Personal Training/Group Exercise Training for Older Adults

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Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults Career Training Program

Program Description:

The Online Professional Certificate in Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults was designed to establish a national standard to ensure the development of safe and effective exercise programs for older adults by personal trainers and allied health/medical and fitness professionals.

The program is designed to prepare graduating students for a career working with older adults at senior centers, medically-based fitness facilities, retirement communities, YMCA/JCC’s, 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.


  • For adults (18 and over)
  • Students must have a GED or High School diploma to participate

Program Course List and Course Descriptions:

Socio-Physiological Aspects of Aging:

  • This course will provide the student with a solid foundation in the social and physiological aspects of aging. Topics covered include: theories of aging; physiological changes within cells, organs, and bodily systems; social implications of growing older; and common conditions and diseases associated with aging.

Designing Older Adult Exercise Programs:

  • In this course, students will gain an understanding of the role of exercise in improving health, fitness, function and quality of life in older adults. The current recommendations for cardiovascular, flexibility, resistance, mobility and balance training will be discussed. An emphasis will be given to common health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and frailty.

Business Management and Administration for the Mature Market:

  • A contemporary view of aging in this country will be explored to better understand the current and rising aging cohorts. Through a study of age-friendly facility design, equipment selection, fitness management, marketing, administration, financial procedures and protocols, and various aspects of operations students will appreciate how to attract, serve and retain the mature market.

Exercise and Aging for Special Populations:

  • As a continuation of Designing Older Adult Exercise Programs, this course encompasses a deeper study of designing safe and effective exercise programs for older adults. Going beyond the basic exercise recommendations for this population, students will, by the end of this course, be able to design an appropriate fitness regimen taking into consideration critical information such as a client’s age, gender, health history, current health conditions and exercise history.

Optional Elective-Field Internship in Senior Fitness Training: 60 Hours

  • Prerequisite: 4 Core Courses and CPR Certification

  • NOTE: This course is an optional course and is not required to receive the Professional Certificate. Learn to work with professionals in the fitness and health industry for a hands-on experience working with older adults at senior fitness facilities and health centers. Students intern for 60 total hours in this course.

Program Materials:

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

*Note: The standard shipping process usually requires 10-14 business days within the US. Weekends or holidays do not count. International/APO/ FPO/ PO Box address may experience delays. Please be aware that your materials will not be shipped until your start date.

Additional Benefits:

This program is offered in partnership with the National Posture Institute (NPI). Included with the certificate program registration, you will receive complimentary access to receive the National Posture Institute’s Certified Resistance Training Professional™ (RTP™) designation. The program is also 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. Students graduating from the certificate program will receive a complimentary subscription to ICAA Research Review and an electronic copy of ICAA’s bi-monthly Journal on Active Aging. If a student wishes to upgrade to a full membership, they will receive a 40% discount on their membership fee (offer good for new members only). 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/Associations have approved each Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults required course for CEC/CEU’s:

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) / 50 CECs
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) / 2 CECs (excludes the Business Management course)
  • International Sports Science Association (ISSA) / 10 CECs
  • American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) / 2.0 CEUs
  • National Posture Institute (NPI) / 7 CECs
  • Health and Fitness Professionals Association (HFPA) / 30 CECs
  • The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) / 10 CEUs
  • The National Federation of Professional Trainers (NFPT) / 1 CEC, equivalent to an entire 6 month CEC requirement.
  • The National Strength Professional Association (NSPA) / 2 CEUs

This Certificate is designed for:

  • Current allied health/medical and fitness professionals and personal trainers interested in developing safe and effective exercise programs for older adults.
  • Current fitness managers and directors wishing to manage and market new programs to older adults.
  • Education directors of multi-site facilities or chains trainings fitness professionals to work with older adults.
  • Companies that require the certificate program as a professional development program for employees to achieve key business goals, career objectives, and skills to advance beyond entry-level positions.
  • Individual senior and older exercise enthusiasts interested in seeking to stay current in exercise program design, health, and wellness would benefit from this program as well.

Instructor Bio

Kathy Rodriguez

For over fifteen years Kathy Rodriguez’ passion has been helping people take their lives to another level in the areas of health, yoga, fitness and nutrition through education and training.

She has been an endurance athlete since 1997, completing multiple marathons, adventure races, mountaineering expeditions, and triathlons, including the formidable Ford Ironman in 2008. She worked as a whitewater rafting guide on the Colorado River and as a certified ski instructor for several years. She routinely practiced yoga to balance these athletic activities, eventually obtaining a 200-Hour Yoga Instructor Certification (KRI). Kathy’s passion’s naturally led her to pursue a career in yoga, health and wellness.

In 2002, after becoming an ACE Certified trainer, Kathy launched, Heart Above Holistic Coaching. She conducted personal training and yoga sessions in studios, fitness centers and privately throughout Southern Utah. Kathy has spoken at Southern Utah University, Cedar City Women in Business, and various other community events on the topics of fitness, yoga and nutrition. She recently relocated back to her hometown, Austin, Texas where she continues to teach and promote yoga and holistic health.

Instructor’s Program Schedule and Contact Information

Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 12pm Central
Phone: 512-755-3545 | Fax: 512-853-5754
Email: [email protected]

Ed fit Program Coordinator: Natalie Johnson, MS, NPI-CPS

Natalie Johnson is a Fitness Professional with over 26 years experience in the field. She has a MS in Wellness Promotion and a BS in Exercise Physiology. Natalie is a Certified Fitness Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Sports Nutritionist, Wellness Coach and Pre/Post Natal Specialist. Natalie has taught for San Diego State University and continues to teach other fitness professionals through a mentorship program she runs through her business “Fit Chicks”. She currently manages the preventative programs for a Medical Health Plan and is the Regional Director for the Medical Fitness Association.

Career Information:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2020, the demand for fitness trainers and instructors is expected to increase by 24 percent. Individuals in this field of work will find a continuum of salaries based upon the position and their geographical location. Salaried positions may range from $25,000 to over $100,000. Hourly positions range from $10.50/hr to over $100.00/hr. Salaries and hourly rates achieved will be determined by experience, education, and quality of service.

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