Functional Aging Training for Active Aging Clients

Presented by Dr. Dan Ritchie

The world is getting older at an alarming rate! Currently, there are over 100 million people in the USA over 55; in fact 1 out of 3 people in the USA are over 55. In Canada in the next 5 years, people over 50 will be the dominant population! In the UK, there are a record number of people turning 100 soon — the Queen will have to stop sending her congratulatory telegrams as over 1,000 a month will be overwhelming. The personal training industry for far too long has ignored the over 65 population and it can no longer continue to do so. In this session, we will explore the Hierarchy of Physical Functional and the Functional Aging Training Model and how you can begin to use these in your community and business today.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the various levels of physical function, it is not about age but functional ability

  2. Learn why "senior fitness" needs to be retired permanently

  3. Learn training principles to apply across all sorts of training options for a wide range of  functional age clients

  4. Learn why preparing clients to live well to 100 is a realistic goal

  5. Discover why ageism is pervasive in our culture and rampant in the fitness industry


With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Dan Ritchie has extensive knowledge in 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 online education summits. Dan lives in West Lafayette with his wife and five kids.