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SPHE420 - Exercise Programming and Testing

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
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

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

  1. 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 improved physical literacy and physical fitness.
  2. Establish behavior change strategies specific to a client’s readiness for change and desired physical fitness or sport specific goals.
  3. Interpret human movement patterns, biomechanic functions, and exercise physiology concepts specific to an individual client and their daily activities and sport-specific movements.
  4. Examine the importance of adaptation as it relates to functional fitness training.
  5. Analyze the phases of the OPT Model as they relate to the design of a client exercise program.
  6. Apply training concepts for a specific client to enhance common postural and movement dysfunctions, along with flexibility, Cardiorespiratory, Core, and Balance needs based on assessment results.
  7. Explore exercise program designs for individual populations with special considerations and chronic conditions.

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 above

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.