Movement Activities & Lifetime Fitness

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What is the FIT requirement?

Every ESU student must take 2 credits of FIT classes. This may be accomplished with either two 1–credit classes (such as FIT 111: Personal Fitness and FIT 210: Elementary Ballet) or with a single 2–credit class (such as FIT 101: Lifetime Fitness & Physical Assessment).

When should I take my first FIT class?

We recommend you take your FIT classes during your first year at ESU.

Why should I take my FIT classes in my freshman year?

  1. Meet other students. By participating in classes in sports, dance, or individual fitness, you have the opportunity to interact with others.
  2. Develop a new dimension to yourself. The FIT Department offers classes in individual fitness, team sports, dance, recreational activities, outdoor pursuits, aquatics, and other areas.
  3. Improve existing skills. The FIT Department offers upper–level classes and professional preparation courses such as Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor, Basic Alpine Ski Instructor and Teaching Creative Dance for Children.
  4. Relieve the stress and pressures of college life through Yoga, Aerobic Dance, Tennis, Aquatics and other activities.
  5. Give yourself the opportunity to participate in more FIT classes. Don't let a great resource and opportunity slip away–once you've taken one, you'll want to take more!
  6. It doesn't cost anything extra. Full–time tuition includes 12–18 credits, so if you're enrolled in 16 credits, you could add two FIT classes for free (some off–campus activities such as horseback riding require extra facilities fees).
  7. FIT classes are popular offerings and sections often fill early. Completion of 2 credits of FIT classes is a University requirement for graduation. Delaying completion of this requirement may result in an inability to find a section to fit your schedule and delay your graduation.

What's with the quarters: 1Q, 2Q, 3Q, 4Q?

Each semester contains two quarters, each quarter is 7 weeks long. Fall contains 1Q and 2Q; spring contains 3Q and 4Q. Many students schedule a 1Q and 2Q class in the same timeframe: for example, taking Social & Ballroom Dance 1Q 2:00–3:00 MWF and Folk & Square Dance 2Q 2:00–3:00 MWF.

How do I know when 2Q and 4Q classes begin?

What are the courses offered?

FIT offerings include a wide variety of personal fitness, team sports, dance, aquatics, self–defense, outdoor, and recreational activities. Please see the page for course offerings for a full listing.

How many courses do I have to take?

2 credits, which may be either two 1–credit classes or one 2–credit class.

May I take more than 2 credits?

Absolutely! We strongly encourage you to take as many as possible. Keeping students active and healthy is what we're all about!

I took a class at another college. What is the policy on transferring classes from another college or university?

As with all transferred classes, go to Enrollment Services first. Accepted classes must be credit–bearing courses from an accredited college or university. Non–credit courses and certifications from non-accredited institutions do not comply. Military and Law enforcement experience does not comply.

What is FIT 101 Lifetime Fitness and Physical Assessment?

This 2–credit course includes learning to assess your present fitness levels of flexibility, muscular strength, and cardiovascular endurance; a variety of fitness activities; as well as information on nutrition and weight control, stress management, developing a personal fitness plan, and other topics designed to keep you healthy throughout your life. This full-semester (two quarter) class satisfies the 2–credit requirement entirely.

I'm not very athletic; what classes can I take?

FIT classes include basic–level classes in yoga, modern dance, horseback riding, and a variety of other areas.

What about a waiver for older students/military experience/disability?

All ESU students are required to take 2 FIT credits. The department of Movement Activities and Lifetime Fitness offers a variety of courses including courses designed to meet the needs of special populations. The department will accommodate the physical activity needs of individuals of all ages and abilities, and in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are already fit, on an athletic team, have military experience, are a certified instructor, etc., choose a class in another area and widen your horizons!

Why shouldn't I wait until my last semester?

FIT classes are popular offerings and sections often fill early. Completion of 2 credits of FIT classes is a University requirement for graduation. Delaying completion of this requirement may result in an inability to find a section to fit your schedule and delay your graduation.