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Personal Trainer's Toolkit: Developing Fitness Programs for Older People

Understand the effects of ageing and fitness programming for older adults.

Personal Trainer's Toolkit: Developing Fitness Programs for Older People
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
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Understand the effects of ageing and fitness programming for older adults.

This online Short Course provides an overview of the prescreening, testing and programming for older adults in developing health and fitness goals and programs. Chronic health issues experienced by the older population are discussed in relation to the physical and mental effects of ageing. Considerations for working and/or referring to Allied Health Professional is described for this population. By the end of this course you will be able to:

Outline the physical activity guidelines recommended for older adults Describe recommended prescreening and fitness testing in the older adult Identify strategies in falls prevention in the fitness setting Describe the programming of exercise for the older adult including cardiovascular, strength and conditioning and progression programs Consider additional safety concerns to address in the older populations in the fitness setting Analyse the referral pathways for Medical and Allied Health Professionals in managing fitness programs for older people with health considerations.

What topics will you cover?

  • Defining the older adult
  • Pre-screening Tools
  • Risk minimisation for older adults
  • Client Information Collection
  • Exercise Programs
  • Falls Prevention
  • Effects of Ageing

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Who is this accredited by?

Fitness Australia
Fitness Australia:

This course is accredited by Fitness Australia, a global leader in best practice for fitness professionals.

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the physical activity guidelines recommended for older adults.
  • Describe recommended prescreening and fitness testing in the older adult.
  • Identify strategies in falls prevention in the fitness setting.
  • Describe the programming of exercise for the older adult including cardiovascular, strength and conditioning and progression programs.
  • Identify additional safety concerns to address in the older populations in the fitness setting.
  • Assess referral pathways for Medical and Allied Health Professionals in managing fitness programs for older people with health considerations.

Who is the course for?

Fitness trainers will often be faced with clients of different ages and abilities. Knowing how to responsibly train older people will equip trainers with the skills and safeguards to protect themselves and ensure positive outcomes for their clients

Who will you learn with?

As a career health and fitness advocate and educator, I want to share the Personal Trainer Toolkit for fitness businesses from start up to existing, and looking to grow your fitness community.

I have been running my own personal training business for 13 years. Experience in personal training, group training, outdoor training, group exercise and management. I now love teaching Fitness at CQU

Who developed the course?

Central Queensland University

CQUniversity is Australia’s leading regional university.

Our courses are designed alongside industry and many include hands-on, practical learning experiences and project-based learning. Our commitment to making real-world knowledge and skills accessible to all has seen us being awarded global recognition. We are ranked among the top 2% of Universities in the world.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Rockhampton, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 500Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

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Turn your passion for fitness into a successful and socially responsible business with specialist advice from CQUniversity.

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