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Functional Ageing and Exercise Training

Teaching Functional Movement
Exercises for Seniors

Nearly 20% of the Australian population was estimated to be aged 65 and over in June 2020. 

The FAI Functional Ageing and Exercise course is the complete certification program for the serious Fitness Professional who is ready to become an expert in functional movement exercises for seniors and the training of older adults.

Training seniors and the ageing population requires special skills and understanding. Modifications of how they function and move is what they need to continue an active life.


This is an online, self-paced course delivered by Functional Ageing Institute.

All materials are delivered digitally – through a variety of digital mediums, including written material, video narrated slide presentations, videos of sample exercises, sample forms, and more.

Comprehension of the material will be measured via a mandatory competency assessment requiring a minimum of 80% correct responses.

Course Author: Dan Richie and Codie Sipe

Course Length: 15 Hours

Course overview

This course is an absolute must for anyone training the ageing demographic and provides you with the critical skills needed to be an effective professional with this client base. Using the latest science, learn how to safely and effectively implement strategies in a large group setting or one on one with students that are functionally diverse. Utilise a wide variety of innovative exercise strategies and techniques from the Functional Ageing Training™ model. Develop functionally-based exercise programs for a wide variety of ages (55+) and abilities (frail to athletic) that are both safe, effective and enjoyable. Prepare your clients for functional exercises using movement preparation routines.


This course will provide you with the latest Research and statistics to provide the benchmark for safe testing and exercises for this age demographic.

Lesson Content 1-3

Module 1:  Population Ageing Around the World

  • Lesson 1: Future Growth Globally
  • Lesson 2: Characteristics of the 50+ population
  • Lesson 3: Common Myths
  • Lesson 4: Multiple Cohorts
  • Lesson 5: Define Ageism

Module 2: Applied Physiology of Ageing

  • Lesson 6: Define Key Terms
  • Lesson 7: Define Contributions of Genetics, Primary & Secondary Ageing
  • Lesson 8: Effects of Age in Masters’ Athletes
  • Lesson 9: Changes in Neuromuscular, Skeletal, cardiovascular, sensory, balance, mobility and cognitive systems
  • Lesson 10: Factors that affect life span

Module 3: Principles of Healthy Ageing and Longevity

  • Lesson 11: Blue Zones Research
  • Lesson 12: The 7 Dimensions of Wellness
  • Lesson 13: Dietary Principles for Disease Prevention
Lesson Content 4-6

Module 4: Functional Ageing and Exercise

  • Lesson 14: Levels of Hierarchy of Physical Function
  • Lesson 15: Nagi Model
  • Lesson 16: Physical Function
  • Lesson 17: Functional trajectory of Ageing

Module 5: Health and Functional Fitness Assessment

  • Lesson 18: Screening & Assessment
  • Lesson 19: Criteria for Selecting Assessments
  • Lesson 20: How to perform several key assessments

Module 6: Health and Functional Fitness Assessment

  • Lesson 21: Functional Task Training
  • Lesson 22: Functional Ageing Training Model
  • Lesson 23: Pillars of FATM
  • Lesson 24: Key Principles FATM
Lesson Content 7-9

Module 7A: FATM Exercise Strategies (P I)

  • Lesson 25: Strategies for Providing a Training Stimulus
  • Lesson 26: Cardiovascular Training 
  • Lesson 27: Strength & Power Training
  • Lesson 28: The 7 Fundamental Movement Patterns
  • Lesson 29 – 32: Barefoot Training, Core Activation, Flexibility & more….

Module 7B: FATM Exercise Strategies (P II)

  • Lesson 33: Balance, Mobility & Cognitive Domains
  • Lesson 34: Strategies to Reduce Fall Risk
  • Lesson 35: Evidence Based Programming
  • Lesson 36: Effective Methods for Improving Cognition

Module 8: Health and Functional Fitness Assessment

  • Lesson 37: Progression & Regression of Exercises
  • Lesson 38: 90% Rule
  • Lesson 39: Variables of Distance, Speed & Tempo
  • Lesson 40: Stance & Movement Patterns
Lesson Content 7-9

Module 9: The Exercise Session

  • Lessons 41 – 45: Strategies for Providing a Training Stimulus for Functional Movement Preparation

Module 10: Functional Ageing Program Design

  • Lessons 46-48: Program Designing through Frequency, Volume & Intensity

Module 11: Individual and Small Group Training Strategies

  • Lesson 49: Teaching Strategies and Cueing Techniques

Module 12: Safety & Monitoring

  • Lessons 50 – 54: Roles of Assessment, Warning Signs, Strategies for Fall Prevention & Environment

Module 13: Exercise for Chronic Conditions

  • Lesson 55: Exercise Recommendations For Chronic Disease


The completion of this course, enables you to confidently coach and program the Mature Age Client. 

Upon completion of this course including the 3 Part Assessment quiz, you will be provided with a Certificate of Competancy.

Pre-requisite: This course provides a baseline for anyone working with or wanting to work with Mature Aged Clients. 


AusActive Accredited – 10 CEC’s

Note: Upon purchasing this course, you will receive an email from the Functional Aging Institute (FAI) on the next business day with login details.


about the

course author

Dr Dan Richie

Dr. Dan Richie PhD


Dr Cody Sipe

Dr. Cody Sipe PhD


Dr. Dan Ritchie started his fitness career at Southeast Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in Fitness and Sports Medicine and then spent a year as a graduate assistant coaching Division 1 athletes. He completed his master’s degree in Health & Physical Education at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater, where he won the 2002 Thesis of the Year. Then Dan continued as a Lynn Fellow at Purdue University, completing his PhD in Kinesiology with a minor in Gerontology. Since 2007 Dan has owned and operated Miracles Fitness in West Lafayette, Indiana, where he and his staff have trained over 2000 clients.

With over 20 years of experience, he has extensive knowledge on training the mature adult market and has equipped people in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond to achieve their goals and enhance their functional longevity. Dan was the 2014 PFP Trainer of the Year, and then shortly after he and Dr. Cody Sipe co-founded the Functional Aging Institute. Dan is a sought-after expert and speaker at national and international events on topics like balance for older adults, personal training business development, the global aging phenomenon, and functional aging training models. He’s routinely interviewed for podcasts, webinars, and on-online education summits. Dan lives in West Lafayette with his wife and five kids.

Dr Cody Sipe Associate Professor and club owner with over 20 years of experience specializing in exercise for mature adults. Recipient of numerous industry awards including the IDEA Program Director of the Year. Co-Founder of the Functional Aging Institute (www.functionalaginginstitute.com). Visit FAI’s website for your free Functional Training Starter Kit and to learn more about the Functional Aging Specialist Certification. Creator of the Never Grow Old Fitness Program (www.functionalfitnesssolution.com), a follow-along video exercise program for mature adults. Frequent industry speaker and writer.




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