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.
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.
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.
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.
Search for clients. You can either choose to work at a gym, private club, or start your own business.
- International Sports Science Association: Senior Fitness Certification
- American Council on Exercise: Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist Certification
- "Fitness: The Complete Guide"; Frederick C. Hatfield; 2010
- American Council on Exercise: ACE Personal Training Certifications