School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

Face-to-Face/On-Campus Labs

PED 101 Physical Activity and Wellness

Advanced Volleyball
This lab section is designed to allow a competitive environment where experienced volleyball players can learn and grow together. This lab is intended for students who have played competitive volleyball at some point in their lives. Although designed for more experienced volleyball players, the lab's instructor will accommodate students' needs. Advanced volleyball techniques will be taught and implemented in class, e.g. proper attacking footwork, offensive strategies, defensive strategies, serve/receive rotations, advanced blocking techniques, etc. Students will learn the rules and scoring system along with proper volleyball etiquette. The student will learn in a team-based environment, and the lab will culminate with an exciting end-of-the-year, round-robin 6-on-6 volleyball tournament. Instruction and assistance to demonstrate how volleyball can fit into a lifetime wellness plan will be discussed with the students throughout the semester.*It is recommended that students registering for this section have prior history of organized/competitive volleyball experience.*

In this lab section, students will study Aikido, The Way of Harmony. Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art based on principles of non-resistance and intended as a way of peacefully resolving conflicts; protecting one's self and others. Classes include meditation, breathing exercises, stretching and strengthening exercises. In addition, students will be introduced to Aikido stances, footwork, handwork, and partner practices, while connecting the study and practice of Aikido with their path toward optimum wellness across the lifespan. This lab activity section does not require any prior martial arts experience, but students from other styles are welcome.

Aquatic Wellness Activities (basic swimming ability is required)
Participation in a variety of wellness activities in the aquatic environment such as water aerobics, water jogging, basic swimming, basic diving, and simple water sports.

AquaFit/Total Body Conditioning (basic swimming ability is required)
This lab section combines aerobic swimming and alternative water workouts with weight training and various dry land physical activities to help students develop a balanced, safe, physical activity program.

Beginning Fencing
Students in this lab section will learn foil fencing from the ground up with all equipment provided. All levels of fencers are welcome from beginners to advanced, as the instructor will accommodate your needs as best possible. Students will learn history, basic footwork and bladework, tactics, rules, refereeing, some epee and sabre, and participate in a 'friendly' tournament. Fencing will be related to outside and lifelong wellness in conjunction with the lecture content.

Beginning Physical Activity
This lab section is specifically designed for students who are currently not participating in a regular physical activity program. It is for those who believe they would benefit from the support, knowledge, and guidance of both the instructor and classmates to develop their thoughts, attitudes, and skills to successfully develop a wellness plan they can maintain (and reassess) across the lifespan. Students participate in basic, safe, and effective cardiovascular, resistance, and flexibility activities that contribute to national physical activity and health guidelines. The principles of training (i.e., gradual progression, specificity of training, overload, etc.) and the components of a workout (i.e., balance, warm up, cool down, stretching) will be taught and applied in lab. The purposefully non-threatening lab environment will target students' needs with an emphasis on enjoyment and class (team) support.

Beginning Swimming
This lab section is for beginning swimmers who do not know how to swim or have very poor swimming skills. The class will cover skills such as floating, crawl stroke, elementary backstroke, backstroke, breast stroke, treading water and aqua fitness. There is a strong fitness component to this lab activity, but you can be a non-swimmer or a triathlete and still benefit from taking this lab.

Beginning Volleyball
After participating in this lab section, students will gain a better understanding of the game of volleyball. More specifically, the physical activities and skills taught are designed for students with minimal volleyball knowledge and experience; the instructor will accommodate various students' needs as well as possible. Basic technical concepts will be taught from the ground up, such as Attacking, Serving, Defense, and Blocking. Students will also learn the basic skills, rules, scoring and etiquette associated with volleyball. Lastly, students in this lab section will experience a non-threatening team-based environment as it will culminate with a fun, end-of-the-year, round-robin 6-on-6 volleyball tournament. Instruction and assistance to demonstrate how volleyball can fit into a lifetime wellness plan will be discussed with the students throughout the semester.

