Fitness For Beginners
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Fitness For Beginners

The Beginners Guide to Learning How to Exercise
4.5 (152 ratings)
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Created by Jonathan Chant
Last updated 9/2017
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Includes:
  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 9 Articles
  • 22 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

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What Will I Learn?
  • You will understand the basics of exercise and know which areas you should focus on
  • You will learn the basic and important exercise movements that all exercises are based off of and get the appropriate progressions for you
  • Understand the different types of exercise and why each one is important as it applies to you and how to train each effectively
  • There are over 100 single exercises demonstrated, dozens of linked exercise programs and several follow along programs available
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Requirements
  • You will need athletic type clothes to do the exercises and follow along programs
  • An open mind, this course takes a slightly different approach to fitness and exercise
  • Although I've done my best to minimize the amount of equipment you will need the following items will help you experience the course fully as intended. Stability Ball, Dumbbells, Exercise Bands and a Pull-up Bar
Description

Learn the basic concepts and fundamentals of exercise. You will need to understand these if you want to build an exercise program that is effective and efficient for you.

Build a strong foundation and understand the proper movements to decrease your chances of getting hurt and get the results you're looking for while exercising.

  • Fitness Fundamentals
  • Learn the Different Types of Exercise
  • Learn How to Move Properly
  • Get Follow Along Programs to Get You Started

Stop Wasting Your Time

When most people start an exercise program they walk into a gym look around and just sort of copy some of the exercises other people are doing and through trial and error they figure out what works for them. They don't take a minute to consider what their goals are, if they are exercising the muscle groups that are important to them, if they are doing the exercises properly or if they've structured the exercise program in the most efficient way. In this course we address all of these issues so you can get the most out of your exercise program, you can see the results you're looking for and spend as little time exercising as possible.

Content and Overview

This course is for beginner exercisers, people that are consistently exercising, but not seeing the results they expected for the amount of work they put in and anyone who is thinking about becoming a personal trainer or enrolled in a personal training course to get the fundamentals. You'll learn the basic concepts of strength training, cardiovascular training and mobility training. You will understand which type is best suited for you and how much of each type you should do. This course is predominantly video lecture based with a variety of external resources as well as downloadable worksheets that are meant to be thought provoking so you can decide what is really important in your life, why you should exercise and how to implement a successful fitness routine that works for you.

Who is the target audience?
  • If you have never followed a structured fitness program before or are a beginner exerciser this course is for you
  • If you have questions about why you should exercise this course is for you
  • If you want to better understand the different types of exercise and how much of each you should do this course is for you
  • If you have a special interest in becoming a personal trainer or are starting some form of personal training course this will give you a very good starting point
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Curriculum For This Course
61 Lectures
04:43:29
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Introduction to Exercise
10 Lectures 18:45

In this lecture I introduce myself, the course and what you can expect to be able to do once you've completed the course. 

Preview 00:53

In this lecture we cover when you should stop exercising. 

Preview 01:23

Some of the most important points from Section 1

Introduction to Exercise Quiz
1 question

This is a lecture about what you won't find in this course, which are the following:

  • Exercise as it relates to significant weight loss or obtaining a very low body fat percentage.
  • Nutritional information, which is very important when it comes to weight loss
Preview 00:59

In this lecture I will teach you what exercise is, what some of the benefits are and how much you need. 

What is Exercise?
01:14

In this lecture we discuss the different types of exercise and why you would de each type. It is important that you understand the benefits of each type so that when you build your own exercise program you understand what parts need to be incorporated. 

What Are The Different Types of Exercise
00:26

In this lecture I will teach you about the benefits of strength training, what strength training is, how you become stronger, how much strength training you should be doing. 

Preview 03:36

In this lecture I teach you about the benefits of cardiovascular training, what cardiovascular training is, what your heart rate should be, what qualifies as a cardiovascular activity and how much you should be doing. 

Preview 03:30

In this lecture I will teach you the difference between flexibility and mobility training, the benefits of mobility training, how to train mobility and how often you should train mobility. 

Preview 03:05

In this lecture you will learn about the relationship between weight loss and exercise. 

Exercise and Weight Loss
02:31

What are the types of exercise?
1 question

In this lecture we introduce how to build your fitness routine and give you some things to think about when building your own exercise program. 

