Strength & Conditioning for the Indian Population

By Prof. Deckline Leitao, Prof. Varun Suresh Kumar   |   RxDx Multi-speciality Health Centre, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru, IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1825   |  Exam registration: 608
This course has been carefully crafted to offer participants knowledge of strength and conditioning concepts and applications, with a focus on addressing the specific needs of the Indian population which is often missing. The aim is to delve into the distinct elements of Indian culture, habits, and physical traits that influence overall fitness and sports performance for Indians and also South Asians. This course is perfect for aspiring fitness experts, athletes, trainers, and those who seek a deeper understanding of the intricacies of strength and conditioning in the Indian setting. By participating in this course, students will learn about the unique factors that contribute to the physical well-being and athletic prowess of individuals within the Indian community. As a result, they will be better equipped to design and implement culturally-sensitive training programs that cater to a diverse range of needs.

- Aspiring fitness professionals: Individuals pursuing a career in fitness training, personal training, or strength and conditioning coaching who want to better understand the specifics of S & C .
- Athletes: Indian athletes or those competing in India who wish to gain insights into the unique cultural, lifestyle, and physiological factors that influence their performance and fitness levels.
- Coaches and trainers: Coaches, trainers, or sports professionals working with Indian athletes or clients who seek to develop a deeper understanding of the intricacies of strength and conditioning in the Indian context.
- Health and wellness enthusiasts: People interested in improving their own fitness, health, and well-being, or those of their family and friends, by gaining knowledge about culturally-sensitive fitness approaches tailored to the Indian population.
- Students and researchers: Individuals studying sports science, exercise physiology, or related fields who want to expand their understanding of how Indian culture, lifestyle, and physiology impact physical fitness and athletic performance.

- Prospective students should have completed their high school education (10th pass) or its equivalent. Since the course is likely to be conducted in English, students should have a sufficient level of English proficiency.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Sports Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 22 Jan 2024
End Date : 12 Apr 2024
Enrollment Ends : 05 Feb 2024
Exam Registration Ends : 16 Feb 2024
Exam Date : 21 Apr 2024 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 :
Fundamentals of Sports Performance 
Major Components of Fitness 
Difference between Fitness and Sport 
Defining S&C and Sports S&C 
Defining S&C and Physios Roles and Responsibilities 30 mins interview with Athletes 

Week 2 :
Principle of Individuality 
Principle of Progressive Overload 
Principle of Specificity 
Principle of “Indianization” 
Principle of Reversibility 

Week 3 :
Sports Specific Training 
Safety in the Gym 
Exercise and the Female Athlete 
Do's and Don'ts of Training Female Athletes 

Week 4 :
Training Youth Athletes 
Training Masters Athletes 
Training Para Athletes
Week 5 :
Body Building 
Weight Lifting 
Effective over Impressive Exercises 
Anabolic Steroids, Muscle Building & Sports Performance 

Week 6 :
Warm Up and Cool down 
Free Weights Training 

Week 7 :
Training with Machines 
Bodyweight Training 

Week 8 :
Plyometrics Training 
Cardiovascular Training

Week 9 :
Stability and Muscle Endurance Training Flexibility Training 

Week 10 :
Sports Specific Training Program Design Periodization and Loading the Indian Athlete 

Week 11 :
Assessments (How, What, When) 
Opportunities and Challenges for S&C Coaches Principle of SMART Training 

Week 12 :
Role of Strength and Conditioning during Injuries Training Elite Athletes/Celebrities 
Social Media Do's and Don’ts 
Scope of Technology in Sport 

Books and references

NASM Essentials of Sports Performance Training (2 nd Edition)

NSCA Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning (4th Edition)

Instructor bio

Prof. Deckline Leitao

RxDx Multi-speciality Health Centre, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru
Prof. Deckline Leitao completed his bachelors degree in Sports Science from the University of KZN, South Africa (2005) and followed by his post-graduate Diploma in Sport Culture from Roehampton University, London (2007). He has worked with elite athletes from various sports disciplines including badminton, swimming, tennis, boxing, shooting, cricket, table-tennis, etc.

Prof. Varun Suresh Kumar

IIT Madras
Prof. Varun Suresh Kumar completed his bachelors degree in Sports Science with honors from Harvard University, USA (2020). He then went on to complete a number of international certifications in various allied fields. He is currently the Strength and Conditioning coach to former World No.1 badminton player, Srikanth Kidambi.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 21 April 2024 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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