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Fitness Course Descriptions

Fitness Course Descriptions

FITNS 306 Aerobics: Cardio-Kickboxing

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC (Any or all PE Activity courses combined: maximum credit, 4 units)

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: apply basic knowledge and skill learned to enjoy the sport of cardio-kickboxing.

FITNS 310 Aquatic Fitness I

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: Although no swimming skills are needed or required, it is suggested that students are comfortable in an aquatic environment since the class will be taught in shallow and deep water.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course is designed to improve student's fitness level through the use of shallow and deep water exercise. The course will focus on using the resistance of the water for low or non-weight bearing exercise to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility in shallow and deep water. Additionally, students will learn information related to overall health and fitness. No swimming skills are needed as flotation devices such as aqua joggers will be provided for deep water workouts.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Understand, describe and demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness as it relates to aquatic exercise.

FITNS 314 Aquatic Fitness III- Deep Water Jogging

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: Although no swimming skills are needed or required, it is strongly suggested that students enrolled in this class are comfortable in an aquatic environment, especially deep water.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This jogging/running course uses the resistance of deep water to build and/or improve muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular fitness and increases flexibility while wearing a flotation belt to maintain a vertical position in the water. It is a fitness class for those individuals who want to improve their current fitness level with non-weight bearing exercise in the water.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Understand, demonstrate and discuss components of fitness as they relate to deep water jogging.

FITNS 320 Body Fitness

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Define and participate in regular physical conditioning program.

FITNS 323 Fitness Ball

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC (Any or all PE Activity courses combined: maximum credit, 4 units)

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Evaluate fitness level in various components of fitness using standard tests and measurements.

FITNS 324 Mat Pilates

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1 Demonstrate an improvement in several areas of fitness.

FITNS 326 Mat Pilates II

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: FITNS 324

Transferable: CSU; UC

This intermediate course is designed to improve core strength and overall body awareness using the unique methodology of Mat Pilates. Mat Pilates II will include a sequence of fundamental exercises with the addition of intermediate level exercises. The addition of equipment (i.e. fitness balls, resistance bands, etc.) will be introduced.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1 Integrate basic mind/body skills using Mat Pilates exercises and techniques in a general group fitness setting.

FITNS 327 Mat Pilates III

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: FITNS 324 and 326

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course will use Mat Pilates training for muscle groups through controlled exercises taught at an advanced level. The advanced course is designed to improve in strength, posture, flexibility, and coordination. This course will include resistance methods of training and use of equipment (i.e. fitness balls, resistance bands, etc.) to help build strength and improve mobility.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Students will demonstrate improvement in strength, posture, flexibility, and coordination.

FITNS 328 Thighs, Abs, and Gluteals (TAG)

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Evaluate strength and personal fitness levels for lower body and core training using standard fitness testing.

FITNS 331 Boot Camp Fitness

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Evaluate strength and fitness levels for daily living using standard fitness testing.

FITNS 339 Multi Sport Training for Fitness

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC (Any or all PE Activity courses combined: maximum credit, 4 units)

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Apply basic knowledge and skill learned to participate in cross training or triathlons.

FITNS 348 High-Intensity Interval Training

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Evaluate strength and personal fitness levels for high-intensity interval training using standard fitness testing.

FITNS 352 Power Sculpting

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC (Any or all PE Activity courses combined: maximum credit, 4 units)

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Demonstrate an understanding of the process of determining the validity of fitness and health information using the scientific method and the relationship between scientific research and established knowledge.

FITNS 355 Workforce Fitness

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Demonstrate an understanding of the process of determining the validity of fitness and health information using the scientific method and the relationship between scientific research and established knowledge.

FITNS 380 Circuit Weight Training

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC (Any or all PE activity courses combined: 4 units maximum)

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. develop fitness in the following areas: cardiovascular, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.

FITNS 381 Weight Training

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC (Any or all PE Activity courses combined: maximum credit 4 units)

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Evaluate strength and fitness levels using standard fitness testing.

