Muscular Endurance Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to assess your students' muscular strength and endurance. Students will read a text lesson explaining the concept, then perform their own tests before setting goals to increase each and a plan to ensure success.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe muscular endurance and strength
  • explain why muscular endurance and strength are important
  • measure muscle endurance and strength
  • create a plan to increase muscle endurance and strength


1 - 1.5 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Muscle endurance
  • Strength
  • Self-assessment

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.


  • Tell students they will be working on testing muscle endurance and strength, as well as making a plan for increasing both endurance and strength.
  • Ask students to turn and talk to a partner, discussing the reasons muscle endurance and strength are important.
  • Share ideas as a whole group, then ask students to discuss what they know about increasing muscle strength and endurance.
  • Share these ideas, then distribute the lesson Assessing Strength & Muscular Endurance.
  • Read the first sections 'Strength and Muscle Endurance' and 'Reasons to Test' together.
  • Ask:
    • What are some reasons we monitor our health and fitness?
    • How are these reasons the same and different than the ones we discussed earlier?
  • Next read the section 'Muscle Endurance Definition and Ways to Test' with students.
  • Distribute paper and show students how to create a chart labeled 'Endurance Test' with columns 'Dynamic Repetition,' 'Static Repetition' and 'Static Timed' and rows for the names of tests you'll be performing for each. For example, if you're having students do push-ups for static repetitive, the student writes 'push-ups' in this row and their reps in the correlating square.
  • Conduct endurance tests for each category, such as bar holds, push-ups, sit-ups, etc. depending on your class needs and desires. Have students record their baseline data.
  • Now read the section 'Strength Definition and Ways to Test Strength' with students.
  • Have students label another spot 'Strength Test' and create a chart to record a strength test for isotonic and isometric strength, including columns for the exercise you choose (bench press, incline press, leg press, and the squat.)
  • Conduct strength tests, recording data in the correct squares.
  • Read the rest of the lesson and take the quiz to check understanding.

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