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2 hours to complete

The Energetics of Exercise

In this module you will learn about the various metabolic pathways (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) that are activated in order to supply the necessary energy required for the mechanical work of skeletal muscles during exercise. How these pathways are regulated, the methods for assessing the extent to which specific fuels are being utilized and the overall estimation of your metabolic rate will be addressed. Additionally, the importance of the chemical energy stored in ATP and its requirement for muscular work will be discussed.

8 videos (Total 62 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
8 videos
2. Principles in Exercise Physiology8m
3. Calorimetry & Oxygen Consumption6m
4. ATP & Muscular Work9m
5. Carbohydrate Metabolism During Exercise9m
6. Carbohydrate Metabolism Continued7m
7. Fat Metabolism During Exercise7m
8. Protein Metabolism During Exercise7m
1 reading
Week 1 Suggested Readings10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz30m
2 hours to complete

Physiological Systems During Exercise

In this module you will learn how a number of key physiological systems (muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine and immune systems) are regulated during exercise to help maintain homeostasis. These adjustments are critical for exercise to continue for any significant duration. This will include: how the respiratory system adjusts during exercise to ensure proper oxygen delivery and carbon dioxide removal from active muscles; how the cardiovascular system responds to ensure adequate blood flow to various organs, including muscle, during exercise; how the endocrine system plays a major role in regulating key biochemical and physiological responses to exercise and; how exercise influences the immune system and your ability to fight infections.

7 videos (Total 64 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
2. Respiratory System Responses to Exercise10m
3. Cardiovascular System Responses to Exercise7m
4. Cardiovascular System Continued9m
5. Endocrine System Responses to Exercise8m
6. Endocrine System Continued7m
7. Immune System Responses to Exercise10m
2 readings
Week 2 Suggested Readings10m
Application Assignment: Predicting VO2max10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz30m
2 hours to complete

Exercise for Fitness & Performance

This module will teach you about the training guidelines needed to optimize your endurance and strength adaptations associated with a regular exercise program. Important nutritional requirements for both endurance and strength training will be addressed. The causes of both muscle soreness and fatigue will be explained. Finally, the effectiveness and mechanisms whereby performance enhancing drugs exert their effect will be covered.

7 videos (Total 70 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
2. Adaptations to Strength Training10m
3. Nutritional Considerations for Exercise11m
4. Causes of Muscle Fatigue10m
5. Causes of Muscle Soreness9m
6. Performance Enhancing Drugs7m
7. Performance Enhancing Drugs Continued10m
2 readings
Week 3 Suggested Readings10m
Application Assignment: Nutritional Calculator10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz30m
4 hours to complete

Exercise in Health, Wellness and Disease

In this module you will learn about the role of exercise as medicine in both the prevention and treatment of various diseases. This will include: the contribution of diet and exercise in weight control including the prevention and treatment of obesity; the many health benefits from participation in a regular exercise program related to major risk factors for heart disease, diabetes and cancer will be addressed. Finally, the benefits of exercise associated with healthy aging and brain function will be discussed.

7 videos (Total 64 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
2. Diet, Exercise and Weight Control10m
3. Exercise and Risk Factors for Heart Disease9m
4. Exercise and Risk Factors for Diabetes7m
5. Exercise and Risk Factors for Cancer8m
6. Exercise and Successful Aging9m
7. Exercise and Your Brain9m
5 readings
Week 4 Suggested Readings10m
Application Assignment: Calculate Your BMI10m
Application Assignment: Calculate Your Risk for Heart Disease10m
Application Assignment: Calculate Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes10m
Application Assignment: Calculate TDEE10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz30m
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Top reviews from Science of Exercise

By RSep 4th 2017

A very good course for all students of any age. The knowledge of exercise will help in daily life. Moreover to remain fit exercise and its advantages are explained in easy and suitable manner.

By TBMay 28th 2018

It is a great course that will summarize information about exercise, physiological systems, metabolism and adaptations after training. Excellent video lectures and articles recommended.



Robert Mazzeo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Integrative Physiology

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