Senior Fitness Certification


This is the fastest growing segment of our population, and they have compelling reasons and the means to stay healthy as their bodies age. Enhance your understanding of the challenges this segment faces to allow you to excel in meeting your senior clients’ needs.


Why choose an ISSA certification over others?


1. ISSA is the most accredited – Your training will meet the highest standards, be widely recognised, and put you ahead of the competition to get a job or start your own business.


2. ISSA are the best rated and reviewed – Others who have gone before you can attest to the quality of the course and have taken the time to voice their satisfaction, thus reinforcing that the ISSA certification will take you to the top of your game.


3. ISSA are the fastest growing – The word is spreading that ISSA yields the best results. The best time to get started is always now.


Online self-paced content

Complete in 12 months or less

Taught by industry leaders

Exclusive modules you won’t find elsewhere

Obtain 2 Certificates!
ISSA Senior Fitness Certification
HMA Practical Preparation

Apply now for our 2021 intake

Places are strictly limited

Choose to complete online only for $539 or combine with practical workshops for $889

What will I gain from ISSA's Senior Fitness Certification Course?

Our course material is continually updated so you can be sure you’re receiving the most accurate and up-to-date information available. You’ll learn everything you need to know to start helping clients start moving better and feeling less pain.

 Course objectives

  • Recognize the health and fitness challenges facing older adults and explain how exercise fits in the continuum of care.
  • Identify a basic understanding of chronic conditions associated with aging and how to incorporate exercise for these conditions.
  • Administer the proper health and fitness assessment techniques for older adults. Discuss the benefits of exercise to the older adult population.
  • Apply the motivation and teaching techniques that are appropriate for the older adult demographic.
  • Identify the correct exercise(s) to address an older adult client’s specific condition (cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, neurological, orthopaedic, and / or sensory).
  • Design strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health and fitness programs for older adult clients.
  • Explain business and marketing principles that support exercise programming for the older adult demographic.
  • Identify the situation(s) when it is necessary to seek out a doctor’s assistance with exercise design and/or injury needs.

Tailored Study Options


Study your way at your convenience

Everything you need to learn is all online. Whether you need to study on-the-go in between a busy schedule, or quietly in the comfort of your own home, you can learn in a way that best suits your needs.


Online Practice Exams and Quizzes

Prepare for your final exam as you study! Take practice exams and chapter quizzes to ensure you’re ready to pass the final exam and earn your certification. These practice exams and quizzes will not affect your final score, they are just here to help you pass and earn your certification with flying colours!


Certified at home

Take the final exam from home – no need to go to a testing centre. Eliminate the hassle and stress of travelling to a testing centre and testing in a unfamiliar environment. Complete the test in a comfortable and familiar place where you can perform your best on the exam.



Your Learning Arsenal


Senior Fitness is a 323 page book that includes everything you need to earn an ISSA Senior Fitness Certification. The course material is continually updated with new information so you can be sure you’re receiving the most up-to-date information available.

Table of Contents

It’s Never Too Late to Make a Client Feel Great!

Making Your Client Fit for Life
Age Related Changes
Excercise, the Anti-Aging Solution
Causes of Premature Aging
Getting Old Does Not Equal Becoming Disabled

Biomarkers of Aging
“Normal” Effects of Aging
Theories of Aging
Men’s and Women’s Health Issues

Physiology of Aging
Body Fat

Healthy Aging
Cardiovascular System
Respiratory System
Musculoskeletal System
Nervous System

Facts and Myths of Fitness

Exercises Older Adults Should Avoid
Controversial Exercises
Exercises to Eliminate
Special Precautions to Be Aware of with Older Adult Clients

Effective Teaching
How to Teach Older Adults
Behaviours of Effective Teachers
Professional Conduct
Getting the Older Adult Started
Fitness and Stress
The importance of Balance

Motivating the Older Adult
Knowledge As a Motivator
A Different Era
Goal Setting
Excuses or Barriers to Exercise
Thoughts for consideration

Basic Assessment
Basic Assesment
Intensity of Exercise: Target Heart Rate
Using MET Equivalents to Measure Exercise Intensity
Assessment for Cardiovascular Endurance
Assessment for Muscular Strength
Assessment for Muscular Endurance
Assessment for Flexibility

Cardiovascular Fitness and the Older Adult
Frequency of Exercise
Safety Considerations
Cardiovascular Exercises

Strength Training Guidelines
Goals and Techniques
Phases of a Strength Training Program
Strength Exercises

Maintaining Flexibility As We Age
Optimal Conditions for Elictiing a Stretch
Stretching Techniques
Contraindications for Performing Stretching
Performance Requirements for Stretching Techniques
Frequency and Intensity
About Floor Exercises

