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Approx. 9 hours to complete

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What you will learn

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    How to evaluate the role that physical activity plays in your health

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    How your cardiorespiratory fitness can be improved with aerobic training

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    How strength training results in strength gains and improve your health

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    How to formulate you own cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal exercise routine to improve your health

Skills you will gain

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Beginner Level

Approx. 9 hours to complete

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Learners taking this Course are

  • Nutritionists
  • Medical Doctors
  • Program Coordinators
  • Nurses
  • Instructional Designers

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

The Basics of Fitness

5 videos (Total 28 min), 5 readings
5 videos
Week 1 Video 1 - What is fitness anyway?5m
Week 1 Video 2 - What is the exercise continuum?6m
Week 1 Video 3 - How to assess your own fitness4m
Week 1 Video 4 - How do you get the biggest bang for your exercise buck?5m
5 readings
Introduction Glossary10m
Week 1 Video 1 - Glossary10m
Week 1 Video 2 - Glossary10m
Week 1 Video 3 - Glossary10m
Week 1 Video 4 - Glossary10m
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Cardiorespiratory Fitness

6 videos (Total 31 min), 5 readings
6 videos
Week 2 Video 2 - Where do the Physical Activity Guidelines come from, anyway?4m
Week 2 Video 3 - How can you hack cardiorespiratory fitness?5m
Week 2 Video 4 - Why does H.I.T.T. work?4m
Week 2 Video 5 - Which burns more calories: Interval or Endurance Training?4m
Week 2 Video 6 - What are some interval workouts I can do at home?8m
5 readings
Week 2 Video 1 - Glossary10m
Week 2 Video 3 - Glossary10m
Week 2 Video 4 - Glossary10m
Week 2 Video 5 - Glossary10m
Week 2 Video 6 - Glossary10m
Week
3
6 hours to complete

Musculoskeletal Fitness

6 videos (Total 39 min), 9 readings
6 videos
Week 3 Video 2 - What’s up with muscle fibre?7m
Week 3 Video 3 - Can we actually prompt our muscles to grow?6m
Week 3 Video 4 - What does protein have to do with muscles?6m
Week 3 Video 5 - How does one hack strength training?8m
Week 3 Video 6 - What should I consider as I design my own workouts?5m
9 readings
Week 3 Video 1 - Glossary10m
Week 3 Video 2 - Glossary10m
A Motor Unit-Based Model of Muscle Fatigue30m
Neither Load nor Systemic Hormones Determine Resistance Training-Mediated Hypertrophy or Strength Gains in Resistance-Trained Young Men30m
Week 3 Video 3 - Glossary10m
Week 3 Video 4 - Glossary10m
Week 3 Video 5 - Glossary10m
IOC Consensus Statement: Dietary Supplements and the High-Performance Athlete30m
Week 3 Video 6 - Glossary10m
Week
4
10 hours to complete

Combining Cardio and Strength Fitness

6 videos (Total 34 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Week 4 Video 2 - What does a cardio & strength training workout actually look like?5m
Week 4 Video 3 - Can you design your own cardio & strength workout?6m
Week 4 Video 4 - How can exercise affect your mental health?4m
Week 4 Video 5 - Can't you get exercise in a pill?!5m
Week 4 Video 6 - What are our top ten tips to hack exercise for health?6m
6 readings
Does Strength-Promoting Exercise Confer Unique Health Benefits? A Pooled Analysis of Data on 11 Population Cohorts With All-Cause, Cancer, and Cardiovascular Mortality Endpoints30m
Week 4 Video 2 - Glossary10m
Research studies1h
Research studies2h
Week 4 Video 5 - Glossary10m
Overall Course Glossary1h 30m
1 practice exercise
Final Course Quiz2h

Instructor

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Martin Gibala

Professor
Kinesiology

About McMaster University

Founded in 1887, McMaster University is committed to creativity, innovation, and excellence by inspiring critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for learning. Ranked amongst the Top 100 universities in the world, McMaster pioneered a learner-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning that is now known worldwide as the “McMaster Model”. ...

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