Cody Sipe, PhD, is the co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute (FAI). For over 15 years, Cody has been at the forefront of developing innovative, effective and science-based training programs for their older clients. Over the past 8 years he and co-founder Dan Ritchie, PhD, have shared their unique philosophies, techniques and insights with tens of thousands of trainers around the world. During that time they reviewed almost every “senior fitness” certification program on the market and could not find any that met their high standards. They decided then and there to create high quality certifications that would help fitness professionals to be more successful with the fastest-growing client base in the world…adults 55 and over.
Cody 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 including:
- IDEA, CanFitPro, ACSM, ACE, AFPA
- Australian Fitness Network
- Italian Fitness Federation
- Club Industry
- International Council on Active Aging
- Athletic Business
- Canadian Fitness Business
- World Congress on Activity and Aging
- Medical Fitness Association
- British Columbia Parks and Recreation Association
Learn more about Cody and FAI at their website.