FABS FAQs

What is the FABS training programme?
The FABS training programme combines all of the essential components for health and wellbeing as per CMO/NICE guidelines for older adults i.e. Flexibility, Aerobic, Balance and Strength (FABS).
We train instructors to deliver these evidence-based exercises enabling them to teach and adapt seated and standing exercise to the over 60s.
FABS training is more than just learning how to deliver an exercise session; it trains instructors to motivate and educate their clients in an atmosphere of fun and inclusivity.

This training has been developed and is delivered by Move it or Lose it, collaborating partners and with the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at University of Birmingham. It is endorsed by CIMSPA, EMD UK and Active IQ.

Who is this training for?
This training is for people who want to change the way we age and believe in the importance of keeping physically active for health and wellbeing. It is ideal for fitness professionals who want to specialise in teaching this demographic; for people who work in care or health settings and for those with no formal qualifications who have a desire to join our team.

What will it allow me to do?
For those who are already teaching exercise in some capacity, it is continuing professional development. For those who are new to teaching exercise it is a complete training programme to give you the knowledge and practical experience to lead fun, safe and effective classes for the over 60s.
You can teach in community or care settings or one-to-one.

What does it involve?
All the theory units for the programme are completed on our online training platform which can be done at your convenience. You will also receive all the video tutorials to ensure you are familiar with the exercises before attending our two day practical training before receiving certification.
There are no formal written exams, however you will be assessed throughout the training to ensure competency in your knowledge and practical delivery.
Here are the learning outcomes:
– Understand the major changes associated with aging and inactivity
– Understand how to support and motivate the older adult to adhere to physical activity
– Understand guidelines and training principles in relation to the older adult
– Be able to plan, deliver and evaluate exercise sessions for older adults including progressive training

How long will it take?

There are approximately 32 Guided Learning Hours for the Full FABS programme (for those with no previous experience) or 20 Guided Learning Hours for the Fast Track programme (for those with a recognised fitness qualification at Level 2 or above), followed by two days face-to-face practical training.

How much does it cost?
£480.00 for the Full FABS programme or £295.00 for the Fast Track Programme.

Our endorsing partner EMD UK offer a £100 bursary for the Fast Track programme, it’s like winning the fitness lottery! See their website here for details and make sure you qualify before you apply 5 days before you begin the course.

Are there any pre-requisites?
Not for the Full FABS programme we will give you all the training you require and if you join our team we will continue to offer further training, tutorials, CPD and support.

For the Fast Track programme we will need to see a copy of your Level 2 or above qualification in fitness/dance. We provide an upload link in the receipt of purchase email for you to send us this. Once we receive your certificate (photo or scan is acceptable as long as the information is readable) we will give you access to the eLearning.
You will of course need Internet access for all the online learning resources. You need to be over 18 (we welcome mature applicants) and be fit enough to deliver the exercise routines safely and effectively.

What about insurance?
We offer bespoke insurance for an annual premium of £86.32 for £5 million of cover. (Details supplied on certification). Existing qualifications (included in Tier One) can also be covered by this policy for fitness and therapy professionals. If you already have insurance cover then contact your provider.

Do I have to join the Move it or Lose it Team?
No, you can complete the training for your own professional development but you will not be able to use the Move it or Lose it or FABS brand which are trademarked and protected.

Can I get CPD points?
If you are registered with REPS then you can get 4 CPD points under the category of “Other Training.”

If you are a member of CIMSPA you can get 10 CPD points.

Who are CIMSPA, EMD UK and Active IQ? 

CIMSPA are the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity. They are the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. Find out more here. 

EMD UK are the governing body for group exercise. Find out more here.

Active IQ is an Ofqual regulated awarding body within the active leisure sector. Find out more here.