Introduction To Building Your Exercise Program
01:08
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Mental Fitness and Motivation
5 Lectures 09:00

This video introduces the Motivation and Goal Setting Section.

Why This Section Is Before the Exercise
00:23

In this lecture you will learn some motivational strategies you can use to help stay motivated as you progress. There is also a Motivational Strategies worksheet that has even more tactics you can use to stay motivated. 

Motivational Strategies
03:31

In this lecture I will teach you how to set good goals and how to manage your goals when they don't go as planned. 

Setting Good Goals
03:58

In this lecture you will learn the importance of goal setting and how to overcome barriers as they arise, use the worksheet to plan out your goals and your barriers. 

Overcoming Barriers and Using the Goal Setting Worksheet
00:30

What is an example of a good process goal?

Motivation
1 question

This article just explains how to best approach the next 3 sections.

An Introduction to the Next 3 Sections
00:38
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Introduction to Strength Training
20 Lectures 02:50:48

In this lecture I introduce why you may want to do strength training and how this section is organized.

Introduction to Strength Training
00:47

In this lecture we cover what strength training is, how you actually do it and what the benefits to it are. At the end of this lecture you will understand the basic concepts of strength training and whether or not it's right for you.

What is Strength Training and How Can You Improve It
02:57

In this lecture you will learn why we prefer movement based strength training and the movement patterns you will most likely need to focus on and why. 

Biomechanics and the Importance of Movement Patterns
01:46

In this lecture you will learn how to do the bilateral squat properly, what muscles are involved, every progression of it and some of the common mistakes people make.

The Bilateral Squat Movement
08:01

In this lecture you will learn how to do the unilateral squat properly, what muscles are involved, every progression of it and some of the common mistakes people make.

The Unilateral Squat Movement
03:29

In this lecture you will learn how to do the pulling movement properly, what muscles are involved, every progression of it and some of the common mistakes people make.

The Pulling Movement Progressions
07:32

In this lecture you will learn how to do the horizontal pushing movement properly, what muscles are involved, every progression of it and some of the common mistakes people make.

The Horizontal Pushing Movement Progressions
05:56

In this lecture you will learn how to do the overhead pressing movement properly, what muscles are involved, every progression of it and some of the common mistakes people make.

The Overhead Pressing Movement
04:31

In this lecture you will learn how to do the hinge movement properly, what muscles are involved, every progression of it and some of the common mistakes people make.

The Hip Hinge Movement
04:40

In this lecture you will learn how to do different carry variations properly, what muscles are involved and some of the common mistakes people make.

Carry Movement
02:59

In this lecture you will learn a different way to look at core training, that is not muscle group focused. but movement focused instead. This approach will help you train all the aspects of your core and we also demonstrate several progressions of each exercise so that you can find the right ones for you. 

Core Training
10:40

This is a mini-section on glute activation, hip stability and I wide variety of exercises and considerations of exercises you could choose into adding into your own workout.  

Building Rock Hard Glutes
00:58

This is a mini-section on shoulder mobility, stability and I wide variety of exercises and considerations of exercises you could choose into adding into your own workout.  

Shoulder Stabilization Exercises
00:42

In this video you will learn some basic terms that are important for beginner exercisers as they first get started.

Terminology That Will Come in Handy
02:23

In this lecture you will understand the definition of a pyramid in the context of a workout and how to apply it to your own workouts. 

Understanding the Pyramid
02:18

In this lecture we discuss some frequently asked questions like, 'How of I breathe properly?' and more.

Some FAQ
03:58

In this quiz we cover how you become stronger.

How do I become stronger?
1 question

In this lecture you will learn the different parts of a workout, why they're important and some of the exercises you could consider doing.

The Breakdown of a Workout
03:55

In this lecture you will go through an entire strength workout from start to finish where I explain each exercise and why I made each exercise decision and a few progressions or alternatives if you need something that's easier, harder or just different.

Explaining the Design of a Strength Routine
18:15

This is a bodyweight follow along exercise routine that will take approximately 40 minutes to complete. 

Follow Along Strength Workout - No Equipment
39:09

This is a follow along exercise routine that requires some weights and equipment. It will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. 

Follow Along Strength Workout With Equipment
45:52
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Cardiovascular Training
11 Lectures 40:32

In this lecture we cover what cardiovascular training is, how you actually do it and what the benefits to it are. At the end of this lecture you will understand the basic concepts of cardiovascular training and whether or not it's right for you.

