Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults Online Certificate Course

Learn to develop safe and effective exercise programs for older adults

Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults Online Certificate Course

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Gain the knowledge you need to develop safe and effective exercise programs for older adults

The Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults Program 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. And if you're an exercise enthusiast over 50 yourself, this program will help you develop a personalized program to meet your own goals.

This certificate program includes:

  • Examination of the social and physiological aspects of aging
  • Current theories of aging
  • Common conditions and diseases associated with aging
  • The role of exercise in improving health, fitness, function, and quality of life in older adults
  • Current recommendations for cardiovascular, flexibility, resistance, mobility, and balance training
  • How to attract, serve, and retain the mature market by means of age-friendly facility design, equipment selection, and fitness management
  • How to design safe and effective exercise programs for older adults by taking into consideration critical information such as a client's age, gender, health history, current health conditions, and exercise history

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.

The program 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. Certificate program graduates will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the ICAA, which includes registration discounts for the annual International Active Aging Conference. In addition, graduating students 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.

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

Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.

Upon completing the Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults Program, you'll:

  • 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

Course Fast Facts:

  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment, an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email. The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Educational Fitness Solutions, Inc, who works with us to bring you this program, meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status. Providership # 672784. This program 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

This program can be taken from a PC.  It is not recommended for MAC users.  It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers.  Technical requirements include, but are not limited to, having Internet access with a 56K modem (but it's highly recommended that you have DSL or high-speed cable Internet access), 64 MB system RAM, 200 MB free hard-disk space memory or sufficient storage, reliable e-mail account access, CD-ROM/DVD capabilities, and a reliable Internet provider. Some individual programs may have additional software or hardware requirements.

There are no specific prerequisites to enter this program, other than an Internet connection, an e-mail address, and basic computer knowledge. Students do need to receive CPR certification and approval by the program coordinator prior to beginning the Optional Field Internship Program.

This program is for you if you're interested in developing safe and effective exercise programs for older adults or training your staff to do so, and if you want to manage and market new programs to older adults. This program is also suitable for companies that require the certificate program as a professional development program for employees . And this program is definitely for you if you're a senior or older adult exercise enthusiast who wants to learn more about exercise program design, health, and wellness.

These materials will be provided:

  • Physical Activity Instruction of Older Adults
  • Anatomy for Strength and Fitness Training: An Illustrated Guide to Your Muscles in Action

1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because These programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

2. How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.

3. Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. We will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

4. Can I get financial assistance?

These courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

5. What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

6. Am I guaranteed a job?

These programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

7. Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

9. Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

10. When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

11. How am I graded or assessed in the programs/program?

Your grade will be determined based upon the total points earned on quizzes, problem-solving questions, exams, written reports, special projects, and assignments.

12. What must I do to graduate with the Certificate in Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults?

Complete and receive a passing grade (of C- or above) in all programs.

13. How will I interact with the teacher?

We know how important it is for the teacher to be available to the student. You can use regular e-mail, the classroom discussion boards, the chat room, or the telephone to interact with the teacher.

14.   What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

 

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 renown 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. 

About this Course

Gain the knowledge you need to develop safe and effective exercise programs for older adults

The Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults Program 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. And if you're an exercise enthusiast over 50 yourself, this program will help you develop a personalized program to meet your own goals.

This certificate program includes:

  • Examination of the social and physiological aspects of aging
  • Current theories of aging
  • Common conditions and diseases associated with aging
  • The role of exercise in improving health, fitness, function, and quality of life in older adults
  • Current recommendations for cardiovascular, flexibility, resistance, mobility, and balance training
  • How to attract, serve, and retain the mature market by means of age-friendly facility design, equipment selection, and fitness management
  • How to design safe and effective exercise programs for older adults by taking into consideration critical information such as a client's age, gender, health history, current health conditions, and exercise history

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.

The program 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. Certificate program graduates will receive a complimentary one-year membership to the ICAA, which includes registration discounts for the annual International Active Aging Conference. In addition, graduating students 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.

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

Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.

Upon completing the Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults Program, you'll:

  • 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

Course Fast Facts:

  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment, an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email. The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that Educational Fitness Solutions, Inc, who works with us to bring you this program, meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status. Providership # 672784. This program 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

This program can be taken from a PC.  It is not recommended for MAC users.  It is compatible with the Windows XP and later operating systems and IE 7 and later browsers.  Technical requirements include, but are not limited to, having Internet access with a 56K modem (but it's highly recommended that you have DSL or high-speed cable Internet access), 64 MB system RAM, 200 MB free hard-disk space memory or sufficient storage, reliable e-mail account access, CD-ROM/DVD capabilities, and a reliable Internet provider. Some individual programs may have additional software or hardware requirements.

There are no specific prerequisites to enter this program, other than an Internet connection, an e-mail address, and basic computer knowledge. Students do need to receive CPR certification and approval by the program coordinator prior to beginning the Optional Field Internship Program.

This program is for you if you're interested in developing safe and effective exercise programs for older adults or training your staff to do so, and if you want to manage and market new programs to older adults. This program is also suitable for companies that require the certificate program as a professional development program for employees . And this program is definitely for you if you're a senior or older adult exercise enthusiast who wants to learn more about exercise program design, health, and wellness.

These materials will be provided:

  • Physical Activity Instruction of Older Adults
  • Anatomy for Strength and Fitness Training: An Illustrated Guide to Your Muscles in Action

1. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because These programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

2. How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start them when you want and finish them at your own pace. Upon registering, you're given six months to complete this program.

3. Do I have to buy additional materials?

All the materials you'll need are included, and their cost will be covered by your tuition. We will ship all materials ground service upon enrollment.

4. Can I get financial assistance?

These courses are non-credit courses, so they do not qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses.

5. What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

6. Am I guaranteed a job?

These programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We don't provide direct job placement services, but our facilitators and career counselors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Facilitators will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

7. Who will be my instructor?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our facilitators are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach.

8. What software or hardware do I need in order to take online programs and what are the system requirements?

In order to take our online programs, you must have access to a computer and the Internet. You can access the program contents from any Web-enabled computer. You don't have to use the same computer to log-in to the program every time. We recommend that you have a word-processing program (Microsoft Word is best) and the latest version of Internet Explorer.

9. Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

10. When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open enrollment. You can register and start the program as soon as you are ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

11. How am I graded or assessed in the programs/program?

Your grade will be determined based upon the total points earned on quizzes, problem-solving questions, exams, written reports, special projects, and assignments.

12. What must I do to graduate with the Certificate in Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults?

Complete and receive a passing grade (of C- or above) in all programs.

13. How will I interact with the teacher?

We know how important it is for the teacher to be available to the student. You can use regular e-mail, the classroom discussion boards, the chat room, or the telephone to interact with the teacher.

14.   What if I don't have enough time to complete my program within the time frame provided?

The time allotted to complete your program has been calculated based on the number of hours for each program, so don't worry too much about not completing in time. If, after a concerted effort, you are still unable to complete, your Student Advisor will help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that a fee may be charged for an extension.

 

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 renown 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. 

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