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

CQUniversity Australia via FutureLearn


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.

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

Taught by

Sonya Barber

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