Exercise Physiology VS Personal Training


There is an ever developing and progressing body of research to show that appropriately dosed and prescribed exercise can make a clinically significant impact on the prevention and management of many musculoskeletal and chronic health conditions. Exercise Physiologists provide evidence based exercise interventions to help combat and manage these conditions.  


Physiotherapists differ from us mainly in that exercise prescription is not central to their role and they are hands on, meaning they provide manual therapy.  Like us, however, they are a 4-year Allied Health degree and work with musculoskeletal conditions, rehabilitation, and pain management.  


We also share similarities with Personal Trainers, in that exercise prescription is central to our role, however personal trainers do not have the qualifications or scope of practice to work with musculoskeletal injury & pain, or chronic health conditions.  

  At Vitruvian Exercise Physiology, we have a particular interest in:

  • Injury and post operative rehabilitation 

  • Active ageing and falls prevention

  • Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis

  • Neurological conditions

  • Personal training

Below is a comparison between an Exercise Physiologist and a Personal Trainer.  You could draw up a similar table for the difference between a Physiotherapist (on the left) and a massage therapist (on the right).

Exercise Physiology

Education:  Minimum 4-year university degree in Exercise Science and Physiology

 Scope of Practice: Exercise prescription for healthy populations plus clinical exercise interventions for individuals with musculoskeletal conditions & injury, rehabilitation, and chronic health conditions.

Allied Health Recognition: EP appointments in Australia and the US for clinically relevant services are funded by Medicare and Private Health insurers.

  We are currently in discussions with insurance funds here in the UK.    

Personal Training

Education: 5 weeks – 12 months certificate level 3-4 in personal training.

 Scope of Practice: Exercise delivery to low risk, healthy individuals

Allied Health Recognition: Not recognised