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Level 3: Performance Professional Syllabus Course Description: “How Muscles Work: The Form, Function & Fueling of Skeletal Muscle” series delivers a solid range of easy-to-understand videos and resources carefully designed to help make exercise physiology accessible to the layman. By the end of this course, participants will possess a much greater working knowledge of how their muscles work. In turn, this information will serve to help athletes and fitness enthusiasts at all levels to understand how nutrition ties to muscle performance, what drives muscle energy and why various exercises work. Even better, a greater understanding of muscle structure and function will help participants gain a deeper knowledge of how sport supplements work.


Unit 1: Course Introduction o This introductory video reviews what to expect from the rest of the video series and sets the stage for learning advanced concepts of muscle structure and function.

Unlock ALL Downloadable Tip Sheets: o These tip sheets delve into individual muscle groups and describe their form, function and applicable exercises that isolate their development.  Basic Human Musculature  Origin and Insertion  Anatomy of Muscle  Motor Units  Abdominals  Pectoralis Major  Latissimus Dorsi  Trapezoid  Rectus Abdominus  Deltoids  Biceps Brachii  Triceps  External Obliques  Serratus Anterior   

Quadriceps Hamstrings Gastrocnemius

Unit 2: Intro to Skeletal Muscle o This program covers the basic structure of muscle tissue. Topics covered are origins and insertions, joint structure and movements, extension and flexion, abduction and adduction. These concepts are illustrated with engaging animations and 3D style graphics.

Unlock Quiz 1 o This interactive assessment covers information covered in Unit 2 plus the available tip sheets. An 80% score or better is the goal.

Unit 3: A Closer Look o In this module, participants are taken on a journey deep into a muscle – revealing the actual contractile proteins themselves. Animations demonstrate actin/myosin interaction and the structure of sarcomeres.

Unit 4: Motor Units o Unit 4 is designed to help participants understand the “mind-muscle” connection that is so often referenced in exercise magazines and web sites. This module demonstrates, with the help of engaging animations, how nerve impulses translate into powerful muscle contractions. You’ll never think about a “simple” muscle twitch in the same way again.

Unlock Quiz 2 o This interactive assessment covers information covered in Unit 3 and Unit 4 plus the available tip sheets. An 80% score or better is the goal.

Unit 5: The Mitochondria o Muscles need vast volumes of fuel to power muscle contractions – but where does this energy come from? Of course, muscle fuel is obtained from nutrients consumed in the diet however; the body does not use these nutrients “as is.” Learn how dietary foods are processed into the high-energy molecules that drive physical performance.

Unit 6: The 3 Energy Systems o Muscle energy is derived from three primary energy systems – which one is the dominant system is determined largely by the specific work being performed. In this module, participants will gain a better understanding of what fuel sources are required for burst power, moderate to high-intensity training and long duration performance.

Unlock Quiz 3 o This interactive assessment covers information covered in Unit 5 and Unit 6 plus the available tip sheets. An 80% score or better is the goal.

Unit 7: Type I and Type II Muscle Fibers o Muscles are much more than simple contracting slabs of meat – they are comprised of a cohesive unit of nerves, blood vessels, calcium channels, contractile proteins and multiple nuclei. Furthermore, some muscle fibers are designed to function as Fast Twitch fibers and others as Slow Twitch fibers. Understanding the difference between these fibers is important for developing goal-specific training regimens.

Unlock Final Exam o This end-of-course assessment covers all of the information from the Performance Professional Level. This is a graded assessment – passing with a score of 80% or better validates that you have successfully completed the Performance Professional level.

Unlock Review Quizzes – Muscle Group Identification o These “roll-over” mini-quizzes serve as a fun and interactive way to become familiar with the location of major muscle groups.

Performance University Professional Syllabus