SrFit™ Mature Fitness Specialist Program


SrFit™ Mature Fitness Specialist home study continuing education course provides advanced training for experienced, certified health and fitness professionals who wish to work with older adults (mid 40’s+). With this course, you will gain an understanding of how the aging process affects all the systems of the body, identify dietary changes that may be needed, and develop effective training strategies to improve flexibility, endurance, strength and optimal function in your older-adult clients. You will learn how to individualize a training regimen that fits the physiological capabilities of mature adults. This will become even more important as the industry sets standards for personal training, and as the medical community and insurance companies begin to recognize personal trainers as an available option for referring patients who need help with lifestyle change.

SrFit™ qualifies for the following continuing education credits:

ACE 2.0 (ACSM and the YMCA accept
AFAA 15.0
BCRPA 20.0
BOC Category A 8.00
CPTN 14.0
HFPA 2.0
ISSA 20.0
NAFC 2.0
NASM 1.9
NASN 2.0
NETA 20.0
NFPT 2.0
PTA Global 22.0
SFA 2.0
WITS 22.0

The American Academy of Health and Fitness (BOC AP#: P3645) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 8.00 Category A hours/CEUs.

AT Level of Difficulty: Advanced
AT Domains: (1=Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection; 2= Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis; 3= Immediate and Emergency Care; 4= Treatment and Rehabilitation; 5= Organizational and Professional Health and Well‐being): 1, 2,3, 4, 5


Certified health and fitness professionals holding more than one certification may obtain CECs/CEUS for all approved certification organizations (see list above) for which they need continuing education at no additional cost.


Course Materials: This course includes the 330 page SrFit: The Trainer’s Resource for Senior Fitness, Second Edition, 60-page study guide, 2 1/2-hour DVD set featuring Wayne Westcott and a one hour audio CD featuring Tammy Petersen and her husband Mark, a geriatrician. The 100-question multiple-choice online test, which requires a passing score of 80% to earn CEU credit, is also included. Note: Course materials are sent through USPS Priority Mail.

Additionally, a wealth of information (more than 300 pages) is provided in cooperation with the National Institute on Aging, which is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health ( This material is accessible through a “virtual appendix” in printable pdf file format. This NIA material is also provided in Spanish.

Course Objectives:

Overall objective of the SrFit program: To instruct already certified and experienced personal trainers so they are able to build upon their existing knowledge and skill to safely and effectively work with the ever-growing senior population, and more specifically teach the trainer to:

  1. Learn and appreciate how the aging process impacts the organ systems, as well as understand the risk factors associated with chronic diseases.
  2. Identify dietary changes that may be needed as a result of aging, and also recognize how diet is related to the different chronic diseases that become more apparent as people grow older.
  3. Gain knowledge of safe and effective training techniques for the older adult, including guidelines specific to older adult flexibility, endurance and strength training.
  4. Be aware of and be capable of conducting comprehensive senior health assessment and fitness testing procedures.
  5. Understand chronic diseases and be able to design and modify programs for clients with specific chronic diseases.
  6. Identify with what motivates the older adult and discover how to create an age friendly environment.
  7. Become skilled at finding and appealing to senior clients, in addition to discovering ways to build your credibility and establish yourself as an expert in the field of senior fitness.

Table of Contents:

  1. Aging: What Is It? – A look at chronological vs. biological age, and a detailed look at how aging affects every organ system.
  2. General Diet and Nutrition – General information on things like trans-fats and fiber, and a discussion of the effects of aging on the nutritional health of older people.
  3. Lifestyle Modifications, Risk Factors and Disease – A look at different lifestyle and chronic diseases and in-depth explanations of risk factors and the positive changes that people should be making.
  4. Health Assessment, Evaluation and Fitness Testing – Who needs to consult a doctor; health assessment tools, and fitness testing specifics for older adults.
  5. Flexibility – Guidelines specific to seniors and exercises to increase flexibility, and specific programs for different purposes.
  6. Endurance – Guidelines specific to seniors and a discussion of exercises to increase endurance, along with a special section of “alternative exercises” suited to special circumstances such as water exercise, lack of equipment, and the need for the client to be seated.
  7. Strength Training – Guidelines specific to seniors and exercises to increase strength, with the focus on exercises that incorporate the balance ball, resistance bands and dumbbells.
  8. Chronic Diseases and Exercise – Exercise considerations when designing programs for clients with specific chronic diseases.
  9. Low Back Pain, Posture, and Balance – A discussion of each of these areas, with specific exercises to fight low back pain, improve posture and balance.
  10. Lifetime Sports: Golf, Tennis and Swimming – Specific exercises that will improve your client’s game (and make you their hero!), along with information on getting clients involved in the Senior Olympics.
  11. Motivation – Identification of exercise barriers for older adults, the six stages of exercise adoption, and understanding ageism.
  12. Building Your Business as a Personal Trainer of Older Adults – Insights and in-depth information resources aimed at helping you build your business as a personal trainer of older adults; including recommendations for business, marketing and publicity tools from experts in those fields.

