Grade Level: Middle School (6th-8th grade)
Duration: 60 minutes
- Students will understand the concept of muscular endurance and its importance in physical fitness.
- Students will participate in exercises that target muscular endurance.
- Projector and screen for videos
- Laptop or tablet for video playback
- Exercise mats or gym floor
- Stopwatches or timers
Introduction (10 minutes):
- Begin with a brief warm-up activity to prepare students for the lesson.
- Introduce the concept of muscular endurance by asking students if they know what it means. Explain that muscular endurance is the ability of muscles to perform continuous, repetitive contractions over an extended period.
- Discuss the importance of muscular endurance in everyday activities and sports.
Video 1: The P.E. Chef’s Muscular Endurance Explanation (5 minutes):
- Show an educational video featuring the “P.E. Chef” explaining what muscular endurance is and why it’s crucial for fitness.
Video 2: Muscular Endurance Challenges (Sit Ups, Squats, Plank, Wall Sit) (15 minutes):
- Select one or two of these “P.E. Chef” demonstrating muscular endurance challenges:
- Sit Ups: Perform proper sit-ups for a specified duration.
- Squats: Execute squats with proper form and control.
- Plank: Hold a plank position for as long as possible.
- Wall Sit: Maintain a seated position against a wall for an extended time.
- Emphasize the importance of proper technique during these exercises.
Whole Group Activity – Muscular Endurance Circuit (15 minutes):
Stations in Video
- Plank Agility Ladder Race
- Push Up Velcro Vest Game
- Battle Ropes
- Box Squats
- Collaborative Sit Ups
- Fireman Carry
*Most Stations that work Muscular Strength can also work Muscular Endurance*
Check whole class understanding with this Muscular Endurance This or That workout.
- Assign students to research and write a short paragraph about an athlete known for their exceptional muscular endurance and how they train to achieve it.
- Informal assessment through observation of students’ participation, effort, and technique during the circuit.
- Reflection responses from students.
Cool Down and Reflection (5 minutes):
- Lead the class through a cool-down activity, such as static stretching.
- Ask students to reflect on their experience during the circuit and what they learned about muscular endurance.
Note: Ensure that students use proper form and technique during all exercises to prevent injury. Provide modifications for students with different fitness levels or special needs, as necessary.