Fitness and Health

Bellarmine's Department of Fitness and Health is designed to help students become keenly aware of life-long physical fitness, health, nutrition and wellness.

All students must complete two semesters of departmental coursework for graduation:

  • Sophomores are required to take the semester-long Fitness and Health class, which focuses primarily on cardiovascular fitness along with some resistance weight training. Educational units on drugs and alcohol, sexuality and nutrition will also be included.
  • The second semester-long requirement may be completed through an approved Fitness and Health elective or waived if a student fully participates in two seasons of Bellarmine interscholastic (i.e. non-club) sports by the completion of his junior year. Not all Fitness and Health course offerings fulfill this requirement, therefore it is important to review the comments included with each elective to determine its applicability.
Courses
Course Name
Term
UC / CSU Approved?
Cross Training & Nutrition Semester No

Course Description: Students in this class will participate in vigorous Cross Training fitness activities which are intended to develop overall strength, cardiovascular endurance, balance and coordination. Students will also learn the basics of healthy food preparation, food labels & purchasing, and nutritional influences on athletic and academic performance. Students will develop skills intended to make a successful transition from the Cross Training fitness instructional program to the independent pursuit of a healthy lifestyle beyond the classroom.

Comments: Elective. This course is approved as one which counts toward the Department of Fitness and Health's two semester graduation requirement.

Introduction to Fitness   Semester No

Course Description: Introduction to Fitness is a class designed to orient students to cardiovascular fitness, resistance weight training, and general health and nutrition practices. Topics will include warm-up, flexibility, speed training, agility training, weight training, and units dealing with various athletic sports and activities. The goal of the course is to begin building a foundation for lifelong fitness, nutrition, health, and wellness habits that students will carry with them into adulthood. 

Comments: Elective. This course is approved as one which counts toward the Department of Fitness and Health's two semester graduation requirement.

Weight Training Semester No

Course Description: This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn weight training concepts and techniques used for obtaining physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive weight training and cardio-respiratory endurance activity. This course will cover basic anatomy, nutrition, weight lifting techniques and exercises, program design, aerobic conditioning and warm-ups. They will also have the opportunity to create and design their own weight training program. This course includes both lecture and activity sessions throughout the week. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, demonstrate safety and develop positive attitudes towards fitness for the rest of their lives.

Comments: Elective. This course is approved as one which counts toward the Department of Fitness and Health's two semester graduation requirement.