Hello NASM Senior Fitness Specialist [SFS]

What You’ll Learn

Play an important part in keeping active older adults healthy! There are currently over 54 million adults over the age of 65 living in the United States, and that number is projected to continue to grow.

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Senior Fitness Specialists have a unique opportunity to work with the growing older adult population and help them improve their health by providing safe and effective exercise programs that use NASM’s Optimum Performance Training® (OPT™) program.

Our newly updated Senior Fitness Specialization provides an immersive online learning experience for fitness professionals, teaching innovative ways to design individualized programs to meet the needs of active aging adults through evidence-based practices. Addressing physiological and psychological needs, this course will provide the application needed to create a positive, comfortable trainer-client relationship and help older adult clients achieve their goals and overcome obstacles.

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Why Become a Senior Fitness Specialist?

  • Meet the specific needs of aging adults by designing exercise programs that use NASM’s Optimum Performance Training® (OPT™) program

  • Enjoy the convenience of schedule flexibility to increase clientele with active aging adults

  • Reduce risks for falls and preserve the independence of older adult clients

  • Understand aging adults’ limitations, common medical conditions, aging process, and frequent fitness obstacles

CURRICULUM

Prerequisites

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

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NUTRITION CERTIFICATION (CNC)

  • Learn the psychology behind how we get stuck in dietary patterns - and how to break them

  • Get skilled on how to apply nutrition science and behavior change in the real world to get your clients results

  • Receive the latest cutting-edge science in all things related to fat loss, muscle gain, and overall wellness

 

WEIGHT LOSS
SPECIALIZATION (WLS)

  • Learn how to apply weight loss guidelines and training methodologies.

  • Help clients break weight loss training plateaus.

  • Learn the psychological aspects of weight loss.

   

GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING SPECIALIZATION (GPT)

  • Learn how to transition personal training to a small group.

  • Receive 120 small group personal training programs.

  • Reap powerful results and financial benefits from training more people in the same of time.

You will need three NASM Specializations before applying to the Master Trainer program.
Here are some of our most popular specializations.

 

CORRECTIVE EXERCISE SPECIALIZATION (CES)

  • Learn how to design effective programs to help your clients move, feel and live better.

  • Improve and correct client movement compensations by implementing the simple 4 step process of the Corrective Exercise Continuum.

  • Elevate your professional edge and bottom line.

 

PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT SPECIALIZATION (PES)

  • Develop the expertise to increase your clients’ performance at any level.

  • Ideal for fitness clients looking to keep their competitive edge.

  • Master the science behind human movement and sports performance.

SECTION ONE

SCOPE OF PRACTICE

CHAPTER ONE: 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 TWO: 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.

SECTION TWO: Physical, Physiological, and Psychological Considerations of Aging

CHAPTER THREE: 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 FOUR: 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.

SECTION THREE

ASSESSMENT STRATEGIES FOR THE OLDER ADULT

CHAPTER FIVE: 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 behavioUr change, physiological and functional fitness improvement.

SECTION FOUR

PROGRAM COMPONENTS FOR THE OLDER ADULT

CHAPTER SIX: 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 SEVEN: 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 EIGHT: 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 NINE: 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.

SECTION FIVE

PROGRAM DESIGN

CHAPTER TEN: 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 ELEVEN: 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.

SECTION SIX

NUTRITION & THE OLDER ADULT

CHAPTER TWELVE: 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.

SECTION SEVEN

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

CHAPTER THIRTEEN: 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.

Is there a cost for the NASM Master Trainer program?
There is a cost to enroll in the Master Trainer program, but there are no ongoing membership fees or dues. Contact an NASM Advisor for more information regarding costs for NASM specializations and the NASM Master Trainer Summit experience.

Do I have to set my own travel and accommodations?
Yes, accommodation and travel is not included in the purchase price.

