Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course delves into exactly what its name is, which is the physiological happenings in the human body as it goes through specific types of exercise. This is a course that has a lot of material to cover over one semester, but it does a great job highlighting the most important adaptations that the body makes in response to exercise, and this course does a great job defining terms with coherent explanations for them. We were asked as our "big project" for this course to investigate a topic of our choosing through composing a review of literature. This review consisted of 10 or more pages of research articles illuminating the topic of our choosing, and this experience actively engaged me thus stimulating effective learning. Courses that involve the student to discover information and discuss it with the class or others are the most effective because it causes effort and intention to be placed on the work which helps the information to make a significant mark in your memory. This course does just that.
Performing the research on the topic of my choosing was one of the highlights of this course for me because of the reasons I listed above. To recap the reasons, it involved me actively discovering information on my own and sharing it with the class, and this active learning process made the information stick with me better than any other method probably would have. My topic of choice was how protein should be ideally consumed with a workout. I learned that studies have shown similar effects in muscle growth and function when protein is consumed before or after exercise. About 20 grams of protein is usually the optimal amount to accompany resistance training as more protein (40g) has basically the same effects (and could risk some kidney problems if protein is consumed in excess) and less minimizes muscle growth. I learned much more about this subject that would take paragraphs to explain so I will stop here and say that this was a very beneficial project to engage my interest and facilitate the learning in this topic.
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This course requires effort if you are going to succeed and get the most out of it. Setting time aside to look over the course material that is required to read or doing research daily is important. The readings might eventually seem like they might be unnecessary if you just pay attention to the recap during class, but don;t be fooled. You will not learn and retain nearly as much information if you don't put the extra effort in your down time to look at the information and try understanding it.