Web Links – Links to articles, Fact Sheets and resources from organizations like the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging. Also, links to files containing forms like the health assessment form and physician cover letter that were discussed in SrFitTM.

SrFitTM Virtual Appendices – A wealth of online resources provided in PDF file format.


Some Expert Endorsements

The book is very easy to read and it is packed with useful information, especially updated Internet resource center. The author did a great job of explaining medical terms in layperson’s language. I am sure professionals in senior fitness will buy this book to add to their library.

Kazuko Aoyagi, Ph.D., CPT
Health and Fitness consultant and lecturer
President of Kaz Personal Fitness
Princeton, New Jersey


My name is Richard Barry. I am 69 years old. I have been a certified personal trainer since 2001. Because of my age and physical appearance, I was approached the owner/trainer of my local gym to help with the seniors in his gym. I was only willing to help if I could receive more training about seniors and how to help them. I realize how much more informed I am using the SrFit program. The ability to take the SrFit program on my computer is a great benefit to me because I am hearing impaired and find classes difficult. Taking the test on line is very easy to do and I got my results immediately. I am very pleased with this program and recommend it to everyone. Thank you for the great program.

Richard Barry, CPT
Chickamauga, Georgia


Tammy Petersen’s SrFit program manual provides readers with a solid resource on older adult exercise training that nicely blends scientific research with practical application. The SrFit manual is user-friendly and will appeal to both novice and seasoned health and fitness professionals. This manual will be a welcomed addition to the library of any individual working in the specialty area of senior fitness.

Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM
Chief Science Officer
American Council on Exercise
San Diego, California


Thank you for the incredibly informative SrFit text that you created for fitness professionals.  I have a degree in exercise science and am a certified athletic trainer.  Although I have a good knowledge of biomechanics, physiology and exercise, your text and comprehensive DVD study guide has provided me with information specific to the senior population.  My personal training company and all of our trainers use the text on a daily basis!  Again, thank you.

Colleen Daily, BS, ATC
Sun City, Arizona


As an ACE-certified personal trainer and a lifestyle and weight management consultant, I find the ‘SrFit’ manual and workshops essential in the career path development of the personal trainer. Tammy Petersen has developed a fully rounded program that educates and prepares personal trainers to work safely within the realm of senior fitness. The manual is a great tool for every trainer, whether they specialize in senior fitness or simply want to increase their knowledge base of special populations.

Michelle Detwiler, MS, CPT
Health Promotion Coordinator
L&T Health and Fitness
Falls Church, Virginia


The SrFit Program is a great program for anyone who will be working with the senior population. It provides excellent information about the aging process and concerns when working with this population. I would recommend this program to anyone who is personal training or working as a group instructor with older adults.

Jeff Fellure MS, CSCS, PES
Plainfield, Indiana


The SrFit Program is quite simply the preeminent course for training seniors. While many may attempt to address the importance of getting the growing senior population active and fit, Tammy is doing something about it. She is training a new generation of fitness professionals on the importance and intricacies of senior training.

Scott Gaines
Vice President, Program Development
NESTA-National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association
Rancho Santa Margarita, California


The SrFit course is the most comprehensive, science based course on training older adults that I have seen. The information is provided in an easy to understand format and the supporting materials (DVDs, CD, workbook, and website) reinforce the manual superbly. I highly recommend this program.

Heath Gay, BA, ACE CPT, NPTI Instructor
Colorado Springs, Colorado


I just finished taking my exam for the SrFit course I have been studying. I took this course specifically because I am a senior [63] and wanted to learn more specifically how I can take care of my own fitness needs. I also took it so I can competently advise the older people I encounter in my profession as fitness consultant selling exercise equipment. Finally, I needed CEC’s for re-certification. I was able to successfully accomplish all three goals with this course.  Additionally, I was able to do it in an affordable manner. This course was 1/3 the cost of a nearby national convention I have gone to in the past. And, I did it at home. All in all, it was a great decision to take this course. I also want to let you know that I PASSED!! Thank you so much.

