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

  • Our programs offer immediate access options
  • Study from home in distance learning format
  • Take your tests online and get your results instantly
  • Up to 2 free test retakes if needed
  • The option to print your own certificate
  • No time limit for completion for most programs
  • Personalised customer service - talk to a real person!

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.


  • The most recognized/CEC approved, in-depth (20+ credit hours), research-based specialty training programs in the health and fitness industries.
  • A diverse range of 20+ credit hour programs with no extra charge for health and fitness professionals requesting continuing education credit for multiple certifications/dual credentials.
  • The only Corrective Exercise Specialist program recognized by both NASM and BOC.
  • The only Senior Fitness, Youth Fitness and Cancer Exercise specialty training courses recognized by NSCA.
  • The only Senior Fitness specialty training program with a Virtual Appendices providing immediate and integrated access to several hundred pages of resources from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging and the American Academy of Health and Fitness.
  • The only in-depth Senior Fitness and Youth Fitness specialty training courses recognized by ACSM, BCRPA, BOC, CPTN, ISSA, NAFC, NASM, NETA, NFPT, NSCA, PTAG, VA Board of Physical Therapy and the YMCA.
  • Small company with good old-fashioned customer service—you will always be working with a real person and a decision maker who can make things right if there is a problem.
  • No bots or phone calls with never ending menu options before you can talk to someone who can help you.
  • You can expect a quick and personalized response from a real person and often after regular business hours and even on holidays.
  • The American Academy of Health and Fitness has been around since 2003.
  • We care just as much about pleasing our students after their purchase as before.
  • Several programs available with a buy your own/provide your own textbook option.
  • All programs have an online test with (up to two) free retakes if needed.
  • Most programs have no expiration date for program materials access or for taking the final test.
  • Immediate test results and the ability to print your own certificate of completion with CEC information.

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