Beginning Yoga/Resistance Training/Cardio Activities
This lab section will include one day of resistance and/or cardiovascular training, and one day of yoga each week. The yoga class is designed for those who are new to yoga practice, and will focus on basic postures, yogic breathing, and relaxation techniques. During the resistance training classes, students will have the choice to use free weights, cable machines, and/or dumb bells. Cardiovascular activity is also an option to provide variety and to supplement in-class workouts. The cardiovascular equipment available includes elliptical trainers, recumbent bikes, stationary bikes, and treadmills. Overall, students in this lab section will learn and participate in a basic yoga practice, participate in a variety of cardiovascular and resistance exercises, all while applying progression, specificity, overload, and the other principles of training to create a well-balanced physical activity program they continue outside-class and on their own after PED 101.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a grappling based martial art. It utilizes leverage, timing, and takes advantage of mistakes made from an attacker. Students will learn technique that will help escape dangerous holds, strikes and ultimately result in a dominant position used to control your opponent and lead to a submission (without hurting attacker). The course also teaches self-defense moves such as bear hug, headlock and other escapes that can keep students from being injured during an attack. BJJ hits all components of fitness including cardiovascular, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility and balance. It also teaches your mind to think critically; leading to smart, efficient decisions even during stressful situations. The Lab is great for both male and female students, with no previous experience required.

Cardiovascular/Resistance/Flexibility Activities
Students in this lab section will have the opportunity to explore a variety of cardiovascular, resistance, and flexibility activities to promote enjoyment, self-efficacy, confidence, and motivation. In addition, this section will focus on the development of self-management skills to facilitate a lifetime of wellness (i.e., self-assessment, self-monitoring, goal setting, self-planning, coping skills, consumer skills, and time management).

Cardio/Resistance Training
Students in this lab section will have the opportunity to utilize the weight room, track, and group exercise room to improve their individual physical wellness. In the weight room, students will follow a circuit training schedule that includes resistance training, cardio machines, and abdominal workouts. Students will have the freedom to select a resistance program that targets either strength building, or muscular endurance and shaping, based on their individual needs. The track will be used for cardiovascular exercise that includes both aerobic and anaerobic conditioning. Students will also use the group exercise room to participate in additional cardio/resistance activities including step aerobics and yoga.


This class offers three segments of different types of cardio, strength and core. The cardio ranges from basic "aerobic" moves as well as using basic step moves. Fusing together intensities and different types of exercises creates intervals and variations that promote fitness!

Cardio/Weight Training Combo
A personal fitness program that includes cardiovascular and weight training. Fitness/power walking, weight machines, and cardiovascular machines are used. An introduction to weight training, basic anatomy and physiology associated with weight training, and safe lifting procedures will be studied. The lab time is divided into two parts: 20 minutes cardio and 20 minutes weight training. Students will assess personal fitness levels, set personal goals, and work to improve health and/or fitness. This class is designed to accommodate each student's health/fitness level and goals.

Circuit Training
Circuit Training combines cardiovascular and resistance training by progressing through a "circuit" of stations to complete a total body workout. Each station consists of performing short bouts of exercise using your body weight, dumbbells, machines, balls, and/or jump ropes designed to target different muscle groups in addition to your cardiovascular system. Circuit training has documented benefits, and it provides a fun, quick, varied workout that you can also do at home!

Coastal Activities
Participation in activities that are somewhat unique to our coastal environment, and will improve the health-related components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Students will be introduced to a variety of physical activities that include the water, as well as trail and beach running, with an emphasis on outdoor activities.

Couch to 5K
Structured training to promote the transformation of a sedentary lifestyle into an active one, jogging for 5 kilometers (3.1069 miles).

Fitness Walking
This section introduces fitness through walking. It is designed to introduce students to walking as a lifetime activity and to progressively develop cardiovascular endurance by walking. Emphasis is placed on developing correct, safe and effective walking techniques, stretching, conditioning exercises, proper clothing, fluid needs, and injury prevention. Students will monitor and demonstrate improvement in individual fitness walking performance.

Functional Training
Functional Training involves participation in a variety of activities to improve cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility. Students will be introduced to all aspects of the Student Recreation Center's Fitness Center, including the Harris Teeter Functional Training Area. Students will learn how to utilize TRX cables, kettlebells, and various other implements in hope that they can then incorporate those exercises into their own personal physical activity. Instruction will also be given on circuit training, interval training, bodyweight and resistance exercise, and cardiovascular exercise.