John Irish, BS, ACE CPT
Northern Home Fitness
Brookfield, Wisconsin


SrFit is a valuable resource for personal trainers who work with active older adults and with individuals of any age suffering from chronic disease. Tammy Petersen has done a wonderful job constructing a concise manual that clearly describes the many changes associated with aging (and inactivity), guidelines for senior exercise prescription, and strategies to more effectively work with this rapidly growing segment of our society. SrFit should be a primary reference in the libraries of all fitness professionals.

Michael Iserman, BS, CSCS, HFI, NASM-CPT
Director of Personal Training
YMCA of Greater St. Paul & Metropolitan Minneapolis


Overall, I would recommend this book to any practitioner who treats seniors. I definitely think that chiropractors could get use out of it.  Especially the exercise recommendations as they are simple to do, instruct and don’t require much in the way of equipment. The book is surprisingly detailed. It was almost like a textbook with practical advice… advice that is actually up to date and accurate, which I find is rare.

Robert R. Schuck, DC FASA
Tonganoxie, Kansas


I’ve been working with seniors for years. I found myself constantly being faced with new obstacles when working with this age group. I needed a program to help me organize my health assessment and to be a useful resource for my future clients. The SrFit program has done just that. The program is laid out in such a straightforward manner that you can easily absorb all of the information. The section on aging is fascinating. I often refer to the chapters on chronic diseases and exercise. I love the access to the video and frequently asked questions CD. Tammy Petersen has been quite helpful with a couple of questions I had about incorporating the program into my business. I highly recommend SrFit to anyone who is considering an exercise program for seniors.

John Sullivan, CPT
Miami Beach, Florida


My number one complaint with most books concerning health and fitness; they’re typically boring as hell.  Most people don’t want to read anything related to health and fitness, fearing they may slip into a boredom-induced coma.  Thankfully, this is not one of them.  Tammy does a great job merging fact and stat with easy and enjoyable.  This is a book for which you can learn, reference and happily, attentively read.

Marty Tuley, author of Get Off Your Ass!
Lawrence, Kansas


Tammy Petersen’s SrFit book is comprehensive, intelligent, useful and more importantly, easy to read, so the information can be applied. Too many textbooks try and impress the reader instead of making it an applicable tool of the trade. This book does it all for personal trainers to hit the ground running. Our senior college course has been well received with this book as its foundation.

Jay Del Vecchio
President and CEO
World Instructor Training Schools
Virginia Beach, Virginia


As a person who has spent the past thirty years in the fitness industry, I applaud Tammy Petersen for establishing a comprehensive, relevant and much needed resource for working with the senior population. Unfortunately, most current training programs only graze over information when dealing with seniors. Tammy’s insights, research and training protocols offer safe and effective tools for working with this specific group of individuals. Any fitness professional who works with mature adults, owes it to themselves as well as their clients to take advantage of this educational resource.

Phil Wescott B.S.
Personal Training Director
Gold’s Gym
St. Petersburg, Fl


Like her first book on senior exercise, Functionally Fit™, Tammy Petersen has done a masterful job presenting very important fitness information for older men and women in a very interesting and understandable format. She addresses key aspects of the aging process and our best anecdotal, sensible strength, endurance and flexibility exercise. From a practical perspective, her exercise selection is excellent, and her training recommendations are safe, effective and time-efficient, thereby enhancing the probability of successful program participation on the part of senior men and women. While Ms. Petersen’s book stands by itself as a comprehensive text, she identifies and provides access to additional resources that are highly relevant, and which should be reviewed thoroughly for even greater understanding of senior fitness and lifestyle concerns. Let the easy-to-read writing style enhance your knowledge of senior fitness in a most enjoyable and employable manner. Applying these materials to senior programs should make a remarkable improvement in the training outcomes.

Wayne L. Westcott, Ph.D., CSCS
Fitness Research Director
South Shore YMCA
Quincy, Massachusetts


Online Course Access Statement
All of our online courses have 6 month full 24/7 access to complete your online program. Our programs are mentored with front line top veteran fitness educators and leaders. The experience is awesome, simple and very digestible for the novice fitness enthusiast.