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The Difference Between Exercise Physiologists and Personal Trainer

Updated: May 20, 2023

What is the difference between an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and a Personal Trainer?


This question has been often asked as there are some similarities between the two occupations but also some vast differences.


Exercise Physiologists university qualified allied health professionals and have a significant role in assisting with a wide variety of conditions including:

- Musculoskeletal injuries

- Metabolic diseases

- Chronic disease management

- Neurological conditions

- Healthy Aging

- Mental Health

- Cancer



AEP’s are clinically experienced with different population groups from the young athletic population to aged care. The role of an AEP is to design, deliver and evaluate safe, effective and evidence based exercise interventions to assist with an individual’s goals. In other words, we use exercise as medicine.

At SportsFit, we utilise exercise physiology once your pain has settled and movement patterns, strength and flexibility need to be optimised to ensure that we are being proactive about our health and not reactive! Our AEP will perform in depth assessments to identify any aspects of weaknesses which would therefore improve your performance and allow you to move without limits.


You can read more about AEP's, and who they are here

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