Athlete 101: The Simplified Science of Training

Course Description

Learn the fundamental principles that are the basis of exercise training. Exercise is a perfect example of the body under stress and how it adapts. The course will cover a discussion of the basic organ system adaptions as well as how physiology sets the foundation of a training plan. Main themes in training will be introduced and demystified on fueling the athlete, equipment, stretches, athletic testing, aerobic, and strength training programs. Each class will have a lecture/ discussion as well as an interactive exercise discussion or demonstration. You will do group presentations, literature searches, and a final project of creating a basic weekly exercise plan.

The main objective is to see that exercise training is individual, creative, adaptive, and scientific. Learn how to use/access sources to create an exercise plan or check if an exercise program is backed by valid evidence.

Upon completion of the course, you will:
• Be able to create a basic exercise plan
• Have acquired an understanding of the use of time intervals during and post exercise
• Know the very basics of adaptions in the organ systems under the stress of exercise
• Know how to assess adaption in both aerobic and anaerobic muscle systems
• Be able to make educated choices for fueling prior, during, and post exercise
• Become acquainted with conducting scientific literature searches
• Have experience in reading scientific literature

Through taking this course, we will help you demystify, understand, and create a basic solid foundation of an aerobic or strength training program.


A strong interest in understanding why we have protocols to meet exercise/performance goals. A passion for understanding the human body and a creative mind to link the science and art of training.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 11, 2022 - July 15, 2022
Duration: 1 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Andrea Sobieraj
Course Number: 10073