Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are allied health professionals who specialise in providing exercise prescription to people with, or people at-risk of developing chronic health conditions or injuries.
Exercise prescription includes tailored individual programs of exercise delivery, advice and support, and changing lifestyle behaviours for the better.
AEPs have a diverse range of knowledge and skills, working across a variety of areas in the health and exercise and sports science fields. As a specialist in this field, AEPs often work with other allied health professionals (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, podiatrists etc) to help provide the best.
The aims of AEP clinical exercise programs are to prevent or manage chronic disease or injury, and assist in restoring your optimal physical function, health or wellness. (ESSA PDF)
Exercise physiologists are knowledgeable about the effects that exercise has on the musculoskeletal system, as well as on the cardiovascular and endocrine systems. They can prescribe a course of exercises for either fitness or rehabilitation. Pilates may be recommended, also home based or gym based exercise routines. They can also advise on behavioural modification programs. Exercise physiologists can treat medical conditions such as obesity, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, asthma and cardiovascular diseases, as well as many other conditions.
Why should I see an AEP instead of a Personal Trainer?
They are much more than an ordinary personal trainer at the gym. Exercise physiologists study at university and have a wide range of knowledge about the human body and the benefit that exercise has on it, both mentally and physically.
Key differences between an Exercise Physiologist and a Personal Trainer:
- Requires a Certificate 4 in Personal Fitness Trainer, which can be completed in 6 weeks or less
- Requires a University Degree (3 to 4 years) +/- Honours/Masters/PhD
- Qualified and insured to deliver fitness programs to persons of LOW RISK (apparently HEALTHY population)
- Specialise in those developing or with chronic or complex medical conditions or injuries
- Must be accredited with ESSA (Exercise Sports Science Australia)
- Must complete professional development quota each year to maintain accreditation to practice
We can work with your PT to ensure you are getting the best from your sessions and help with limitations.