This qualification is suitable for fitness professionals which already work with, or would like to work with, older adults (65+ years). The demand for physical activity and exercise suitable for older adults is continuously increasing with an emphasis being placed on it helping to maintain independence and wellbeing. The Department of Health (2011) released exercise guidelines specifically for older adults which supports the importance of physical activity and exercise in this demographic group. If you would like to expand your knowledge, skills and competence to safely plan and adapt exercise for independently active, older people in an unsupervised manner then this is the course for you.
Who is it for?
This course is suitable for anyone with the drive and passion to improve the health, fitness and wellbeing of individuals aged 65+. Regardless of whether you are a personal trainer, yoga teacher or gym instructor, the age spectrum of your clients will be broad; therefore, it is essential to understand what exercises can and cannot be performed by different age groups. This qualification enables you to expand on your current roles and is a potential way to earn more money.
Learners must hold one or more of the following:
• Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing or equivalent
• Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Walking
• Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
• Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Pilates
• Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga
During this course you will cover:
• Anatomical, physiological and biomechanical changes associated with ageing
• Considerations for safe and effective exercise for independently active, older people
• Plan and adapt exercise programmes for independently active, older people
You will have a personal mentor who will get in contact with you and they are there for support and guidance throughout the course
Length of Course
• 1 Theory Paper
• 1 Worksheet
• Case Study and Progressive Programme
Cost of Course
This course costs £280
How Do I Enrol?
As long as you have one of the correct pre-requisite qualifications as listed above you can start your learning anytime from now. Click this link to be taken to the Online Course section where you can create yourself a log on, enrol and pay. You will then receive instant access to the learning resources. You will be asked for your payment in full before receiving instant access.
You will also need to download the application form below (see ‘Helpful Documents’) and then send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be contacted within 24 hours by your personal mentor and an admin member who will confirm your suitability for the course and finalise confirmation. Ensure you read the terms and conditions which can be accessed within the online courses section. For further questions about the course or payments please use the contact form to the right or email email@example.com .
REPs Points & Accreditation
By the end of this course you will be a fully qualified instructor for Older Adults, receiving a Level 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Independently Active, Older People (YMCA Awards). You will be awarded 20 CPD points for completion. This course does not give you entry as a Level 3 Fitness Professional.
What will I gain by completing this course?
As well as the accreditation stated above, you will have the knowledge and competence to plan and instruct exercise programmes for independently active, older people, opening doors to a new and exciting career in the fitness industry. You will have gained the knowledge to work in an unsupervised manner with clients and will be able to continue to improve the health of your community.
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