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.
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 centered on principals of fitness leadership with a focus on delivering exercises that evidence has shown can reduce fall and fracture risk!
- 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.