Foundations of Personal Fitness A

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to motivate students to achieve lifetime personal fitness with an emphasis on the health-related components of physical fitness. The concept of wellness, or striving to reach optimal levels of heath, is the corner stone of this course and is exemplified by one of the course objectives: students designing their own personal fitness program as a way to develop the skills necessary to become fit and achieve some degree of fitness within the course.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course you will be able to:

  • apply physiological and biomechanical principles to improve health-related fitness
  • develop positive self-management and social skills needed to work independently and with others
  • apply safety practices associated with physical activity
  • apply fitness principles during a personal fitness program
  • comprehend practices that impact daily performance, physical activity, and health

Required Course Materials

  • Interactive Notebook – In the form of a small composition notebook, a spiral notebook, or loose-leaf paper kept in a binder.
  • Pencil or Pen – In order to do well in the course, you must take notes, sketch diagrams and graphs, and solve problems when instructed to do so.
  • Internet Access

Course Organization

Each semester contains 5 units and one final exam.

Each Unit contains:

  • 1 to 5 lessons. Each lesson includes some or all of the following components: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.
  • Self-assessments to help you check your own understanding of the material covered in each lesson. You must complete these assessments in order to advance in the course.
  • 1 to 4 graded assignments

Final Examination

The final examination is comprehensive; it covers the material from all 5 units. To pass the course, you must receive a grade of 70 percent or better. You can apply to take the Final Exam after 100 percent of your graded assignments have been submitted, and at least 70 percent have been graded and returned to you.

Format: 50 multiple-choice questions
Time Allowed: 3 hours
Materials Allowed: none

Semester Topics

Topic 1: Explore, Evaluate, and Design
Topic 2: Nutrition and Body Composition
Topic 3: The Basics
Topic 4: Specific Techniques
Topic 5: Lifetime Goals