Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PE 181B
Course Title:
Intermediate Weight Training - Coed
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Course Description

Continues the development of individual strength and fitness. Includes individual evaluation and weight lifting program plans. Recommended: PE 181A Beginning weight training or equivalent. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Classes will be conducted in a large group situation for lectures and warm-up. Workouts will be conducted alone or in pairs. The course will be taught using a variety of exercise resistance equipment. With the guidance of the instructor, students will evaluate types of muscular strength and endurance training and implement a weight training program for personal needs. Each student will progress at a rate commensurate with his or her abilities. Pre and post testing will be conducted for muscular strength and endurance.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Continue to improve strength and  physical conditioning.
  2. Design and apply a lifelong fitness plan.
  3. Further apply weight training principles and techniques to personal life

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Demonstrations
  2. Records and portfolios
  3. Written exams
  4. Personal programs
  5. Pre and post testing.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Principles of conditioning
  2. Components of fitness
  3. Intermediate weight lifting techniques and progressions
  4. Care and use of equipment
  5. Benefits of weight training
  6. Myths and attitudes about weight training
  7. Appreciation of the role of strength training in lifelong fitness


  1. Practice warm-up and cool-down activities
  2. Operate weight room equipment safely using proper technique
  3. Choose proper machine or free weight adjustments in relation to skeletal structure
  4. Select appropriate exercises to meet personal goals