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. We train instructors to deliver these evidence-based exercises enabling them to teach and adapt seated and standing exercise to the over 60s.

The FABS Training Programme gives you all the knowledge, theory and practical skills required to deliver safe, effective and enjoyable exercise sessions for older people. This will allow you to take exercise classes in community and care settings or one-to-one sessions for people who cannot get to classes.

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If you are not a qualified fitness professional then you can do our FABS Training Programme which gives you all the knowledge, practical skills and support you need to become an Exercise Instructor for Older Adults.

The FABS Training Programme has been developed in partnership with the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at University of Birmingham and combines Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance and Strength which can be taught both seated and standing giving you a wider scope of practice.

The blended learning includes approximately 32 guided learning hours through eLearning with step-by-step video tutorials and downloadable training manuals, followed by 2 days of face-to-face practical training.

FABS will enable you to:

  • Teach seated, supported and standing exercise for older adults
  • Understand anatomy and physiology and the major changes associated with ageing and inactivity and the impact of these changes on quality of life and wellbeing
  • 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 devise and deliver safe and effective exercise sessions for older adults
  • Be able to observe and correct clients
  • Be able to link exercises and put them to music using simple choreography to create fun-filled routines
  • Be able to devise and deliver fun activities for coordination, skill, cognitive vitality and to encourage social interaction
  • Be able to modify and adapt exercises to suit individuals
  • Be able to evaluate exercise sessions for older adults including progressive training

All eLearning must be completed before attending the two-day practical training where your teaching skills will be observed and assessed. This is done in small groups of up to 12 people and delivered by highly trained and supportive master trainers with a wealth of hands-on experience.

Prerequisite Qualifications

Although you do not need to have any specific qualifications to access the full FABS Training Programme, you do need to be physically able to learn and demonstrate all the exercises safely. Please contact us before booking If you require any reasonable adjustments to help with eLearning or practical delivery.


The eLearning is assessed through quiz-style questions on each unit. Learners watch video tutorials showing how to do each exercise seated and standing, how to progress and regress the exercises and relate them to activities of daily living.

Practical delivery is then assessed during the 2 practical days (which is delivered either face-to-face or on Zoom). Learners are expected to know all 70 of the exercises in the FABS programme and are asked to deliver a taster session including 10 exercises that have been allocated in advance. They are then assessed on their delivery to show they are technically proficient, safe and competent.

Please note, that you will be asked to agree to the FABS Terms & Conditions and Zoom requirements before purchasing.

Learner materials

Learners can download and print a pdf version of the Practical Training & Theory Training manual during the course.  However, if you don’t have access to a printer, or would like a professionally printed copy, they’re available to purchase for an additional £24.99 each.

Attending your practical training days

Online practical training days:

Please read the requirements for completing your practical days online here. By booking online practical training dates, you’re accepting you will meet the requirements outlined. 

Venues for face-to-face practical days:

Leeds – The Studio
Birmingham – The Studio

Course Dates:

Birmingham – Friday 7th & Saturday 8th June 2024 – SOLD OUT

Online – Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July 2024 – SOLD OUT

Essex – Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2024 – SOLD OUT

Online – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August 2024

Online – Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September 2024

Birmingham – Friday 4th & Saturday 5th October 2024

Leeds – Friday 11th & Saturday 12th October 2024

Online – Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th November 2024

We’ve now partnered with Klarna enabling you to book your FABS Training course and pay over 3 interest-free instalments!

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Please note, you will be asked to agree to our FABS  Terms & Conditions before purchasing. Transferring practical days is subject to a fee of £220, please see the Terms & Conditions for details of our cancellation and transfer policy.

Additional information

Course location

Online, Birmingham, Leeds

Course dates

7th & 8th June 2024, 6th & 7th July 2024, 10th & 11th August 2024, 7th & 8th September 2024, 4th & 5th October 2024, 11th & 12th October 2024, 9th & 10th November 2024

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12 reviews for FABS Training Programme

  1. Alison Lysons

    I trained with MioLi in 2019 in order to start a new career. The training was fantastic, from the convenient eLearning, the admin support and the course trainer on the practical weekend it was all excellent. I thoroughly recommend this course.

  2. Kimberley Weston

    I trained with Move it or Lose it in November 2020 and qualified in February 2021. I felt so supported and encouraged by the trainer and everyone at Move it or Lose it HQ. The training was so user friendly and straight forward and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Being able to do my practical days online was very convenient and run so well. I made some great friends and we continue to support each other now. Best job I’ve ever had 🙂

  3. Caroline

    I have really enjoyed the course. I have not studied for many years but found it very interesting and relevant to what I enjoy and want to do in the future.
    I can’t wait to get started!
    The trainer on the assessment days made me feel at ease and was very knowledgable and made the two days lots of fun.

  4. Theresa

    Belinda (the trainer) has a really lovely teaching style. Very clear and constructive.

  5. Amanda

    FABS is a very thorough course which has given me confidence to deliver exercise correctly. I like that there is an established network, where I can get advice from experienced people and ongoing training with specific areas.

  6. Elizabeth

    Dawn is an excellent trainer. Friendly, approachable and very professional. A credit to Move it or Lose it Team.
    I really enjoyed my two days training with Dawn. She has a passion for her work and it shows. She was very kind and patient. I would be happy to do more courses with Dawn.

  7. Gina

    Absolutely Amazing. A massive thank you!

  8. Annette

    The trainer was the best and most supportive teacher. I found her teaching style wonderfully helpful and very clear.
    The email support has been very valuable.

  9. Deborah

    The trainer was fantastic! I Her punchy pace was great & she was very motivating & encouraging. Her confidence was infectious!

  10. Christine

    The whole course has been fun and so informative. Everything was very convenient.

  11. Erica

    I learnt so much on the two days, it was brilliant. The trainer was kind and professional.

  12. Dhanif

    One of the best, most amazing training I have ever attended.

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