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What you will learn

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

  • How your cardiorespiratory fitness can be improved with aerobic training

  • How strength training results in strength gains and improve your health

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

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week 1

3 hours to complete

The Basics of Fitness

3 hours to complete
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

4 hours to complete
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 hours to complete
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

10 hours to complete
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



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