ACE Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer with Specialization in Senior Fitness Program

ACE Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer with Specialization in Senior Fitness Program

Work towards a career with purpose with the American Council of Exercise’s Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer Certificate Program with Specialization in senior fitness. Learn more here!

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The Online American Council of Exercise (ACE) Advanced Certificate in Personal Fitness Training with a Specialization in Senior/Older Adult Fitness Training is a web-based, college-level, interactive educational experience that includes input and guidance from outstanding faculty/instructors drawn from colleges/universities, the allied health/medical field, and the personal fitness training profession. The program and specialized individual college-level courses and curriculum prepare students interested in advancing or developing a successful career as personal trainer/fitness professional. In addition, the program prepares students through the curriculum content for the American Council of Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) Certification.

Approved CECs: The Advanced Certificate in Personal Fitness Training has been approved for (Continuing Education Credits-CECs/CEUs/CPEUs) by the American Senior Fitness Association (SFA), ACSM, NSCA, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for Registered Dietitians (RDs) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and other organizations.

The certificate program course work is designed to supply essential education integrating exercise science curriculum, fitness business concepts, and practical training techniques into a systematic model that teaches students to progress their clients through different training levels and phases. Students will be prepared for careers working at medically-based fitness facilities, community wellness programs, personal training/fitness studios, physical therapy clinics, corporate fitness centers, YMCA’s/JCC’s, athletic facilities, and private and commercial health clubs and gyms.

ACE-CPT Exam Voucher :Students that complete the program will receive a voucher code that provides a discount when registering for the ACE-CPT Certification exam. An additional benefit, is that students may also complete an Optional Internship Course (not required to graduate) if they would like a practical learning experience.

Specialization-Senior/Older Adult Fitness Training: The program also includes four non-instructor-led continuing education courses specializing specifically on Senior/Older Adult Fitness Training, including Designing Older Adult Exercise Programs, Exercise and Aging for Special Populations, Medically-Based Fitness and Administration, and Socio-Physiological Aspects of Aging.

Approved CECs for Senior/Older Adult Fitness Training Courses: ACSM, NSCA-CSCS, NSCA-CPT, SFA, AND/CDR and other organizations.

ACE Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer Course Descriptions (Instructor-Led)

Introduction to Exercise Science – Level 1 (Anatomy and Kinesiology): 50 Hours
In this course, students gain an understanding of musculoskeletal and functional anatomy and the effects of exercise placed on joint structures during exercise movements. Emphasis is placed on learning about proper body alignment, joint range of motion (ROM), basic biomechanics, and kinesiological principles to the development of safe and effective exercise programs.

Introduction to Exercise Science – Level 2 (Exercise Physiology): 50 Hours
This course is designed to teach the personal trainer how the muscular, skeletal, and cardiorespiratory systems function with and without exercise conditioning. Additional topics include energy metabolism, neuromuscular function, and the physiology of exercise in relation to training programs and environmental considerations.

Health Risk Profiles and Fitness Assessment Techniques: 50 Hours
This course teaches students how to assess and evaluate cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular testing techniques, joint ROM, flexibility, body-fat analysis, blood pressure, and body measurements based on ACE and ACSM guidelines. Topics include client screening procedures, medical and health history intake forms, identifying high-risk clients, determining the appropriate test, conducting the test, and evaluating the results.

Business Administration and Management Aspects for Personal Trainers: 50 Hours
This course gives personal trainers a solid background in developing or starting a personal training business and prepares them for financial management, marketing strategies, and business plan development. Techniques for effective management include standards and guidelines, facility/studio personnel management, and operational issues from a small personal training (PT) studio to managing a PT department at a large health facility.

Designing Exercise Prescriptions for Normal/Special Populations: 50 Hours
This course teaches how to develop an exercise prescription in relation to health implications for normal/special populations related to age, medical condition, and fitness level. Topics include cardiac conditions, diabetes, physical disabilities, HIV and AIDS, asthma, sensory impairments, pregnancy, and program design for children to senior populations. This course is designed as a research-based class with emphasis on designing a step-by-step process to creating individualized exercise programs.

Nutritional Analysis and Management: 50 Hours
Students will study the basic nutrition principles and how to apply them when designing structured nutritional programs for clients in collaboration with registered dietitians and nutritionists. The focus will be on vitamin, mineral, and supplement knowledge; the effects of nutrition on the exerciser and non-exerciser; strategies for successful weight management; and recognizing normal to disordered eating patterns.

The Science and Biomechanics of Resistance/Weight Training Techniques: 50 Hours
This course teaches an educational systematic approach to teaching resistance/weight training movements. The practical application of anatomy, physiology, and body alignment is introduced to analyze weight training techniques, exercise equipment, and the risk/benefit analysis of a specific exercise chosen. Equipment modalities reviewed include stability balls, exercise bands, free weights, body weight, and commercial strength equipment.

Functional Flexibility, Core and Balance Training: 50 Hours
Students will study principles and techniques for evaluation and implementation of exercise prescriptions that include instruction in flexibility, core, and balance training. Students will learn how the beginning phases of an exercise program are based upon the starting point/level of the client based upon performance of initial assessments, neurological ability, and individual goals. In addition, students will learn to implement the Sequential Exercise Training (SET) Model to enhance posture, body alignment, stability, proprioception, and awareness to more complicated exercise movements or functional movements.

Optional Field Internship: 60 Hours
Prerequisite: 5 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 members at fitness facilities and health centers.

Specialization: Senior/Older Adult Fitness Training Courses (Non-Instructor-Led)

Designing Older Adult Exercise Programs: 20 Hours
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.

Exercise and Aging for Special Populations: 20 Hours
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 condition and exercise history.

Medically-Based Fitness and Administration: 20 Hours
This course provides the health/medical and fitness professionals a solid background in understanding key terminology in medicine, health promotion, and fitness. Topics included understanding the roles of medical and fitness professionals, developing a medically-based fitness model, key terms in healthcare administration, interacting with medical professionals, and privacy issues and authorization forms for health and fitness professionals.

Socio-Physiological Aspects of Aging: 20 Hours
This course will provide the student with a solid foundation in the social and physiological aspects of aging. Topic 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.

This is a self-paced program supported by an experienced mentor. Our mentors are subject experts with several years of experience in their respective fields and have the necessary educational training and credentials required to work as an expert. In case of any queries or questions regarding course content, course material, certifications, industry questions or on the progress of the student’s training and advancement, you can contact us on the information mentioned below.

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Meditec Student Support: 866-451-3854
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