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Lifetime Physical Activity Course Descriptions

Courses currently offered

Note: Courses are co-educational unless listed otherwise; not all classes are offered every semester. 

KINE 1000 - Introduction to Mindfulness

Mindfulness practice is bringing full, non-judgmental attention to what is happening in the present moment. Classes include instruction in four core practices: body scan, mindful yoga, sitting, and walking meditation. The practical application of mindfulness in mind-body awareness, health maintenance, mindful eating, stress reduction, and communication will be explored through exercises & group discussion.

KINE 1040 - Women’s Self-Defense

This course strives to develop the mind and body through martial arts. There will be an introduction to basic moves followed by more challenging techniques over the course of the semester. There is an equal emphasis on striking and grappling. This course is only offered when there is a qualified instructor available.

KINE 1100 - Tennis

Tennis classes attract students across a spectrum of tennis knowledge and experience. Classes focus on basic knowledge, skills development, rules of play, advanced skill development and strategy. Weather permitting every class will begin with a dynamic warm-up, leading into drills & game-play. Tennis racket and 1 can of balls required.

KINE 1110 - Racquetball

The basic fundamentals of skills and shots, including serves, forehand, and backhand are stressed, along with rules and game strategy. All levels are welcome. You are required to bring your own racquet and goggles.

KINE 1120 - Volleyball

Volleyball classes attract students across a spectrum of volleyball knowledge and experience. Instruction takes into account experience level, with classes focusing on basic knowledge, skill development, rules of play, and strategy. Students will learn drills and participate in group play.

KINE 1130 - Soccer

Soccer classes attract students across a spectrum of soccer knowledge and experience. Instruction takes into account experience level, with classes focusing on basic knowledge, skill development, rules of play, and strategy. Students will learn drills and participate in group play.

KINE 1140 - Rugby

The purpose of this class is to give exposure to this fast-paced fun sport. It will focus on the basic ball-handling skills, general team play, rules, and an introduction to various team strategies.

KINE 1150 - Basketball

Basketball classes attract students across a spectrum of basketball knowledge and experience. Instruction takes into account experience level, with classes focusing on basic knowledge, skill development, rules of play, and strategy. Students will learn drills and participate in group play.

KINE 1155 – Women’s Basketball

The emphasis of this class is on the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, shooting and rebounding. Rules and game strategy are also covered and practiced through participation in drills and games throughout the class.

KINE 1170 - Golf

Golf classes are held at Birdwood Golf course; note that students must find their own transportation to and from Birdwood, and have at least a basic set of clubs. Classes typically are limited to the driving range and putting area; however, sometimes you may be able to play the course. You will be responsible for paying green fees and range balls and should be prepared to pay for either at each class. 

KINE 1200 - Badminton

This is not your backyard badminton. Class focuses on the basic fundamentals of skills and shots, including serves, forehand, and backhand, along with the rules and game strategy. Singles and doubles play will be stressed.

KINE 1230 - Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate is an incredibly popular game that combines running, throwing, catching, and strategy. This class is about learning the rules, strategy, and skills necessary for effective play.

KINE 1300 - Swimming

Students with varying levels of swimming experience are welcome. Two sections are taught simultaneously to allow placement into an appropriate level of ability. The beginner level is designed for students who have little or no prior swimming knowledge and emphasizes basic stroke development and safety skills. The intermediate level stresses the improvement of strokes, kicking and breathing. Deep water skills are also taught.  This class is NOT for individuals who are afraid of water.

KINE 1310 - Swimming for Fitness

This course is designed to improve fitness level through cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility training. It also covers stroke mechanics, basic water safety, and components of fitness. Students must be proficient in swimming and comfortable swimming continuous laps for at least 200 yards.  Note that this class is NOT for individuals who are afraid of water.

KINE 1320 - Scuba Diving

Basic Scuba class will be split between on- and off-grounds locations; students must provide their own transportation). Scuba Diving I is intended for people who have no prior training in scuba diving.  There are 11 class meetings plus the open water dive weekend.  Additional fees are charged, which includes everything except mask, fins and snorkel. Instructor does not accept students after the first class meets.

KINE 1325 – Advanced Scuba

Prerequisites: Basic Scuba Certification

There will potentially be 10 class meetings that will likely be held off-campus at the dive sites around Albemarle County.  Transportation is the student’s responsibility.  You will need to supply all equipment needed to dive.  If you do not own your equipment it may be rented locally. After successful completion of this class you will be certified as an Advanced Diver by NAUI.

KINE 1400 - Weight Training

Weight training classes attract students across a spectrum of knowledge and experience. Instruction takes into account experience level, with classes focusing on learning proper lifting technique and designing individualized programs. Safety, proper form, and how to properly plan a strength program are stressed.

KINE 1410 - Yoga

Yoga is the practice of uniting the mind and body in a series of postures or a meditation in motion. The type of yoga offered will be contingent on the skills of the instructor. All yoga classes focus strengthening the muscles, increase flexibility, energize the body and cultivate mental and emotional calmness. The class will begin with instruction on basic postures and progress to an intermediate level.

KINE 1420 - Core Training

Core training involves a series of controlled movements engaging one’s body and mind that focuses on improving flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk. Emphasis is placed on strengthening the “core” or “powerhouse” of the body, including the abdominal muscles, the back, and the butt.

KINE 1430 - Cross Training and Conditioning

Emphasis is placed on increasing cardiovascular endurance through various forms of exercise, including, but not limited to, aerobic dance, circuit training, running, and other aerobic activities. Resistance exercise will also be included such as squats, push-ups, crunches, and weights.

KINE 1435 - Rowing

This class will introduce participants to rowing as one of the few non weight-bearing sports that exercises all the major muscle groups. Rowing machines will be used to teach technique and develop fitness.

KINE 1440 - Running for Fitness

Open to runners of all levels. Instruction may include road, off-road, speed work, interval training, and hill work. Training to meet individual needs.  This class will focus on the improvement of personal fitness (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual/philosophical) through a variety of training techniques, workouts, games, and terrains all involving your feet and the ground.

KINE 1445 – Women’s Weight Training

This class provides a woman-only environment to learn proper weight-lifting technique and strategies for health enhancement. Emphasis is placed on developing and designing individualized programs.

KINE 1720 – Dance for Fitness

Course covers the basic steps, vocabulary, and variations of dance in various fields. Students learn basic techniques based on a variety of dance disciplines. Through daily warm-ups and exercises, students gain strength, flexibility, endurance, and coordination.

KINE 1725 - Ballroom Dancing

Presents the basic step patterns, rhythmic patterns and positions in ballroom dance. Includes techniques based upon traditional (American Style Ballroom) steps with basic choreographic patterns. Emphasizes proper lead and follow. Will be tailored to students' interests and strengths.

KINE 1820 - Lifeguard Training Class

Prerequisites for this class exist – see web site for details. The primary purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Program is to provide entry-level lifeguard candidates with the skills and knowledge to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies until advanced medical personnel arrive and take over. There is a small fee for certifications earned with successful completion of the course.

KINE 1830 - Water Safety Instructor Course
The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants’ progress. There is a small fee for American Red Cross certification.

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