Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PE 162O
Course Title:
Core Fitness
Credit Hours:
1
Lecture Hours:
0
Lecture/Lab Hours:
0
Lab Hours:
30
Special Fee:
$12.00

Course Description

Introduces safe and proper exercises, in a group exercise setting, that stabilize the core muscles including back, abdominal, hip, pelvis and lateral trunk muscles. Promotes improved cardiorespiratory conditioning, muscle strength and endurance, flexibility, and/or composition with an emphasis on involvement of strong core muscles. 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 aerobic/cardiorespiratory exercise. General class format includes a warm-up, a cardiorespiratory conditioning segment, muscular endurance and strength exercises, stretches for flexibility and relaxation, and a cool-down.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Maintain improvements in overall physical conditioning through participation in core fitness exercises, including but not limited to, improvements attained in cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle fitness, and flexibility.
  • Perform safe and effective core fitness exercises in group or non-group settings.
  • Develop a lifelong fitness, health, and wellness program that incorporates core fitness exercises. 

Aspirational Goals

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

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Pre/post fitness testing
  • Individual fitness programs
  • Active Participation
  • Demonstrations of proficiency
  • 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, Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE), and talk test methods
  •  Learning to identify the core muscles and how they support the body in movement
  • Components of fitness-related physical fitness and their benefits for lifelong fitness
  • Principles of exercise training
  • Safety concepts for Core Fitness exercises (exercises, environment, equipment, progression)
  • Personal fitness assessment
  • Goal-setting for fitness
  • personal fitness progrm design
  • Modify exercises and activities for varyiny physical conditions and individual fitness level