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SFA offers award winning, senior-specific fitness education in three distinct areas of practical application as well as our new Brain Fitness for Older Adults program.

Senior Fitness Instructor

You can specialize in group exercise classes, low impact aerobic dance, seated aerobics, stretching, resistance band workouts, exercising with hand-held weights, and other forms of strength conditioning. Lead dynamic walking programs and matchless swimming pool classes! Explore the lively science of movement-to-music programming.

Senior Personal Trainer

Work with clients one-on-one and in optimal small-group settings. We emphasize functional fitness training and assessments, expert strength training, individualized aerobic and flexibility prescriptions, senior sports conditioning, post-rehab training, and total wellness counseling. SFA empowers you to operate your own business with flexible hours and unlimited earning potential.

Long Term Care Fitness Leader

You can share health and hope with frail elderly and disabled older adults in nursing homes, adult day-care centers, and assisted living environments. Learn how to work productively with regard to stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and other serious medical concerns. Lead model chair-seated exercise classes, wheelchair sports, and mental fitness activities. Learn strategies for fighting depression, enhancing self-esteem, increasing functional independence, and improving quality of life.

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SFA Training Programs

The American Senior Fitness Association provides older adult fitness specialists with educational programs specifically designed to help them conduct safe, effective and enjoyable fitness programs for older participants of varying fitness levels. Complete any SFA Advanced Qualification or Certificate of Completion program, and...


  • functional fitness assessments specifically designed for seniors
  • senior-friendly teaching and leadership approaches
  • senior-specific exercise guidelines and safety measures
  • the secrets of effective senior strength training


  • balance training and fall prevention
  • the physiology of aging
  • the psychology of aging
  • vital principles of gerontology, basic physiology, and anatomy


  • the skill to adapt seniors' workouts to their medications
  • a thorough understanding of how to program for functional fitness
  • in-depth knowledge of how to program for special conditions including arthritis, osteoporosis, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, back pain, and more


  • senior-related facts and methodologies that are unknown among most fitness professionals
  • management insights to promote your goals and those of your senior participants
  • the ability to turn theoretical knowledge into sound practical applications in the work place

For your convenience, SFA offers Two Types of Educational Opportunities:

Certificate of Advanced Qualification ... SFA's highest standard. These comprehensive, widely recognized programs are intended for fitness professionals who specialize in older adult fitness programming. The courses require proctored, closed book testing. Our C.A.Q. programs provide all necessary study resources including textbooks, manuals and videos plus a complete set of CEC materials at no extra charge. Full certification requires successfully completing a proctored, closed book examination and providing proof of supplemental certification in both adult CPR and basic first aid.

SFA's Certificates of Advanced Qualification are renewable every two years with proof of current CPR/first aid certification along with 2.0 SFA approved continuing education credits.

Certificate of Completion Programs ... correspondence courses designed to enhance your existing knowledge and credentials as well as for continuing education credit. Certificate programs feature the same study materials and learning objectives as Advanced Qualification programs. However, they are designed as self-paced, open-book correspondence courses. The certificate program provides recognized CECs for other associations. For your convenience, each certificate program is divided into two courses (Part One and Part Two) which may be purchased separately or together. Completing both parts earns your certificate from the American Senior Fitness Association. Certificates may be upgraded to Advanced Qualification a later date if desired.

All SFA educational programs require comprehensive, directed home study.


A full refund ( less shipping & handling ) will be issued for materials returned in new condition at purchaser's expense within 30 days of receipt.