EHR325 Advanced Conditioning (8)

This subject will advance the student's competencies in developing fitness and conditioning programs by extending beyond developing basic programs for the lay public to focus on the refinements necessary for developing fitness in actively training athletes. Methods of developing muscular hypertrophy, strength, power and endurance, as well as sport specific speed and agility will be investigated. This subject will also explore long term management of an athlete's health, recovery, and nutrition. This subject has strong technical and academic components so students will be expected to proficiently demonstrate skills in addition to explain underlying physiological mechanisms.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise Science students

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a variety of exercise techniques in the areas of resistance training as outlined by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA);
  • be able to apply training principles and NSCA exercises to the appropriate assembly of an annual periodized conditioning program for an athlete;
  • be able to evaluate the neural, metabolic and structural components of the cardiovascular and muscular systems of different activities, assess how they limit performance, and compare their adaptations made to different forms of training;
  • be able to perform fieldbased fitness testing techniques and assess their implications for necessary training interventions;
  • be able to critique inappropriate training loading strategies in hypothetical athletes by applying methods of monitoring an athlete's training load;
  • be able to apply the legal roles and responsibilities of the conditioning specialist within a training facility;
  • be able to evaluate an athlete's nutritional status and apply nutritional information in designing appropriate nutritional interventions.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- Anatomy and physiology of cardiovascular, neural, and muscular systems; - Exercise metabolism; - Olympic and powerlifting skills; - Fitness assessment of athletes; - Developing power for athletic performance; - Designing sport-specific fitness programs; - Monitoring athletes; - Nutritional concepts; - Legal duties, Risk management, Program supervision and Equal opportunity and access; - Facility operations, Record keeping and Equipment hygiene.


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.