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How to become a fitness instructor

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As an endorsed training provider, we can train you to teach safe and effective exercise classes for older adults and do more than just deliver an exercise class. Learn how to motivate and empower your clients and promote positive behaviour change so they want to keep coming back, week after week. Become a fitness instructor for a fun, rewarding and flexible career!

If you’re looking for a really rewarding job with flexible hours and great rates of pay, then let us help you achieve your goals. Train with us to become an instructor in the UK for older adults and we will give you all the knowledge, practical and motivational skills you need to stand out from the crowd.

How to become a fitness instructor for older adults

The Go-To Course

FABS is designed to give you all the knowledge and skills you need to be a specialist instructor for older adults. The FABS Exercise Programme combines four essential components for health and wellbeing as recommended by the Chief Medical Officer’s and N.I.C.E. guidelines for the over 60s – Flexibility, Aerobic, Balance and Strength – we call it FABS.

Stand out From the Crowd

Train to teach both chair-based and standing exercises so you can work in community, care and gym settings. Our aim is to ensure older people across the UK can join a local class to help them stay active and independent. We’ve already got thousands of people moving more and having fun and now we need more instructors to fulfil the demand. As the exercises can be adapted to suit a wide range of abilities, the FABS Training Programme gives you both the scope and choice to teach chair-based exercise sessions in care or NHS settings through to standing active community classes for the over 60s.  

Be the Best

Our high quality endorsed training has been developed with experts in ageing research. The FABS Training Programme has been developed by Move it or Lose it in collaboration with scientists and experts in ageing research.* With our blended approach of online learning and two day face-to-face practical training, we bring together the best of academic research with practical application to help you be at the forefront of the fitness industry.

Join the Team

You can join our team and enjoy friendly, ongoing support to help more people live active, healthier, happier lives. “98% of trainees found the eLearning convenient and good value for money” Whether you’re an existing fitness professional or completely new to exercise training, we support you every step of the way. Along with the eLearning you’ll watch video tutorials to ensure you are familiar with the exercise programme and feel confident even before you attend the two-day practical training. Here you will learn how to link the exercises and put them to music to create fun-filled routines. Our highly trained and friendly Trainers will put you at ease with practical assessments done in informal group settings. This ensures you are safe and competent to deliver exercise classes for older people.  

How to become a fitness instructor with the ongoing support of Move it or Lose it

Having worked with thousands of older people, we have seen incredible transformations and know how rewarding this job can be. We also know how challenging it can be to become a fitness instructor and start running your own business. By completing the FABS training and becoming a licensee of Move it or Lose it, you can be part of a bigger team and support network enabling you to reach more people and be the best and most confident instructor that you can be.

How to become a fitness instructor for seniors

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Simply fill in the enquiry form and we will get back to you as soon as possible on how to become a fitness instructor with all the information that you require including answers to any questions or queries that you have.

The nationally endorsed FABS Training Programme has the following learning outcomes to help you:

  • To understand the major changes associated with ageing and inactivity
  • To understand how to support and motivate the older adult to adhere to physical activity
  • To understand guidelines and training principles in relation to the older adult
  • To be able to plan, deliver and evaluate exercise sessions for older adults including progressive training
  • To deliver safe, effective and enjoyable exercise sessions for older adults

Want to know more about how to become a fitness instructor? Fill in the form to receive your free information pack or give us a call on 0800 612 7785. Find out how we can help you begin a truly rewarding career helping older people to enjoy active, healthier, happier lives.

*The Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at University of Birmingham

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We can train you to become a certified fitness instructor so you can teach seated and standing exercise to the over 60s and those with limited mobility. FABS training is more than just learning how to deliver an exercise session; it trains you to motivate and educate your clients in an atmosphere of fun and inclusivity.

Move it or Lose it prides itself on developing bespoke training to suit your needs.

Bespoke Learning

Move it or Lose it prides itself on developing bespoke training to suit your needs enabling your organisation to offer activities and inclusive exercises to your clients. We have worked with carers, volunteers and staff for support groups, charities and education providers and know how to give you the tools you really need to motivate older clients and those with limited mobility.

  • Ida

    “I am amazed at how helpful the ‘sit to stand’ exercise is. I keep practising and yesterday when I was getting out of the car I did it without any knee pain, which can only be due to your exercise as I haven’t done anything else different”

  • Yvonne

    “A million thanks for ALL you do for US. You make it so enjoyable and it is so beneficial. Take a bow!”
  • Marilyn

    “I’ve spent my life avoiding exercise, now I can’t get enough!”

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