iMuscle is a great app to use when you are exploring the various muscles you use when moving and exercising. Within K-12, iMuscle can be used in middle and high school to provide a good progression.
What does iMuscle do? - You can search and identify body parts, muscles, and exercises - You can view body parts, muscles, and exercises in 3D animations - You can create workouts and track your progress (both for muscular strength & endurance) - You can modify workouts and send them to teachers
How App is used in classroom/gym:
Middle School: - If you only have a few ipads, you can have the ipad set up with one station to begin the process. - Do various exercises and students locate the exercise and identify the muscles used - Once students know the muscle used, they can find other exercises that use the same muscles - Students try out the various exercises and track their progress.
Using iMuscle - This app works best when used in a fitness room with equipment but there are also exercises with fitness balls and without fitness equipment. - Allowing students to work with the app will provide students with choices: One activity you can do is to provide students with 5 muscles and students design their own workout by picking the activities they like to do. - The goal for middle school fitness is that students become familiar with muscles and exercises that help strengthen these muscles.
High School: - Students can use the app to design their muscular strength and endurance plan - Pre-test muscular fitness levels - Students set SMART goals - They can create a 6 week plan for example using the FITT and training principles - They should create a plan and try it out for several weeks as to experience progression and overload. - Following several weeks of being on the plan, students should evaluate the plan and adjust accordingly - At the end of the semester, students should post test muscular fitness levels - Finally, students reflect on the process, their own fitness level (maintenance or improvement), and the next steps for them as they leave high school PE. - Have students set a new plan using their own resources from within their own community.
Submitted by Helena Baert in Cortland, NY. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 6/10/2013 2:04:20 PM. Viewed 7646 times since 6/10/2013.
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You can work in groups first and later individually. While there is a cost to the app, it is well worth it!