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

CQUniversity Australia via FutureLearn


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

This online Short Course designed by CQUniversity, 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.

If you want to explore this subject further, you may be interested in these related courses by the same provider. They share the same overall learning outcomes and can be accessed here:

  • Personal Trainer’s Toolkit: Client Onboarding and Fitness Testing
  • Personal Trainer’s Toolkit: Build an Outdoor Fitness Business
  • Personal Trainer’s Toolkit: Providing Nutritional Advice to Your Clients
  • Personal Trainer’s Toolkit: Mental Health First Aid for Fitness Trainers
  • Personal Trainer’s Toolkit: Build a Health and Fitness Business Network
  • Personal Trainer’s Toolkit: Workplace Health and Safety in a Fitness Setting
  • Personal Trainer’s Toolkit: Building a Fitness Community, Client Retention for Trainers


  • Never Too Late
    • Welcome to the Course
    • Defining the Older Adult
    • Gathering Information
    • Minimising Risk
    • Check Your Understanding
  • Developing Programs For Older Adults
    • Goals, Barriers and Motivation
    • Applied Training
    • Exercise Programs
    • Check Your Understanding
    • Wrap up

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Sonya Barber


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