What’s the difference between an exercise physiologist and a personal trainer?

Posted by: Thomas Young
Date: June 14, 2019

If you look, you’ll most likely find no shortage of personal trainers. Many have studied athletic training and can be certified by National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), or National Academy of Sports Medicine (ACMS). However, there is no specific degree program for personal trainers, which is why there is such an abundance and so many different qualifications.

On the other hand, exercise physiologists are degreed professionals with at least a bachelor’s degree, and have studied the entire gamut of human health, from the perspectives of science, biology, anatomy, kinesiology (the study of the mechanics of body movements), and nutrition. They have also completed clinical work as part of their degree requirements. Their studies give them a wide range of knowledge about the human body and the benefits exercise brings to it, both physically and mentally.

Once in the field, exercise physiologists use exercise to help patients recovering from chronic diseases improve cardiovascular function and become more flexible. Their specialty also covers the benefits of exercise in helping patients and other individuals get more fit for better all-around health.

Built into their education and background is intimate knowledge about the effect exercise has on the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems. For this reason, exercise physiologists can prescribe certain exercises for rehabilitation or for fitness purposes. They are able to advise and recommend behavior modification programs, and can treat many medical conditions, such as obesity, arthritis, depression, cardiovascular disease, and others.

The next time you meet one of the exercise physiologists at LVH Fitness, maybe you’ll understand more about what they do and how they can help your own fitness program better fit your specific needs.

Meet our newest exercise physiologist
Logan Strollis

Logan is the newest exercise physiologist at our 1243 Cedar Crest location. Logan began working for LVHN Fitness as a Member Services Assistant, and joined our team of exercise physiologists in March. Logan graduated from Bloomsburg University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Exercise Science. He is currently enrolled in classes at California University of PA and is working toward earning a Master of Exercise Science and Health Promotion. You can find him teaching High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. and scheduling Fitness Analyses and Program Designs. Get scheduled with him today!

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