Instructor Training Overview

Better Bones & Balance® Instructor Training Program

The Better Bones & Balance® Instructor Training Workshops are possible through a wonderful collaboration of researchers from Oregon State University's Bone Research Laboratory and faculty from Linn Benton Community College.

BBB Instructors Kelly Rice, Rachelle Morris, Ranel Spindler, Beth Lambright, and Margaret Samuels with Kathy Gunter (center).

Our team of scientists, administrators and fitness professionals share the latest research about bone health and provide information about exercise programming and marketing to help attendees begin teaching or developing Better Bones and Balance® programs in their communities.

 

What Is the Better Bones & Balance® Instructor Training Course?

  • A two-day training that includes a team of scientists, administrators, and fitness professionals from OSU and beyond, sharing the latest research and information about exercise programming, to promote skeletal health, and marketing to help you begin teaching or developing a BBB program in your area.
  • Material is presented in both lectures and by practical hands-on experience over the two day training period. Lecture topics this year included:
    • ABC’s of a Fitness Class Programming and Leadership
    • Introduction & Overview of Better Bones & Balance®
    • Research Review on Bone Health/Osteoporosis including the effects of targeted exercise on falls and fracture
    • Aging and Physical Activity (concepts and concerns).
    • Practical portions of the training included:
      • Participation in an exercise class led by a Certified BBB instructor
      • Hands on small group learning and practice of the BBB  5 Key Exercises
      • Observation of a community-based BB&B class including a wide array of class participant skill levels (beginner to advanced) and ages (50-90)
      • A hands-on practical session about how to integrate balance training with the key  BBB exercises.
    • Successful written and practical exams concluded the training. 
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