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Strength for Life

About Strength for Life

The Strength for Life program promotes health and well-being amongst people 50+, and 40+ for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders, through strength training programs run by accredited fitness providers.

The program encourages older South Australians to attend strength training sessions by promoting the benefits  of strength training.

The program aims to increase access to strength training programs by training and endorsing fitness providers  to run sessions throughout South Australia.

The SFL program intent on continuous improvement, so COTA has introduced 2 categories to SFL:

  • Tier 1 involves exercise physiologists directly in the program; baseline testing conducted at commencement and after 3 months. Attracts rebates from Health Funds (and sometimes from Medicare through care plans).

  • Tier 2 involves fitness instructors conducting the program and confidently managing participants' long term needs. Some funds now pay benefits if program is conducted by fitness instructors.

Strength For Life Aqua

The Strength for Life Aqua program promotes strength training as a suitable and highly beneficial exercise for people 50+. Working out in the water is one of the most therapeutic activities one can take part in.

For more information and to find Strength for Life Aqua sessions near you, check out the List of Strength for Life Providers

Interested in finding out more?

Click here for a factsheet about strength training and what Strength for Life can offer you.

Getting started

Contact your local accredited Strength for life fitness provider

Participants, to Enrol in a Strength for life program you will require an:
  • Enrolment Form
  • and Pre Activity questionnaire
If you answer yes to any questions on the pre activity questionnaire you will also need the medical referral form to be completed by your Doctor.

If you have had recent treatment with a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist for a musculoskeletal issue, you can take the allied health form to the physio for completion before you attend your assessment.

When all of your forms are completed call the SFL Centre that you would like to attend and book in for an assessment - take all the forms with you.

Click Here to download the enrolment form and and Pre-activity readiness questionnaire to take with you. Medical and allied health referral forms are also here.

Health Practitioners, Click Here for more information and to access referral forms

SFL Providers, Click Here to log in and download forms or access information on upcoming training

Strength for Life Healthy Living Videos

Wellbeing SA, COTA SA and Strength for Life have developed this series of videos to allow Strength for Life participants to continue with their strength and balance exercises at home. Included are ideas on making "home equipment" as well as a focus on correct technique.

Disclaimer: These exercise videos have been developed to assist Strength for Life (SFL) participants to maintain their strength and balance whilst their usual SFL sessions are suspended. People who have not been part of an SFL program start these exercises at their own risk.

The qualified instructors in the videos have taken every precaution to offer a safe exercise regime, but not all exercises are appropriate for all people. Do not try these exercises if you feel you are not safe or capable to do so. People participate in this program at their own risk. Wellbeing SA and COTA SA accept no responsibility or liability for any injury sustained by participants performing these exercises.

If you have any doubt please call Strength for Life on 08 8224 5590 and we will be happy to talk to you.

Strength for Life in the Media

You can find Strength for Life featured in various radio programs, catch up on recordings below:

Contact Us for more information on the program