Course Code: GES116
Receive a brief introduction to the course by learning about the psychosocial aspects of aging. Understand the effects aging can have on the body and mind, as well as the association between aging, activity, and disease.
Learn about the bodily systems, including musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and the metabolic changes that accompany aging. You'll also cover the nervous and cognitive systems before learning about the sensory changes that are associated with aging.
Understand the principles of cardiovascular and resistance exercise and flexibility. Explore the fundamentals of functional exercise, balance, mobility, and water training. With this knowledge, you'll learn how to design exercise programs for healthy older adults, as well as learn best practices for exercise recommendations for those with chronic diseases and conditions.
Dive into business opportunities in the mature market, including best marketing and customer service principles. Learn about business development through member programs and services, as well as how to administer and manage age-friendly fitness facilities.
Understand how to screen and provide health assessments to special populations. Learn how to work with those suffering from chronic diseases and how to adjust exercise programs accordingly.
Intern for a total of six weeks (60 hours) and gain practical experience working with members at fitness facilities and health centers. This section of the course is optional.
Natalie Johnson, MS, has worked in an academic setting throughout her career. Natalie taught for the Kinesiology Department at San Diego State University in addition to being the Fitness & Operations Director at the Aztec Recreation Center. While instructing for the Kinesiology Department, she also was a "Student Mentor". As a mentor Natalie advised senior Kinesiology students on resume writing, interviewing skills and assisted students in finding the most appropriate job based on experience, education and location. Natalie's experience outside of academia includes working in world renowned resorts in California, Mexico and Jamaica (The Golden Door & Rancho La Puerta) in addition to being the owner of a fitness company called "Fit Chicks" since 2001. Natalie is certified as a Personal Fitness Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Sports Nutritionist, Wellness Coach and Pre/Post Natal Specialist. She presents annually for the Medical Fitness Association, Athletic Business and the National Health Benefits Conference. Natalie was a Body by Jake Master Trainer and presenter on FitTV and continues to promote fitness locally in Tampa, Florida and nationally in publications and television. Natalie is currently the "Manager of Health & Lifestyle Programs" for a Medical Health Plan in Florida. She oversees the Fitness Center and its staff as well as all preventative programs relating to weight loss, fitness, exercise and nutrition. She works closely with a medical management team and is very active in promoting exercise as medicine and prevention. Natalie is also the Regional Director for the Medical Fitness Association and works closely with the organization to integrate fitness into the medical community.
Basic computer skills are required.
You need to receive CPR certification and approval by the program coordinator prior to beginning the Optional Field Internship Program.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:
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Yes. Upon completion you will be prepared for the Senior Fitness Association (SFA) certification exams Senior Personal Trainer Certification or the Senior Fitness Instructor Certification.
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.
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Complete and receive a passing grade (of C- or above) in all programs.
American Senior Fitness Association (SFA)
The American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) has been a leader in the field of older adult health and fitness since 1992. The SFA is at the forefront of ensuring professionals in the industry are properly trained and educated. It provides educational materials, publications, and programs to distribute the latest information, as well as certifications and credentials through which you can prove your knowledge and skills. Prepare to become a certified senior exercise professional with an SFA-certified course.
The instructor for my certificate program, Natlie Johnson, was excellent. She was helpful, answered my questions right away, graded my assignments in a timely manner, provided great feedback, etc. My career counelor at Gatlin, was also very helpful when I needed him. I truly enjoyed the course content and learning about physical activity for older adults. I found the written projects for each course to be enjoyable. I liked that they covered a wider variety of topics."