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Physical Activity Courses


Martial Arts
HPE 129 Aikido Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art that draws its power from a unified mind, body and spirit, moving in harmony with nature's dynamic forces.
HPE 130 Hap Ki Do Basic fundamentals of an ancient oriental aerobic system for both mind and body are introduced. While there is no physical contract involved in this course, exercising the movements of the martial arts forms allows students to develop greater mental focus in addition to greater physical coordination and muscle tone.
HPE 136 Kickboxing Basic skills and techniques of kickboxing as aerobic conditioning are introduced. Emphasis is placed upon cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and endurance.
HPE 139 Jeet Kune Do Basic fundamentals of an ancient oriental aerobic system for both mind and body are introduced. While there is no physical contact involved in this course, exercising the movements of the martial arts forms allows students to develop greater mental focus in addition to greater physical coordination and muscle tone.
HPE 144 Judo Judo is defensive martial art that avoids punching and kicking relying on effective use of physical and mental strength in a gentle manner.
HPE 148 IMPACT: Mixed Martial Arts A ground-based application of Mixed Martial Arts concepts to include take-downs, grappling, holds, and the concurrent conditioning required to participate in these activities safely.
Mind/Body Fitness
HPE 115 Beginning Yoga Yoga methods are introduced including applications such as stress reduction. Additionally, a historical and philosophical perspective will be provided.
HPE 125 Tai Chi Basic principles of Tai Chi are introduced in this course. Soft exercises, using breathing techniques and defensive movements, will be practiced. The primary functions of Tai Chi, stress release and the strengthening of the body and mind’s energy and flexibility levels, will be covered.
HPE 145 Beginning Pilates Students will be introduced to total conditioning exercise methods which combine balance, flexibility, and strength from both Eastern and Western cultures.
General Fitness
HPE 110 Fitness Walking The techniques of exercise walking are stressed including proper stretching devices, diet, nutrition, and mobile mediation related to cardiovascular improvements.
HPE 112 Aerobic Conditioning A physical fitness program consisting of exercise routines set to music. Develops cardiovascular endurance, physical strength, and flexibility through selected routines.
HPE 127 Dance Fitness An aerobic fitness class based on dance and music combined with cardiovascular exercise to create and effective aerobic workout. Develops cardiovascular endurance, physical strength and flexibility through selected routines.
HPE 132 Weight Training Students will learn basic weight training techniques such as components to a weight training program, safety on lifting techniques, free weights vs weight equipment, and activity session to apply theory are covered.
HPE 133 Women’s Self Defense A mental and physical conditioning program that will promote safety and awareness both on and off campus for female students.
HPE 134 Fit for Life Individuals will identify and evaluate cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, muscular strength and endurance and flexibility. Activity sessions will be incorporated to conduct basic field tests and design individual exercise programs for each fitness component based on initial biometric data obtained.
HPE 143 Body Sculpting Comprehensive approach to body sculpting and toning through the use of free weights, resistance bands, stability balls, and other equipment as determined by instructor.
HPE 190 Personal Fitness Physical activity course designed to offer the physical fitness component of a wellness plan incorporating cardiorespiratory, muscular, and flexibility training under the oversight of a certified fitness trainer. Sessions will be scheduled with Exercise Science interns and will take place in campus fitness facilities. This course includes both active participation and academics with an expectation of two to three face-to-face fitness sections weekly including pre and post biometric testing.
Sports Based Courses
HPE 118 Beginning Volleyball Fundamental skills of the game including team strategies, player interaction, rules, and scoring will be introduced.
HPE 120 Beginning Golf Basic strokes and skills, rules and scoring, course etiquette, equipment, and safety are covered. Emphasis will be on proper swing development including putting and chipping.
HPE 121 Intermediate Golf Basic fundamentals of golf are reviewed with emphasis placed on intermediate skills. Grip, stance, and swing, in addition to shipping and putting, will be taught in correlation to shot selection strategies.
HPE 122 Beginning Tennis Basic strokes, terminology, rules, soring, and strategies are covered, campus indoor and outdoor courts are used depending on time of year.
HPE 123 Intermediate Tennis Continuation of principles taught in Beginning Tennis.
HPE 128 Beginning Basketball Develops fundamental skills and techniques of basketball such as shooting, passing, dribbling, and team strategies. Terminology, rules, scoring, and basic drills also will be covered.
HPE 140 Sports Conditioning Covers sports specific conditioning drills for baseball, basketball, distance running, football, soccer, tennis, and volleyball in activity sessions.
Outdoor Fitness
HPE 108 Fitness Running Proper techniques for short and distance running are presented including proper stretching, nutrition, cardiovascular, flexibility, and strength considerations for designing personal running programs. Proper gear required.
HPE 119 Cycling Basic fundamentals of cycling, bike safety, maintenance, and riding techniques will be covered. Students will be riding off campus and will experience a slight increase in riding distances each week. Note: Students must have a bicycle and helmet.
HPE 151 Introduction to Recreational Sailing Learn theory, nomenclature, maneuvering and driving, waterway rules, knots, safety responses, and develop teamwork necessary to safely practice recreational sailing activities. Class will consist of both classroom and water settings. Personal floatation devices will be provided and must be worn near the water at all times. Please remember that water crafts are susceptible to overturning and basic water safe skills are required for course: ability to tread water and float on back.
HPE 152 Introduction to Recreational Paddlesports Learn basic paddling sport theory, nomenclature, waterway rules, and safety responses to safely practice recreational paddlesport activities in kayaks, canoes, and Alden Shells. Type of equipment will vary by campus and location. Class will consist of both classroom and water settings. Personal floatation devices will be provided and must be worn near the water at all times. Please remember that water crafts are susceptible to overturning and basic water safe skills are required for course: ability to tread water and float on back.
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