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PE 101-102 Senior Fitness Programs

Physical Education 101abcd (formerly 56ab)
Introduction to Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults

2 units; 1 hour lecture, 2 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: English 2R
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC*

Though both lecture and activity, this introductory course is designed to develop an understanding of the health-enhancing value of exercise in the older adult. The focus will be on the major areas of importance regarding the influence of exercise and physical activity on aging. These include cardiorespiratory fitness; strength training and development of muscle mass and bone density; postural stability, flexibility, and the prevention of falls; the role of exercise in psychological function; and exercise for the very old and frail.
Note: Letter grade or CR/NCR option.

Physical Education 102abcd (formerly 56cd)

Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults, Advanced Training
1 unit; 3 hours lab
Prerequisite: one semester of Physical Education 101abcd with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU, UC*

This is an advanced course, designed to build upon previously developed exercise concepts in a continuing program of fitness development for the older adult. Reassessments, and continued training in cardiorespiratory, strength, flexibility, balance, and posture training will allow the student to further develop health-related components of fitness.
Note: Letter grade or CR/NCR option.

PE 260 – Basic Principles of Fitness and Nutrition

Physical Education 260
Fitness Evaluation, Education and Individualized Exercise Prescription
1 unit; 1 hour lecture
(optional 3 additional hours for physical evaluation and consultation)
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English A or 2R
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Students receive basic information regarding application of the components of health-related fitness (cardiorespiratory, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition) to programs of exercise designed to enhance lifestyle, physical performance, and decrease risk of degenerative diseases. Basic nutrition, the “prudent diet” and weight control are also discussed to further augment a positive health program. Complete fitness assessment and an individualized exercise prescription is available (and highly recommended) in the Laboratory of Exercise Sciences. Lab fee (optional) $50.

PE 270 – Sport and Fitness Nutrition 

Physical Education 270
Fitness and Sports Nutrition

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English A or English 2R
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course examines nutritional and dietary requirements of actively exercising adults and those engaged in competitive sports. The course emphasizes the study of optimal nutritional regimens for improved fitness and performance, the role of supplements as ergogenic aids, and the integration of diet and exercise in achieving goal body weight and composition.

PE 280 – Principles of Fitness and Nutrition

Physical Education 280
Fitness Education, Assessment and Exercise Programs
3 units; 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: eligibility for English A or 2R
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

Instruction in planning and carrying out an exercise program specific to one’s present level of fitness. Specific values of different kinds of exercise are discussed in the context of a total health program. Nutrition and weight control are fully covered so that students may develop a new awareness of the contribution food makes to total fitness as well as to hidden problems in the diet. A computerized diet assessment is a standard part of the course. Other topics include stress management, injury prevention and treatment, and the role of diet and exercise in disease. Complete fitness testing and exercise prescription is available in the Laboratory of Exercise Science. Lab fee for optional testing: $50.

PE 290 – Personal Fitness Trainer

Physical Education 290
Personal Fitness Trainer

3 units; 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: English 2R
and Mathematics 23 or Mathematics 25
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course provides the scientific foundations and practical experience required by Personal Fitness Trainers for certification by agencies such as American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength Coaches Association (NSCA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and others. The course is broadbased with topical areas including basic exercise physiology, biomechanics, fitness assessments, exercise prescriptions, fitness training principles, nutrition, weight management and work with special populations. The business aspects of Personal Training are also reviewed.
Note: Letter grade or CR/NCR option.

PE 295 – Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing

Physical Education 295
Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
3 units; 2 hour lecture, 3 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: Anatomy 30;
eligibility for English A or English 2R
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course is designed for the respiratory care student, practicing respiratory therapist, personal fitness trainer, or anyone interested in cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Course content includes purposes and applications of cardiopulmonary exercise testing, instrumentation, testing methods, physiological responses to exercise, and data integration and analysis.

PE 400 – Pulmonary Fitness Programs