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Dr Dan Ritchie

Functional Ageing and Joint Replacement

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.

CPD Courses by Dr Dan Ritchie

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Functional Ageing Specialist
The FAI Functional Ageing Specialist is the complete certification programme for the serious fitness professional who is ready to become an expert in functional aging and the training of older adults. You will receive in-depth training on functional training strategies and movements; how to conduct meaningful assessments of function; how to create and develop effective exercise programmes and critical skills to be an effective professional with this client base. This specialist certification will prepare you to be the local go-to expert on training mature clients; there is no other certification in the fitness industry that utilises the Functional Aging Training Model (FATM) for how to approach training for the mature population. This will be the credential of choice for years to come for those specialising in the 50+ market.
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Training Clients with Joint Replacements
Training clients with Joint Replacements is designed as an introduction to help the fitness professional or personal trainer become more confident in dealing with joint replacement clients and also clients dealing with major degenerative joint issues. Currently, over 7 million Americans are living with joint replacements of the knee or hip, so fitness professionals definitely need to be comfortable working with them. Over the next 10 to 15 years, that number is expected to double, and while those numbers are large, approximately 8-10 times that number of clients struggle with joint arthritis and other conditions. This course will help you with joint issues as well. If you are currently training clients with hip or knee replacements, this is the course to equip you with more strategies and more confidence to work safely and appropriately. Why not start today?