Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What Do Muscles Have to Do with Fitness?

Fitness for Life... Connecting Physical Fitness Components to Different Muscle Groups

Oi Gente!

I wonder, what connections could you make between the physical fitness components and different muscle groups? 

Making Connections

In class, you will have an opportunity to make these connections as you participate in a fitness circuit. Remember to think critically about the following:
  • How do the physical fitness components help maintain our health? 
  • What muscle groups are targeted as we develop each of these physical fitness components? 
  • When developing these different components, what does our heart rate tell us about our level of fitness?

Muscle Groups
  • Legs
  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Abdominals
  • Back
  • Chest
Physical Fitness Components
  • Muscular Endurance - ability sustain or repeat series of muscular contractions without tiring
  • Muscular Strength - ability to carry out work against a resistance
  • Power - ability to produce explosive force
  • Speed - ability to move the body rapidly
  • Agility - ability to quickly change body position
  • Flexibility - range of motion of body parts (important for execution of techniques in sports)
  • Balance and Coordination - ability to stay in control of body movement
  • Cardiovascular Endurance (aerobic fitness) - ability to sustain physical activity continuously


Image from Public Domain by "My Health and Fitness". http://www.my-health-and-fitness.org/body-building-exercises.html.

What can Tim and Moby teach us about muscles and fitness?

Take a look at the following BrainPops. What do you see-think-wonder about muscle groups and fitness?





Target Heart Rate... Informing our fitness development

You will take your RHR and HR during and after exercise. Be sure to record it on your heart rate record sheet. Consider the following questions: 
  • What target heart rate zone(s) were you in during today's fitness circuit? (Enter your target heart rate zone(s) in the comment section of your target heart rate record sheet)
  • How could you use this information to help inform your fitness SMART goals progress?

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