Aerobic Training: Abs & iPads

Lesson Topic:

Abdominal Strength

Lesson Description:

Students will use technology to research different core workouts that fit to their interest/needs.  Students will perform the workout they choose and evaluate that workout.

Learning Goals/Outcomes:

Students will be able to navigate the internet and find a specific workout with a focus on a specific muscle group.

Students will evaluate the workout based on certain criteria of previous knowledge learned and give meaningful feedback to the instructor over the positives and negatives of the workout.

Nebraska Standards:

PE.HS.8.2 Applies knowledge of concepts, principles, tactics, and strategies related to movement and performance to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness. 

PE.HS.8.2.f Evaluates the validity of commercial products and services focusing on aerobic activity and a healthy lifestyle. 

PE.HS.8.2.g Identifies and utilizes technology tools and social media resources that are effective for instruction and enhancement of specific aerobic training. 

PE.HS.8.3 Recognizes the benefits of physical activity and exhibits responsible personal and social behavior in a variety of physical activity settings. 

PE.HS.8.3.c Selects and performs multiple aerobic activities which provide enjoyment. 

PE.HS.8.3.d Chooses and performs at an appropriate level of challenge to experience success and desire to participate in self-selected physical activity.

 PE.HS.8.3.e Analyzes the health benefits of a self-selected physical activity within aerobic training.

Teacher Planning:

Equipment/Materials Needed:

iPads (enough to break your class into groups of 2-4)

Pens/Pencils for students to write with

Evaluation Tool (included in the lesson plan)

Music (optional)

Gymnastics mats or soft flooring

Time Required for Lesson:

Set-Up 2 minutes

Warm-up: 4 minutes

Directions: 2-5 minutes

Workout: at least 10 minutes

Evaluation: 5 minutes


Technology Use:

__X___ YES               _____NO

Instructional Plan:

Anticipatory Set/Pre-Activity:

Before this lesson the instructor has already taught the basics of proper abdominal exercise and what muscles are involved in this type of workout.

Benefits/Explanation/Real-World Connection:

This generation of students has thousands of free workout resources at their fingertips through their electronic devices.  Through this activity they will be able to differentiate between a well structured workout and a less effective workout. 

Activities (i.e. instructions, warm-up, lesson, cool-down):

Warm-Up: 4 minute Tabata (20sec. work, 10sec rest)- Jumping Jacks, High Knees, Jog, Ski Jumps, Butt kicks, Cross Country Skiers, Cross Punches, Jog


Break your class into even groups.  Each group needs an iPad, pen/pencil, and an evaluation tool.  Explain to them the real world connection to the activity.  

Activity Directions: Your group is going to search an abdominal workout video and then complete the workout along with the video.  At the completion of your workout you group will fill out the evaluation tool.  Only requirements/expectations are that your video has to be at least 10 minutes long, every group member has to participate with the video, the video focus has to be on abdominal muscles, and you must complete the evaluation tool.

While students are participating in their videos, the instructor will go around to each group and perform one of the ab exercises with each group.


Go over what you liked that you saw when participating with your groups.  Review how they can apply this to the real world.

Assessment :

Look over their evaluation forms.

Here is the evaluation form:

Supplemental Information:



Safety Precautions:

Adequate space.  

Comments (adaptations for various grades/ages, teaching styles, etc.)

For younger age groups give them specific websites to search.

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