Can I participate if I am not certified through NASM?
Individuals must have a valid NASM-CPT certification to become an NASM Master Trainer. You can continue to complete NASM specializations and move closer towards becoming an NASM Master Trainer, however, a valid NASM-CPT certification is required to become an NASM Master Trainer.

What do I do if my NASM-CPT expired before or during being in the Master Trainer program?
A current and valid NASM-CPT certification is required to be part of the Master Trainer program. Individuals who do not have a valid NASM-CPT certification must either retake and pass the NASM-CPT examination or recertify (if within the allotted recertification grace period).

What are the types of approved college degrees?
Approved degrees include Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology/Biomechanics, Physical Education, Nutrition/Dietetics, Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Health Education, Public Health, and Sports Management.

Can I participate if I am not certified through NASM?
Individuals must have a valid NASM-CPT certification to become an NASM Master Trainer. You can continue to complete NASM specializations and move closer towards becoming an NASM Master Trainer, however, a valid NASM-CPT certification is required to become an NASM Master Trainer.

What do I do if my NASM-CPT expired before or during being in the Master Trainer program?
A current and valid NASM-CPT certification is required to be part of the Master Trainer program. Individuals who do not have a valid NASM-CPT certification must either retake and pass the NASM-CPT examination or recertify (if within the allotted recertification grace period).

What are the types of approved college degrees?
Approved degrees include Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology/Biomechanics, Physical Education, Nutrition/Dietetics, Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Health Education, Public Health, and Sports Management.

How many specializations do I need to participate in the NASM Master Trainer program?
You will need a valid NASM-CPT, CES, and PES, plus one more Specialization or approved college degree.

Do I need all specializations prior to applying for the Master Trainer program?
Yes, you need to have a current/valid CPT, specializations, and/or degree at the time of application.

I am certified with NASM but have credentials with other organizations. Can those count towards a specialization?
Only NASM specializations or an accredited college degree in an exercise science-related program can be counted in the NASM Master Trainer program.

Will CEUs I’m obtaining while in NASM Master Trainer Program apply to recertification?
Yes, all CEUs will be counted toward NASM-CPT recertification.

ASM faculty to be professionally recognized by NASM, as an NASM Master Trainer.

What if I’m considered a “Master Trainer” at my current employer?
Earning the NASM Master Trainer credential will not interfere with any designations you currently hold. In fact, earning the NASM Master Trainer credential will add to your current credibility and reputation as an accomplished fitness professional.

Will my clients know what an NASM Master Trainer is?
Some clients may know about the NASM Master Trainer program while others may not. After successfully completing the NASM Master Trainer program, you’ll be given access to unique branding and marketing opportunities to spread the word about your success.

Is it possible for me not to pass the NASM Master Trainer Summit?
Yes, it is possible to not pass the NASM Master Trainer Summit. Individuals in the NASM Master Trainer Summit must pass both an online component and demonstrate mastery of many coaching, communication and training elements while at the live event.

What happens if I do not pass the NASM Master Trainer Summit?
You will be given an opportunity at a remediation plan. If you don’t pass the remediation, you will receive CEU credit for participation, but not the Master Trainer designation. You must also wait one year to re-attempt the program.

What happens if I do not pass the online component of the NASM Master Trainer Summit?
Passing the NASM Master Trainer Summit event is accomplished through a cumulative score from both the online and live component. It would not be likely that you would pass the entire event if you did not perform well in the online component. That’s why we ask that you don’t attend the live event unless you have successfully completed the online component with a 70% or better score.

What can I expect at the NASM Master Trainer Summit experience?
It will cover many aspects of fitness training including; fitness testing and evaluation, exercise technique, program design, coaching and communication. Throughout the event, participants will be asked to speak, demonstrate and coach on a variety of topics while being evaluated by NASM faculty.

What should I bring to the NASM Master Trainer Summit experience?
Participants should bring workout attire, notepad and a pen.

How long do I have to complete the online component?
You will have four weeks to complete the online course.

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