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Effective: Summer 2013

Advisory: Advisory: This course is included in the Strength Development 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 -
  • Design and implement a strength training workout applying resistance principles to produce desired training effects
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of resistance training machines and free weights
Description -
Increase strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance through the application of circuit training.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Define and explain what circuit training is and the benefits of exercise to health.
  2. Improve flexibility and muscular strength.
  3. Improve cardiovascular endurance.
  4. Understand how to properly execute exercises for the major muscle groups.
  5. Understand how to include strength, endurance, flexibility and cardiovascular exercises into a workout.
  6. Identify personal fitness goals and design a work out plan to achieve it.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Weight room or Fitness Center

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Principles of training
    1. Overload
    2. Specificity
    3. Reversibility
  2. Training variables
    1. Frequency
    2. Duration
    3. Intensity
  3. Components of Circuit Training
    1. Strength
    2. Muscular endurance
    3. Cardiovascular Endurance
    4. Flexibility
  4. Weight Training
    1. Exercise selection
    2. Proper alignment and form
    3. Sets/repetitions
  5. Cardiovascular Training
    1. Exercise selection
    2. Proper alignment and form
  6. Flexibility
    1. Exercise Selection
    2. Proper alignment, form and execution.
Methods of Evaluation -
Students are required to:
  1. Show regular and active class participation.
  2. Have a written and/or oral evaluation made by the instructor testing the students knowledge of:
    1. What are the benefits to exercise.
    2. What is circuit training.
  3. Identify and demonstrate exercises that focus on the different core muscle groups of the body.
Representative Text(s) -
Coburn, Jared W. NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training. Champaign, I.L.: Human Kinetics, 2011.

Disciplines -
Physical Education
Method of Instruction -
Laboratory Course, skill demonstration, instructor explanation and feedback.
Lab Content -
Will include plyometrics, weight lifting, sprints and stretching.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Optional reading and writing assignments as recommended by instructor.