Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PE 162G
Course Title:
Cardio Conditioning
Credit Hours:
1
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
30
Special Fee:
$12.00

Course Description

Introduces cardio conditioning to improve fitness, health, and overall wellness through structured group fitness and individualized cardiorespiratory exercises. Covers knowledge and skills needed to perform safe and proper group and individual fitness exercises. Emphasizes improved cardiorespiratory conditioning, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Each student supplies his/her own clothing. Clothing should be loose and comfortable fitting for exercise. Shoes are mandatory and should be designed for indoor aerobic/cardiorespiratory exercise. General class format includes a warm-up prior to the cardiorespiratory conditioning segment, which comprises the majority of the class. Muscular endurance and strength exercises, stretches for flexibility and relaxation, and a cool-down are also performed.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion, students should be able to:

  • Improve overall physical conditioning through participation in cardio conditioning-type activities, including but not limited to improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, and flexibility.
  • Perform safe and effective group and individual fitness exercises.
  • Develop a lifelong cardiorespiratory fitness, health, and wellness program.

Aspirational Goals

  1. Experience the relationship of the mind, body and spirit.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Pre/post fitness testing
  • Individual fitness programs
  • Active participation
  • Demonstrations of proficiency
  • Personal program records/portfolios
  • Written assignments and/or exams

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Practice safe and effective warm-ups and cool-downs
  • Intensity monitoring via target heart rate, Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE), and talk test methods
  • Components of health-related physical fitness and their benefits for lifelong fitness
  • Principles of exercise training
  • Safety concepts for group and individual fitness exercises (exercises, environment, equipment, attire, progression)
  • Personal fitness assessment
  • Goal-setting for fitness
  • Personal fitness program design
  • Modification of exercises/activities for varying physical conditions and individual fitness level
  • Equipment helpful in monitoring/performing cardiovascular activities.