Help senior clients discover the key to a healthy and happy life
Millions of Baby Boomers are entering their golden years. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 78 million people aged 65 and older are projected to be living in the United States by 2035. This growing population of active agers is seeking to gain strength and vitality while warding off inactivity-related disease—and you can help them achieve their goals. The ACE Senior Fitness Specialist Program will teach you how to safely and effectively help active agers feel young and vibrant through fitness. The program takes a holistic approach to health and fitness, combining rapport-building, behavior change, motivation and adherence, with nutrition and training modifications that get older clients more active, and moving towards better health.
Led by Sabrena Jo, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Health Coach, along with Roberta E. Rikli, Ph.D., whose work has led to the development of the first national fitness test for seniors, and Jessie Jones, Ph.D., professor in health science at California State University, Fullerton and Director of the Fibromyalgia Research and Education Center, the ACE Senior Fitness Specialist Program will teach you to safety and effectively promote physical activity with active aging clients.
Millions of active agers need your help
The active aging population includes tens of millions of Americans. According to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Baby Boomer generation represents more than 75 million Americans, about 23% of the population. Despite this massive number of people, active agers represent a virtually untapped market for health and fitness professionals. Unlike the aging generations that came before them, the Baby Boomers are focused on fitness and health, and have the financial security to afford fitness services. Moreover, working with active agers offers the opportunity to completely transform lives and make people feel younger as they age with strength and grace.
This program covers a wide variety of topics to prepare you to safely and effectively work with active agers, and to understand the role fitness plays in the lives of older Americans. You will learn how exercise is central to restoring or maintaining functional independence and health in older adults, as well as how to work with clients both at the gym and in their home. In addition, you will find out how to design programs that meet the needs of individual clients, from younger active agers to older seniors with specific movement needs. The program also covers comprehensive exercise progressions for core, balance, lower and upper body strength, whole-body movements and effective stretching.
How do I become an ACE Senior Fitness Specialist?
To become an ACE Senior Fitness Specialist, you will complete each of the modules listed below, as well as complete the quizzes associated with the material.
Anyone may complete the Senior Fitness Specialist Program, but only those who also hold a current NCCA-accredited certification or an equivalent professional credential will be recognized as an ACE Specialist. For a list of accepted pre-requisite credentials, click here.