Dr. Christian Thompson is one of the most recognized educators in older adult exercise program design and he sits on advisory boards of the most influential fitness industry organizations. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Chris delivers the most current scientific information and powerful exercise programming strategies to help all older adults live healthier and more functional lives.

Christian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco, an affiliate researcher in Neurology at UCSF Medical Center, and the owner of Thompson Fitness Solutions, LLC. Christian has published scientific articles on exercise programming for older adults in peer-reviewed journals such as Translational Journal of the ACSM, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, and Journal of Applied Research.

Currently, Christian is engaged in numerous research and community projects investigating exercise programming for falls prevention in older adults. These projects, including Brain Body Trainer (neuroscape.ucsf.edu) and Always Active (www.alwaysactive.org) have been externally funded by the National Institutes of Health, San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services and Kaiser Permanente's Community Benefit Foundation. These efforts resulted in Christian receiving the Outstanding Young Researcher Award from the Council on Aging and Adult Development in 2009 and provide numerous research opportunities for undergraduate students at USF.

Christian's current professional service includes sitting on the board of the MedFit Education Foundation and serving as editor for the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. His past professional service includes involvement with the American College of Sports Medicine by serving as Chair of the Interest Group on Aging, the Health & Fitness Summit Planning Committee and the Professional Education Committee.

Christian is a featured author of older adult training courses hosted by PTontheNet, the MedFit Education Foundation, and the PTA Global certification program. He has also developed educational content for IDEA, the National Academy of Sports Medicine, TRX Training, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He serves as an advisor to many industry groups including the Functional Aging Institute and has written for numerous lay and industry publications such as the ACSM Health Fitness Journal, IDEA Fitness Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Cleveland Clinic Health Newsletter, Arthritis Advisor, and GOLF Magazine.

Christian also runs the website, mobilitymatters.fit.


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  • Owner, Thompson Fitness Solutions, LLC
  • Associate Professor, University of San Francisco


  • Active Aging
  • Fall Prevention


  • Ph.D., University of Kansas, Exercise Physiology and Gerontology


  • Wellness for Older Adults 101, Healthy Learning Press, 2016


  • 2009 Young Researcher Award, Council on Aging and Adult Development, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation