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    ALL SFA Educational Programs have been designed to meet or exceed the following recognized curriculum standards. You'll have the confidence of knowing your senior fitness program is operating at or above accepted senior fitness industry standards:

International Curriculum Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults.  

National Standards for Preparing Senior Fitness Instructors

SFA programs also reflect safety guidelines recommended by many other organizations including the American Heart Association, Arthritis Foundation, American College of Sports Medicine and others.


  The United States Census Bureau predicts that more than 46 million Americans will be over 65 years of age by 2015.  You can gain a head start on the coming boom in older adult fitness programming with senior-specific educational programs from SFA, the pioneer in older adult fitness education. There will never be a better time than now to prepare for success in the rewarding market of mature adult fitness. Register today by calling (888) 689-6791.  


About SFA

Since 1992, the Leader in Professional Education and Practical Training for Older Adult Fitness Specialists

Janie Clark, M.A., SFA President

The rapidly growing field of older adult fitness management is becoming more sophisticated -- and more competitive. But you can keep pace and more. Today you have the opportunity to become one of a select group of leading professionals with exceptional careers in senior fitness. With SFA resources and services on your side, you’ll hold the keys to excelling in this exciting and quickly changing field.

At SFA, we realize you don’t have time to pour over all of the extensive new research on older adult fitness. We take care of that for you. With SFA publications and educational programs, you learn the latest, most effective, and most enjoyable methods for improving your participants’ quality of life through fun, responsible exercise programming.

Through the American Senior Fitness Association you can gain the most in-depth professional training available to senior fitness practitioners. You can also take advantage of SFA membership benefits including personal career promotion assistance. Or, simply subscribe to SFA’s respected quarterly publication Mature Fitness to keep up with the latest training techniques, senior-specific fitness research, and new videos, books and equipment.

Get the Highest Standard of Training

With SFA courses you get state-of-the-art textbooks, training manuals, and videos -- all designed to make your senior fitness program the very best available. You’ll learn the how-to’s and why’s along with lots of exciting ideas for new and beneficial fitness activities. SFA courses are written by eminent authorities, peer reviewed, and internationally recognized. These educational programs have been carefully researched and extensively field tested. SFA is a major provider of continuing education world-wide.

Boost your Career

Education and professional support services from SFA will...

  • Help you increase your client-base.
  • Expand your opportunities! SFA professionals are sought-after by health clubs, city recreation programs, senior centers, retirement communities, hospital wellness programs, and nursing homes. Be in demand everywhere that older adults gather to enjoy activity and recreation.
  • Keep you up-to-date with the latest in senior health and fitness research.
  • Give you advance knowledge of the newest resources and techniques.

SFA’s comprehensive educational programs give you the professional knowledge and confidence you need to succeed.

SFA's Mission and History

SFA was founded in 1992 to promote excellence in older adult fitness by providing widely accessible, senior specific fitness education programs, fitness resources and internationally recognized advanced professional qualification.

The American Senior Fitness Association's record is characterized by extraordinary growth and achievement. The early years were devoted to establishing SFA's expert National Advisory Board and developing SFA's comprehensive educational programs. In recent years the association has continued to set the standard in older adult fitness, for example, with new year-2008 editions of all SFA educational programs.

SFA participates in major health-fitness events such as the New World Fitness IDEA International Convention, the International Conference on Aging and Physical Activity and the National Association for Activity Professionals' national conventions at which SFA principals conduct educational lectures and workshops.

The American Senior Fitness Association is proud to have been one of the original coalition members that developed the American National Standards for Preparing Senior Fitness Instructors. SFA is also a recognized supporting organization of International Guidelines for Preparing Physical Activity Instructors of Older Adults which were developed in collaboration with the Aging and Life Course, World Health Organization.

Presently, the association is facilitating a number of valuable new benefits for members and program participants, including a structured networking system for SFA affiliates and increased access to senior specific fitness resources.

Events of Note

During the 2009 "Aging in America" conference, SFA officials were pleased to accept the 2009 Best Practices in Health Promotion and Wellness Award. According to the National Council on Aging's Health Promotion Institute: "This award recognizes a program, initiative, or service that enhances the health and wellness of older adults."

The American Senior Fitness Association accepted the Year-2000 Raymond A. Ciszek Service Award for significant contributions to programs for older adults from the Council on Aging and Adult Development, a division of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). We are honored and delighted by this prestigious international award which in past years has been bestowed on the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Keiser Industries, the AARP and other major service organizations.

The LifeSpan assessments protocol are featured in all SFA educational programs. The American Senior Fitness Association served on the national scientific advisory board overseeing the project. Involving thousands of senior participants across the nation, the project resulted in scientifically-validated, senior-specific, very practical functional assessment procedures and, significantly, the first broad-based compilation of senior-specific performance norms. Methods and outcomes have been extensively reported in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (vol. 7, no. 2).

In recent years, SFA has been featured as an expert source by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Businessweek magazine, the AARP National News Service, and numerous other major media and news outlets.


National Advisory Board of the American Senior Fitness Association

  • Wayne Westcott, Ph.D.    
  • Karl Knopf, Ed.D.
  • Mary Ann Wilson, R.N. 
  • Kay Van Norman, M.S.
  • Laura Gladwin, M.S. 
  • Gwen Hyatt, M.S.
  • Jessie Jones, Ph.D. 
  • Roberta Rikli, Ph.D.
  • Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Ph.D. 
  • James J. Annesi, Ph.D.
  • Jacques Caldwell, M.D. 
  • Mark Nagrani, M.D.
  • Sergio Collado, M.D.
  • Amelia Leonardi, M.S., P.T.
  • Patricia Brawner, Ph.D.
  • Dorcas Briggs, R.D., L.D.
  • Colin Milner

In abiding memory, Michael L. Pollock, Ph.D. Charter member of the SFA National Advisory Board