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Using HIIT, PE Students See Long-Term Gain Despite Short Classes

Teachers are adopting a high-intensity interval training model to ensure their physical education students maximize the benefits of exercise in each class session.

“I think students overall like this type of class better than your traditional, old school, physical education class,” said Lunenburg (Mass.) High School PE teacher Steve Boone. “I think they like individual workouts.”

One of Boone’s most popular lessons is a circuit that encourages students to exercise at high intensity for quick bursts of time. Depending on the age and ability of his students, Boone’s circuit – also referred to as a Tabata – requires that participants see how many high-intensity repetitions they can perform in 20 seconds at eight different stations.

It’s a popular teaching concept that keeps students moving and prevents them from struggling to perform an exercise they don’t like or struggle with. Read More

December’s adidas Lesson: Creating healthy students by developing passion for F.I.T.T.ness

Shelburne Community School physical education teachers Kelly Spreen and Craig MacDerment use their superstar lesson to help students find a passion for physical activity that will last a lifetime.

“Part of our goal is to expose students to as many different activities and fitness exercises with the hope that it will transfer outside of the classroom and promote lifelong fitness,” Spreen said.

Over the duration of their “Fun, F.I.T.T.ness and Forever Strong” circuit-based lesson, students go from station to station working together to complete different exercises. Students stay at each station until they accomplish the task at hand before moving on.

MacDerment said several goals help keep students motivated, the first being friendly competition. Read More