Fit & Strong! instructor training lasts 8 hours and is led by a Fit & Strong! Master Trainer and other team members. The curriculum includes:
- Background / Development of Fit & Strong!
- Study Design and Findings / Evidence
- How to work with older adults
- How to work with persons who have osteoarthritis (OA)
- Group dynamics, problem-solving, techniques to build efficacy, dealing with common issues that arise, etc.
- Systematic review of program components and how to conduct/ instruct each component
- Types of exercises that are appropriate for older adults with OA
- How to increase intensity and progress participants over time
- How to facilitate group discussion
- How to promote maintenance of physical activity
- Health education skills
- How to develop negotiated physical activity contracts
- How to implement and evaluate Fit & Strong! in community-based settings
General Responsibilities of the Instructor
- Must attend the full-day training before implementing Fit & Strong!
- Take attendance during each session
- Implement pre and post Fit & Strong! participant outcomes assessment
- Lead each session of Fit & Strong! using manual and training materials as guide
- Answer participant questions before, during, and after class
- Schedule and develop negotiated physical activity contracts with participants one-on-one toward end of program – each contract takes 15-30 mins.
- Assist participants with class materials
- Assist in setting up and ending each session – Instructors should allocate 2 hrs. per session
- Implement participant program evaluation
- Enter attendance data
- Complete instructor program evaluation