What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)?
Accredited exercise physiologists (AEPs) hold a four-year university degree and are allied health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries.
An exercise physiologist provides and implements exercise management plans that are comprehensive, evidence based, and patient centred and safe. AEPs provide support for clients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, mental health problems, cancer, arthritis, pulmonary disease and more.
Overall, an Exercise Physiologist provides an exercise intervention that is designed for chronic disease management and provides a holistic therapy that targets a patient’s physical and mental health as well as improve their quality of life.
What can an AEP help you with?
What is the difference between a PT and an EP?
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) are not Personal Trainers. AEPs are allied-health professionals with Medicare Provider numbers and are trained members of the health and medical sector. Allied Health Provider with a 4 Year University Degree qualified and accredited with ESSA.
Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs) 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’).
Fitness professionals (e.g. personal trainers) are members of the sport and recreation sector. Qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to persons of low risk only (i.e. “healthy populations”).
My name is Adrian Meli and I have been a personal trainer at Bee Active for 4 years. During this time, I have also graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology, and am now practicing as an Exercise Physiologist within Bee Active.
Health and fitness has been a huge part of my life, as I constantly push myself to achieve new heights. I have completed one marathon, five half marathons, an Olympic Distance Triathlon and many obstacle racing events. My training is varied between strength, plyometric and sprint training.
I am currently Australian Fitness Network’s – Australian Personal Trainer of the Year, 2015 and during my time in the industry, I have seen how imperative the role of exercise is in day to day life in improving not only client’s strength and fitness, but also their mental health and overall quality of life. I have worked with a wide range of clientele, from healthy populations and elite athletes to those suffering from chronic disease including Cardiac Disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, Type 2 Diabetes and Cerebral Palsy, and these clients have shown great success in improving their current health status. (include testimonials or blurb on clients).
The philosophy which I hold that shapes my clinical practice is that exercise is a science, and understanding the science behind exercise and being able to prescribe a safe, and evidence based practice is key to getting you fitter, happier and healthier.
I have an extensive knowledge of all of the systems in the body (down to the cellular level) and how they interact and adapt with exercise as well as a comprehensive understanding of functional human anatomy. I believe that if you understand the science behind exercise training you will see greater results. I have had many success stories over the years (clients losing 30kg, clients competing in obstacle races who have never run before and many more!). I have also learnt so much about the many different aspects of health and fitness, and the various training methodologies which exist. As well as my role within Bee Active, I am also a mentor for t the Australian Fitness Network, and this involves teaching others who are currently completing their fitness certifications about the importance of exercise, not only on a person’s health, but on their general well-being.