Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the difference between a kinesiologist/exercise physiologist and a personal trainer?

What types of clients have you worked with?

Is this covered by my extended health program?

What kind of knowledge, skills and abilities does a kinesiologist with a background in chronic disease care have?

How will exercise help my chronic condition?

How will exercise help my everyday living?

 

Answers

What is the difference between a kinesiologist/exercise physiologist and a personal trainer?

A Kinesiologist has a bachelor’s degree with a major in Kinesiology.  Personal trainers sometime only take a certificate course and practicum.  A kinesiologist that works with people with cardiac disease, lung conditions and other chronic conditions required further certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine or the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiologists.  These certifications allow a kinesiologist to conduct tests such as stress testing, modify your exercise prescription based on changes in your symptoms or medications and monitor your progress. If you answer "Yes" to one of the questions on the ParQ health questionnaire, I am certified to create an exercise program for you - whereas a personal trainer is not.

My philosophy is very different from a personal trainer.  Anyone can give you a hard workout, but not everyone can help you to monitor your body and help you to self manage your health.  I create an exercise program that doesn't just give you a better figure, it takes your long term health into consideration.  I want to give you the skills to exercise independently, where you are comfortable and on a schedule that works for you.  That is why we only meet one or two times a week together, and you exercise one or more times on our own to help you create a habit of active living.   The Get Active phase is to get you started, and the Keep Active phase is to help you maintain your active living lifestyle. This layout will make you feel more confident and create a long term success story! 

What types of clients have you worked with?

People with:

  • Heart disease (Heart Attack and Stroke)
  • Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis)
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid and Osteo Arthritis
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Cancer
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure...just to name a few!

Is this covered by my extended health program?

Some long term disability programs will cover the cost of exercise therapy.  We are happy to speak to your case manager about coverage.

What kind of knowledge, skills and abilities does a kinesiologist with a background in chronic disease care have?

  • Ability to assess normal and abnormal responses to exercise – such as blood pressure, heart rate, etc. 
  • Knowledge of the effect of chronic exercise on health
  • Ability to design or modify an exercise prescription based on a client’s goals, medical status, current exercise program, musculoskeletal problems, and stress/exercise test results
  • General knowledge of chronic disease, common medications and the effects of medication on exercise and vice versa
  • Knowledge of the need for medical clearance prior to participation in an exercise program
  • Ability to assess for inappropriate exercise responses which require termination of an exercise session and referral to appropriate health care professional
  • Ability to help clients with goal setting, relapse prevention, and finding social support which enhance adoption of, and adherence to, healthy behaviours including exercise

How will exercise help my chronic condition?

  • lower blood pressure - even after one session!
  • increase HDL cholesterol (the one you want to be high)
  • decrease total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol due to changes in body composition
  • improved posture, balance and coordination
  • improve bone strength and manage osteoporosis
  • improve efficiency of heart and lungs and muscle blood flow
  • improve circulation
  • manage blood sugars - they will be lower after just one session of aerobic exercise OR strength training

How will exercise help my everyday living?

  • better able to cope with stress
  • increase strength and your ability to do activities of daily living
  • improve sleep
  • manage depression and anxiety
  • improve self confidence
  • increase mood through an increase in endorphins and increased energy
  • more effective at work, at home and with family and friends
  • provide a health social environment
  • improve overall sense of wellbeing