FITNS 384 Weight Training II

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: FITNS 381

Transferable: CSU; UC

This physical education course is designed to stress the proper guidelines, principles and techniques of weight lifting and the development of muscular strength and endurance at an intermediate level. The students will design and implement their own weight training program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Evaluate muscular strength, muscular endurance and cardiorespiratory fitness levels using standard fitness testing.

FITNS 386 Weight Training III

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: FITNS 384 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU; UC

This physical education course is designed to stress the proper guidelines, principles and techniques of weight training and the development of muscular strength, endurance and power at an advanced level. More emphasis will be placed on free weights as the student progresses. The students will design and implement their own weight training program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Evaluate muscular strength, muscular endurance and cardiorespiratory fitness levels using standard fitness testing.

FITNS 390 Basic Yoga

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This course in Yoga emphasizes breathing, stretching, and relaxing techniques. Yoga positions and philosophies are examined.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1 Utilize knowledge to design, develop and implement an effective personalized fitness program.

FITNS 393 Yoga II

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: FITNS 390 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

Yoga is an East Indian method of mind/body exercise designed to stretch, strengthen, and enhance muscle tone through the practice of asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing exercises). Yoga practice plus meditation helps decrease stress and increase energy levels while improving focus, concentration, and self-realization. The variety of health benefits a yoga practice offers are: for inner harmony, balance, and overall well-being, for spiritual connection and growth; or for stretching and strengthening a variety of muscle groups involved in a yoga practice. This course is designed to assist any and all of those goals through support and guidance in a safe and nurturing learning environment. Students will be required to purchase a yoga mat.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1 Utilize knowledge to design, develop and implement a progressive personal yoga session.

FITNS 394 Yoga III

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: FITNS 390 or 393 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

This is an advanced yoga course that allows students to continue to explore and develop their yoga practice, and to learn a deeper focus for stress reduction and relaxation. This class is designed to advance the practice of the individual through stretching, strengthening, and enhancing muscle tone. This will be done through the practice of advance asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing exercises). Yoga practice plus meditation helps decrease stress and increase energy levels while improving focus, concentration, and self-realization. Students will be required to purchase a yoga mat.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: successfully perform asanas and pranayama and utilize yoga as a means to lifelong fitness, including an understanding and recognition of a yoga practice and training methods, and applying them to their own yoga practice. Explain and demonstrate the fundamental techniques of asanas.

FITNS 406 Walking and Jogging

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Demonstrate an understanding of the process of determining the validity of fitness and health information using the scientific method and the relationship between scientific research and established knowledge.

FITNS 440 Swimming I

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: successfully swim and utilize swimming as a means to lifelong fitness, including an understanding and recognition of basic swimming techniques and training methods, and applying them to their own workouts.

FITNS 441 Swimming II

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: successfully swim and utilize swimming as a means to lifelong fitness, including an understanding and recognition of basic swimming techniques and training methods, and applying them to their own workouts.

FITNS 442 Swimming III

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

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.

Transferable: CSU; UC (Any or all PE activity courses combined: maximum credit, 4 units)

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

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: successfully swim and utilize swimming as a means to lifelong fitness, including an understanding and recognition of basic swimming techniques and training methods, and applying them to their own workouts.
explain and demonstrate the fundamental techniques of hydrodynamics.

FITNS 443 Swimming IV

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

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.

Transferable: CSU; UC

This swim class is for advanced intermediate swimmers who want to learn or improve proper training technique specific to the four competitive strokes. Students will also develop or refine underwater efficiency related to increasing speed during entry into the water, turning and breakouts for all of the competitive strokes (free, back, breast and fly). Advanced training protocols, drills and workouts will be used.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1. Identify and demonstrate proper form and technique in the four competitive strokes of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly.

FITNS 444 Swimming V

Units: 1

Hours: 54 hours LAB

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.

Transferable: CSU; UC (Any or all PE Activity courses combined: maximum credit, 4 units)

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1 Define and participate in regular physical conditioning program in swimming.

FITNS 495 Independent Studies in Fitness

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).