SCI 39 — Exercise Theory and Design for Health and Fitness
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jul 29—Aug 26
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 31
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Instructor(s): Clyde Wilson
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
Human movement and exercise can increase quality of life through improved immunity, sleep, energy, metabolism, psychological state, longevity (meaning disease-risk reduction), and the improved function of tissues such as bone, nerve, joint, and muscle. This course highlights what the scientific literature says about the impact that human movement has on health and fitness parameters so that exercise can be targeted to specific goals. Students will learn a simple approach for applying this information to their lives, helping them to develop personalized exercise programs that benefit from an enhanced understanding of the fundamental processes involved. Topics covered will include anatomy, the neural control of movement, how muscles contract and become damaged during exercise, and the recovery and adaptation process. Homework will focus on applying course concepts to each person's individual life goals and lifestyle, combining what each person wants with the realities of their lives to strike the balance between what is simultaneously most effective and most sustainable.
Students should be comfortable hearing about scientific findings on the topics discussed in class, but no science background is required.
Clyde Wilson has taught kinesiology in Stanford Human Biology, nutrition and human movement in Stanford’s Department of Athletics, and food pharmacology in the Stanford and UCSF medical schools. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford and researches metabolic regulation at UCSF.
Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco
Textbooks for this course:
There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.