Cody Sipe

Cody Sipe

About Cody Sipe

Cody Sipe has an extensive background in the fitness industry with 20 years of experience as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, program director, exercise physiologist and club owner. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Research in the physical therapy program at Harding University.

He has spent his career researching, developing and practicing the most effective training strategies to improve function in older adults. He has completed certifications as an ACSM Exercise Specialist, ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, FallProof Balance and Mobility Enhancement Specialist and more. His secondary area of expertise is in the prevention and management of chronic disease conditions, especially those that accompany the aging process such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. In 2005 he was honored with the IDEA Program Director of the Year award.

He has presented internationally, served on boards and committees and/or published articles for most of the top fitness organizations in the world.

Functional Aging from Science to Practice: Where do we go from here?

Over the past 30+ years there have been significant changes in the size, culture and behaviors of the older population as well as incredible scientific breakthroughs in the fields of aging and longevity. While the fitness industry has been slow to come around to the rapid "graying" of America it feels like we are finally reaching a tipping point where the fitness landscape may start to change exponentially. They say that to know where you're going you need to first know where you've been. In this session we will take a look back at some of the most significant discoveries and changes that have impacted fitness for older adults and then take a peek into the future to forecast where we go from here.


1 - Identify and describe the significant changes that have taken place in the older population

2 - Discuss important breakthroughs in longevity science and their impact on fitness practice

3 - Forecast the coming changes in the fitness industry


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