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5 Reasons your Personal Trainer should be an Exercise Physiologist

You may be thinking right now “what exactly is an Exercise Physiologist?”. Don’t worry, we get that question a lot.   An Exercise Physiologist is a university qualified personal trainer with specialty training for clients with injury or chronic ailment. Exercise Physiologists and Exercise Scientists boast a vast array of knowledge and experience in health, fitness and exercise.  Why should you choose an Exercise Physiologist as your next personal trainer?     Here are the top 5 reasons: 

– Qualification
– Level of Experience
– Depth of Knowledge
– Health and Safety
– Individualised Training


The basic qualification to be a personal trainer is a Certificate III and IV in Fitness. It is thought that the level of knowledge achieved here is enough to successfully (and safely) train healthy individuals one on one, in a group setting or in a gym. This qualification can take as little as 5 weeks weeks of full-time study to complete, after which trainers are allowed to work with any healthy population who seeks out their help.
Exercise Scientists and Physiologists require a Cert III and IV in Fitness; however, they also require a minimum 3 year university degree in exercise and sports science, or related field. This is full time, 14 weeks per semester, 2 semesters per year and a minimum of 6 semesters – compared to a 5-12 week certificate course. Currently graduating EPs also need a minimum 1 year Masters in Exercise Physiology. Exercise Physiologists are qualified to work with both healthy and ‘special populations’ – those with certain medical issues or ailments, who therefore require specialised training.

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The extra time spent at university receiving top quality education is reflected in both the quality and experience of training that a degree qualified personal trainer offers.

Level of Experience:

Exercise Scientists and Exercise Physiologists are required to complete, at a minimum, a 3 year degree in sports and exercise science or exercise physiology, including 210 hours of work placement and experience. During this time, undergraduates spend the equivalent of 6 full time working weeks in their field, gaining hands on experience and applying their theoretical knowledge into a practical setting. This ensures that graduates are experienced in the practical application of theory to workplace once they graduate. It doesn’t stop there, however. Exercise Physiologists are required to complete 600 supervised hours of work placement with various populations, at least 400 hours of these being with unhealthy or special populations, to receive accreditation from ESSA – The Exercise and Sports Science board of Australia. This means a qualified EP enters the workforce with 800 hours of supervised and un-paid work experience in their field: the equivalent of 20 weeks of full-time work.

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The high degree of practical experience graduates have prior to entering the work-force ensures that Exercise Scientists and Physiologists are job ready straight from university, and ready to apply their health and fitness knowledge to their clients.

Depth of Knowledge:

The depth of knowledge learned during the 3 years is far superior to that learned during a 5-12 week Cert III and Cert IV course. Exercise Scientists and Physiologists can apply their training based off of a scientific and research background, including hands on experience. During their time at university they are taught how to research and recognise important scientific findings, and apply these findings to personalise and optimise your results. University qualified exercise professionals also have a deeper understanding of why certain exercise intensities, exercise types and session structures facilitate certain physiological, psychological and/or neurological improvements. This means that an exercise scientist is able to tell you not only what to do, but why you’re doing it and how you can adjust it to suit your ability or condition.

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This depth of knowledge is reflected in your training experience through the detailed session plans, exercise progressions and planned outcomes. Current research trends and findings can be applied to your training, ensuring your personal trainer provides you with the highest quality training experience.

Health and safety:

The degree of training and work experience that EP’s and ES have means that the level of service and safety is to the highest degree. Training protocols, exercises and progressions are structured in a safe manner, offering the best level of progression with the lowest risk of injury. EP’s and ES know when to refer on to specialists, and can help you with your treatment or return to health.

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The university level of knowledge and experience is reflected through safe exercise progressions, ensuring clientele have minimal chance of injury or long term ailment stemming from poor exercise monitoring or progression.

Individually Catered:

This depth of knowledge extends to injury treatment and prevention. Exercise has long been regarded as medicine, and with the university level of knowledge we are able to manage, treat and improve medical conditions. Furthermore, for those without specific conditions training can be individually catered to achieving optimal health, and improving overall well-being. This ensures personalised training programs and progressions, to facilitate the best improvements in the safest time frame. EP’s and ES aren’t as susceptible to fitness fads and trends, rather they are driven by the findings of evidence based research.

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Optimized-DSC_0684 (1)Training is individually crafted, meaning all exercise protocols and training programs are suited to the needs of the individual. This negates the ‘one size fits all’ approach that many other personal trainers can take.

With the incredible variety and saturation of the market, it can often be daunting to find a personal trainer and know they’re the real deal. We here at ATLETA are all Exercise Scientists, Exercise Physiologists or Sports Scientists, representing our tertiary qualification and degree of experience in the industry. Check out our incredible team of Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientists.

Want more information on how you can train with Sydney’s best Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist?
Contact us to find out how our elite team can help you be your best every day!

Written by Johann Ruys



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