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Functional Strength Training for Physical Education With HKPropel Access

$49.00 USD

Book with online resource
$49.00 USD

ISBN: 9781718215818

©2025

Page Count: 160


Functional strength training is one of the most beneficial forms of fitness training, but it is often not included in a secondary physical education curriculum. Lack of equipment or weight rooms can be an issue, and uncertainty about how to teach students correct techniques can be intimidating. Plus, there may be misconceptions about strength training for secondary students, resulting in teachers excluding strength training or placing too much emphasis on machine-based isolation strength training.

Functional Strength Training for Physical Education offers an easy-to-implement approach for teachers of all experience levels. It provides secondary physical education teachers an understanding of functional strength training benefits and how to develop a program that will give all students skills for their lifetime, regardless of what activities and occupations they pursue. It also offers coaches and strength and conditioning professionals a wealth of information to develop student-athletes at the middle school and high school levels.

Functional Strength Training for Physical Education includes the following:
  • A comprehensive curriculum map to shape the program design, lesson planning, and assessments in the physical education setting
  • Detailed lists of functional strength training skill progressions based on 11 different movement categories, including 83 exercise variations, to meet the needs of all students
  • Step-by-step teaching methods and cues for all skill progressions to be used with or without equipment
  • Facility design guidelines to maximize space and budget in the school or training facility setting
  • Related online materials featuring 25 photo and video demonstrations with detailed exercise descriptions and external skill cues, as well as skill checklists, a sample curriculum map and design template, and templates for sport performance programs.
Sample functional warm-ups as well as sample functional strength training plans provide further examples of what to include in a functional strength training program. In addition, all the programs, units, and curricula are guided by the latest SHAPE America national standards for physical education.

Author Nate VanKouwenberg, a physical education teacher and the owner of his own strength and conditioning business, provides guidance on how to perform functional skills with proper techniques and how to design quality workouts connected to students’ personal goals. His approach to functional strength training helps students enjoy the fitness methods and apply them to everyday activities outside of the classroom or training facility.

Functional Strength Training for Physical Education will help instructors provide secondary-level students the tools they need to build a strong foundation of fitness and wellness that will last for a lifetime.

Note: A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all new print books.

Audience

Secondary-level physical educators, middle and high school coaches, and strength and conditioning instructors who work with middle and high school athletes.
Part I. Foundations of Functional Strength Training
Chapter 1. Strength Training for All
What Is Strength?
Strength Training Options
What’s Next

Chapter 2. Why Functional Strength Training?
Benefits of Functional Strength Training
What’s Next

Chapter 3. Functional Strength Training 101
Functional Joint-by-Joint Approach
Functional Movement Patterns Versus Muscle Groups
Planes of Motion
Unilateral Versus Bilateral Exercises
Debunking Common Strength Training Myths
What’s Next

Chapter 4. Functional Strength Training Progressions and Regressions
Implementing Skill Progressions and Regressions
Example Skill Variations
What’s Next

Part II. Functional Strength Training for Physical Education
Chapter 5. Why Functional Strength Training in Physical Education?
Benefits of Functional Strength Training in Physical Education
Challenges of Implementing Functional Strength Training in Physical Education
Tips for Implementing Functional Strength Training
What’s Next

Chapter 6. Curriculum Design
The Victor Way
Applying Skill Progressions to a Sequential K-12 Curriculum Map
Secondary PE Functional Strength Training Curriculum Outline
Using a Curriculum Map to Build a Unit Plan
FUNdamentals of Functional Strength Training in Elementary Physical Education
Connecting Functional Strength Training to National Standards
What’s Next

Chapter 7. Teaching Considerations
Class Management Strategies
Lesson Sequencing
Safety Considerations
Functional Strength Training and the Affective Domain
Modifications for Students With Disabilities
What’s Next

Chapter 8. Assessment
Why Assess?
Assessment Types
Cognitive Assessment
Using Assessments to Calculate Physical Education Grades
What’s Next

Part III. Functional Strength Training in Action
Chapter 9. Facility Design
Spatial Considerations
Equipment Considerations
Facility Flow
What’s Next

Chapter 10. Program Design
Exercise Selection
Volume
Intensity
Individualized Modifications Based on Personal Goals and Ability Level
What’s Next

Chapter 11. Connecting Functional Strength Training in Physical Education to Athletics
Goals of a Quality High School Strength and Conditioning Program
Extracurricular Sport Performance Program Design Guidelines
Strength and Conditioning Certification Recommendations
Closing Remarks

Appendix: Functional Strength Training for PE Resources
Nate VanKouwenberg, CFSC, is a physical education teacher and strength and conditioning coordinator in the Victor Central School District in New York. Using his experience developing Victor’s K-12 functional strength training curriculum, VanKouwenberg has created a comprehensive professional development workshop for teachers, coaches, athletic directors, and college students called Functional Strength Training for PE. He has presented at countless conferences and school districts over the years to improve the quality of physical education fitness units and high school strength and conditioning programs.

In addition, VanKouwenberg is the founder and owner of Next Level Strength and Conditioning in Rochester, New York. Since 2004, Next Level has helped a wide range of athletes and general fitness enthusiasts reach their goals. Aside from his role on the business and staff development side of Next Level, he also coaches their Pro Total Hockey Training group each summer. He served as the strength and conditioning coach for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Division I men’s hockey team for eight seasons.

