Our Story

Working in the fitness industry creating programs for health and fitness professionals, I saw an opportunity to start the American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF) in 2003.

I am proud to say that the inaugural program, SrFit, is now in its third edition and It is one of the most in-depth and most universally recognized senior fitness specialty training programs available today.

As AAHF continued to grow and gain more recognition, Pete Bazzel partnered with me and together, we have created 15 programs for the health and fitness industry.

Today, AAHF encompasses a variety of specialist programs for guiding health and fitness professionals in creating a niche, working with special populations.

– Tammy Petersen

Why Choose AAHF

With over 17 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, The American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF) has been a continuing education provider for personal trainers, athletic trainers and other professionals who are dedicated to providing safe, relevant and effective training for youth, older adults and other special populations.

With over 20 speciality programs to choose from, they are highly recognized and approved by certification organizations such as ACSM, BOC, CPTN, ISSA, NASM, NSCA, PTAG, Virginia Physical Therapy plus many more.

The benefits of studying with us

We deliver the best in customer service, working hard to ensure a pleasant continuing education process.


Tammy Petersen

Founder and Partner

Tammy Petersen is the Founder and a Partner of the American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF).

She has written two books on older adult fitness and designed corresponding training programs. Her first book, Functionally Fit, teaches certified nurse aides how to provide daily functional strength training as an accepted and expected part of the daily care plan for the chronic long-term care and assisted living patient. Her second book, SrFit, is the basis for an advanced training home study course approved for continuing education credits with the major personal trainer certification organizations and the Board of Certification for athletic trainers. 

Her educational background includes Bachelor of Science degrees in marketing and economics from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. In addition, she holds a Master of Science in Education in health and fitness, with an emphasis in geriatrics, from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

She is also an author for Personal Training on the Net. And, her articles have appeared in IHRSA’s Club Business for Entrepreneurs, Personal Fitness Professional, Club Industry’s Fitness Business Pro, AFAA’s American Fitness and OnSite Fitness.


Pete Bazzel

Partner and Editor-in-Chief

Prior to assuming his current position as a Partner and Editor-in-Chief with the American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF), Pete Bazzel served 24 years in the Army, retiring as a Colonel. Then 11 years in the fitness industry as an executive for Town Sports International, leading the Washington, D.C. regional growth of Town Sports International from 5 to 17 health clubs.

His educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science in Industrial Relations from Purdue University and graduation from the National War College (a 10-month executive development program equivalent to a Master of Arts in International Affairs) at the National Defense University. 

He is an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer and a World Tae Kwon Do Federation Black Belt. 

Additionally, as an assistant professor at the United States Military Academy, he was a contributing editor to Leadership in Organizations. And as Chief of the Foreign Nations Branch, Counter–Narcotics Division, Joint Staff, he was a contributing author to the National Military Counter-Drug Strategy.


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