Exercise, Sport and Health Education 460

ESHE: Exercise Leadership

Prerequisites: HLTH 200 and ESHE 392

Develops the knowledge and skills that are essential to lead exercises. A wide variety of health, fitness and wellness activities will be included and range from procedures to be used for one-on-one personal training to large group classes.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course will review basic health fitness principles and provide the student with the knowledge and skills to lead a wide variety of related activities. Specific topics to be included:


1. The basis of fitness and health.
2. The makeup of a health/fitness program.
3. Who should be in a health/fitness program?
4. Health/fitness screening.
5. Fitness components.
6. Fitness program phases.
7. Fitness activities.
8. Behavior modification.
9. Leading large groups.
10. Leadership of small groups.
11. One-on-one leadership (personal trainer).
12. Role of evaluation.
13. Safety.
14. Prevention of injury.
15. Environmental consideration.
16. Program organization.
17. Human relations.
18. Program modification for special populations.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course will consist of lecture and lab. The lecture portion will consist of lecture, text assignments, writing, written exams, and the study of video. The lab will include practicing leadership with role playing, peer assessment and use of video which enables the students to study their performance.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The student shall be able to demonstrate:


1. An understanding of all components of health/fitness programs.
2. An understanding of the difficult styles of leaders and with which individuals they are the most effective.
3. The ability to interpret data from assessments to provide information to the participants as well as motivation.
4. An understanding of motivation, and how it should be used with individuals in health and fitness programs.
5. The ability to lead exercise for various size groups/individuals.
6. An understanding of accident prevention and safety procedures that apply to health fitness programs.
7. An understanding of human relations and the basic aspects of group dynamics.
8. An understanding of how programs must be modified for special populations.


Assessment Measures

The student will be assessed through a minimum of two written exams, evaluation of the performance in laboratory by direct observation and/or video, and assessment on a working notebook which they are to develop as a resource manual.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

September 2001 Reviewed Gib Darden

May, 2011