StrongWomen: Information For Leaders

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You will influence every aspect of the program, including its safety, execution, and the exercise instruction. You will serve as a mentor and motivator to class participants.

Experience and Credentials

Experience in providing exercise instruction. This experience may be in fitness center, community setting, outpatient hospital setting or as a personal trainer.

Educational background in exercise or some aspect of public health. The appropriate educational background might include medicine, nursing, nutrition, family and consumer science, exercise physiology, occupational/physical therapy, massage therapy or community/public health. This educational background will be invaluable when explaining the importance of exercise and strength training in particular to program participants.

Certification by a reputable health and fitness organization.

Hands on experience with exercise, nutrition or working with older individuals are an excellent foundation for teaching the program.


See "Events" for all the upcoming Site Leader and Booster Pack trainings.


  • StrongWomen Site Leader Trainings teach the basics for implementing the StrongWomen program. Participants need to be actively strength training and have a firm commitment to lead a StrongWomen program in their community.
  • StrongWomen Booster Pack and Update Trainings. You need to be a site leader leading the StrongWomen program for one year before attending Booster Pack training.

Start Time

  • Site Leader Training Time: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Booster Pack Training Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

General Information - Site Leader Training

Who Should Attend

Professionals in the fields of public health, allied health and/or community leaders who have a strong commitment to starting a StrongWomen strength training program. Participants should be strength training for a minimum of 6-8 weeks or more before attending this training.

Program Benefits

The benefits of strength training for older women have been studied extensively and include:

  • Increased muscle mass and strength
  • Improved bone density and reduced risk for osteoporosis and related fractures
  • Reduces risk for diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and obesity
  • Improved self-confidence, sleep and vitality

Included in the Registration Fee

  • StrongWomen™ Toolkit, a manual that includes all information needed to safely promote, start, implement and maintain the StrongWomen programs (2 separate exercise programs are included in the Toolkit)
  • Day-long training including light breakfast, lunch and breaks
  • Participation in the Senior Fitness Assessment activity that you will be using as part of the StrongWomen program you conduct
  • A PowerPoint presentation for marketing informational meetings for your program
  • Exercise demonstrations, practice, and sessions for Site Leaders to learn exercises as well as how to teach exercises to StrongWomen participants.
  • Support in getting your community program started
  • StrongWomen T-shirt
  • Posters and background information about the research behind the program

You Will Need

  • At least one adjustable ankle weight (5 or 10 lb.)
  • At lease one set of dumbbells (1, 3 or 5 lb. pairs)
  • Large towel or exercise mat for the floor exercises
  • A regular size bath towel
  • Water

What to Wear

Wear comfortable exercise clothing, socks and athletic shoes or "sneakers".


  • Introductions and Overview of Day
  • StrongWomen Toolkit
  • Benefits of Strength Training
  • Starting a Program
  • Equipment
  • Program Safety
  • Fitness Assessment
  • Program Practice: Strong Women Stay Young
  • Practice Leading Exercises
  • Working Lunch,
    • Participant Screening
    • Informational meeting
  • Program Promotion
  • Importance of Progression
  • Keeping Track
  • Evaluations, Documenting Impact
  • Nutrition and Other Exercise
  • Program Practice: Strong Women, Strong Bones
  • Flexibility Exercises and Balance
  • Practice Leading Exercises
  • Implementation and Overcoming Barriers
  • Questions and Problem Solving
  • Adjourn