What is Cardiovascular Training and How Can You Improve It
00:38

In this lecture you will learn the difference between aerobic and anaerobic training and how it effects your exercise routine and the intensity that you exercise at. 

Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Training
02:48

In this lecture you will learn how to start your cardiovascular exercise program, things to watch for and what intensities you should be starting at. 

Your First Cardiovascular Program
04:41

In the quiz we test to see if you understand what intervals and what intensity you should be starting at?

What should your starting intervals and intensity be?
1 question

In this lecture you will understand what LSD running is and how it best fits into your cardiovascular exercise program.  

Long Slow Distance Running
03:56

In this lecture you will understand what Race Pace running is and how it best fits into your cardiovascular exercise program.  

Race Pace Running
04:01

In this lecture you will understand what Interval Training is and how it best fits into your cardiovascular exercise program.  

Intense Interval Training
04:21

This lecture is an explanation of the following few videos, relating to mobility and cardiovascular training.

Supplementing Your Cardio Program With Mobility Training
00:26

This is a follow along mobility exercise program that would be ideal for before you run. You will learn some leg and hip mobility exercises.

Pre-Run Mobility Follow Along
06:43

This is a follow along mobility exercise program that would be ideal for after a run. You will learn some leg and hip mobility exercises.

Post Run Mobility Follow Along
09:55

In this lecture you will learn about which muscles you should train to supplement your cardiovascular program and which ones you should spend less time training. 

How to Properly Supplement Your Cardiovascular Program with Strength Training
01:48

This is a sample cardiovascular program a beginner could follow.

Sample Cardiovascular Exercise Program
01:15
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Mobility and Flexibility Training
7 Lectures 38:47

This video lecture is an introduction to the mobility and flexibility section. 

An Introduction to Mobility and Flexibility
00:34

In this lecture we discuss the benefits of static stretches, when you should do them and how to do them properly.

Improving Your Flexibility Through Static Stretches
04:22

In this lecture we discuss the benefits of dynamic stretches, when you should do them and how to do them properly.

Improving Your Mobility Through Dynamic Stretches
03:33

In this lecture we discuss the benefits of rolling out, when you should do it and how to do it properly.

Improving Your Mobility Through Self-Massage
06:15

This is a follow along program to help you improve your shoulder mobility. 

Shoulder Mobility Follow Along
11:40

Although not all back pain is caused for the same reason, this is a follow along mobility exercise routine that would help many people with back pain, especially if they get back pain from bending forward to lift things off the floor or from sitting for long periods of time.  

Low Back Pain Follow Along
12:07

This is simply a link out to a series of mobility exercises, routines and follow alongs you could do if you can't find what you're looking for here. 

Mobility Follow Alongs
00:16
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Putting It All Together In Your Exercise Program
8 Lectures 05:44
Introduction to Case Studies
00:26

In this article lecture you will learn how to outline your exercise program from a macro level or what you should be doing on a weekly basis to set yourself up for success.

Building Your Routine and Schedule
02:50

Olivia and Oliver the Office Workers - Workout 2 (Progressively Harder Workout)
00:23

Timmy and Tammy No Time - Bang for Your Buck Short Workout
00:13

Wally and Wilma Weight Loss Circuit
00:15

Sally and Steve Strength Builder
00:04

In this lecture we cover the 'now what' since you've finished the course and offer you some free resources that will help you to continually learn and grow on your fitness journey.  

Next Steps From Here
00:45

Thank You for doing the Fitness For Beginners course, if you have any questions about the course or are unclear about anything or feel like a section created questions or if you have questions that weren't addressed please let us know so we can modify the course as required, also we would really appreciate it if you could take a minute to leave us a review, it will help other people determine if the course is right for them, now all that to be said if you had a negative experience with the course please let us know why so we can adjust it and improve it going forward. Thanks again and good luck on your fitness journey.

Thank You, Questions & Feedback
00:47
About the Instructor
Jonathan Chant
4.5 Average rating
163 Reviews
7,707 Students
5 Courses
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Jonathan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist that predominantly works with people that are learning to exercise. He specializes in teaching progressive courses and focuses as much on the motivational and educational aspects of fitness as the exercises themselves. His passion is making sure you succeed at reaching your goals.