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. Alternatively qualified ETM or Gym Instructors may benefit from this qualification.

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?

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.

The Award comprises two units:
Unit #1 – Physical activity and health considerations for the older adult

Unit # 2 – Designing and adapting exercise programmes for the older adult

You will be required to complete a L.A.P. – Learner Achievement Portfolio which will be assessed by an appropriately qualified member of our approved Tutor/Assessor Team.

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

You will develop an understanding of the

  • 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.

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

Level 3 Students outside the UK need to supply evidence of their qualification by sending a copy of their certificate with their application.

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.  

When is the next course?

The course date is:

Saturday 26th October 2019

Time: 10 am – 4.00pm 

On the day you will be issued with hard copies of the Manual and Learner Achievement Portfolio which complement your home studies.

You can do some of the work in the comfort of your own home ….or your local coffee shop …if that’s a quieter option!

There is a follow- up day on Saturday 23rd November 2019

Time: 10 am – 4.00pm 

On this second day you will present your portfolio of evidence and be given further guidance on how best to complete the Award.  

We’ve been asked how quickly this qualification can be achieved and we think you could complete the worksheets in your Learner Achievement Portfolio within eight weeks from your start date.

You can of course take longer of you like …however we know how these things can drag on and on so we advise you to take your knowledge out into you workplace and start getting a return on your investment!

Where is this training course held?
Where is this training course held?

We recently moved to a new ‘home’. The move is geographically small and at the same time a big leap!

Our Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training qualifications have been delivered at Queen Margaret University Sports Centre by our very own EnergyWise Academy tutors for a couple of years.

It makes sense to have all our training courses under one roof and the benefits to you the student are as follows:

  • Excellent parking with no restrictions
  • Lothian bus services right to the door
  • Musselburgh Train Station is on the campus …only 6 mins train ride from Waverley station
  • Starbucks coffee shop on site
  • Maggie’s Café/Bar on site serving snacks, breakfast, lunch & dinners
  • Potential overnight accommodation in student residence (subject to term/holidays)

If you are unsure of where the University is located I have a series of links to help you:

Queen Margaret University


Lothian Buses



Train times and tickets – Musselburgh Station


If you need any help whatsoever with your travel or accommodation plans …don’t hesitate to ask us by sending an email to fiona@energywiseacademy.co.uk