Senior Fitness Instructor


As society ages, there is a rising need for qualified professionals in the rapidly growing field of senior fitness instructors/trainers.

Molloy has collaborated with the Senior Fitness Association, and has developed a certificate program that is designed to prepare Senior Fitness Instructors/Senior Personal Trainers.

The Senior Fitness Association (SFA) has developed a curriculum that meets National Standards for Senior Fitness. SFA is also recognized as a provider of continuing education by ACE, AIFE, API, AQUA, BCRPA, HFPA, ISSA, IWA, NAFC, NCHEC, NETA, NFPT, SFA, W.I.T.S, NCCAP, and ELITE.

Make yourself more marketable! SFA professionals are sought-after by health clubs, city recreation programs, and nursing homes. Furthermore, physical therapist, P.T. assistants, nurses, and other health care workers are eager to earn their SFA certificate. It allows professionals in the arena to make themselves more marketable and desired in the workplace.

Classes are held at Molloy College and Sportset- Health and Fitness Club in Rockville Centre; Classes will meet weekdays in the evening. 

The program consists of five modules that will cover everything from Anatomy to exercises for seniors.

· Module 1-Traditional and Non-Traditional Exercises Approaches
· Module 2- Health Risk Factors
· Module 3- Introduction to Senior Nutrition
· Module 4- Senior Fitness Programming
· Module 5- Health Program Planning and  Fitness Testing for older adults

Module 1- Traditional and Non-Traditional Exercises Approaches
In this module, the student will focus on traditional and non-traditional exercises, as well as basic safety guidelines for senior exercise. Furthermore, the student will identify and apply the basic benefits of older adult exercise such as cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, Body/Weight/Body Fat, psycho-emotional Health, etc.  

Module 2- Health Risk Factors
This module will cover the basic components of human anatomy. It will explain the five basic human movement exercises, and the muscle groups incorporated into those movements that enhance the Activities of Daily Living. Moreover, it will identify six uncontrollable and five controllable health risk factors that significantly impact the quality of life for older adults.  

Module 3- Introduction to Senior Nutrition
Senior Nutrition is one of the most important factors. The module will focus on nutritional principles applicable to older adults, and the factors between diet and exercise.     

Module 4- Senior Fitness Programming
Module 4 will be hands on. In this module, the student will plan and conduct a progressive Fitness Walking Program for older adults. The student will also design and choreograph a safe, low impact, aerobic dance program for seniors. The basic principles of safe and effective static stretching for all major muscle groups will be discussed, as well as muscle conditioning principles, basic and progressive strength training, and core stabilization. Furthermore, the seven causes of older adult falls, and the eight interventions that will prevent and/or mitigate the consequences of falls will be identified.  

Module 5 - Health Program Planning and Fitness Testing for older adults  
In this module, the student will design and conduct a comprehensive fitness assessment program to include the "Lifespan Assessment Battery" to determine the functional fitness status of older adults. The student will also determine the safe Exercise Target Heart Rate (THR) and Exercise Exertion levels (RPE) before, during and after exercise. Lastly, Senior Exercise plans will be developed applying the principles of: exercise frequency, duration and intensity.  

Classes are taught by certified nutritionists, certified personal trainers, group trainers, and RN's.   Please click here for a list of the faculty and their bios.

Course Schedule:
Module 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Molloy RVC campus, Instructor: Bud Cosgrove, BS, MA
Module 2: Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Molloy RVC campus, Instructor: Betty Andreadis, RN
Module 3: Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Molloy RVC campus, Instructor: Tracy Cleary, C.H.H.P
Module 4: Tuesdays & Thursday, October 23, 25 & 30, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m., Sportset RVC, Instructors:  Nancy Codospodi, Theresa Marigliano, Jamie Reis
Module 5: Thursday, November 1, 2018; 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sportset RVC, Instructor: Bud Cosgrove

Complimentary Gym Membership:
Sportset, located at 60 Maple Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11570 will be offering a complimentary month membership to those who are in the program

Tuition is $480. There are no course fees. Tuition payment is due at the time of registration. However, if your company is paying for the course we will invoice your company. Please provide us with your company's purchase order, educational voucher or documentation on company letterhead stating that they are responsible for payment along with the registration form and we will process an invoice directly to your company. Invoicing is available only if you register by mail or fax.

Students should register for classes at least one week prior to the start of classes to insure enough time for you to get your confirmation and parking permit. However, you can register up until the day of class. Please note that some of our classes do close out and some of our classes do cancel, so you may be taking a chance of not getting into the course of your choice by waiting.

Online registration is available by clicking here. Phone in registration is available by calling 516-323-3550 with your MasterCard, Discover or Visa. To register in person, by fax or mail, please follow the directions on our web page,

If you have any questions, would like to be placed on our mailing list or would like additional information regarding the program, please call 516-323-3550.