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Note: some or all of the courses in the subjects marked as "Transfer" can be used towards a transfer degree: Associate of Science and Arts or Associate of Engineering Science at DACC. Transferability for specific institutions and majors varies. Consult a counselor for this information.

Areas of Study | Physical Education - 16 courses
PEMW110 Yoga I (Spring) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: This class offers knowledge and skills to keep fit for life. In particular, this class introduces the values and skills of Hatha Yoga (Yoga of exercise) to the beginning student and offers opportunities to expand knowledge, applications and skills in routines for the experienced student. The emphasis of the class will be on asanas (poses) and vinyasa (flow) for increased flexibility, improved health, relaxation, and reduced stress in daily living. A typical class will include breathing techniques, meditation, and asana practice, including standing, balancing, and inverted poses. Class participants will be exposed to the language, philosophy, history, and concepts of Yoga. The poses and flows are adaptable and can be personalized for any level of fitness. Students are encouraged to understand their own limitations and work within their bounds. Both graded sections and pass/fail sections are offered for this course.
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PEMW111 Pilates I (Fall) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: This class offers knowledge and skills to keep fit for life. In particular, this class offers a basic understanding of the concepts of alignment, centering, breathing, stabilization, mobilization, and balance. Non-impact, whole body conditioning mat exercises based on the work of fitness pioneer Joseph Pilates are designed to develop body awareness, improve posture, enhance muscle recruitment and further the art of muscle relaxation. The mat work increases core strength & stabilization, builds muscle tone & a long, lean physique, and improves coordination, balance & flexibility. It can be modified to various fitness levels; each student will work at her/his appropriate level. Both graded sections and pass/fail sections are offered for this course.
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PEMW112 Boot Camp I (Fall and Spring) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: This course will help students get into shape, reduce stress, increase energy, and build confidence. In Boot Camp Fitness students will learn how to properly warm up and cool down, exercise at high intensity using calisthenics, plyometrics, strength workouts, dumbbells, medicine balls, agility ladders, obstacle courses and much more. Upon completion of Boot Camp Fitness, students will be executing their own fun and challenging fitness programs. Both graded sections and pass/fail sections are offered for this course.
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PEMW113 Weight Training (Fall and Spring) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: This course stresses basic fitness principles including basic components of fitness training; proper techniques for weight lifting; and the development of muscles, strength, endurance, and flexibility. Each student will progress at a rate commensurate with their ability. Weight training techniques for sports such as basketball, baseball and softball will be emphasized.
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PEMW114 Intermediate Weight Training (Fall and Spring) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: This course continues the development of the student's strength/fitness through weight lifting techniques. Skills for the intermediate trainer are emphasized, including self-motivation, basic fitness program design, basic nutrition program design, and record keeping. Each student will progress at a rate commensurate with their abilities.
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PEMW115 Advanced Weight Training (Fall and Spring) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: This course emphasizes skills for advanced and experienced weight trainers. A high level of development of student muscular strength, endurance, and cardiovascular fitness will be accomplished with a variety of advanced Olympic Style lifts, as well as, application of physiological and biochemical principles, advanced nutrition, and comprehensive program design.
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PEMW119 Expert Weight Training (Fall and Spring) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: Techniques and exercises for the experienced and skilled weight lifter will be emphasized in this course. Students will follow a detailed training program which emphasizes a variety of Olympic and Power Lifts. Safety and execution of specific exercises will be emphasized in order to increase students' skills and understanding of the weight lifting experience.
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PEMW135 Fitness Center I (Fall, Spring and Summer) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: The purpose of this course is to help students develop a personal fitness and exercise program consistent with a healthy lifestyle. The course is taught in the Fitness Center and utilizes treadmills, elliptical machines, stair machines, recumbent bikes, a series of resistance exercise stations and stationary exercise bikes. Instruction is provided on general fitness, safety, and proper use of the fitness equipment. General fitness testing and development of individualized fitness programs are provided for each student. Class meets 1 lecture hour per week.
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PEMW136 Fitness Center II (Fall, Spring and Summer) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: This is the second course in a series. The course continues to provide opportunities to develop and improve personal fitness and exercise programs consistent with a healthy lifestyle. The course is taught in the fitness center and utilizes treadmills, elliptical machines, stair machines, recumbent bikes and a series of resistance exercise stations and stationary exercise bikes. Class meets for 1 hour lecture per week.
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PEMW137 Fitness Center III (Fall, Spring and Summer) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: This is the third course in the series. The course continues to provide opportunities to develop and improve personal fitness and exercise programs consistent with a healthy lifestyle. The course is taught in the fitness center and utilizes treadmills, elliptical machines, stair machines, recumbent bikes and a series of resistance exercise stations and stationary exercise bikes. Class meets 1 lecture hour per week.
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PEMW138 Fitness Center IV (Fall, Spring and Summer) – 1.0 hours
Course Description: This is the fourth course in a series. The course continues to provide opportunities to develop and improve personal fitness and exercise programs consistent with a healthy lifestyle. The course is taught in the fitness center and utilizes treadmills, elliptical machines, stair machines, recumbent bikes and a series of resistance exercise stations and stationary exercise bikes. Class meets 1 lecture hour per week.
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PEMW150 Teaching Elementary Games (Fall, Spring and Summer) – 2.0 hours
Course Description: This course introduces characteristics and needs of the elementary school child in terms of growth, development, and adjustment. Planning, organizing, and teaching activities which fulfill the needs of children from early childhood to 6th grade. Activities for the mainstreaming of children with disabilities are included.
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PEMW153 Introduction to Sports Psychology (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course will cover various psychological principles associated with sport. Discussions will consist of the psychological variables which can hinder athletic performance as well as the variables which can enhance performance. Class content will also illustrate numerous psychological techniques which can enhance sport performance. The overall goal of this class is to bridge the gap between theory and real world situations. At the conclusion of the class, the student should gain a better understanding as to why athletes succeed or fail based upon theoretical principles. Students should also gain a better understanding as to which psychological techniques may help their own performance, not only in sport settings but in all performance situations (e.g., public speaking, academics).
NotesBlackboard will be used during this course; students should be proficient in using this software.
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PEMW157 Personal Training I: Fitness Professional Training (Fall) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course is designed for current and future health professionals who are interested in helping individuals, communities, and groups gain the benefits of participating in activity in a positive and safe environment. This course includes guidelines for laboratory testing used in health and fitness setting and for exercise programming both in healthy populations and in populations with special needs. A basic overview of anatomy as well as adaptations to training is also addressed.
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PEMW158 Personal Training II: Essentials of Exercise Science for Fitness Professionals (Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This class will give students the foundational knowledge they will need to complete their personal training certification. This is a class designed in a comprehensive topic of exercise science. However, it is focused on topics and set at a level of expertise to those individuals aspiring to become fitness professionals. Each of the topics studied will help you identify areas that require additional study time and more focused attention.
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PEMW159 Personal Training III: ACE Personal Training Capstone (Spring) – 4.0 hours
Course Description: This course is designed to give students the knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare for the ACE Personal Trainer Certification Exam and become effective personal trainers. This course presents the ACE Integrated Fitness Training (ACE IFT) Model as a comprehensive system for designing individualized programs based on each client’s unique health and performance goals. The information covered by this course and the ACE IFT Model will help students learn how to facilitate rapport, adherence, self-efficacy and behavior change in clients, as well as design programs that help clients to improve posture, movement, flexibility, balance, core function, cardiorespiratory fitness, and endurance and strength.
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