Exercise Physiology is a modality which identifies the physiological mechanisms inherent in physical activity. The practitioner of this craft identifies areas of health and fitness that need improvement in order to achieve optimal health. Sometimes EP’s are referred to as personal trainers but the modality is much broader than this and encompasses a number of primary and complimentary healing modalities.
EP’s are trained credentialed and regulated professionals like nurses or doctors and must be certified to practice. Many times these professionals are consulted to address clinical rehabilitation and development athletic programs for individuals at colleges and universities.
Fitness Therapy is a program of fitness usually designed by a qualified fitness trainer or other health professional. The intention of the program is to provide a therapeutic means for patients to achieve better mobility and body function.
A personal trainer assists patients with setting goals for physical activity with the desired outcome of better personal fitness. There are varying degrees of fitness and PT’s are trained in the assessment and establishment of appropriate activity regimes.
Trainers do this through various tests and measurements of their client’s strengths and weaknesses. These fitness assessments are often performed before and after an exercise program to measure their patient’s improvements. These improvements or regressions are then recorded for long term assessment.
Educating patients about fitness plays a major role in the Personal Trainers regime and many trainers offer training about other aspects of wellness besides exercise like nutrition or general health.