Physical Education - Fitness Training Principles and Methods - Revised

Learn about sports science and effective training principles and techniques.

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This free online physical education course will teach you about fitness training principles and methods. Fitness training works towards broad goals of overall health and well-being, rather than narrow goals of sport competition, bigger muscles, or concerns over appearance. In this free online course, you will learn the basics of physical fitness from muscle response to the physiology, biology, and the science of sports.
  • Duration

    2-3 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

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This Physical Education (PE or Phys Ed) course offers a comprehensive introduction to the topic and investigates the basics: from muscle response to the physiology, biology, and the science of sports. It covers the scientific basis of fitness and concludes with training principals and methods. 

The focus of this course is to help build the learner’s knowledge of movement and safety, and their ability to use these to perform in a wide range of activities associated with the development of an active and healthy lifestyle.


This course is ideal for those studying for a qualification in health or fitness or for sports enthusiasts. It is also an excellent resource for trainers or managers in fitness, health or sports related activities. So why, wait? Learn how to train your body to be strong and healthy with physcial exercise today!

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe muscle architecture and muscle groups such as the motor unit, muscular force, muscle fibres, and joint actions
  • Explain the benefits of involvement in fitness activities
  • Relate heart rate to ATP-PC, and lactic acid to aerobic energy systems
  • Explain about food conversion for energy
  • Describe the four training principles: overload, specificity, reversibility and individual differences
  • Illustrate the importance of maximum volume of oxygen consumed by the body, acute responses, fatigue, recovery and glycogen restoration


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