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Older Adult Fitness Coach Course

With an increasingly ageing population, exercising with the Older Adult is a rapidly expanding market that provides fantastic opportunities for fitness instructors and personal trainers.

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.

This course is also one of the optional modules for the Specialist Personal Trainer.

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Course Structure and Content

  • What course materials will I receive?

    You will receive a hard copy manual and access to an online version via our learning portal. You’ll find your student guide and workbook on the learning portal too.

  • What will I learn on the Older Adult Fitness Coach course?

    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
  • How will I be assessed for my Older Adult qualification?

    You be 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 entry requirements for the Older Adult Fitness Coach course?

    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.

  • How is the course delivered?

    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 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.

  • How do I submit my work?

    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.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Locations & Dates

Location Venue Module Start Date Book
Home Study Distance Learning
Institute street, Home Study, Home Study, BL1 1PZ, GB
Older Adult Fitness Coach Distance Learning Distance Learning



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0800 999 6664

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