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Physiology & Fitness

by The Great Courses
$84.99$319.99

Uncover the remarkable, life-changing benefits of staying fit.

Skill Level

Beginner

What You Get

  • 36 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • 18 hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

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Class Overview

Take a fascinating, eye-opening tour of your body’s anatomy and physiology. Join award-winning fitness expert Dean Hodgkin as he navigates the world of fitness through science-based approaches and results-driven practices — plus 12 30-minute home-workout routines — showing you what happens inside your body when you work out, and how to use that knowledge to feel your best. Enjoy the rich vitality and supreme health that prime fitness offers —whatever your age or current fitness level!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Components of Fitness
35:37
Meet fitness expert Dean Hodgkin and start class by considering the life-enhancing value of fitness and its physical and mental health benefits. You'll investigate cardiovascular health, muscular endurance and strength, flexibility and body composition.
2. How Fit Are You?
27:36
3. Overcome the Barriers to Exercise
32:06
4. Your Heart in Action
32:12
5. The Fitness of Breathing
30:54
6. You Can Reduce Stress
35:32
7. Fitness & Pregnancy
27:16
8. Refuel, Recover & Re-Energize
31:19
9. Thinking: The Brain-Body Connection
30:12
10. Healthy Joints for Life
34:49
11. Protecting Yourself From Injury
33:54
12. The Amazing Benefits of Balance
35:01
13. Fueling Fitness
30:11
14. Why Everyone Should Exercise in Water
28:36
15. The Secret Life of Muscles
31:00
16. Strong to the Bone
32:00
17. Getting Your Back on Track
32:22
18. 21st-Century Yoga
39:13
19. Walk Your Way to Fitness
30:16
20. The Amazing Benefits of Stretching
30:00
21. Stay Active: Defy the Aging Process
34:15
22. Sitting Disease
36:32
23. Exercise for Weight Loss
28:34
24. Mobilizers & Stabilizers: Managing Your Abs
33:12
25. Body Weight Workout
28:57
26. Medicine Ball Workout
24:47
27. Step & Interval Workout
32:02
28. Dumbbell Workout
24:28
29. Combat Workout
32:29
30. Fitness Ball Workout
26:46
31. Balance Board Workout
32:45
32. Kettlebell Workout
26:29
33. Plyometrics Workout
28:55
34. Resistance Band Workout
32:52
35. Training Bar Workout
29:59
36. Stretching Routine
36:54

Recommended with this class

  • Optional workout gear such as dumbells, kettlebells, fitness balls and more

Taught by

Dean Hodgkin
Dean Hodgkin
International fitness ambassador Dean Hodgkin is a three-time World Karate champion and a two-time European Karate champion. Dean has taught master classes and seminars to fitness instructors in more than 30 countries. He has served as the resident fitness writer for Bodyfit magazine, contributing editor at Zest, and is a regular contributor to publications including Health & Fitness, Women’s Fitness, Cosmopolitan, Weight Watchers, and She. Dean was voted "Best International Fitness Presenter" at the One Body One World awards in New York, and recently won the IFS Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the fitness industry.

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