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College Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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WHES 2032 - Cardio Group Fitness

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: None

(formerly PHED 2032)

The focus of this course is on exploration of a variety of cardiovascular group exercises and development of a personal cardiovascular exercise program. It also explores topics of nutrition, weight management, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, body composition and stress management as part of a total wellness program.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to explain the wellness philosophy.


  1. Define wellness and distinguish among its dimensions.
  2. Identify the major health problems in the United States and discuss their causes.
  3. Describe the behaviors that are part of a fit and well lifestyle.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of fitness components, exercise, and training principles as they apply to a total wellness program.
  5. Evaluate current lifestyle.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to apply at least one of the dimensions of wellness.


  1. Identify nutritional and exercise behavioral patterns that can lead to cardiovascular disease.
  2. Identify nutrition and weight management concepts as they apply to lifelong wellness and overcoming barriers.
  3. Identify student’s own behavior patterns that create barriers to wellness and how to overcome those barriers.
  4. Using wellness assessment modules and relevant theory to assist students in completing a personal fitness profile and personal wellness program and change or modify behaviors that are barriers to overall wellness goals.

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to relate the principles of cardiovascular exercise as a component of a total wellness program.


  1. Identify the principles of cardiovascular exercise and its relationship within a total wellness program.
  2. Demonstrate group fitness activities that include, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.
  3. Demonstrate the structure of an aerobic workout through physical and cognitive skills.
  4. Demonstrate implementing target heart rate.
  5. Identify how cardiovascular exercise is interrelated to a total wellness program.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Information Literacy: YES

  1. Orientation/Introduction/Tour of Exercise Facility
  2. Chapter 1, Introduction to Wellness
  • What is Group Fitness/Aerobics
  • Class structure and format
  • Warm-up; Workout; Cool-down
  1. Chapter 2, Changing Personal Behaviors for Optimal Wellness
  • Pre-fitness testing
  1. Chapter 3, Understanding Fitness Principles
  2. Chapter 4, Conditioning Your Cardiorespiratory System
  • Target Heart Rate
  • Low/High impact aerobics
  • Low impact vs low intensity
  • Types of low impact activities
  • Types of aerobic activities
  1. Chapter 5, Building Muscular Strength & Endurance
  • Weights and Resistance
  • Circuit Training • Interval Training
  • Cross training
  1. Chapter 6, Maintaining Flexibility & Back Health
  • Stretching
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  1. Mid-term
  2. Chapter 7, Understanding Body Composition
  • Body Fat Testing using BIA
  1. Improving Your Nutrition
  • MyDietAnalysis Program
  1. Weight Management
  • MyDietAnalysis Program
  1. Managing Stress
  2. Reducing Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Injury treatment and prevention
  • RICE
  1. Final Exam Review- Post Fitness Testing
  2. Group Presentations- Fitness Profile Due
  3. Final Exam

Primary Faculty
Allor, Tina
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Primeau, Paula
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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