Teaching Endurance and Multi-Element Fitness


Instruction hours per weeek: 3

Duration: 12-16 Week Online Course

CEU Credit: 24 Crossfit, 45 CPE Texas Education Agency

Course Author: Lon Kilgore PhD, Michael Hartman PhD, Justin Lascek

Presented by: Lon Kilgore PhD

Methods of instruction: Online, lecture, reading, formative activities and home based activities

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Endurance training has a broad set of applications in achieving fitness goals and in improving workplace productivity. Endurance is not just jogging, it is much more than that and improving it requires specific programming approaches but can be accomplished using many different types of exercise. The concept of “cross training” or using diverse exercises to induce adaptations in multiple elements of fitness is one of the most important and popular means of training available. It is imperative that a professional fitness trainer be competent in instructing and programming both of these types of exercise. The premise of this course is to acquire or refine a set of skills relative to teaching and programming exercise, that when employed induce the anatomical and physiological adaptations that lead to an improvement in fitness. Specifically at the end of this module the student will have:

  • An understanding the broad effects of specific types of exercise training, and various combinations thereof, on the basic elements of fitness; strength, endurance and mobility.

  • A practical knowledge and ability to prepare an individual to participate in more complex exercise training (than single element training).

  • Knowledge of how common exercises are taught to trainees and a demonstrated ability to perform such instruction.

  • A basic ability to combine diverse training modalities and produce a coherent training program to achieve specific functional goals.


  • Fitness Reviewed

  • Endurance

  • Endurance Programming Concepts

  • Endurance Exercises

  • Mobility

  • Mobility Exercises

  • Multiple Fitness Element Training

  • Multiple Fitness Element Programming


This course is assessed through online testing. There are three (3) course tests comprised of multiple choice items for conceptual assessment or fill-in-the-blank for simple exercise or conceptual identification. There is one (1) essay question on each test that assesses synthesis of the materials presented into a solution for a common fitness practice problem. Each course test is worth twenty percent (20%) of the possible course weighting (100%). There are two (2) submitted video assessments where students film themselves teaching an individual a set of exercise skills. Each of these video assessments are weighted at twenty (20%) percent of the possible course weighting and are evaluated by experts in fitness instruction. This course is assessed on a pass–fail basis and a minimum aggregate mark of 75% is required for the course to count towards credit.