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Effective: Summer 2014

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 -
  • Identify the different training modalities of functional training
  • Demonstrate proper training concepts
Description -
Explore the concept of functional training as it applies to the endurance athlete. Learn, utilize and understand effective training strategies to promote improved performance by the student. Emphasis placed on the application of skills and improved fitness. The importance of proper nutrition to improve performance will also be included.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Improve his/her endurance level.
  2. Identify personal fitness strengths and weakness
  3. Recognize and describe the five major evolutions in endurance sports.
  4. Apply the concepts of functional training in his/her training program.
  5. Recognize the demands of various events.
  6. Develop an appreciation of functional training to maintain and improve physical fitness.
  7. Understand the Pro's and Con's of performance enhancing drugs.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Gymnasium with stability balls, exercise bands, and medicine balls is recommended.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Training modalities
    1. Body Weight training
    2. Stability ball training
    3. Band and Pulley training
    4. Medicine Ball training
    5. Dumbbell training
  2. Putting it all together
    1. What is the goal
    2. How much time to achieve the goals
    3. What training approach works best
  3. The evolution of physical training
    1. "The beginning"
    2. The 1940's "3 sets of 10"
    3. 1960 to 1990 " The Machine Revolution"
    4. The 1990's "Functional Training"
    5. "The New millennium"
  4. Applied functional training concepts
    1. Movement through new eyes
    2. It starts at the core
    3. The Serape effect
    4. Is it all about power
    5. How much is enough?
    6. Stabilization limited training
    7. Proprioception
    8. Multiplanar movement
  5. Functional training for the Endurance Athlete
    1. Interacting with the operational environment
    2. Biomechanical characteristics
    3. Training implications
  6. Participation in workout program
    1. The need for planning
    2. Periodization
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Class participation
  2. Physical fitness assessment (pre and post testing)
  3. Oral or written tests/quizzes
Representative Text(s) -
Boyle, John, Michael. Advances in Functional Training Technique for Coaches, Personal Trainers and Athletes. Aptos,CA: On Target Publications, 2010.

Disciplines -
Physical Education
Method of Instruction -
  1. Laboratory
  2. Demonstration
  3. Cooperative learning exercises
Lab Content -
Develop an endurance program designed to meet the individual needs of the student.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
The student will read journals, handouts, applicable internet web sites for personal research related to improving their endurance and health.