What is an Exercise Physiologist?

An Exercise Physiologist (EP) is a university qualified allied health professional who specializes in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.
EPs provide physical activity and behaviour change support for clients.
EP’s design exercise programmes for a wide variety of people including those with existing chronic conditions or those at risk of developing such conditions.

Exercise Physiologists specialise in:

Prescribing exercise in the form of cardiovascular training, strength and conditioning, muscle and spinal stabilisation, posture correction, flexibility and functional conditioning exercises.
Exercise can be prescribed as a therapeutic intervention and has been scientifically proven to have a positive impact on pathology.
EP aims are to design, apply and evaluate individualized exercise programs. This includes improving health, fitness and quality of life. As well as preventing disease and injury, and to restore optimal function in persons with disease or injury.

Exercise Physiologists design, apply and evaluate programs for;

-Cardio-respiratory disease or associated risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease
-Chronic Respiratory Diseases and Asthma
-Diabetes and metabolic syndromes such as obesity
-Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis
-Musculoskeletal injuries
-Back pain
-Chronic pain
-Occupational Injury
-Deconditioning, decreased in physical function or mobility
-Pre and post orthopaedic surgery
-Pre and post natal exercises
-Nutritional advice


Prevention of Injury
-Protect clients’ body from re-injury
-Improve posture and body mechanics
-Prevention of injury though improved biomechanics
-Assessment of muscle weakness and imbalances
-Prevent and manage disease without or reduced medication


Physical conditioning
-Tone and alter body shape
-Improve general fitness and strength
-Improve lifestyle and healthy living
-Enhance physical or sport performance
-Increase energy levels and functional strength
-Control body weight

Exercise Physiologist vs. Personal Trainer

Allied Health Provider
4 Year University Degree qualified and accredited with ESSA.
Specialise in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for persons at risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries (i.e. ‘specific populations’).
The Personal Fitness Trainer Qualification (Certificate 4) may be completed in less than 6 weeks of training.
Qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk only (i.e. ‘apparently healthy populations’).