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How to Become a Personal Trainer for Senior Citizens

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Nicole Waldo has been working in the fitness industry since 2003. She is certified as a personal trainer through the International Sports Science Association. Waldo graduated from the University of Montana, earning a Bachelor of Science in health and human performance with a concentration on health promotion.
How to Become a Personal Trainer for Senior Citizens
Get certified to become a personal trainer for senior citizens. Photo Credit Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Personal training is one of the fastest growing and satisfying careers today. You can choose to work with any age group you like, including senior citizens. According to The International Sports Science Association, "Scientific evidence accumulates daily proving that with regular exercise, a senior can experience good health and vitality for the duration of their life." Working with senior citizens can be a rewarding experience. After becoming certified to work with this specific group, you will have the knowledge to develop a personalized training program for each senior client, helping her to improve her mobility, health, independence and overall quality of life.

Step 1

Get certified as a personal trainer. Choose a professional organization, such as the American College of Sports Medicine, The International Sports Science Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine and American Council on Exercise to receive your certification from.

Step 2

Choose a specialty, such as working with senior citizens. To set yourself apart from other personal trainers in your area and to increase your client base, it is important to specialize in a certain area.

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Step 3

Take a specialty course, such as the Senior Fitness Certification through The International Sports Science Association. This usually requires a few months of preparation, which are coupled with an online or proctored exam.

Step 4

Search for clients. You can either choose to work at a gym, private club, or start your own business.

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