Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PE 182H
Course Title:
Adult Fitness
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Course Description

Introduces exercises and activities that address the body as it develops through adulthood. Focuses on large muscle group strengthening, conditioning, and flexibility. Incorporates exercise safety regarding proper exercise techniques, and proper use of exercise equipment. 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 walking or jogging.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the class students should be able to:

  1. Improve physical conditioning as it relates to cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle fitness, and flexibility.
  2. Design a lifelong fitness program that incorporates large muscle group exercise.
  3. Apply proper exercise technique and equipment usage to ensure safe and effective exercise.

Aspirational Goals

  1. Recognize and apply the value and benefits of physical fitness

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Demonstrations
  2. Records and Portfolios
  3. Pre and Post Testing of Physical Fitness
  4. Individual Programs
  5. Written Exams and Assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. Principles of cardiovascular fitness
  2. Techniques of resistance
  3. Benefits and appreciation of physical fitness
  4. Develop flexibility training
  5. Body composition


  1. Practice warm up and cool down
  2. Demonstrate exercises for individual programs
  3. Operate exercise equipment safely using proper technique
  4. Demonstrate safe and appropriate program progression of exercises