The purpose of the Active Ageing Trainer is to build fitness participation of new and existing exercisers over 60 years of age through group or individual fitness experiences that meet their needs.
An Active Ageing Trainer delivers fitness instruction to individuals with the use of equipment in a gym (Fitness Instructor Pre-Requisite) or to a group through fitness classes (Group Fitness Instructor Pre-Requisite). The Active Ageing Trainer differs from a Level 3 Instructor in their understanding of the physiology of ageing and their ability to work safely with older adults through the adaptation of exercise programme design and delivery. Active Ageing Trainers create a fitness environment that is welcoming and not intimidating for older exercisers.
The active ageing trainer should be able to:
- Build rapport and collect information from individual older adults clients
- Implement appropriate pre-participation screening for older adult clients
- Analysehealth and lifestyle information relating to individual lolder adult clients
- Make the appropriate decisions relating to older adult client’s health status and goals, where required refer the client to a more appropriate professional
- Provide a range of exercise programmes in accordance with the needs of older adult clients by applying principles of exercise programming and an understanding of common biomechanical and physiological changes associated with ageing
- Develop and apply strategies to motivate older adult clients to join and adhere to an exercise programme
- Deliver exercise sessions to individuals or groups of older adults based on evidence-based guidelines for the age group and have been tailored to their individual and collective needs
- Delivergood customer service and be a positive role model at all times and keep up to date with sector developments
- Promote healthy activities and related strategies for daily living to older adult clients
- Provide emergency aid to an older adult during or following an exercise session if required.