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Functional Strength Training for Physical Education With HKPropel Access

$49.00 USD
Functional strength training is one of the most beneficial forms of fitness training, but it is often not included in a secondary physical education curriculum. Lack of equipment or weight rooms can be an issue, and uncertainty about how to teach students correct techniques can be intimidating. Plus, there may be misconceptions about strength training for secondary students, resulting in teachers excluding strength training or placing too much emphasis on machine-based isolation strength training.

Functional Strength Training for Physical Education offers an easy-to-implement approach for teachers of all experience levels. It provides secondary physical education teachers an understanding of functional strength training benefits and how to develop a program that will give all students skills for their lifetime, regardless of what activities and occupations they pursue. It also offers coaches and strength and conditioning professionals a wealth of information to develop student-athletes at the middle school and high school levels.

Functional Strength Training for Physical Education includes the following:
  • A comprehensive curriculum map to shape the program design, lesson planning, and assessments in the physical education setting
  • Detailed lists of functional strength training skill progressions based on 11 different movement categories, including 83 exercise variations, to meet the needs of all students
  • Step-by-step teaching methods and cues for all skill progressions to be used with or without equipment
  • Facility design guidelines to maximize space and budget in the school or training facility setting
  • Related online materials featuring 25 photo and video demonstrations with detailed exercise descriptions and external skill cues, as well as skill checklists, a sample curriculum map and design template, and templates for sport performance programs.
Sample functional warm-ups as well as sample functional strength training plans provide further examples of what to include in a functional strength training program. In addition, all the programs, units, and curricula are guided by the latest SHAPE America national standards for physical education.

Author Nate VanKouwenberg, a physical education teacher and the owner of his own strength and conditioning business, provides guidance on how to perform functional skills with proper techniques and how to design quality workouts connected to students’ personal goals. His approach to functional strength training helps students enjoy the fitness methods and apply them to everyday activities outside of the classroom or training facility.

Functional Strength Training for Physical Education will help instructors provide secondary-level students the tools they need to build a strong foundation of fitness and wellness that will last for a lifetime.

Note: A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all new print books.

Audience

Secondary-level physical educators, middle and high school coaches, and strength and conditioning instructors who work with middle and high school athletes.
Part I. Foundations of Functional Strength Training
Chapter 1. Strength Training for All
What Is Strength?
Strength Training Options
What’s Next

Chapter 2. Why Functional Strength Training?
Benefits of Functional Strength Training
What’s Next

Chapter 3. Functional Strength Training 101
Functional Joint-by-Joint Approach
Functional Movement Patterns Versus Muscle Groups
Planes of Motion
Unilateral Versus Bilateral Exercises
Debunking Common Strength Training Myths
What’s Next

Chapter 4. Functional Strength Training Progressions and Regressions
Implementing Skill Progressions and Regressions
Example Skill Variations
What’s Next

Part II. Functional Strength Training for Physical Education
Chapter 5. Why Functional Strength Training in Physical Education?
Benefits of Functional Strength Training in Physical Education
Challenges of Implementing Functional Strength Training in Physical Education
Tips for Implementing Functional Strength Training
What’s Next

Chapter 6. Curriculum Design
The Victor Way
Applying Skill Progressions to a Sequential K-12 Curriculum Map
Secondary PE Functional Strength Training Curriculum Outline
Using a Curriculum Map to Build a Unit Plan
FUNdamentals of Functional Strength Training in Elementary Physical Education
Connecting Functional Strength Training to National Standards
What’s Next

Chapter 7. Teaching Considerations
Class Management Strategies
Lesson Sequencing
Safety Considerations
Functional Strength Training and the Affective Domain
Modifications for Students With Disabilities
What’s Next

Chapter 8. Assessment
Why Assess?
Assessment Types
Cognitive Assessment
Using Assessments to Calculate Physical Education Grades
What’s Next

Part III. Functional Strength Training in Action
Chapter 9. Facility Design
Spatial Considerations
Equipment Considerations
Facility Flow
What’s Next

Chapter 10. Program Design
Exercise Selection
Volume
Intensity
Individualized Modifications Based on Personal Goals and Ability Level
What’s Next

Chapter 11. Connecting Functional Strength Training in Physical Education to Athletics
Goals of a Quality High School Strength and Conditioning Program
Extracurricular Sport Performance Program Design Guidelines
Strength and Conditioning Certification Recommendations
Closing Remarks

Appendix: Functional Strength Training for PE Resources
Nate VanKouwenberg, CFSC, is a physical education teacher and strength and conditioning coordinator in the Victor Central School District in New York. Using his experience developing Victor’s K-12 functional strength training curriculum, VanKouwenberg has created a comprehensive professional development workshop for teachers, coaches, athletic directors, and college students called Functional Strength Training for PE. He has presented at countless conferences and school districts over the years to improve the quality of physical education fitness units and high school strength and conditioning programs.

In addition, VanKouwenberg is the founder and owner of Next Level Strength and Conditioning in Rochester, New York. Since 2004, Next Level has helped a wide range of athletes and general fitness enthusiasts reach their goals. Aside from his role on the business and staff development side of Next Level, he also coaches their Pro Total Hockey Training group each summer. He served as the strength and conditioning coach for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Division I men’s hockey team for eight seasons.

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