Work with older adults.
Prices From £275.

Train to teach safe and exciting fitness sessions to an ageing population.

Older Adult Personal Trainer

Older Adult Fitness Coach Course.

With an increasingly ageing population, it is becoming more and more important to keep fit, healthy, and mobile as you get older. Providing exercise classes for the older adult demographic is a rapidly expanding market, providing fantastic opportunities for fitness instructors and personal trainers to widen their current client base.

It is predicted that by 2030 one in five of the UK population will be over 60 years of age, so not only do we need to look after our diet, but our bodies too. This is where you, as a personal trainer, come in.

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Our Older Adult Fitness Coach course will teach you all you need to know about the physiology of ageing, weight management and adapting exercise regimes for older adults.


More older people are choosing to stay active and this course will teach you about the impact on the ageing body and give you the skills and knowledge to deliver training to older people.

Becoming a trainer

Develop the skills to be able to grow with your clients as they age and support them in the best possible way.


Active IQ Level 3 Award In Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults

Distance Learning | Prices From £275.

With the older adult fitness course, you can create bespoke training and exercise plans that promote wellbeing while maintaining your client’s independence. You will also learn about the impact of old age on the human body, in terms of diet and physiology.

These skills and knowledge are different from the training you receive within our other courses, which makes them ideal for your personal development, as you’ll learn about what exercise can and cannot be performed by certain age groups.

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Older Adult Fitness Coach course structure

This is a supported distance learning course which means that you have the flexibility to study at your own pace at home. However, you will have peace of mind that our experienced tutors are here to guide, support and help you to successfully complete your studies.

Once you enrol you will be contacted by a Focus Training tutor who will explain the course requirements in detail and talk you through your online learning materials. They will then set up a plan of learning with specific target dates to complete your home-study units, case study and telephone support calls. You will receive an online manual and access to our learning portal. You’ll find your student guide and workbook on the learning portal too.

You are required to complete two units of home study and you will have eight weeks to complete and submit a real-life case study based on an adult aged 70 or over.

You will submit your coursework electronically via the Focus Training Learning Portal.

If you have any special learning needs please do not hesitate to discuss them with our advisers, we will do as much as is practicable to assist.

What will the Older Adult Fitness Coach course cover?

This is a fantastic course for all Fitness Instructors and Personal Trainers who want to maximise their potential client base and work with older adults. You will acquire extensive knowledge of how to create effective fitness sessions for older people – based on an understanding of the following topics:

  • The anatomical and physiological principles of the ageing process

  • Age-related diseases

  • Disease treatment and management

  • Special considerations that must be taken into account when programming and delivering exercise for independently active, older people

  • The benefits of physical activity and exercise for the ageing population.

You’ll also learn how to:

  • Implement progressive fitness programmes

  • Instruct safe and effective exercise for older people

What certification will I receive?

  • Active IQ Level 3 Award In Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults

How is the Older Adult Fitness Coach course assessed?

You are assessed in a number of ways to ensure you are ready to become an older adult fitness coach including:

  • Home study coursework

  • Case study

What are the requirements to enrol on the course?

If you are already qualified as a Level 2 Gym, Exercise to Music or Aqua Instructor or a Level 3 Personal Trainer, this qualification will give you the skills and knowledge to create engaging, exciting, and effective fitness sessions specifically for the over 60s.

  • Course participants must hold a Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing (Gym, Exercise to Music, or Aqua Instructing). If you don’t already have one of these qualifications we can help. Take a look at our courses page.
  • You need to be at least 16 years old to enrol on this course.

Payment options

If you need help spreading the cost of the course, get in touch with the team on 0800 999 6664 we'll be able to discuss options with you.

Need help finding the right course for you?

Our course advisers Kirsty and Matt are on hand to talk you through all our course and funding options. Give them a call on 0800 999 6664 or complete the form and they'll get back to you shortly.

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