Source: The Geri-Fit Company
Temecula, CA – The Geri-Fit Company LLC released its first accredited distance learning course in 2014,Advanced Strength Training Techniques for Older Adults. Both the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) have approved the course for 2.0 CEUs & CECs, respectively. With over 20 years as a provider of quality fitness programming and health education, Geri-Fit is a leader in the senior fitness market.
“Our objective is to educate and train fitness professionals to provide quality fitness experiences to our elders, more specifically, those over the age of 75 years,” says Francesca Fisher, Geri-Fit’s founder and Executive Director. This segment of the U.S. population has, until now, been left out of mainstream fitness. The company’s intention is to hand down the 20 years experience it has seen in the older adult fitness industry and to educate and support those professionals who have a passion to work with this precious age group.
Fisher went onto say, “We added the distance learning option in response to the demand for more evidence-based training with a concentration on medical conditions like Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and functional capacity that’s lost in the aging process.”
Distance learning, aka online training programs, plays an integral role in the pursuit of continuing education for many. Of particular appeal is the flexibility and convenience of completing the course ‘on the go’ and at times that are convenient to the student. Geri-Fit’s program takes about 70 hours to complete including study time and practical application. Students have six months to complete the online course and must pass a written and practical examination in order to receive their certificate of completion and recordation of their contact hours.
The benefits of the education received in this course are several. Fitness professionals receive all the necessary skills to effectively lead a group exercise class for older adults while earning credit hours toward their national recertification requirements. In addition, the skills attained in the course will provide new training tools for personal trainers working with or entering into the niche market of older adult fitness. In turn, facilities that offer any type of strength training exercise class or personal training for older adults will know they have quality-educated instructors working with their residents, members or clients.
For more information on Geri-Fit’s Advanced Strength Training for Older Adults course, visit the company’s website atgerifit.com or call 1-888-GERI-FIT.
About Geri-Fit Company LLC: The Geri-Fit Company is a provider of continued education programs for fitness instructors and healthcare professionals. Established in 1994, the company provides its licensed Geri-Fit® strength training exercise program for older adults at facilities throughout the U.S. including retirement communities, gyms and wellness studios. The Geri-Fit® exercise program was awarded Title III-D status in 2013 by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the Administration on Aging (AoA) at meeting the highest criteria as an evidence-based disease prevention program (does not imply endorsement). The program was also added to the CDC’s Future Possibility List in April 2014 as a possible arthritis-intervention program once more studies have been completed. The Geri-Fit exercise program is currently endorsed by American Specialty Health (ASH Fitness) and is part of the Silver&Fit® healthy aging program for Medicare beneficiaries and group retirees.