Anthropometry and Anatomy


Instruction hours per week: 3

Duration: 8-12 Week Online Course

CEU Credit: 24 Crossfit, Yoga Alliance

Course Author: Lon Kilgore, PhD

Presented by: Lon Kilgore, PhD

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


This is a presentation of the underpinning concepts relative to the movement of the human body. The overall objective of this course is to establish a functional understanding of the anatomical structures that affect, control, and adapt to exercise. Specifically the delivered outcomes provide underpinning knowledge of human structure relevant to fitness and enable integration of the learned materials in the delivery (teaching and instructing) of enhanced fitness:

  • Understand the morphology of the human body and how variation affects exercise postures, health and sport.

  • Understand the concept of anatomical planes and their use in describing motion.

  • Understand and identify the lever systems functioning in the body and how exercise technique and training alters their function.

  • Appreciate and describe the basic forces created by and exerted upon the human body during exercise.

  • Understand the concept of kinetic chains.

  • Understand elementary bone structure.

  • Understand the types of joints in the human body and how each type acts in movement during exercise.

  • Describe the micro-structure of skeletal muscle relative to muscular exercise.

  • Understand the independent structures of the heart and lungs and develop an appreciation of the intertwined nature of the two sets of structures.

  • Understand the anatomy and function of neural receptors and special sensory structures active in controlling movement.

  • Appreciate the gross and microscopic structure of adipose cells and tissue.


  • Anatomy & Anthropometry: Introduction and Applications

  • Anatomical Planes

  • Levers

  • Movement Forces

  • Kinetic Chains

  • Basic Bone Structure

  • Basic Joint Structure

  • Basic Muscle Structure

  • Heart and Lung: Structure and Integration

  • Balance & Coordination: Senses and Systems

  • Fat: Cells and Storage


This module is assessed through online testing. There are two (2) course tests. The questions on each test are multiple choice for conceptual assessment or fill-in-the-blank for simple anatomical structure identification. There is one (1) short essay question presented with the second test that assesses synthesis of the materials presented into a solution for a common fitness practice problem. Each course test is worth fifty percent (50%) of the possible course weighting (100%).