VITAL, SENIOR SPECIFIC, FITNESS EDUCATION MADE EASY FOR COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
The American Senior Fitness Association (SFA) has developed a versatile new program featuring state-of-the-art courses that can be conducted for college credit or as adult education classes. This new program is proving exceptionally viable and popular among colleges and universities.
Schools may choose a curriculum that prepares students for national professional Senior Fitness Instructor certification, national professional Senior Personal Trainer certification, or both.Either program -- Senior Fitness Instructor or Senior Personal Trainer -- can be run as a one-semester three-credit-hour college course or as a short-term adult education course. Our Teacher's Guide provides complete instructions for both.
Also available are two-term plans that qualify students for both certifications. So, you may conveniently offer both courses through your school -- with even higher built-in savings for your students.
The college-credit format has been especially designed to complement a standard college semester.
The adult education format has been especially designed to match the time schedule that best serves your school and community. You can conduct an SFA adult ed class over the course of several months -- or complete it in only a few short weeks! Our excellent Teacher's Guide shows you how.
A Remarkable Program Value for Your Students
In addition to paying their course registration fee to the school, students purchase their materials package from SFA for $150.00, including one certification examination eligibility.
This package is both complete and comprehensive, including textbooks, training manuals, learning aids, video training, and certification examination privileges. And, best of all, these materials and services have been heavily discounted for your students.
Compare the savings:
Without this student discount plan, Advanced Qualification program enrollment costs $364.00 to $384.00.
That is compared to $125 for your students -- including everything.If your school runs both courses, students taking their second SFA certification course pay only $110 and that still includes their complete study materials package and their $100 examination fee.
Why does SFA offer
such a substantial discount to schools? Because we appreciate the value
of classroom support in implementing our training programs. We believe
students gain even greater benefit from a term of study than from other
training methods such as home-study/workshop combinations. And, to
further reinforce our commitment, we will provide participating schools
their complete Teacher's Resource Package, including our excellent
Teacher's Guide, at no charge.
Course Content: Relevant, Practical, Current and Comprehensive
SFA courses address older adult exercise benefits and the rewards of adopting an active lifestyle. Students learn senior-specific guidelines for warm-ups, cool-downs, aerobics, strengthening, and stretch exercises. In-depth study is provided regarding pre-exercise medical screening, functional fitness assessments, programming with regard to commonly prescribed medications, and programming for special conditions (such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back problems, pulmonary disease, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, balance problems, and sight/hearing deficits).
SFA courses cover senior nutrition, the psychology of aging, general health promotion, and how to help older adults maintain exercise motivation. Students gain a thorough understanding of exercise physiology, including the physiology of aging. They study professional ethics, business issues, and protective legal and liability measures.
The Senior Fitness Instructor program emphasizes group dynamics and the development of group-exercise leadership skills, movement-to-music skills, aerobic dance for seniors, chair-seated exercise classes, total-body senior workout classes, fitness walking classes, and swimming pool classes for older adults.
The Senior Personal Trainer program emphasizes gym-based programming with a strong focus on safe and effective senior strength training, personalized functional fitness training, individual wellness counseling, conditioning for popular recreations such as golf and tennis, and one-on-one training for seniors at all fitness levels from frail to athletic.
Of course, each program includes the SFA national professional certification examination.
Many opportunities for hands-on practice and experience are indicated throughout SFA courses.
Our free Teacher's Guide provides numerous learning activity ideas. The course outlines are flexible and rich enough for teachers to select areas for emphasis depending on the many variables that affect class supervision (for example, the teacher's assessment of students' needs and the availability of on-campus exercise facilities, swimming pools, guest experts, etc.). Likewise, SFA lesson plans permit teachers to introduce additional materials of their own, if desired. However, because the programs are so complete and well organized, teachers may well choose to follow SFA course plans exactly.
The Student Resource Package
Senior Fitness Instructor Program:
Senior Personal Trainer Program:
Please do not try to combine the Senior Fitness Instructor and Senior Personal Trainer courses into one course. Doing so will compromise your students' learning experience and prove overly complicated for the teacher. Run one course at a time. Packages for students enrolling in a second SFA certification course exclude already-owned material contained in both programs, and those students receive even higher discounts.
SFA study materials form a sound foundation for students' personal resource libraries and are referred to again and again after students complete training and enter their actual workplace practices.
Added Benefits for Your Students
The Teacher's Resource Package
SFA will provide the first Teacher's Resource Package for both courses at no charge. It includes all of the materials contained in student packages PLUS our extremely useful Teacher's Guide.
The SFA Teacher's Guide makes a teacher's workday hassle-free -- whether teaching for college-credit or adult education, and whether teaching the Senior Fitness Instructor program, the Senior Personal Trainer program, or both. The Teacher's Guide provides:
The teacher's Senior Personal Trainer package includes an additional video to play in the classroom for students, "Strength Training for Sedentary Adults," a 70-minute educational video featuring SFA National Advisory Board member Dr. Wayne Westcott on intensive senior strength training (video's retail price $40) and a "Movin' Out Senior Style" video for the same purpose (unless the teacher has already been issued a copy of that video for the Senior Fitness Instructor course).
Free of charge, your initial Teacher's Package(s) will be kept up-to-date by SFA. Prior to the start of each new term, you may receive new or replacement pages for your Teacher's Guide, replacement textbooks, or updated manuals. Student packages will also reflect any new improvements. More so than any other educational association, SFA maintains current-year editions of all educational programs, a major plus for colleges and universities that require their students' studies to be based on current research and the most up-to-date body of knowledge in the field. Therefore, student and teacher packages will always include any new or replacement materials the association has incorporated in order to keep the courses current, up-to-date, complete and preeminent.
In addition to the complimentary Teacher's Resource Package, teachers receive complimentary SFA membership for as long as they serve as SFA-affiliated course instructors.
Also, teachers receive complimentary SFA testing eligibility (simply by arranging with SFA to have a fellow professor administer the examination).
Why Choose American Senior Fitness Association Courses?
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Good news for senior fitness professionals & fitness enthusiasts. SFA basic membership is now free!
There's no catch or obligation. You'll get SFA's e-newsletter, "Experience!", discounts on SFA programs and more. SFA will not share your information with any other organizations.
International Curriculum Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults.