Course Content
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1. Current State of Health and Fitness
Learning objectives: -- Understand current statistics around physical fitness, inactivity and obesity within the US and worldwide -- Gain an understanding of how obesity and disease impact healthcare costs and overall public health -- Understand how FitLot Outdoor Fitness Parks can be part of the solution
2. History and Benefits of Outdoor Fitness
Learning objectives: -- Understand the history of outdoor fitness and outdoor fitness parks -- Describe the health benefits of exercising outdoors -- Explain the potential impact of accessible green space and outdoor fitness parks on public health and communities
3. Group Training in Public Spaces
Learning objectives: -- Understand the benefits of exercising in groups -- Identify considerations for training in outdoor and public spaces -- Identify specific areas of concern for instructors leading classes safely in outdoor public spaces
4. Circuit Training Overview
Learning Objectives -- Understand the history behind circuit training programs -- Learn the benefits of circuit training, based on research -- Understand why circuit training is effective in a community class setting
5. Review of Anatomy
Learning Objectives -- Reinforce the importance of a basic understanding of bones and muscles -- Review the basic joint actions and types of muscle contractions -- Review the anatomical planes and understand their utilization in exercise programming
6. Foundational Training Principles and Concepts
Learning Objectives -- Understand the basic components of physical fitness -- Explain basic principles of exercise programming -- Review select points of exercise physiology and the various energy pathways
7. Training Fundamentals
Learning Objectives -- Describe and demonstrate fundamental movements -- Understand the fundamental elements that are incorporated into FitLot Circuit Training classes -- Identify the 11 fixed stations of the outdoor fitness park structure and describe exercises that may be performed at each of them.
8. FitKit Resistance Band Training
Learning Objectives -- Understand the FitKit Resistance Band System and how it can be incorporated into FitLot training -- Explain how the FitKit resistance bands, and other equipment utilizing anchor points, attach to the FitLot structure -- Understand existing research that supports the effectiveness of resistance band training -- Describe specific exercises that use the FitKit resistance bands
9. FitLot Circuit Training Program
Learning Objectives -- Understand FitLot Circuit Training Program methodology -- Understand how FitLot Circuit Training classes are organized and implemented -- Learn how to plan a FitLot Circuit Training class
10. Coaching and Class Instruction
Learning Objectives -- Understand successful instruction techniques for teaching outdoor fitness classes -- Describe best practices for class execution regarding music, timing, vocal instruction, monitoring intensity, and class setup
11. Considerations for Special Populations and Health Emergencies
Learning Objectives -- Understand the importance of pre-screening and health risk assessment procedures as part of the registration process -- Identify common conditions that may present special health and safety concerns in an outdoor fitness park class -- Identify special populations that may require extra attention and modifications during an outdoor fitness park class -- Describe environmental conditions that may arise when instructing outdoor fitness classes and how to handle them safely -- Identify emergency conditions and situations and explain corresponding appropriate action
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About Lesson

Ample research supports the notion that exercising outdoors provides a variety of benefits. While simply spending time outdoors can positively affect people, those who participate in an outdoor exercise program experience even more positive impacts on their health and well-being. Take a look at some of the examples below, and think about the ways that spending time outside has enhanced your own wellness.

  • – For example, “…going out daily [has been shown to be] beneficial among independent older people, correlating with reduced functional decline and improved health measures” (Jacobs et al. 2008).
  • – Participating in outside exercise experiences may even be more enticing and enjoyable for people. One study found that “…outdoor training enhances affective responses to exercise and leads to greater exercise adherence than indoor training…” (Lacharité-Lemieux et al. 2015).
  • – In an examination of whether or not environmental settings influenced psychological and physiological responses in women with obesity, while both settings improved overall fitness, the outdoor experiences “…presented improved psychological responses,” and seemed to “…promote long-term adherence to a physically active lifestyle” (Krinski et al.2017).
  • – In addition, one study found that encouraging outdoor fitness initiatives with children “…may be an effective strategy for increasing physical activity and preventing increases in overweight and obesity” (Cleland et al. 2008). The same investigation showed “…the prevalence of overweight among older children at follow-up was 27-41% lower among those spending more time outdoors at baseline” (Cleland et al. 2008).
  • – According to a Harvard Health Letter published in 2010, just being outside more provides health benefits, including increased intake of Vitamin D, improved mood, decreased stress levels and quickened recovery and healing.
  • – The literature suggests that just being outdoors also appears to benefit children, as it is associated with increased physical activity and even higher physical activity intensity (Cooper et al. 2010; Cleland et al. 2008).