Chronic Conditions I: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary
Cardiovascular Conditions
Pulmonary Conditions

Chronic Conditions II: Neurological and Metabolic
Neurological Disorders
Excercises for the Neurologically Impaired
Metabolic Disorders

Chronic Conditions III: Orthopedic
Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)
Neck Problems
Low Back Problems
Shoulder Problems
Hip Problems
Knee Problems
Ankle Problems

Sensory Problems in Older Adults
Deafness and Hearing Loss
Visual Impairments

Business and Marketing Basics
Business Basics
Marketing Basics

Transfers and Ambulation Aids
Basics of Assisting a Person in a Wheelchair
Progressive Mobilization
Ambulation Aids

Assessment of Posture
Posture Evaluation
Procedures for Spinal Screening



About the Author

Dr. Karl Knopf, EdD


Dr. Knopf is the co-author of the ISSA Senior Fitness Certification course and the ISSA Exercise / Fitness Therapy Certification course. He began his teaching career at Foothill College in Los Altos, California in 1976 as the coordinator of Adapted Physical Education. The program has evolved into the largest in California. Dr. Knopf has been instrumental in developing programs for mature adults, persons with arthritis and chronic pain, persons with disabilities, and the developmentally delayed. He has written three books: Water Workouts, Fitness Over Fifty, and his most recent, Senior Fitness for the ISSA. Dr. Knopf has been writing, consulting and speaking professionally throughout his career and is a frequent guest on television and radio talk shows. Since 1986 he has been a consultant with Stanford School of Medicine for older adult research projects and is a recent recipient of the respected NISOD, Excellence in Teaching Award. The ISSA is proud to have Dr. Knopf join our growing staff and lend his expertise in the field of Adaptive Physical Education and Older Adult Fitness.

Online Practice Exams and Quizzes

The practice exam and quizzes test your understanding of the materials; so while you’re reading you’re preparing for the exam at the same time.


Online Exercise Lab

ISSA and Hyperstrike provide you with an exclusive online exercise lab with over 250 animated exercises. 3D animation and three different angles ensure that proper form and technique are a breeze!

Online Study Guide and Workbook

This online handy reference guide walks you through the course unit-by-unit, allowing you to gain a better understanding of personal trainer concepts.

Online Student Forum

Our online forum is where you can post client or business challenges and receive guidance from our on-staff Master Trainers and members of the ISSA family worldwide.


ISSA Online Certification Exam

The ISSA Certification Exam solidifies you as a recognized expert in personal training. Complete the final exam digitally through our secure online portal. This is an open-book book exam, with multiple choice questions, and essay portions. Plus, you’ll receive one free retake if you don’t pass the first time (but, with our study materials – you’ll have everything you need to pass!).


Get a FREE Professional Website

Every ISSA Certified Personal Trainer gets a free website to support their career online. Get five pages of professionally designed, easily customized, and fully hosted content – for free! Pick from a library of templates that let you put your best face forward and promote your personal training services to a wider range of potential clients.


Unlimited Support – Even After You’re Certified!

ISSA students, certified fitness trainers, and those just looking into a career as a certified personal trainer all receive unlimited support from our teams of dedicated advisers. Have questions about our courses? Study materials? Need help with a quiz? Or, are you looking for the best payment plan for you? Our on-staff experts can help guide you through whatever your needs may be. And, this support continues even after you earn your pass your personal trainer exam. They can even help if you’re looking for information about recertification, continuing education, or if you have an interest in a specialized certification – we’re here to assist you succeed in whatever health and fitness career you strive to achieve!



PLUS! Exclusive to Health & Movement Academy at no additional cost

This portion of the course is exclusively designed by Health & Movement Academy to give you an edge over other fitness professionals. It will enhance your understanding of the course material by delving into the finer details and applying what you’ve learnt in an interactive and hands-on setting, so you can apply your newly acquired knowledge immediately and with confidence.


The practical workshop is delivered over 2 days and contains over 15 hours of face-to-face learning which bridges the gap between theory and real life application in the gym setting.


Frequently Asked Questions


What is required to get my senior fitness certificate?

You must meet the following:

  • Submission of all course quizzes
  • A score of 75% or better on all sections of the final examination
  • Proof of current Adult CPR/AED certificate

Does ISSA offer the ability to take quizzes and exams online?

Yes, Online testing, for both quizzes and final exams, is the preferred testing method. Online testing saves you the hassle of organizing and photocopying your answer sheets, saves you from a trip to the post office, saves you postage for registered mail, and keeps track of your submissions in your Member Account. What’s more, online testing produces a much faster turn-around time for grading!

Can I get a printed copy of the textbook?

In addition to the free online version of the course textbooks, you can purchase printed copies of our most popular courses. Click here to look for your course and buy the book.

