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Take a fitness class for academic credit

PDP credit courses are a great way for students to schedule a workout into their academic weeks or balance their course loads. From swimming to group fitness to dance, BU offers something for everyone! Classes generally meet once or twice a week, for varying times. Most are held in BU’s new, state-of-the-art Fitness and Recreation Center.

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Fitness classes offered this semester:

PDP FT 112 Basic Weight Training Principles

Fall ‘21

A course in the principles and methods of strength training using machine and free-weight exercises. Improve muscle strength, tone, endurance and body composition with sensible safe weight training.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 8:55 am – 9:45 am FRC 207C
B1 MW 1:25 pm – 2:15 pm FRC 207C
C1 TR 9:00 am – 9:50 am FRC 207C
D1 TR 9:55 am – 10:45 am FRC 207C

PDP FT 115 Basic Conditioning

Fall ‘21

Exercise form and function will be reviewed in depth to allow participants to develop balanced total body fitness programs. Weekly workouts will include a warm-up, strength training, flexibility and cardiovascular components.  [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 9:55 am – 10:45 am FRC L131
B1 TR 10:00 am – 10:50 am FRC L137

PDP FT 125 Principles of High Intensity Interval Training

Fall ‘21

This class is a mix of interval training, weightlifting, gymnastics and mobility exercises to increase participants overall fitness capacity. You will learn the principles and benefits of HIIT training.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 TR 12:20 pm – 1:10 pm FRC L137
B1 MW 3:25 pm – 4:15 pm FRC L131

PDP FT 130 Boxing

Fall ‘21

Learn boxing basics starting with stance and hand placement and proceeding to the jab, the straight right, hooks, and uppercuts. Learn how to slip, duck, and parry a jab; practice counter-punches and footwork. Get a great aerobic workout and walk away with improved self-confidence.  [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 TR 9:55 am – 10:45 am O'Brien FRC 211
B1 TR 11:00 am – 11:50 am O'Brien FRC 211
C1 TR 2:25 pm – 3:15 pm O'Brien FRC 211

PDP FT 131 Boot Camp

Fall ‘21

A comprehensive course in real deal fitness. Work on cardio-respiratory muscular strength and endurance and flexibility. This is a tried and true workout consisting of running drills, abdominal work, upper body strength, and endurance exercises and walking with weight. Basic self-defense skills from boxing, wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu and American Combat Karate will also be covered. Get a solid base of physical and mental training to get in superior condition that will help in all sports and outdoor activities. This will be a high level class working with all ability levels.  [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 TR 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm O'Brien FRC 211

PDP FT 132 Kickboxing

Fall ‘21

This combination of American and traditional Thai kickboxing is a full-body, high-intensity workout that challenges muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. Traditional Muay Thai uses fists, elbows, knees, and feet as tools of self-defense. Focus pads and kicking shields are used to teach correct punching and kicking techniques.  [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 TR 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm O'Brien FRC 211

PDP FT 140 Marathon Training

Fall ‘21

This course will provide the knowledge and physical foundation needed for students to prepare for completion of a 5K, 10K, marathon or marathon. Content will cover topics such as nutrition guidelines for distance running, injury prevention, creating and evaluating a training plan, maintaining and monitoring a training log, and planning of group runs. Information on obtaining an official entry into the Boston Marathon through fundraising efforts will be provided. The course will meet once a week.  [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 W 8:00 am – 9:30 am FRC 221

PDP FT 304 Fitness Instructor Certification Prep Class

Fall ‘21

In the Fitness Instructor prep course, you will learn how to create innovative group fitness classes to inspire and motivate people to move. This course will prepare students for the ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification. Includes practical and theoretical seminars in anatomy, body alignment, sports nutrition, communication strategies, class format design, and safety guidelines.   [ 2 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm FRC 222

PDP FT 306 Personal Trainer Certification Prep

Fall ‘21

This class is designed to prepare you to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CPT) Certified Personal Trainer Examination. You will learn how to design safe and effective exercise programs and provide the guidance to help clients achieve their personal health and fitness goals. The course includes practical and theoretical seminars in basic anatomy and exercise physiology, fitness evaluation, exercise program design, nutrition, teaching methods, and safety issues. It is required that to successfully pass the NSCA Personal Trainer exam you must purchase the Essentials of Personal Training 2nd Edition by NSCA - National Strength & Conditioning Association, Roger W. Earle (Editor). The textbook fee is $100 which must be paid on the FitRec website by the first class. Individuals who successfully complete this course and pass the NSCA Personal Training Certification may be given an opportunity to personal train FitRec members or teach PDP fitness classes. 2 cr. Either sem.  [ 2 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 TR 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm FRC 222
B1 TR 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm FRC 222

PDP FT 308 Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist Certification Prep

Fall ‘21

This class is designed to prepare you to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS). You will learn how to apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. Course includes practical and theoretical seminars in anatomy, exercise physiology, athletic testing, advance strength training principles, sports nutrition, and injury prevention.   [ 2 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 8:00 am – 9:00 am FRC 222

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