Gain the knowledge you need to develop safe and effective exercise programs for older adults.
What you will learn
- Be prepared to work as a fitness trainer, manager or owner in the older adult market
- Identify and define predictors of successful aging and characteristics that relate to individual participation in physical activity programs
- Be able to design exercise programs for preventive health
- Understand how factors have converged to make the 50+ market extremely desirable for the fitness industry
- Know how to conduct an in-depth health history interview
- Be able to identify medication-related interactions during physical activity and know when to refer clients to a health professional
How you will benefit
- Prepare to work with seniors and older adults within the health and fitness industry
- Choose to take on an additional internship program that will give you hands-on experience in the field
- Receive a complimentary one-year membership to the ICAA, which includes registration discounts for the annual International Active Aging Conference
- Receive preferred discounts for the SFA's certification exams (Senior Personal Trainer Certification or the Senior Fitness Instructor Certification), the AEA's certification exam (Aquatic Exercise Association Fitness Professional Certification), and for Healthways Instructor Accreditation for Older Adult Exercise
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- A disk CD / DVD drive is optional.
- PC: Windows 8 or newer.
- Mac: OS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
- Physical Activity Instruction of Older Adults
If you're interested in developing safe and effective exercise programs for older adults, this Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults Online course is for you! This course incorporates standards from the International Curriculum Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults, in collaboration with and endorsed by the World Health Organization.
This course is suited for people who are interested in a career working with seniors and older adults in the health and fitness industry, for established fitness professionals who want advanced education in working with older adults, and for allied health and medical professionals from all fields who want to design specialized exercise and wellness programs for their older adult clients and patients. If you're an exercise enthusiast over 50, this course will also help you develop a personalized program to meet your own goals.
The course is offered in partnership with the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), the American Senior Fitness Association (SFA), the Aquatic Exercise Association (AEA), and Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program. After course completion, you will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the ICAA, which includes registration discounts for the annual International Active Aging Conference. In addition, you will receive preferred discounts for the SFA's certification exams (Senior Personal Trainer Certification or the Senior Fitness Instructor Certification), the AEA's certification exam (Aquatic Exercise Association Fitness Professional Certification), and for Healthways Instructor Accreditation for Older Adult Exercise. You can also choose to participate in an Optional Field Internship Program to get practical experience in the profession. Internships are six weeks, 60 hours long. Graduating students will be prepared for a career working with older adults at senior centers, medically based fitness facilities, retirement communities, YMCAs, JCCs, hospitals, community wellness programs, personal training studios, physical therapy clinics, long-term care facilities, corporate fitness centers, collegiate settings, and private and commercial health clubs.
Continuing Education Credits
The following national organizations and associations have approved each Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults program for CEC/CEU's:
- The SFA: 2.0 CEUs per program
- The Health and Fitness Professionals Association (HFPA): 30 CECs per program and 60 CECs for the Optional Field Internship
- The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF): 10 CEUs per program
- The National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT): 1 CEC per program, equivalent to an entire six-month CEC requirement
- The National Strength Professional Association (NSPA): 2 CEUs per program
The American College of Sports Medicine's Professional Education Committee certifies that Educational Fitness Solutions, Inc, who helped create this course, meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status. Providership # 672784. This course is approved for 50 Continuing Education Credits through ACSM.
- Socio-Physiological Aspects of Aging
- Psychosocial Aspects of Aging
- Musculoskeletal, Cardiovascular, and Metabolic Changes that Accompany Aging
- Nervous System, Cognitive, and Sensory Changes that Accompany Aging
- The Association Between Aging, Activity, and Disease
- Designing Older Adult Exercise Programs
- Exercise Recommendations and Guidelines for Apparently Healthy Older Adults and Those With Chronic Diseases and Conditions
- Principles of Cardiovascular and Resistance Exercise and Flexibility
- Principles of Functional Exercise, Balance, Mobility, and Water Training
- How to Design Exercise Programs for Apparently Healthy Older Adults
- Business Management and Administration for the Mature Market
- Business Opportunities in the Mature Market
- Marketing and Customer Service Principles
- Business Development Through Member Programs and Services
- How to Administer and Manage Age-Friendly Fitness Facilities or Wellness Centers
- Exercise and Aging for Special Populations
- Screening, Health Assessments, and Fitness Testing
- Cardiovascular and Metabolic Chronic Disease Considerations for Exercise Program Design
- Musculoskeletal and Neurological Chronic Disease Considerations for Exercise Program Design
- Common Medications for Chronic Disease Conditions
- Elective Program: Optional Field Internship in Senior Personal Training
- Intern for a total of six weeks/60 hours for a practical experience working with members at fitness facilities and health centers
- Network and interact with professionals in the health and fitness industry
- Develop a professional goal statement and review career opportunities
- Improve your ability to obtain employment or operate your own health and fitness facility
Natalie Johnson, MS, has worked in an academic setting throughout her career. Natalie taught for the Kinesiology Department at San Diego State University in addition to being the Fitness & Operations Director at the Aztec Recreation Center. While instructing for the Kinesiology Department, she also was a "Student Mentor". As a mentor Natalie advised senior Kinesiology students on resume writing, interviewing skills and assisted students in finding the most appropriate job based on experience, education and location. Natalie's experience outside of academia includes working in world renowned resorts in California, Mexico and Jamaica (The Golden Door & Rancho La Puerta) in addition to being the owner of a fitness company called "Fit Chicks" since 2001. Natalie is certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Sports Nutritionist, Wellness Coach and Pre/Post Natal Specialist. She presents annually for the Medical Fitness Association, Athletic Business and the National Health Benefits Conference. Natalie was a Body by Jake Master Trainer and presenter on FitTV and continues to promote fitness locally in Tampa, Florida and nationally in publications and television. Natalie is currently the "Manager of Health & Lifestyle Programs" for a Medical Health Plan in Florida. She oversees the Fitness Center and its staff as well as all preventative programs relating to weight loss, fitness, exercise and nutrition. She works closely with a medical management team and is very active in promoting exercise as medicine and prevention. Natalie is also the Regional Director for the Medical Fitness Association and works closely with the organization to integrate fitness into the medical community.