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SCI 39 — Exercise Theory and Design for Health and Fitness

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jul 27—Aug 31
Time: 6:30—9:30 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 29
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $560
Instructor(s): Clyde Wilson
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
6:30—9:30 pm (PT)
Jul 27—Aug 31
6 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 29
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Clyde Wilson
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
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 bones, nerves, joints, and muscles. 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 life 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.

Research Associate, Biochemistry, UC San Francisco

Clyde Wilson has taught movement and nutrition courses at Stanford for 20 years, including kinesiology in the Department of Human Biology, nutrition and exercise theory in the Department of Athletics, food pharmacology in both the Stanford and UCSF medical schools, and metabolism in Stanford Medicine's Health and Human Performance program. He received a PhD in chemistry from Stanford and researches metabolism at UCSF.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.