Group Exercise

Participation in group exercises and activities designed to improve muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular, and anaerobic capacities. Students will learn group exercises and activities to incorporate the ones they enjoy into their lifetime wellness plan. Specific examples of exercises and activities include yoga, resistance training, circuit training, step cardio, core training and more.

Integral Yoga Hatha
The objective of this lab section is to give students experiences unlike those found in a typical gym-based yoga class. The intention of the original Hatha yogi's was to prepare the body, breath and mind for progressively deeper and deeper forms of self-inquiry. This section will attempt to be true to this intention. Through postures, deep relaxation, breathing exercises, and meditation, students will be become more aware of what is true health and wellness for them.

Lifetime Activities
This lab section is designed to give you flexibility in developing and participating in an individualized physical activity program. Students will be introduced to a variety of lifetime activities that are safe, well-balanced, and can improve fitness (i.e., cardiovascular training, resistance and free-weight training, aerobic training, walking, or jogging). Students in this lab section will explore new and safe lifetime-based physical activities in order to find those they enjoy for the development of wellness across the lifespan.

This lab section is designed to give students an understanding and ability to perform Pilates. This practice strengthens the core, improves posture, increases muscle strength and endurance, and flexibility emphasizing body alignment, breathing, and improving coordination and balance.

Recreational Biking
This course provides you with a general knowledge of the parts of a bicycle, proper fit, basic bicycle maintenance, safety, rules of the road, and techniques for better control of your bicycle. In this course, you will be required to bring your own bicycle and helmet in order to demonstrate basic bicycle skills for recreational riding.

Recreational Running
Recreational Running is an introduction to the lifetime activity of jogging. Students will learn how to become better, more efficient runners. The goals of the lab are to improve the aerobic and anaerobic energy systems, improve running efficiency through drills, as well as strength and flexibility development. We encourage, and stress individual development to meet the goals and desires of the students. Running experience is suggested.

Salsa Fitness
This class utilizes the basic styles of Latin dancing, predominantly Salsa, in a fun and energetic way to improve students' cardiovascular endurance. Through a variety of movements and sequences done individually, with a partner, and in a group, students will work their legs, arms and core, whilst getting their groove on to Latin tunes. No prior dance experience is necessary.

Self Defense
You will learn not only physical skills to keep yourself safe for a lifetime, but awareness skills that will help you avoid possible dangers in life. Through awareness and mindfulness practices, you will learn to recognize and defend yourself from potential threats. The techniques you will learn are aikido-based, and are currently used by many police departments around the world due to not only their effectiveness, but due to the philosophical aspect of pacifism. In this activity section, you will gain strength and flexibility in both the body and the mind through stretching and breathing exercises, and practice of the self-defense techniques.

Tai Chi
In this lab section, students will be studying Chen Style Tai Chi. The Chen style is the historic root of Tai Chi from which other modern styles have evolved. The class will include meditation and breathing exercises, stretching and strengthening movements, Chen style foundation building; and students will learn the Chen 18 essential movement form. Through the practice of Tai Chi, the class will address the dimensions of wellness and learn ways to connect your practice to the goal of optimum health and wellness across the lifespan.

Total Body Conditioning
Total Body Conditioning involves participation in a variety of activities to improve the health-related components of fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Students will be introduced to activities that can be performed at the gym, outside, and/or at home, depending upon the setting in which they most enjoy being physically active.

Walk/Jog and Progressive Walking

Students will assess their cardiovascular fitness levels at the beginning of the semester and then set goals to improve as a result of the implementation of walking and/or jogging (as well as participation in outside class cardiovascular activities they enjoy) to develop the cardiovascular component of their physical activity program.

Weight Training

Includes instruction on basic weight training techniques, muscle groups, safety considerations, and an introduction to a variety of different types of lifts and exercises to develop the resistance component of their balanced physical activity program.

Yoga Flow

The objective of this lab section is to give students a more comprehensive experience than what is found in a studio based or gym based yoga class. This class is appropriate for both beginner and advanced yoga students. Students will learn alignment principles in order to practice safely in class and in the community.The class will include breath work, physical postures, and meditation, while discussing how to incorporate the physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions of wellness into a yoga practice.