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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.

Course Catalog

2021-2022

Classes include the following

  • 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.

  • Disc Golf

This course introduces the fundamentals of disc golf. Emphasis is placed on basic throwing techniques, putting, distance driving, scoring, and single and doubles play. Tournament and match play formats will also be introduced. NOTE: Basic equipment will be provided; however, students will be required to purchase specialty discs and carrying bag. Students must provide their own transportation to the Stephenville City Park.

  • 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.

  • 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 curriculum through a combination of classroom and water instruction. Students pay a fee directly to a PADI certified instructor for scuba equipment rental, air fills, text book, and ancillary materials. Students provide their own headgear and footgear. Basic swimming skills are required. Upon successful completion of this course, students have up to one year to achieve certification by independently completing their final lake dives through a certified PADI instructor.

  • Advanced Scuba Diving

This course teaches the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver scuba curriculum through a combination of classroom and water instruction. Students pay a fee directly to a PADI certified instructor for scuba equipment rental, air fills, text book, and ancillary materials. Students provide their own headgear and footgear. Basic swimming skills are required. Prerequisite: PADI Open Water Diver certification or equivalent from an accredited scuba training organization.

  • 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.