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.


FABS has been fully endorsed by UK Active and CIMSPA and group exercise governeing body, EMD UK.


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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The FABS Training Programme has been developed by Move it or Lose it, collaborating partners with the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at University of Birmingham. With our blended approach of online learning and practical training, we’ve made it as easy as possible to help  you become a specialist exercise instructor for the over 60s.

FABS will enable you to:

  • Understand the major changes associated with ageing 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

Once you purchase the FABS Training Programme you will receive an email with your personal log in details to access the interactive online blended learning. Here you will be guided through each unit and assessed for competence as you go. You will also be shown, through video tutorial, each of the exercises in preparation for your practical assessment. This equates to 32 hours of guided learning. You will also be able to download the complete theory and practical training manuals for future reference.

This allows you to learn and practice in the convenience of your own home so when you attend the two day practical training you will be fully prepared. Here you will learn how to link the exercises and put them to music to create fun-filled routines. You will be continually assessed informally and formally to show competence in safe and accurate delivery, observation and adaptation, goal setting and motivational techniques.

Please note, you will be able to download a pdf version of the Practical Training manual during your course. You will be able to print this at home if you choose. However, if you don’t have access to a printer, or would like a professionally printed copy, it’s available for an additional £24.99.

You can now complete FABS practical days online – for more information please click here.

Alternatively, please click on the links below for more information on venues for face-to-face practical days:

Birmingham Edgbaston
Birmingham Studio
Milton Keynes

**Please be aware that all face-to-face practical days are subject to government guidelines on social distancing**

Course dates:

Online – 5th & 6th February 2022 (Sold out)

Online – 26th & 27th February 2022

Birmingham Studio – 5th & 6th March 2022

Online – 26th & 27th March 2022

Online – 23 & 24 April 2022

Milton Keynes – 23 & 24 April 2022

Online – 21 & 22 May 2022

Birmingham – 18 & 19 June 2022

Online – 25 & 26 June 2022

Exeter 2 & 3 July 2022

Online – 16 & 17 July 2022

Milton Keynes-  16 & 17 July 2022


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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 up to £220, please see the Terms & Conditions for details of our cancellation and transfer policy.

Additional information

Course location

Birmingham Studio, Milton Keynes, Exeter, Birmingham Edgbaston Park Hotel, Online, Ware, I don't wish to commit to an online course date currently, I don't wish to commit to a face-to-face course date or location currently

Course dates

4th & 5th December 2021, 5th & 6th February 2022, 26th & 27th February 2022, 5th & 6th March 2022, 26th & 27th March 2022, I don't wish to commit to an online course date currently, I don't wish to commit to a face-to-face course date or location currently, 23 & 24 April 2022, 18 & 19 June 2022, 21 & 22 May 2022, 25 & 26 June 2022, 2 & 3 July 2022, 16 & 17 July 2022, 25 & 26 June 2022

Resistance band

I do not have a latex allergy, I have a latex allergy

Practical Training Manual

I would like to purchase a copy of the Practical Training Manual, I do not wish to purchase a copy of the Practical Training Manual


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