About us

What is an Exercise Physiologist?

An Exercise Physiologist (EP) is a recognised allied health practitioner. We analyse movement patterns and design specific exercise programs to assist with musculoskeletal injury or chronic disease.

Our philosophy is based on the latest clinical and scientific evidence. We view exercise, nutrition and a balanced lifestyle, as the key foundations to a healthier and happy you.

Exercise Physiology is claimable through most private health funds.

What is an Exercise Physiologist?

An Exercise Physiologist (EP) is a university qualified allied health professional who specializes in the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.

EPs provide physical activity and behaviour change support for clients. EP’s design exercise programmes for a wide variety of people including those with existing chronic conditions or those at risk of developing such conditions.

Exercise physiologist specialise in:

Prescribing exercise in the form of cardiovascular training, strength and conditioning, muscle and spinal stabilisation, posture correction, flexibility and functional conditioning exercises.  Exercise can be prescribed as a therapeutic intervention and has been scientifically proven to have a positive impact on pathology.

EP aims are to design, apply and evaluate individualized exercise programs for the purpose of improving health, fitness and quality of life for our clients and seek to prevent disease and injury and restore optimal function in persons with disease or injury.

EP designs, apply and evaluate programs for:

  • Rehabilitation
  • Cardio-respiratory disease or associated risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol, and heart disease
  • Chronic Respiratory Diseases and Asthma
  • Diabetes and metabolic syndromes such as obesity
  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Back pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Occupational Injury
  • Fibromyalgia
  • PCOS
  • Postural
  • Deconditioning, decreased in physical function or mobility
  • Pre and post orthopaedic surgery
  • Pre and post natal exercises
  • Nutritional advice

Prevention of Injury

  • Protect clients’ body from re-injury
  • Improve posture and body mechanics
  • Prevention of injury though improved biomechanics
  • Assessment of muscle weakness and imbalances
  • Prevent and manage disease without or reduced medication

Physical conditioning

  • Tone and alter body shape
  • Improve general fitness and strength
  • Improve lifestyle and healthy living
  • Enhance physical or sport performance
  • Increase energy levels and functional strength
  • Control body weight

Health Guardian commitments to health and well-being:

The EP will help educate people to improve short-term and long-term health.

Our clients will receive practical advice relating to safe and effective exercise technique. Demonstrations and practice will be included by our EP.

Exercise Physiologist vs. Personal Trainer

Allied Health Provider

4 Year University Degree qualified and accredited with ESSA.

Specialise in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for persons at risk of developing, or with existing chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries (i.e. ‘specific populations’).

The Personal Fitness Trainer Qualification (Certificate 4) may be completed in less than 6 weeks of training.

Qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk only (i.e. ‘apparently healthy populations’).

Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) provides the national accreditation program for EPs. Accredited Exercise Physiologists are recognised as allied health professional. They are eligible to register with Medicare Australia and have recognition among most major health insurers. At a state level, EPs are included within health professional awards and in compensation schemes, such as WorkSafe and TAC.

Health Guardian Approach

What to expect in an EP session?

An EP will identify your relevant medical info and specific goals to assist you in improving your health. The EP will review this information and conduct an assessment to determine your functional capacities and any exercise associated risks. The EP will also evaluate any nutrition and lifestyle issues that need to be addressed to assist you in achieving your health objectives. Following this assessment, the EP will discuss with you the range of exercise options available to achieve your specified health, fitness and lifestyle goals.

Goals and program will vary, they can include:

Personal Training

At Health Guardian, you can train one-on-one or with a friend. All our trainers’ take the utmost care when developing and prescribing your sessions, also ensuring any injuries or imbalances are dealt with effectively. Please see the Practitioners Profile.

Mums and Bubs/Kids Fitness

Specialised group exercise for mums by helping you get back into shape safely after your pregnancy. We welcome all fitness levels and of course encourage you to bring your babies and young children (kids train free) to our group fitness sessions. We cater for:

  • post-natal mums
  • pelvic floor, rectus diastasis and C-Sec safe option exercises

Class environment is children friendly (they can be on the floor). Class includes cardio, strength and conditioning especially targeting abdominals, back and pelvis.

Every Thursdays at 10.30am – 11.15am @ Paramount Health & Fitness Club.

* Prior to attending the class, you must have an initial assessment and bookings are essential. The initial assessment allows us to tailor to your needs.