The Scientific Exploration of Exercise Training

Course Description

This class intertwines the physiological understanding of the organ systems that are stressed and adapt in the face of exercise. Fundamental knowledge of the roots of metabolism to create energy that yields muscle movement will be uncovered. Alongside the scientific premise of cellular adaptations, you will learn the essentials of what comprises an exercise-training program. There is true science that defines frequency, duration, volume, and work and rest intervals. You will also learn theories behind basic training methods, coaching, and ergogenic and athletic fitness tests. Current trends in exercise research will be blended into each session. Main themes in training will be introduced and demystified on fueling the athlete, equipment, stretches, athletic testing, aerobic, and strength training programs. The class will also include special topics of temperature regulation, ergogenic aids, and sports genes.

This course is taught by a veteran Exercise Physiology Instructor who also works directly with training professional athletes (is a certified Strength and Conditioning Coach), and still competes at the world level. The background of the instructor allows science and in-the-field practices to be current and innovative. Over the course of 4 weeks, the students will be engaged through a variety of learning methods. This includes lectures, independent journal research, selected article discussions, watching live labs on measuring physiological parameters during exercise (lactate, EKG, EMG, Lung Volumes), and watching and learning from videos on exercises. Course work will be assessed by weekly quizzes, several assignments leading up to the creation of a fitness plan, self-selected topic research-based paper, and weekly participation in discussions.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Understand the physiological adaptions that occur in the individual organ systems during exercise and link the integration of multiple systems to a singular exercise response
• Acquire, assess, and choose relevant scientific data for a research-based literature review
• Create and understand the science behind a fitness plan for a sport and focus of your choosing
• Challenge and demystify your own myths of exercise training


High school Biology is highly recommended but not required.


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: June 27, 2022 - July 22, 2022
Duration: 4 Weeks
Meeting Times: Online - Mostly Asynchronous
Status: Closed
Format: Online
Instructor(s): Andrea Sobieraj
Course Number: 10325