- Newly renovated 4,000-square-foot fitness facility and laboratory space
- Professional-based courses in Personal Training, Group Exercise Instruction, Kinesiology
- Individual and team sports courses
- Outdoor recreation courses
- Individual and group fitness courses
- Associate of Science Degree in Exercise Science
The Exercise Science Department at Normandale offers a wide variety of courses. Most courses emphasize lifetime physical activities and credits earned will apply as electives for all associate degree programs offered at Normandale. The selection of courses includes lecture, individual/group fitness, individual/team sports and outdoor recreation activities, as well as professional preparation.
Course instruction is provided by faculty with national certifications as personal trainers, fitness instructors, and wilderness educators from ACSM, ACE, American Red Cross, WMA, WEA and AEA.
The department boasts primary access to the campus Fitness Center. The center is a newly renovated 4,000 square-foot fitness facility offering a wide variety of Cybex resistance training equipment and several aerobic training machines, designed in a unique circuit-training format. Students enrolled in–
- Fitness for Life,
- Foundations of Personal Training,
- Beginning Weight Training,
- Intermediate Ice Hockey, and
- Studio Cycling courses ...
–primarily use the facility. The Fitness Center also allows instructors to implement individual exercise prescriptions for students with unique health and fitness needs.
The new Kinesiology Lab provides students "hands-on" learning opportunities to measure individual cardiovascular, strength and flexibility fitness levels. Testing is facilitated within the following courses:
- Introduction to Exercise Science
- Exercise Physiology
- Foundations of Personal Training
- Exercise Prescription
- Intermediate Ice Hockey
- Backpacking & Wilderness Preservation.
Students choosing sport-based courses at Normandale utilize the gymnasium housed on campus, as well as the quiet suburban neighborhood surrounding the campus. A handful of courses are taught off-site at Hyland Hills Ski Area, Southtown Bowl, Vertical Endeavors, Braemar Golf Course, and the Bloomington Ice Garden.
Recognizing the need for students to adopt healthy lifestyles, many Exercise Science courses include both a lecture series and physical activity involvement. In addition, the department offers lecture-based classes such as Introduction to Exercise Science. The purpose of this class is to introduce students to kinesiology (the study of human movement) and its various sub-disciplines through both lecture and hands-on learning activities. Other lecture-based courses include Exercise Physiology, Foundations of Personal Training, Exercise Prescription, Psycho-Social Aspects of Sport and Exercise, and Foundations in Group Exercise Instruction.
The Exercise Physiology and Exercise Prescription courses introduce students to the scientific basis of the human body's physiological adaptation to exercise and how this adaptation relates to athletic performance. The Foundations of Personal Training course follows the developmental curriculum designed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) to familiarize students with all aspects of personal training. This class is a preparatory course for becoming an ACSM-Certified Personal Trainer. The Foundations in Group Exercise Instruction also prepares students for national group exercise instruction certifications.