Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults

Do you feel confident teaching older clients?

How do you feel about teaching somebody aged 80 with balance issues? Or a client with stiff joints and decreased mobility who is keen to maintain what they have in terms of range of movement and not simply give up because they have reached a certain age. They also don’t care how many millimetres of body fat they have on their upper arm …ageing gives you a new perspective.

Over the years this has become my favourite age group to teach …by a long shot.

My clients have told me in no uncertain terms that they are not interested in achieving the perfect body. Many have said they are happy to be alive having inevitably suffered the loss of friends and family.

“Old age is a privilege denied to many”

If you’ve been in or around the health and fitness industry for any amount of time, you will know that there are not nearly enough qualified and competent teachers who can offer classes specifically for older clients.

Armed with the right information and research you could make a difference to the lives of many clients who are too nervous to join a regular class …or contact a Personal Trainer.

There are certain physiological conditions which unfortunately are inevitable as we age and we can’t ignore the risk factors. However the benefits of exercise for this specific group far outweigh the risks and the rewards gained from seeing a client grow in confidence under your watchful eye is priceless.


Older Adults
Why not add to your existing skills by attaining this worthwhile qualification and become the ‘Go -To’ instructor for older adults in your area.

This is a particularly rewarding group of people to work with and of course …they make up almost 50% of the population!

If you are a Personal Trainer you can work with your client on a 1:1 basis to help them stay mobile and fit for longer.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at fully qualified Pilates Teachers | Personal Trainers | Yoga Teachers wishing to further their career in the health and fitness sector as a specialist instructor who can address the needs of older clients.

This course is for you, if you enjoy working with clients age 50+ and realise how important it is to encourage your clients to continue to exercise ….with modifications.   

This course is for you, if you recognise that there are physiological changes which take place in our bodies as we age. 

It is for you, if you already teach a number of older adults within your regular classes and are concerned about making the appropriate adaptations. 

Technically all qualified instructors should be able to look after one or two older clients within a group class.

The difference in obtaining this qualification means you are then entitled to set up specific classes for older clients and your Insurance policy will cover you when working with this specialist group.

How is this course structured?

This course is delivered via blended learning. After you register you will be sent a **manual in the post  …an actual paper workbook! You will also receive an email with details of how to access our virtual classroom and the appropriate classes.

This whole registration process typically takes one week.

If you are unable to attend the scheduled classes in person, we will offer you the option to watch the recording, however we also know that you will gain maximum benefit from being in the virtual class.

Why should I train with The EnergyWise Academy?

The EnergyWise Academy is an accredited training provider based in the UK. Our qualifications are recognised worldwide and adhere to the most up to date safety guidelines and standards. We have an excellent reputation for looking after our students before, during and long after qualifying. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and commitment to providing a first class service.

How do I achieve this Award?

In order to achieve this award, you will be required to complete two mandatory units in your Learner Achievement Portfolio comprising:

Unit #1 – Physical activity and health considerations for the older adult – written worksheets with 24 questions requiring a 70% pass.

Unit #2  – Designing and adapting exercise programmes for the older adult – written worksheets with 11 questions requiring a 70% pass. Plus Case Study.

The written worksheets and Case Study assignment content is thoroughly explained within the course materials and during the online classes.

Upon successful completion of the course work you will receive an Active IQ Certificate: Level 3 Award in Designing Programmes for Older Adults

How long will it take me to complete the course?

Everybody works at their own pace and as you can appreciate we have no way of knowing what your personal circumstances are.

In these days of lockdown due to the Covid -19 global pandemic we anticipate that this qualification could be completed within two months from start to finish, however you may be in a hurry to complete your training and power through the work in a couple of weeks.

Either way there is no pressure to complete the course before you have taken on board all the new information.

** We will do our best to get your manual to you within a week … this will obviously be dependent on the Royal Mail and where you live in the world.

There is no practical component to this subject as you will simply apply your new found knowledge to any existing subjects in which you are qualified to teach.

Course content includes:

  • Effects of ageing on the UK population
  • Physiological and biomechanical changes associated with ageing and their implications for physical activity
  • Medical conditions commonly associated with old age and their implications for physical activity
  • Key considerations for older adults participating in physical activity
  • Communication skills required to engage with older adults

How to plan and design programmes for older clients including:

  • Benefits
  • Recommended types of physical activity
  • Types of physical activity to be avoided
  • Stretching

Know the physiological and bio-mechanical changes that take place as adults age including:

  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Metabolic changes
  • Endocrine system

Understand the key considerations for older clients participating in physical activity including :

  • Health and safety
  • Absolute contraindications
  • Relative contraindications
  • Warning signs
  • Complications / considerations
  • Information and advice

On successful completion of this course you will understand the benefits of physical activity for older clients and how to adapt your existing class/session to meet their needs safely.

How much does it cost?

The full cost of this exciting training course Level 3 Award in Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults is £395.00

Next step? Check out our pre-requisites then fill in the Contact Form below to reserve your place.

We will do our best to reply within 24 hours.  

What is the pre-requisite?

Evidence of existing qualification(s) must be provided before commencing the training course.

We accept any of the following UK qualifications:

Level 2 Gym Instructor 

Level 2 Exercise to Music

Level 3 Personal Trainer

Level 3 Pilates Instructors

Level 3 Yoga Teachers

You will need to supply evidence of your qualification by sending a copy of your certificate with your Registration Form. We can accept a scanned pdf copy or in the absence of access to a scanner we can accept a nice clear photo image. 

When is the next course?

This is a relatively new qualification. The doors are now open and we are accepting bookings for our first intake. (See”How do I enroll on this course?”)

The nature of this online learning means that you can get started at any point …as soon as we have posted out your manual you can begin to absorb the knowledge you’ll need to pass your assessments.

As this training course is being delivered during a period of lockdown we are aware that our students may have more time available than normal and therefore we are offering a flexible approach.

You will be required to attend three online classes in our virtual classroom – each session lasting approximately 3 hours. During these sessions you will be given guidance from your tutor on the best way to complete your worksheets and assignment. The sessions include live Q&As accompanied by PowerPoint presentations followed by home study.

The first session is on Monday 18th May from 10.00am – 1.00pm and is delivered via Zoom. We also offer a recording of all classes if you cannot attend the live event.

Two  similar follow up class will be agreed by the group after we have established a working timeline.Potentially Monday 25th May 2020 from 10.00am – 1.00pm plus one more. 

We are aware that the situation regarding returning to a ‘new normal’ is constantly under review and we will be responsive to any changes in the UK guidelines. 

This method of delivery is also known as blended learning which works extremely well in today’s current climate. 

We pride ourselves in only teaching small groups and will only enroll a restricted amount of students at any one time so you can be assured of our very best attention.

If you have any queries regarding your training you can access your allocated tutor via email.

How do I enroll on this Course?
When you have read through the information on this page and decided that you would like to register yourself, you simply fill out the contact form at the foot of this page.

We will also need you to pay your course fees of £395, in advance and have provided a ” Book my Place”  button which takes you directly to our PayPal account. You don’t need to have a PayPal account to make use of this facility and can pay by Debit Card or Credit Card …whichever suits you.

If you have any issues with paying please contact me at fiona@energywiseacademy.co.uk. We aim to respond to any inquiry within 24 hours or 48 hours during the weekend.

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