What do others think of ISSA?

Don’t simply take our word for the high quality and excellent standard of the course. Find out what others are saying by checking out the staggering number of positive Trust Pilot reviews at https://www.trustpilot.com/review/issaonline.com



Meet the Instructors

Eugenio Palmieri

Eugenio is an experienced entrepreneur and management consultant with over 20 years experience in entrepreneurship, business development and corporate management.

Through his extensive experience with global organisations in the fitness, financial, and manufacturing sectors he has helped numerous entrepreneurs and organisations streamline their operations, save costs and set growth strategies.

Eugenio has established one of the first Anytime Fitness clubs in Singapore. He is to date co-owning and operating three successful Anytime Fitness clubs in Singapore.

His qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of International Business And Management Studies - Rotterdam University, The Netherlands
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Latin American University of Leon, Mexico

Dr Jon Marshall (Osteopath)

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Complementary Medicine)
  • Masters of Osteopathy
  • Masters of Applied Science (Acupuncture)
  • Masters of Strength and Conditioning (Current)
  • Certification in Advanced Occupational Ergonomics, Colorado State University
  • Functional Manual Medicine, Michigan State University, USA (Current)

Fitness Certifications

  • Clinical Pilates (DMA)
  • Diploma in Contemporary Pilates
  • Level 1 Australian Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Certified Personal Trainer (American Council of Exercise)
  • Certified Personal Trainer (International Sports Sciences Association)
  • Master Trainer (International Sports Sciences Association)
  • Sports Performance Specialist (American Council of Exercise)
  • Functional Training Specialist (American Council of Exercise)
  • MMA Conditioning Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
  • Bio-Mechanics Method Level 1

Lecturing experience

  • RMIT University Lecturer (Chinese Medicine), Melbourne Australia
  • RMIT University Lecturer (Osteopathy), Melbourne Australia
  • International College of Osteopathy Lecturer (Osteopathy), Tokyo Japan
  • Founder, Course Director and Tutor of Manual Medicine Australasia


  • Australian Olympic Taekwondo Team Osteopath (Olympic Qualification Tournaments 2011, Azerberjian & New Caledonia; World Junior Championships, Egypt 2012; Olympic Qualification Tournament 2016, Turkey)
  • Founder of Back In Health Osteopathy Australia and Back In Health Osteopathy Singapore


Filipe Pereira

Filipe Pereira, PTA Global CPT, NASM CPT, ACE CPT, ASCA CSCS, TBBM L1, has worked in the fitness industry for over 18 years in Canada, Ireland, UK and Asia. He started his career in 2003 in London managing fitness teams, group class studios and rebranding from Holmes place to Virgin Active, worked in senior management roles in Fitness First Asia, supporting its growth and rebranding its image. He is currently delivering advanced coaching for fitness trainers and businesses as well as running Fortitude FPI Personal training studio in Portugal.

His certifications include:

  • BA in Fitness and Exercise Management by Open university London
  • Issa CPT (Portugal)
  • PTA Global CPT (Portugal)
  • NASM CPT (Ireland)
  • Australian Strength and Conditioning Association Level 1 (Singapore)
  • Active isolation stretching by Aaron Matts (Singapore)
  • Animal Flow L1 (Malaysia)
  • Rehab Express, Essentials and Master Class by Rehab Trainer (Australia)
  • The Bio Mechanic Methods Level 1 (USA)
  • EBFA L1 and 2 barefoot (Singapore)
  • Precision Nutrition L1 (Singapore)
  • Singapore Weight lifting federation L1 (Singapore)
  • British Weight lifting association (London)
  • Les Mills Trainer in RPM, Combat, Pump and Attack

Filipe has been delivering fitness education for the past 7 years to thousands of new and experienced fitness coaches around the world. Sharing knowledge and experience to best serve the fitness industry has been its true passion and purpose.

Sean Chin

Sean Chin has been in the fitness industry for over a decade.

Currently the Head of Sales and Marketing for multiple Anytime Fitness clubs, he is an individual who strongly believes in creativity and gamification. Together with his passion for fitness, his vision is to make fitness fun and enjoyable. Through HMA, Sean seeks to take the fitness industry to new heights with technology and his expertise. He lives by his quote: “What we fear doing is usually what we most need to do.”

His certifications include:

  • FISAF CPT (Singapore)
  • TRX certification (Singapore)
  • Kettlebell Certification (Singapore)
  • Muay Thai Certification (Singapore)
  • Crosscore 180 certification (Singapore)
  • Dip. in Multimedia Software Engineering (Singapore Polytechnic)
Sean was featured by Reuters for his experience as a personal trainer on tackling obesity in Singapore. 


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