Through the Newman Upper School Physical Education program, students build a foundation of physical fitness knowledge, the skills, and confidence to perform a variety of physical activities and the intrinsic motivation to pursue a healthy, active lifestyle.
There are two avenues to pursue Physical Education at Newman. One avenue is through the Athletic program and has an interscholastic sports emphasis. The other avenue is through the Physical Education Department and focuses on building the knowledge, skills, and strategies for incorporating physical activity into a comprehensive, life-long personal health practice.
Activities in physical education are designed to improve cardiovascular endurance (through running, biking, cross-training, swimming, etc.), muscular strength and endurance (through body weight exercises, weight training, medicine ball work, core development, etc.), flexibility (through static and dynamic exercises), and nutrition. At the beginning of each semester, students in PE classes are tested in core strength, aerobic capacity, flexibility, and agility. The students set personal goals, customize a fitness and nutrition plan, execute the plan, and retest periodically to assess progress and adjust the plan as needed. Customized activities are performed on a daily basis, giving students the feel of having a personal trainer.