This course is designed to provide instruction and experience in the basic areas of nutrition and physical fitness. Topics include dietary analysis, body composition, flexibility, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular fitness and disease risk assessments, and stress management.
Physical Education Courses
PEH 105 - Principles of Fitness and Wellness
PEH 120 - Introduction to Weight Training
This course introduces the knowledge and skills necessary to train safely and effectively with free weights and weight machines. Musculoskeletal anatomy, physical training principles, program design, and various weight training exercises are emphasized. Students will design and participate in a personalized weight training program. Nutritional considerations and weight training for special populations will also be discussed.
PEH 220 - Functional Training
Functional Training (FT) is designed to provide practical, hands-on experience learning and performing exercises using one's own body weight, dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands, and medicine and stability balls. Students learn both how to perform the exercise and how the exercise relates to movement patterns associated with everyday activities and/or athletic skills. Additional discussions regarding training principles and program design will assist students in the development of FT exercise programs.
PEH 120 with a grade of "C" or better.
PEH 230 - Structural Kinesiology
This course is designed to provide a thorough examination of the musculoskeletal system and its relation to human movement. Structural and functional characteristics of major articulations are studied systematically, while biomechanical principles and neuromuscular control are applied to understand how motor skills are performed. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to analyze multi-joint activities in terms of joint actions and muscular involvement and be able to recommend exercise programming to improve performance of motor skills for daily living activities or athletics.
PEH 240 - Exercise Physiology
This course is designed to provide an examination of the physiological response and adaptations to acute and chronic exercise. Lectures integrate concepts from chemistry, biology, and physics to elucidate the mechanisms of exercise-induced physiological changes. Bioenergetics, metabolism, neuromuscular and endocrine control, and cardiorespiratory physiology are detailed in lecture. Emphasis will be placed on application through exercise testing and the evaluation of fitness in the laboratory component of this course. Exercise for special populations, training principles, nutrition, and environmental considerations will also be explored as they relate to health and human performance.
PEH 250 - Exercise Testing
This course is designed to introduce students to the foundational concepts and principles of exercise testing and prescription. Through lecture, lab and practical application, students will learn how to conduct a client interview, complete pre-participation health and pre-exercise screenings, perform fitness assessments, interpret results, and design exercise programs for apparently healthy individuals and those with medical clearance to exercise.
PEH 240 with a grade of "C" or better.
PEH 260 - Business of Personal Training
This course focuses on the business skills necessary to be a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), whether acting as an independent contractor at a fitness center or as the owner of a small business. Students will develop a business plan, as well as supporting documents such as marketing materials, contracts, and job descriptions. Additional discussions of career options will include the responsibilities, benefits, and challenges of various workplaces, as well as the scope of CPT practices, legal and ethical considerations, and the importance of continuing education. This course addresses many of the business, ethical, and legal Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) for the CPT certification as outlined by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
PEH 240 with a grade of "C" or better.