Crew Strength Training

Your Mission
Astronauts must perform physical tasks in space that require strong muscles and bones. In a reduced gravity environment, muscles and bones can become weak, so astronauts must prepare by strength training. They work with strength and conditioning specialists on Earth and continue to work in space to keep their muscles and bones strong for exploration missions and discovery activities.
 
In this activity, your team will perform body-weight squats and push-ups to develop upper and lower body strength in muscles and bones. 
 
Skills
Strength, Balance, Endurance, Teamwork, Resistance
Learning Objectives
  • Perform body-weight squats and push-ups to develop upper and lower body strength in muscles and bones
  • Record observations about improvements in strength training during this physical experience in the Mission Journal
Equipment
  • Optional equipment:
    • Watch or stopwatch
    • Wall access
    • Metronome
  • For students: Mission Journal and pencil
Time
15 minutes per class
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