Dit online E-learning programma (zelfstudie) is Engelstalig!

NASM Senior Fitness Specialist

What could be more rewarding than helping older adults to stave off age-related decline and rediscover their health and fitness? In this specialization, you’ll gain the tools you need to exert a life-changing impact on the lives of active older adults.

  • Empower older adults by helping them regain the strength, stamina, and flexibility to stay healthy and independent
  • Explore the physiological and psychological changes that occur with aging
  • Learn advanced fitness assessments and evaluations specific for the needs of older adults
  • Design exercise programs to help older adults reduce the risk of falls, gain independence, and ward off the negative physical effects of aging
  • Understand the limitations and fitness obstacles of older adults
  • Expand your client base by appealing to the 54 million (and growing) adults over 65
  • Self-paced online program makes it easy and convenient to launch your new career from home in as little as 2-4 weeks
  • CEU Value: 1.5 NASM

Please note this SelfStudy course is only in English.

Older adults can be a fantastic source of clients for your fitness business. In this specialization, you’ll learn about the physical, physiological, and psychological considerations of aging, and how to adjust your training routines to align with the training guidelines for older adults.

When you choose NASM to pursue your Senior Fitness Specialization, you’ll get access to:

  • World-class fitness & nutrition experts.
  • Peer-reviewed content from the brightest minds in the industry.
  • State-of-the-art digital learning platform designed to meet multiple learning styles.
  • A curriculum that is consistently reviewed and updated with the most up-to-date material available.

Section 1: SFS Scope of Practice

Chapter 1: Introduction to Senior Fitness
The Senior Fitness Specialization (SFS) is a comprehensive program for fitness professionals delivered in an immersive online experience that combines current evidence-based information on the physiological and psychological considerations of aging, assessment strategies for the older adult, exercise progressions, and program design considerations for the older client.

Chapter 2: Chapter 2: Scope of Practice
In this chapter, you'll examine the scope of practice for Senior Fitness Specialists and understand their role in the healthcare continuum.

  • 5 Infographics
  • 1 Video
  • 1 Quiz

Section 2: Physical, Physiological, and Psychological Considerations of Aging

Chapter 3: Physical and Physiological Considerations of Aging
You'll understand the physiological changes that occur in the nervous system and the cardiorespiratory system as people age. Learn how the musculoskeletal system changes with age and understand safety concerns.

Chapter 4: Psychological Considerations of Aging
In this chapter, you'll learn age-related influences on the quality of life, emotional well-being, and self-perception for the older adult client. You'll also understand the psychosocial effects that exercise can have.

  • 11 Infographics
  • 2 Videos
  • 2 Quizzes

Section 3: Assessment Strategies for the Older Adult

Chapter 5: Fitness Assessments for the Active Older Adult
This chapter will help you understand the components of an integrated assessment to be used with older adults. Learn how to conduct a screening process and interpret the data to reveal health risks. Utilize several different assessments to enable successful behavior change, physiological and functional fitness improvement.

  • 5 Infographics
  • 1 Video
  • 3 Printable Handouts
  • 1 Quiz

Section 4: Program Components for the Older Adult

Chapter 6: Flexibility Guidelines for Active Older Adults
This chapter discusses the rationale for flexibility training. Learn to safely progress an older adult through flexibility training and apply appropriate acute variables when performing flexibility training with older adults.

Chapter 7: Cardiorespiratory Training Guidelines for Active Older Adults
You'll get an understanding of cardiorespiratory training and how to safely assist older adults through it. Find out how to apply the FITTE principles when performing this type of training.

Chapter 8: Core, Balance, and Plyometric Training Guidelines for Active Older Adults
This section explains the epidemiology of falls and importance for fall prevention programming in older adults. Learn different core, balance and reactive trainings to help prevent the risk of falls.

Chapter 9: Resistance Training Guidelines for Active Older Adults
In this chapter, you'll learn the adaptations that occur during the stabilization-endurance, strength-endurance, muscular hypertrophy, maximal strength, and power phases on the Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) Model. Know how to use appropriate resistance training exercises based on the different levels of the OPT™ Model.

  • 8 Infographics
  • 4 Videos
  • 1 Printable Handout
  • 4 Quizzes

Section 5: Program Design

Chapter 10: Program Design for the Active Older Adult
This chapter will help you define and describe the acute training variables within each phase of the Optimum Performance Training (OPT™) Model. Be familiar with the physiological considerations when designing cardiorespiratory and resistance training programs for older adult clients.

Chapter 11: Common Medical Conditions and Programming Modifications
Be able to determine various chronic conditions and comorbidities associated with active older adults. Understand how medical conditions affect the body and be able to outline exercise recommendations for those with chronic conditions and comorbidities.

  • 10 Infographics
  • 2 Videos
  • 1 Printable Handout
  • 2 Quizzes

Section 6: Nutrition Guidelines and Considerations

Chapter 12: Nutrition Guidelines and Considerations for Active Older Adults
You'll understand the caloric requirements, guidelines and considerations for macronutrient consumption for older client health. Explain proper micronutrient considerations and determine nutrition guidelines for them.

  • 2 Infographics
  • 1 Video
  • 1 Quiz

Section 7: Business Development

Chapter 13: Professional and Business Development
In this chapter, you'll learn the legal requirements when working as a personal trainer and NASM's Code of Professional Conduct. Develop a plan of action to best market services.

  • 1 Video
  • 1 Quiz

There are no prerequisites for this course. Although a personal trainer certification or a fitness specialization is recommended.

You will have 365 days from the date of enrollment to take your final exam, which consists of 100 multiple-choice questions. There is a time limit of 90 minutes, and you must pass with a 70% or higher. You will have 3 attempts to pass.

Certificate: downloadable in your NASM account after passing the exam

Training days: 2 installments of € 254,50

You can also pay in one go with a discount of 10,00, then the costs are € 499,00

  • Course Content: 13 In-Depth Chapters, 12 High-End Videos, Programming Manual (PDF Download), 90+ Infographics & Charts, Quizzes
  • Content Access: 365 days (1 year) from date of enrollment
  • Exam: 100 multiple-choice questions (CEU values (Continuing Education Units): 1.5 NASM CEUs)
  • Study load: approx 30 hours
For substantive questions and assistance during the course or question for the tutor, please contact one of our study coaches at studiecoach@efaa.nl.

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  • Affordable combination and total packages
  • Payment in installments possible


in 2 installments of254,50
(or at once € 499,00)

locations & start dates

Self-study training (completely online)