Exercise Physiologist vs Personal Trainer: Fact Sheet

Updated: Jul 8, 2021


We’ve all heard of personal trainers. But not everyone has heard of exercise physiologists.

What exactly IS an exercise physiologist, and what is the difference between the two?


As an exercise physiologist, we hear this question quite frequently. It is important that the general population and clients in need of our services are educated as to the differences, and which exercise professional is going to work for them. Exercise Physiologists or AEPs (Accredited Exercise Physiologists) have a university qualification of 4 years, and are allied health professionals who follow the medical model to manage their patients. AEPs at WA Health Group work closely with local GPs, surgeons and specialists, physiotherapists and dietitians to formulate short and long term goals consistent with your treatment plan.


Our qualifications allow us to specialise in the delivery of exercise for not only management, but prevention of chronic disease and injury. We manage conditions such as cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, pulmonary conditions and osteoporosis. AEPs are skilled in musculoskeletal, body composition and functional assessments, lifestyle education, safe manual handling and disability management to provide a holistic high quality service.


One of the most attractive features of an AEP, excluding our education, is our eligibility to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and WorkCover. Private health insurers also recognise AEPs, with 27 out of 35 health funds now offering rebates for services provided with us.


Click here for the main differences between AEP and Personal Trainer as described by Exercise and Sports Science Australia.