Class details


Self study : 225 hours

Guided learning : 175 hours
† Classroom-based learning supervised by the Teacher
† Work-based learning supervised by the Teacher
† Assessment which take place under the immediate Guidance or Supervision of our lecturer,supervisor

Total qualification time: 400 hours

By the year 2030, the number of Europeans over the age of 65 will grow to over 75 Million. This large and fastest growing segment of our population will control most of the wealth and is highly motivated to get and stay healthy. In addition, they appreciate the expertise and support that personal trainers bring. Take this certification and learn all that you need to know to help this unique group get the results they want…they’ll thank you for it!

What student’s Learn From This Course

Our course material is continually updated so you can be sure you’re receiving the most accurate and up-to-date information available. You’ll learn everything you need to know to start helping clients start moving better and feeling less pain:

Recognize the health and fitness challenges facing older adults and explain how exercise fits in the continuum of care.
Identify a basic understanding of chronic conditions associated with aging and how to incorporate exercise for these conditions.
Administer the proper health and fitness assessment techniques for older adults.
Discuss the benefits of exercise to the older adult population.
Apply the motivation and teaching techniques that are appropriate for the older adult
Identify the correct exercise(s) to address an older adult client’s specific condition
(cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, neurological, orthopedic, and / or sensory).Design strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health and fitness programs for older
adult clients.
Explain business and marketing principles that support exercise programming for the
older adult demographic.
Identify the situation(s) when it is necessary to seek out a doctor’s assistance with
exercise design and/or injury needs.

Table of Contents

Making Your Client Fit for Life
Age Related Changes
Excercise, the Anti-Aging Solution
Causes of Premature Aging
Getting Old Does Not Equal Becoming Disabled

Biomarkers of Aging

“Normal” Effects of Aging
Theories of Aging
Men’s and Women’s Health Issues

Physiology of Aging

Body Fat

Healthy Aging

Cardiovascular System
Respiratory System
Musculoskeletal System
Nervous System

Exercises Older Adults Should Avoid

Controversial Exercises
Exercises to Eliminate
Special Precautions to Be Aware of with Older Adult Clients

Effective Teaching

How to Teach Older Adults
Behaviours of Effective Teachers
Professional Conduct
Getting the Older Adult Started
Fitness and Stress
The importance of Balance

Motivating the Older Adult

Knowledge As a Motivator
A Different Era
Goal Setting
Excuses or Barriers to Exercise
Thoughts for consideration

Basic Assessment

Intensity of Exercise: Target Heart Rate
Using MET Equivalents to Measure Exercise Intensity
Assessment for Cardiovascular Endurance
Assessment for Muscular Strength
Assessment for Muscular Endurance
Assessment for Flexibility

Cardiovascular Fitness and the Older Adult

Frequency of Exercise
Safety Considerations
Cardiovascular Exercises

Strength Training Guidelines

Goals and Techniques
Phases of a Strength Training Program
Strength Exercises

Maintaining Flexibility As We Age

Optimal Conditions for Elictiing a Stretch
Stretching Techniques
Contraindications for Performing Stretching
Performance Requirements for Stretching Techniques
Frequency and Intensity
About Floor Exercises

Chronic Conditions I: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary

Cardiovascular Conditions
Pulmonary Conditions

Chronic Conditions II: Neurological and Metabolic

Neurological Disorders
Excercises for the Neurologically Impaired
Metabolic Disorders

Chronic Conditions III: Orthopedic

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)
Neck Problems
Low Back Problems
Shoulder Problems
Hip Problems
Knee Problems
Ankle Problems

Sensory Problems in Older Adults

Deafness and Hearing Loss
Visual Impairments

Business and Marketing Basics

Business Basics
Marketing Basics

Transfers and Ambulation Aids

Basics of Assisting a Person in a Wheelchair
Progressive Mobilization
Ambulation Aids

Assessment of Posture

Posture Evaluation
Procedures for Spinal Screening



At the end of the last day of course students are assessed through a practical presentation, using their new skills to teach a clientele supervised by the teacher. Students will be awarded either a Pass or a with-held result .Upon successful completion of the course† and submission of Basic Adult CPR/AED/First Aid card, students will earn an FAE Specialist in Senior Fitness certification through the FAE Professional Division. FAE professional certification is valid for two years and is renew-able by completing 20 approved continuing education contact hours, and submitting an updated CPR/AED/First Aid card and renewal fee.

† Minimum total course score of 75% required for undergraduate courses; Minimum of 75% required on each section of the final exam for independent study courses.

1. Minimum of Level 3 EQF Fitness Instructor
2. Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Sport Science or relevant degree

Class Trainer

Kevin Aisthorpe

PERSONAL PROFILE I have almost 30 years experience in the health and fitness industry. I am...


Class Information

Price: €2,500
Time: 5 months
TimeFrame: Monday - Friday
Certificate: Senior Fitness Specialist