Fitness and Exercise Essentials: Body Weight Exercises

An easy to follow video based course that guides students through different exercises and basic exercise related info.
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  • Lectures 14
  • Length 35 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

This course is designed to help students understand the process of designing a basic workout using body weight exercises. Emphasis is placed on key components such as: nutrition, planning, warming up, cooling down, stretching and much more. Helpful videos with cues are provided in this course to show how to correctly do some popular body weight exercises. Anyone who is interested in a weight lifting program may benefit from this coursework as it teaches basic elements like form and recovery.

  • Learn from short, brief and informative video lessons.
  • Watch and learn from 14 total lessons that introduce key elements of exercise a fitness.
  • Understand the basics of body weight exercises from a professional trainer and physical educator.
  • Apply skills learned to enhance your workout program.

This course has 3 sections and each have video based instructions with screencasts, powerpoint, and video with helpful insight.

What are the requirements?

  • Basics about the human body (see Course One on Anatomy and Physiology) is helpful.
  • Understanding and familiarization of common exercises will aid in success in this course.
  • Some experience in basic exercise is very helpful.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Design workouts using body weight exercises, with appropriate regard to muscle groups and recovery time.
  • Understand key terminology within this course of study.
  • Comprehend specific cues involved in performing various body weight exercises.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in becoming more fit or helping others reach their health goals.
  • Someone who may be in an occupation that practices exercise and fitness components on a regular basis.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Creating A Workout

Discusses exercises, nutrition, rest, and how the body operates.

Warm-Up: Why is it so important?

Example of a good workout program and helpful tips related to exercise.

Creating a Workout: Quiz
8 questions
Section 2: Dynamic Warm-Ups and Static Stretching

Examples of good dynamic (active) warm-up exercises. Cues and key tips for form are provided.


Examples of good static (stationary or non-moving) warm-up exercises for the upper body. Cues and key tips for form are provided.


Examples of good static (stationary or non-moving) warm-up exercises for the lower body. Cues and key tips for form are provided.

Section 3: Upper Body Exercises

Examples of various push-up exercises that target different muscle groups. Cues and key tips for form are provided.


Examples of various arm and shoulder exercises. Cues and key tips for form are provided.


Examples of various abdominal/core exercises. Cues and key tips for form are provided.


Examples of various plank exercises. Cues and key tips for form are provided.

Upper Body Quiz
5 questions
Section 4: Lower Body Exercises

Examples of various squat exercises. Cues and key tips for form are provided.


Examples of various lunge exercises. Cues and key tips for form are provided.


Examples of various exercises for calves, glutes, hips, and total body moves. Cues and key tips for form are provided.

Lower Body Quiz
6 questions

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Instructor Biography

Chris Martin, Physical Educator, Coach, and Personal Trainer

Born, raised, and currently living in beautiful east Tennessee, I am a husband, father, son, educator, coach, personal trainer, and fitness junkie. I received my BS in physical education in 2007 and my master's in educational leadership in 2015.

While most of my time and energy is spent trying to motivate high school students to live healthier lives, I enjoy helping anyone understand exercise and reach their goals, regardless of their age or health status. It's extremely important to have an understanding for how the body is formed and how to get the most of it through exercise and nutrition. Through my accredited sources, I have attained this knowledge and now I'm ready to share it with you!

I completed my undergraduate degree in 2007 at Carson-Newman University. I began teaching high school physical education and wellness in 2008. I currently hold the position of department head in our physical education department. In 2013, I became a certified personal trainer through International Sport Science Association. While I haven't spent a lot time training clients, I have been able to practice what I've learned with my students and athletes. In 2015 I received my master's in Educational Leadership from Union College.

I'm excited to teach what I've learned, so if there's a course that you are interested in, don't hesitate to enroll and get started.

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