Spring 2023 - BPK 443 E100

Advanced Exercise Programming (3)

Class Number: 4527

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Tue, 4:30–6:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 304W, 310 and 343 (one of which may be taken as a corequisite).



This course covers evidence-based practice and quantitative modeling skills for prescribing effective exercise programs to any individual who has a specific health, rehabilitation or performance goal. Programming considerations for various special populations (e.g., those with chronic disease, elite athletes) will be emphasized through laboratory-based case studies representing diverse professional settings such as active rehabilitation, strength & conditioning and clinical exercise physiology. Students with credit for BPK 344 or BPK 423-Advanced Exercise Prescription may not take this course for further credit.


Duration: 13 weeks

2 hr lecture: Tue 4:30-6:20 pm, RCB 5125 (in-person)
2 hr lab: Tue 6:30-8:20 pm, SCK 8605 (in-person)

The labs are an integral part of the course. Several of the assignments derive directly from the labs. Therefore, please attend all labs. If you will be absent from a lab, then please inform the instructor well in advance so you can make up the lab at another time.

Most labs will involve group computer work. Please bring a laptop to class if you have one. If you do not have one, then you will be assigned to work with a partner who does.




Readings (bold = required)



Course introduction and professionalism in kinesiology (guest lecturer: Daryl Reynolds, BCAK)

Elevator pitch introductions; exercise programming discussion; career planning

Assignment 1:
Paul Graham essay

Assignment 1: your bio & exrx experiences & philosophy


Sources of knowledge in exrx

Mendeley reference manager, PICOSE concepts, basic & advanced literature searching in PubMed

Assignment 2:
Article for critical analysis (Poliquin)
PubMed Search Strategies handout
Original research study to critique in week 3 lecture:
Esfarjani & Laursen 2007

Assignment 1 due

Assignment 2: sources of knowledge & literature searching


Science as a source of knowledge for exercise programming

Literature searching in other databases

Assignment 3:
Study designs: Page 2012; Statistics: Sterne 2001
EBP in exrx: Amonette 2010 Sports Med
Writing: Gopen 2002;

Assignment 2 due

Assignment 3: critical appraisal


Principles of training & physiology of training adaptations

Software for exercise programming (exercise selection, workout design & instructions), data analysis & interpretation

Week 4-5 content:
Intensity & volume: Seiler & Tonnessen 2009;
Periodization: Issurin 2010; Kiely 2012
Specificity/transfer: Issurin 2013;
O2 kinetics: Burnley & Jones 2007



Training planning: aerobic fitness

EBEP aerobic endurance training planning case studies

Week 6 quiz:

Resistance training: ACSM 2009 Speed: Hansen chapter
Power: Haff 2012
Multiple sprint: Glaister 2005;

Assignment 3 due

Lab 5 assigned

Assign Project case study


Training planning: strength, power, speed

EBEP strength & conditioning case studies

Week 7 quiz:

Exercise pharmacology: Lenz 2004 Counseling/motivational

interviewing: Levensky 2007

Reading quiz

Lab 5 due

Assign Project

case study

Lab 6 assigned



Reading week


EBEP for special populations: chronic disease

Assessment and counseling; EBEP special pop case studies


Discuss case study with instructor

Lab 6 due

Reading quiz

Lab 7 assigned


EBEP for special populations: injuries and active rehabilitation

Therapeutic exercise; EBEP special pop case studies

Week 8-10 content, project:
Athlete testing: Davison 2009; McMaster 2008
Test properties: Currell 2008, Hopkins 2000
Single-subject designs: Kinugasa 2004;
Training load quant & modeling:
Clarke 2013; Borrensen 2009;
Morton 1990
IR model influence curves: Fitz-Clarke 1991

Lab 7 due

Project case study due


Individualizing & optimizing training: quantifying training & outcomes

Quantifying training; outcome test selection & data collection (work on projects)


Project part 1 due

Project part 2 assigned


Physical literacy as a universal goal of exercise programming

Teaching the fundamental movement skills & concepts of games




Coaching movement

Coaching resistance exercises


Project part 2 due

Project part 3 assigned


Individualizing & optimizing training: single-subject experiments D & A

Data simulation; work on projects




Individualizing & optimizing training: impulse-response model

IR model


Project part 3 due

Project part 4 assigned, due during exam period

** The syllabus is tentative and subject to change**


By the end of the course, students will be able to 

  1. Apply professional skills:
    • Define professionalism and scope of practice and describe their
    • Adhere to professional and academic ethical
    • Develop a career plan, including professional
  2. Prioritize sources of knowledge for guiding exercise programming
    • Identify logical fallacies and pseudoscience in knowledge
    • Apply the skills of evidence-based practice to develop exercise
    • Apply alternate sources of knowledge (principles of training, physiological rationale, experience) to inform exercise programs in aspects for which research-based evidence is weak or lacking.
  3. Integrate knowledge of the dynamics and interactions of the positive and negative physiological and motor adaptations to common training techniques into exercise programming decisions.
  4. Prepare professionally formatted and comprehensive exercise programs that are coherent across the timescales (set, workout, microcycle, mesocycle, macrocycle) using software (Excel, Physiotec).
  5. Design and deliver exercise programs for different professional settings (personal training, physical literacy, rehabilitation, strength & conditioning, and clinical exercise physiology).
  6. Implement systematic data collection and analysis methods to individualize exercise
    • Estimate external and internal training loads using data from portable monitoring
    • Choose, implement, and interpret reliable, valid, and feasible tests for assessing the outcomes of exercise programs.
    • Apply single-subject design and analysis methods for structuring the data collection, analysis, and
    • Implement the impulse-response model in training analysis and
  7. Implement a systematic approach to coaching
  8. Conduct movement assessments and prescribe corrective exercises common to active
  9. Design and deliver activities to enhance fundamental movement


  • Assignments and labs 37%
  • Reading quizzes 5%
  • Project part 1 – intake and assessments 11%
  • Project part 2 – evidence-based exercise program 25%
  • Project part 3 – program delivery (coaching) 7%
  • Project part 4 – program optimization (modeling) 15%


Pre- or corequisites:

BPK 343, BPK 304W, BPK 310 or permission of the instructor.



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