PHYSICALLY ACTIVE LIVING SKILLS (PALS)
Personal Fitness Courses (102-124)
102 Fitness Walking. (1) Introduction to low-impact, cardiovascular endurance activity of walking. Proper techniques of walking, warm-up, and cool down are practiced. Topics include benefits, injury prevention, weight management, and goal setting relative to a personal fitness program.
103 Tai Chi. (1) Provides a fundamental understanding and practice of the Tai Chi philosophy, principles, applications and benefits. Emphasis on basic practices of Chi-Gung.
104 Group Fitness. (1) Provides a variety of exercise class formats to improve cardiovascular fitness. Formats include, but not limited to kickboxing, step aerobics, water exercise, yoga, circuit training, interval training, and hi-lo aerobics.
105 Yoga. (1) Introduction to the basic physical and mental skills of yoga. Development of improved levels of somatic awareness, joint flexibility, muscle function, energy, stress management, mental focus, and injury prevention.
106 Step Aerobics. (1) Introduction of the step form of aerobics as a cardiovascular workout. Basic step patters, routines, progression, and choreography are practiced. Topics also include basic exercise science and nutrition.
107 Pilates. (1) Emphasis on the development of strength, flexibility and endurance. Body awareness skills include core stability and balance in areas such as pelvis, back, and shoulder girdle, neutral alignment, and patterned breathing.
108 Fitness Kickboxing. (1) Introduction to kickboxing for cardiovascular and muscular fitness. Emphasis on basic kicking and boxing patterns, techniques, safe kicks, punches, and combinations. Topics also include concepts of improved aerobic endurance, muscular flexibility, balance, strength and tone, and nutrition.
109 Aquatic Fitness. (1) Provides a safe and effective form of non- or low-impact progressive resistance exercise to develop muscular strength and endurance, improve cardiovascular fitness and increase flexibility. No swimming skills are needed for this aquatic class.
110 Indoor Cycling. (1) Stationary cycling methods emphasizing aerobic and anaerobic endurance at all fitness levels. Topics include exercise science concepts, fitness principles and technology.
111 Jogging. (1) Overview of the preparation, training principles, and suggested programs for jogging as exercise. Emphasis given to progression of fitness, techniques, fitness principles, safety and injury prevention, and personalizing program.
112 Personal Fitness Assessment. (1) Provides assessment and prescription of the components of personal fitness. Emphasis on using current technology and assessment techniques to plan and monitor fitness activities to meet personal goals.
113 Triathlon Training. (1) Provides training concepts and practice in the three elements of a triathlon: swimming, biking, and running. Students must know how to swim and provide their own bicycle and helmet. Some training activities may be held off campus.
114 Fitness Swimming. (1) Emphasis on the refinement of swim strokes, wall turns, endurance swimming, and swimming for cardiovascular and muscular fitness. Students must first demonstrate competence in the four basic swimming strokes.
117 Beginning Strength Training and Conditioning. (1) Introduction to resistance training to improve muscle strength and function. Emphasis placed on orientation to facilities and equipment, planning an effective program, fundamental principles and techniques of safe and effective muscular conditioning.
118 Intermediate Strength Training and Conditioning. (1) Intermediate/ advanced skills associated with strength training for fitness and muscle function. Strength training experience is expected, and topics include concepts such as muscle physiology, advanced training programs, and individualized goal setting.
119 Personal Fitness Vehicles. (1) Introduction to the skills and knowledge necessary to safely and effectively ride human powered vehicles (such as a Trikke carving vehicle) for improved fitness and recreation.
120 Personal Fitness and Technology. (1) Exploring, implementing, and evaluating current technologies as a tool for understanding, developing, and maintaining personal fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Students participate in a variety of health-enhancing physical activities across all components of personal fitness and wellness.
124 Army Physical Fitness. (1) Introduction to the components of fitness. Emphasis is given to the fundamentals of training principles and physical conditioning and the improvement of personal fitness levels. Course includes exercise testing, exercise leadership and team competitions. F, S.