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Course Details

Course Code: SPHE420 Course ID: 3336 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed for the undergraduate degree in Sports and Health Sciences. Students will combine knowledge from prior classes such as Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Nutrition and Training and Conditioning and will be prepared to implement their knowledge in a professional setting. Application of basic exercise training principles will be expanded as the course progresses, allowing the student to execute a wide range of personal fitness training principles such as fundamentals of human movement science, client/athlete assessment, exercise training concepts, program design, nutrition and supplementation. This course incorporates advanced exercise programming techniques utilizing the Optimum Performance Training Model (OPT Model) and prepares students for the Certified Personal Training examination offered by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT). Upon successful completion of this course and with a valid CPR certification students are eligible to sit for this examination. (Prerequisite: BIOL251)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

  1. Compare and contrast traditional strength training to research-based integrated training.
  2. Interpret human movement patterns, biomechanic functions, and exercise physiology concepts specific to an individual client and their daily activities and sport-specific movements.
  3. Apply training concepts for a specific client to enhance common postural and movement dysfunctions utilizing the OPT Model.
  4. Evaluate the role of the Components of Fitness (cardiorespiratory, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, body composition, and skill), through an integrated fitness assessment, to a client’s need for core, balance, resistance, reactive, speed, and agility training.
  5. Examine the importance of adaptation as it relates to resistance training.
  6. Analyze the phases of the OPT Model as they relate to the design of a client exercise program.
  7. Adapt exercise program designs for individual populations with special considerations and chronic conditions.
  8. Establish behavior change strategies specific to a client’s readiness for change and desired physical fitness or sport specific goals.
  9. Synthesize the information from NASM on how to run a successful personal training business.
  10. Examine the fitness professional’s role in client based nutrition sciences
NameGrade %
Quizzes 20.00 %
Quiz 4 WK 7 Chap 14-16 4.00 %
Quiz 1 WK 1 Chap1-4 4.00 %
Quiz 3 WK 5 Chap 9-13 4.00 %
Quiz 2 WK 3 Chap 5-8 4.00 %
Nutrition Module Quiz Chapters: 17-18 4.00 %
Discussion Forums 30.00 %
Week #1 Forum 3.75 %
Week #2 Forum 3.75 %
Week #3 Forum 3.75 %
Week #4 Forum 3.75 %
Week #5 Forum 3.75 %
Week #6 Forum 3.75 %
Week #7 Forum 3.75 %
Week #8 Forum 3.75 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Assignment 1:(WK2) Fitness Assessment 10.00 %
Assignment 2: (WK4) Phase I Stabilization Program 10.00 %
Assignment 3: (WK6) Stabilization and Strength Level Programs 10.00 %
Final Project -Assignment #4 20.00 %
Assignment 4: (WK8) Final Project 20.00 %

Textbook in APA format:

Clark, M., Lucett, S. & Sutton, B. (6Ed.). (2018). NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training. Jones & Bartlett Learning

Required Readings:

See Course Outline

Additional Resources:

Additional information can be found in the Lessons area of the SPHE420 classroom.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

Book Title:NASM Essentials of Personal Fitness Training, 6th ed - e-book provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:NASM
Unit Cost:$88.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.