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Fitness Course Descriptions

Fitness Course Descriptions

FITNS 306
Aerobics: Cardio-Kickboxing
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course emphasizes proper alignment, execution, and timing of faster paced movements from kickboxing, boxing, and aerobic dance to improve cardiovascular fitness. Various training methods will also be used to improve individual strength and flexibility.
FITNS 320
Body Fitness
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to assess and improve physical fitness levels, enhance weight control, and encourage a healthy attitude toward lifelong fitness. Students receive theories and practical activities involved in obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight and appropriate level of fitness.
FITNS 323
Fitness Ball
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LAB
The fitness ball is a valuable tool for developing core strength (middle of your body), flexibility and balance. Because of the fitness ball's inherent instability, the effect of traditional strength training exercises is intensified when performed in conjunction with the fitness ball. Students will learn to safely and effectively execute strengthening exercises for all the major muscle groups with and without hand weights, flexibility exercises, and balancing exercises. Specific topics and exercises may vary each semester depending on the needs of the students.
FITNS 324
Mat Pilates
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This beginning course is a unique methodology that offers improvement in core strength, posture and flexibility. Mat Pilates is designed to work with the deepest muscles with a sequence of fundamental exercises to achieve improved balance and position control while strengthening and toning the entire body.
FITNS 328
Thighs, Abs, and Gluteals (TAG)
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to be a workout specific to the thighs, abdominal and gluteal muscles included as part of the Cross Training family of Power Sculpting and Fitness Ball. This class will include workouts using a variety of calisthenics/exercises designed to enhance muscular strength and endurance, including core strength.
FITNS 331
Boot Camp Fitness
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to be a physically intense and challenging fitness class. Training exercises used during this class will include jogging, interval training, hill running training, obstacle courses, and performing a variety of calisthenics designed to enhance muscular strength and endurance. In addition, students will be challenged to understand and apply fitness training principles. The students will train individually, with a partner or in a team setting.
FITNS 339
Multi Sport Training for Fitness
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course covers multi-sport training, including swimming, cycling and running. This class is designed for the beginner triathlete or any student interested in cross training for fitness. The student will be taught how to develop improved techniques in all three activities. Students must supply their own road or mountain bike and helmet. This course may be taken four times for credit.
FITNS 348
High-Intensity Interval Training
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to be a physically intense and total body workout included as part of the Cross Training family of Boot Camp Fitness. This class will include workouts using running, obstacle courses, and performing a variety of calisthenics designed to enhance muscular strength and endurance used through high intensity intervals.
FITNS 352
Power Sculpting
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Power Sculpting is a non-impact conditioning course designed to enhance muscular fitness (muscular endurance and muscular strength), balance, and improve body composition by sculpting and defining muscles through the use of resistance equipment (other than weight machines), core training, calisthenics, and flexibility exercises.
FITNS 355
Workforce Fitness
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This physical education course emphasizes concepts related to health, physical fitness and recreation as they relate to the industrial worker. Exercise programs will be designed to improve specific muscle groups impacted in the occupational setting.
FITNS 380
Circuit Weight Training
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
Circuit Weight Training shall introduce the student to a fitness program of progressive resistive exercises designed to promote improvement in muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility, as well as, decrease in body fat percentage. The student will move in a prescribed circuit (alternating timed lifting with active recovery) utilizing machines, free weights, cardiovascular activities, and flexibility training.
FITNS 381
Weight Training
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This physical education course is designed to develop fitness strength through weight training. Students will learn basic weight training techniques using the weight machines and basic free lifts. The student will be able to design and implement their own weight training program for future use after taking this class.
FITNS 390
Basic Yoga
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course in Yoga emphasizes breathing, stretching, and relaxing techniques. Yoga positions and philosophies are examined.
FITNS 406
Walking and Jogging
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course is designed to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle endurance, and flexibility. Weight management, nutritional guidelines and healthy living information will also contribute to overall health and wellness for the student in this course.
FITNS 440
Swimming
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This class provides the opportunity for students to become safe and comfortable in the water. Students will develop swimming skills on their front and back. Instruction will emphasize freestyle and backstroke as well as water safety. Each student will progress toward becoming an endurance swimmer for enhanced fitness.
FITNS 441
Swimming II
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This course is designed for non-swimmers or those returning to swimming after a long absence. Topics include basic water adjustment skills, floats, glides, basic freestyle and backstroke. It is appropriate for those afraid or not comfortable in deep water or those unable to correctly or continuously swim 25 meters without stopping. Instruction will be given in the physical and psychological adjustment to water.
FITNS 442
Swimming III
1 Unit
Prerequisite: FITNS 441 with a grade of "C" or better; Students must be able to swim 50 yards of freestyle with proficient side-breathing and 50 yards of backstroke.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
The purpose of this course is to teach intermediate swimmers, who have mastered basic water acclimation, water safety, and basic swimming skills, swim training protocols and design, further refinement of stroke technique, proper diving technique, and development of cardiovascular capacity. Students will learn and refine the stroke techniques of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke. Students will learn flip turns for freestyle and backstroke. Students will be introduced to swim training and workout design
FITNS 444
Swimming V
1 Unit
Prerequisite: FITNS 442 with a grade of "C" or better; Students must demonstrate the ability to swim in deep water and possess, at minimum, intermediate swimming skills using correct stroke mechanics and technique.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LAB
This swimming class emphasizes improvement in aerobic fitness. This is a self-paced overload method of training using a workout approach. Stroke efficiency, aerobic fitness, and personal improvement will be emphasized.
FITNS 495
Independent Studies in Fitness
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E2
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
FITNS 499
Experimental Offering in Fitness
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(a); CSU Area E
Course Transferable to CSU
See UC Limitations & Counselor
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB