Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
PE 282A
Course Title:
Professional Activities: Group Fitness
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Course Description

Explores fitness instruction and leadership for group fitness classes. Covers components of group fitness classes, styles of group exercise, and teaching methods. Prerequisites: Acceptance to the Fitness Technology Program or instructor approval, and WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Design and deliver appropriate fitness assessments and group fitness classes for healthy client populations.
  • Implement quality teaching methods when instructing group fitness classes.
  • Educate others about how group fitness classes play a role in lifelong health and fitness.
  • Utilize and enhance group fitness programming and teaching strategies learned through critical analysis of professionals in the industry.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Fitness video critiques
  • Group fitness class critiques
  • Written assignments
  • Evaluation of teaching

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1.      Apply components of fitness and principles of conditioning

2.      Benefits of cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness training and their role in lifelong wellness

3.      Utilize target heart rate and rate of perceived exertion (RPE)

4.      Appropriate warm-ups and cool-downs

5.      Principles and safety in group fitness instruction

6.      Group fitness and exercise myths

7.      Safe and appropriate attire for group fitness

8.      Select exercises based upon current fitness level and client goals and modify for special needs

9.      Demonstrate proper body alignment, technique, and breathing

10.  Practice a variety of relaxation and stretching techniques

11.  Recognize and respond to movement cues