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Empower active agers to move with confidence

Today, one in three Americans is 50 or older. By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65 or older.* This population has embraced healthy living, and they have the time and resources to participate in organized fitness and training. The fitness industry, however, is unprepared for the unique needs of the fastest growing market in the world. The majority of the 300,000+ personal trainers in the U.S. have no formal education on how to safely and effectively train active agers.

The Functional Aging Specialist program was built upon the Functional Aging Training Model (FATM), which was developed from the well-established theory of function known as the Modified Disablement Model (used by the World Health Organization). Using this model, along with 25 years of combined fitness experience, functional aging experts Dan Ritchie, Ph.D. and Cody Sipe, Ph.D., developed this innovative and effective approach to functional training. Dan and Cody have shared their knowledge and expertise with tens of thousands of trainers worldwide, and are considered to be the industry leaders in functional aging.

The Functional Aging Specialist program, offered by the Functional Aging Institute, will provide you with an in-depth understanding of functional training strategies and movements; how to conduct meaningful assessments of function; how to develop individualized exercise programs; and how to train safely while providing stimulus for life-changing results.

Who is it designed for?

This specialist program was designed for health and fitness professionals who want to become the go-to experts in functional movement and programming for active agers—not only to make a greater impact on this population; but also to attract and retain new clients.

Advanced and specialized training methods can benefit active agers; but they can also be potentially dangerous if their unique needs are not taken into consideration. This course will help you understand when to fully apply a training method versus when to modify it due to range of motion limitations, joint stability and/or cardio/respiratory conditions.

If you are trained in a specific modality, such as Pilates, yoga, boot camp or Kettlebell, the Functional Aging Specialist Program will teach you how to use those methods in a safer and more effective manner with active agers.

How do I earn one?

To become a Functional Aging Specialist, you must complete all the components listed below and pass three exams associated with the material. Upon successful completion of all lessons, you will be recognized as a Functional Aging Specialist by the Functional Aging Institute (FAI). This specialist program is valued at 10 continuing education hours.

In addition, you will be added to the FAI's certified professional map, where potential clients can find a FAI certified trainer in their area. Please note: This specialist program has a renewal period of two years. To renew, you must report 40 CEUs to FAI and pay a renewal fee of $49.

* http://transgenerational.org/aging/demographics.htm