current fitness level based
    2. Develop fitness goals
    3. Emphasis on improving strength and endurance through class participation
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Subjective evaluation
Improvement through individual participation
  • Objective evaluation
  • Written test on equipment safety and riding guidelines
    Representative Text(s) -
    Hopson, Janet L., Donatelle, Rebecca J., Littrell, Tanya R. " Get Fit, Stay Well!". 2nd edition. Glenview, IL: Pearson Education, 2009.

    Disciplines -
    Physical Education
    Method of Instruction -
    During periods of instruction the student will be:
    1. Performing physical demonstrations on the bike consistent with the class objectives.
    2. Observing instructor through direct instruction and also participating in class to increase endurance as well as knowledge of the bike.
    Lab Content -
    Lab content may contain but not limited to:
    1. heart rate and how it relates to different levels of fitness
    2. basic anatomy - demonstrating knowledge of muscles trained during specific exercise
    3. Identifying current fitness levels and constructing goals
    Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
    Optional reading and writing exercises based on recommended textbook from instructor.