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Physical Activity Program

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide educational opportunities related to movement and health, provide leadership experiences through service and to promote the total well being of students; not only for a career, but for a lifetime.

The purpose of the physical activity program is to provide instruction in a variety of physical activities to students in the university community. As a result of this, it is expected that students will:

  • Develop the skills, knowledge and level of fitness needed to become a competent and safe performer in the activity.
  • Understand the opportunities and requirements for continued participation in the activity beyond the class.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of the values and benefits to be gained from participation in the activity, and the need for continued participation in the physical activities throughout life.

Classes include the following

Aquatics

Aquatic Fitness: This course is designed for students to engage in basic water resistance exercise. shallow water plyometrics, stretching and strength exercise. and deep water muscular endurance exercises. This is an excellent opportunity to engage in a low-impact alternative to land-based fitness activities. No previous experience or aquatic expertise is require for this class.

Swimming: Basic and advanced swimming technique, water safety procedures, and the development of health-related fitness.

Cardio Fitness

This course is designed to enhance overall health and fitness by increasing cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and improve body composition. Students are encouraged to refrain from a sedentary lifestyle. Activities include walking, indoor cycling, indoor rowing, and other aerobic activities.

Dance

Aerobic Dance: This course is design to explore dance as an aerobic exercise option as well as develop an appreciation for wellness by participating in various styles of dance.

Dance Techniques and Fundamentals: This course is designed to provide a basic foundation of dance with an emphasis on the fundamentals of dance. The class will consist of beginner ballet, jazz, hip hop, and modern dance techniques. The artistry and physicality of dance will be emphasized.

Innovative Dance: Intermediate level course that continues the exploration of ballet, jazz, hip hop, and modern dance techniques. Pom techniques will also be introduced.

Dance Performance: This course is designed for individuals who are members of the Texan Stars Dance team or Tarleton Cheer teams. It shall serve as a support group for school events/activities and promote school loyalty and spirit.

Fitness Walking

This course is designed to reduce sedentary lifestyles and enhance overall health and fitness by increasing cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and improve body composition.

Golf

This course is designed to provide instruction in the basic skills of golf; putting, chipping, pitching, and full swing. An additional fee is require for facility rental and equipment use. Students must provide their own transportation to Legends Golf Course and Driving Range.

Lifeguarding

This course is designed to meet American Red Cross (ARC) requirements related to lifeguarding and basic water safety skills. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be awarded the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training certificate and CPR/AED/First Aid certification for Lifeguards. An additional fee is require to cover ARC textbook, ARC ancillary materials, and ARC certification cards. Basic swim skills are require.

Powerlifting

This course is designed to provide a competitive weight lifting program for both novice and advanced lifters. Instruction will focus on exercise techniques, training principles, programming, and practical strength training application. The course will concentrate on improving the individual’s 1-rep max in Squat, Deadlift and Bench Press by using different methods of resistance exercises.

Racquet Sports

This course provide students with an opportunity to experience and learn a wide variety of racquet sports such as: racquetball, badminton, pickleball, speedminton, and others. The course is designed to teach the basic rules, regulations and skills of each racquet sport.

Rock Climbing

This course introduces students to top-rope rock climbing and bouldering techniques in both an indoor and outdoor environment. Topics include equipment, knots, belaying, rappelling, anchor systems, and a range of climbing techniques. Risk assessment and safety techniques are thoroughly addressed throughout the course.

Scuba Diving

This course teaches the PADI Open Water Diver scuba certification through a combination of class knowledge development, swimming pool and real-world open water dives. An additional fee is require to cover textbook, ancillary materials, scuba equipment rental, PADI certification card, and pool air fills. Students must provide their own headgear (mask and snorkel) and footgear (fins and boots). Basic swimming skills are require.

Advanced Scuba Diving: The course teaches the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver scuba curriculum. Certifications are earned through a combination of class knowledge development, swimming pool and real-world open water dives. An additional fee is require to cover textbook, ancillary materials, scuba equipment rental, PADI certification cards, and pool air fills. Students must provide their own headgear (mask and snorkel) and footgear (fins and boots). Basic swim skills are require.

Strength Bootcamp

This course is designed to promote the overall health and wellness benefits of strength training by incorporating High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in a motivating boot camp setting. Traditional calisthenics, body weight exercise. speed work, agility drills, power development, reaction time, and balance workout will be designed to address and improved: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility and body composition.

Weight Training

This course is designed to teach the beginning weight training student the various types and benefits of strength training.

Yoga

Yoga I: This course explores the asnas (poses) and vinyasa (flow) of yoga intended to target physical postures, breathing, relaxation, and mental concentration.

Yoga II: Intermediate level course that continues the exploration of mind and body through asana (poses). This course introduces more detailed aspects of the discipline of yoga. Topics include breathing and physical postures, relaxation, and mental concentration. The goal is to improve yoga practice and to develop an overall deeper understanding of yoga methodology through advanced postures, breathing techniques and relaxation practices.