Exercise Physiology

You might see an AEP to help you:

· overcome persisting pain caused by injury or overuse
· improve your heart health
· rehabilitate following a cardiac event
· control your diabetes
· prevent pre-diabetes from progressing to full diabetes
· improve your recovery following cancer treatment
· improve your general health and wellbeing.
· assess your sports and exercise fitness and performance
· assess your body composition and weight loss goals
· developing a strength and conditioning program
· monitoring training load
· analysing skills and technique
· providing biomechanical analysis for injury prevention or to improve performance
· liaising with other members of the support team to optimise performance
· keeping you up to date with the latest techniques in performance management.
 
AEPs also provide training in safe manual handling; perform functional assessments; carry out sub-maximal and maximal fitness tests; perform body composition tests and musculoskeletal assessments; and provide lifestyle education to help people manage their health conditions.

In Australia, we have the unique situation where we’re working backwards. We have the existing resources and infrastructure including the specialised workforce of Exercise Physiologists and the Medicare subsidies which enable Australians to access these services, but we need to significantly increase our activity levels as 70% of Australians are not active enough.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals, providing exercise and lifestyle therapies for the prevention and management of chronic disease, injury and disability.

Our Exercise Physiologist also runs group fitness classes each week:

Body Balance - Stretch and Stability Class

Our stretch classes at Institute of Sports and Spines are designed to give you a whole body workout to improve your flexibility and mobility. Each class is designed to mobilise your entire ability and vary each week so that you continue to learn new stretches that you can utilise at home. The advantage of having a clinician running a class is if you have specific problems or issues they can help modify and improve the stretches to suit your individual presentation.

When: Tuesdays 6.00pm

 

Strength and Fitness Class 

The classes integrate elements of aerobic and strength training. Exercises are kept as functional as possible while incorporating all major muscle groups of the body. This ensures a highly challenging and satisfying workout. Participants are given motivation throughout the session and you are welcome to work through each exercise at your own intensity. The class goes for 1 hour and is conducted in a fully supported environment by our Exercise Physiologist.

When: Thursdays 5.30pm

 

Functional Fitness Class

The aim of this class is:

  • To improve your functional fitness; make everyday tasks you do at home easier (e.g. climbing stairs, hanging up washing, carrying groceries)
  • Improve whole body strength
  • Improve cardiovascular fitness
  • Improve balance to reduce risk of falls
  • Education about the importance of exercise as we age

The class is run in our gym at Institute of Sports and Spines. You will be supervised by Emily our Exercise Physiologist during the session. Having supervision ensures you are performing all exercises correctly and significantly reduces the risk of any injury.

Emily is able to take into account any health conditions you may have and adapt the session accordingly.

When: Wednesday 6.00pm and Friday 11.00am