Fitness Centers

Fitness Centers

State Standard: 1, 2, & 4

Equipment: Several cones, poly spots, different fitness equipment (dumbbells, medicine ball, jungle jims, jump ropes, and/or cup stacks), Mats, arrows, and cue cards. Grade: 4-5 (Possible 3)
Purpose of Event: Endurance, Strength, and Fitness Concepts
Time: 20-25 minutes
Organization:  Set-up several centers around the gym with either arrows or shoulder folders locating each station for the students.  Have students sit in their battle-ship spots as I explain each fitness center. Once each center has been explained or demonstrated separate each students into groups of two partners and have them start at different centers. 

Fitness Centers: On the signal, the students within their pairs will begin each workout labeled by the shoulder folder at each center. The following are some different ideas that I use for various fitness workouts (you can add more or change for whatever works for your students):

  1. Lunges (use dumbbells students walk from one cone to another while holding dumbbells).
  2. Wall Sits (students sit at a wall with their legs at 90 degree angle).
  3. Jumping Rope (students perform various forward, backward, and/or criss cross jump ropes).
  4. Abdominal twists (students use a medicine ball and perform abdominal twists).
  5. Climbing Wall (If your gym has one; students will use the climbing wall).
  6. Jungle Jim’s (students will perform a chest press or standing row with cables).
  7. Bosu Ball (students will work on balancing while trying to catch a ball being thrown by their partner).
  8. Burpees/Mountain Climbers (one partner will perform burpees while the other partner performs mountain climbers then switch).
  9. Cub Stacking (depending on the age have a center where students practice speed stacks).
  10. Forearm Plank (students work on their muscular strength and core by performing a forearm plank)

Variations: You can add or remove any exercises as you see fit that works for your students.

Concerns: Move safely around the gym. Make sure students performing the exercises correctly and with proper technique. I also make sure that they are working well with their partners.
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About mrkirsch

Greetings from Garfield Elementary School! My name is Dan Kirsch. I teach Physical Education for students in grades K-5! Please read about what students are learning within our Physical Education program at Garfield!!

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