You’ll learn all about the SFS (Senior fitness specialist) certification from NASM in this article.
By the end, you will know precisely whether or not this certification is something you want to pursue. I also suggest checking out other advanced NASM certifications as well as the top corrective exercise certifications as this information is crucial for senior population training.
Let’s get right into it and stop wasting time!
Introduction to the certification
If you have lots of elderly clients, this may be a good option for you. It is also a great complementary certification for the NASM CES (corrective exercise specialist) certification because a lot of older adults have muscular imbalances that need to be treated.
One of the best habits and a senior can develop is to exercise frequently. Most individuals have no idea what to do when they start exercising, and that is our job as personal trainers to guide them in the right direction.
There are many benefits to perform the exercises in your old age. Balance training is essential so that you can prevent falling and injuring yourself. As we age our bone density decreases and it has been proven that resistance training is crucial for maintaining that bone density and preventing osteoporosis.
As personal trainers, it is our responsibility to improve clients balance, stability, and strength for them to healthily live for many years to come. That is one of the main reasons why I became a personal trainer!
Let’s look at some of the things you’ll learn from the NASM senior fitness specialist certification! Check out the NASM website for more information and current prices on the senior fitness specialist certification after the review!
Here is what you will get out of the SFS certification
- You will learn how to reach out to elderly clients and show them how you can help them with your newly learned knowledge
- You will become an expert at designing exercise routines specifically for elderly individuals using NASM’s optimum fitness training model.
- You’ll also be able to reap the benefits by working the same hours as retired individuals
- You’ll learn all about the risks of falling and how to prevent them for your elderly clients
- You’ll understand regular medical conditions for elderly individuals and the limitations that they will have during training sessions
- You will gain an understanding of core training techniques, balance, and flexibility for elderly individuals
- You will be able to address the psychological as well as physiological requirements for your elderly clients
- You will learn the right way to do fitness assessments for elderly individuals
Here is everything that is included in the NASM SFS Cert!
One of the best things I like about the senior fitness specialist certification from NASM is that all of their study materials are available online from their website. As of the time of me writing this article, the course costs $199.
This includes a downloadable version of their textbook, free online quizzes, a programming manual and an online exercise library specially designed for elderly clients. I like having all of my study materials on my tablet as well as other training software because it makes everything much more accessible.
It is excellent having downloadable digital textbook is that if you have a smartphone or tablet, you can load it up and carry it with you anywhere you want. You can cram a mini study session and wherever you are! This certification will fulfill most certifying agencies continuing education requirements such as ACE and NASM.
I tried to find online the time that you need to take the test after purchasing the SFS but I could not. Most NASM certifications give you a year from the time that you are buying it, so that is my guess with this certification as well.
Once you are ready to take the exam, it is as comfortable as hopping on the website and taking it. You are not required to go into a test-taking facility like the majority of their advanced certifications or their general CPT.
NASM makes it pretty easy for you to get certified as a senior fitness specialist because their curriculum is excellent.
Conclusion on the NASM Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS) certification
Right now is a great time to start specializing in the elderly population. The baby boomer generation is getting to the age where they are required to start exercising to stay healthy.
This is also the majority of individuals that are purchasing personal training so it can significantly increase your personal training salary! Not only do they have the time for training because they are most likely retired, but they also have the money to spend! I love working with my elderly clients!
By getting the certification, you can show them that you are the right personal trainer with the right skills set to help them achieve their goals. If you are in need of some continuing education credits, I would recommend this certification to fulfill them!
Or if you do not yet have the NASM certification as your general certification (link to site), I suggest that as well! You open up a vast market for yourself as a personal trainer and learn valuable information as well.
Another certification that goes well with the senior fitness specialist is the ACE health coach certification because it is all about habit development! You should check out my article on how to become a health coach!
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