Learn about exercise physiology
About Exercise Physiology
We are specialists in prescribing clinical exercise for rehabilitation, to enhance general health and for high performance, in 1:1 and group exercise settings. More specifically, we assess the wants and needs of our clients, then prescribe exercises, stretches or movement to help them achieve their goals.
A question we sometimes get is... "what is the difference between an Exercise Physiologist and a Personal Trainer". Generally speaking, Personal Trainers work with individuals or groups who are considered "apparently healthy", who are free of injury and illness and simply want to get stronger, fitter and healthier.
Our Exercise Physiologists work with clientele who require a more educated, clinical approach. Exercise Physiologists work closely with in the following areas:
Chronic Disease - we help people with chronic health conditions like cardio-vascular disease (cardiac rehabilitation), diabetes, cancer and arthritis.
Injury - we rehabilitate a range of injuries with exercise and movement programs; for children and adults of all ages.
Chronic Pain - our exercise interventions play a key role in assisting our clients to manage their pain.
High Performance - we work with anyone who simply wants expert guidance on how to get the most from their training, whether that be for sport, recreation or general health.
Exercise Physiology NDIS - we consult to people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities via the NDIS in 1:1 appointments.
Exercise for Seniors - we work a lot with the older population to enhance their balance, reduce falls and generally make them fitter, stronger and healthier.
our 1:1 consultations
The starting point of all appointments is learning our clients goals, or why they were referred. Depending on the response, we typically perform a thorough health and fitness assessment. Understanding our client's medical history, injury and pain status, measuring their strength, fitness and balance (etc.) is all important.
This information helps guide the exercise/movement intervention we prescribe and the overall treatment plan, to ensure it's safety and efficacy.
We utilise the latest technology for a range of assessments, to obtain accurate and objective measures. This important baseline information allows us to measure improvement over time, information that helps guide our ongoing exercise prescription. This information can be very motivational for our clients, and us as EPs.
Depending on our clients goals or reason for referral, tests may include:
Body Composition - scales that measure segmental muscle and fat mass, bone mass, visceral fat, % body fat etc. as well as traditional measuring tape and skinfold calipers.
Fitness and Cardio-Vascular Health with a VO2 max prediction, blood pressure and ECG monitoring cardiac rate and rhythm as well as any obvious abnormalities in the trace (incidentally, this ECG information can be sent to a cardiologist or GP via email).
Strength using an Activ5 device to objectively compare segmental strength, compare pre and post rehab numbers etc.
Lung Function via spirometry.
Joint Range of Motion with digital goniometry.
We also use other standardised and subjective testing protocols to measure many other "fitness" and physiological aspects of health and performance.
after an assessment
Typically after our thorough assessment, we create a plan that fits in with the goals of our client, the reason for referral and what we believe is most likely to get the best outcomes.
A typical outcome is that a home or gym exercise program is prescribed for our clients to work on independently. In combination with this, where appropriate, we may also suggest our group exercise programs as being suitable for additional beneficial or perhaps further individual appointments to review progress and continue to refine a home or gym exercise program as improvement occurs.
Our group exercise programs are all under the supervision of our expert team of EPs. This means our clients technique is monitored closely, exercise are modified to suit the needs of individuals, the intensity at which they train is appropriate and the sessions are never the same.
Group exercise and/or regular 1:1 consultations, in combination with our home or gym programs is when we achieve outstanding results with our clients.
proven benefits of exercise...
Reduces premature All-cause Mortality by 50%
Reduces Cardiovascular disease risk by up to 50%
Reduces Hypertension (high blood pressure) by up to 50%
Reduces risk of Stroke by up to 30%
Reduces Cancer risk (colon, breast) by up to 60%
Reduces the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes by 30-50%
Helps manage Osteoarthritis by controlling pain, maintaining muscle strength, joint structure and function
Reduces the risk of Osteoporotic Hip Fracture by 38-45% in older people
Reduces the risk of falls in the elderly
Helps with Weight Management (when combined with dietary changes)
Helps prevent or manage Mental Illness (including anxiety, depression and subjective feelings of stress)
In addition to treating (or helping to prevent) the above chronic diseases, we commonly treat conditions like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
About Group Exercise
We currently offer a variety of group exercise times in Frankston and Brighton. Whilst we work with fit, healthy people, we also help people who have more complex medical conditions or history, where specialist knowledge and experience is required to ensure safe and effective exercise prescription.
This is why Doctors, Specialists, Surgeons and other Health Professionals refer to us at Active One.
As Accredited Exercise Physiologists, we have the education and experience to help you achieve your goals.
Medicare funding is available for Group Exercise if you have Type 2 Diabetes and your doctor signs the correct referral form.
Group Exercise is social, it’s fun.
People stay interested because of the social and enjoyable atmosphere provided by group exercise. There is both camaraderie and accountability among participants, as well as between participants and the Exercise Physiologists.
Over the last decade, there have been countless lifelong friendships forged via our Active One Group
Group Exercise is inspiring!
Many of our clients have achieved amazing results. Would you be inspired by training with someone who has lost over half their body weight? What about someone in their 80’s or 90’s who is fitter and stronger than many people half their age! Or perhaps you would be inspired by training with someone who works incredibly hard, who pushes their body to the limit and despite going through treatment for cancer, NEVER complains…
Group Exercise is motivational.
You lock in a set time or making an appointment if you like and this increases the likelihood of you attending. In contrast, you can exercise ANY TIME at home, but unfortunately, there are always other things to do, so most people just never quite get around to it!
Group Exercise is varied.
Every session we run will be different from your last. The exercises will be different, many of which you will have never done before, the format of the program different, the intervals of work and rest will be different. The research and our experience suggest that if you keep doing the same routine your body tends to plateau and your improvements diminish gradually over time. However, by constantly changing things, we ensure this doesn’t happen, we see ongoing results and our programs are more interesting.
Group Exercise is tailored to suit you.
Many of our clients come to us with a combination of a chronic disease (or two) and a few aches and pains. We adapt the program depending on our clients’ individual needs. At times, we may prescribe an alternative exercise to aid in the
rehabilitation of an injury or we may suggest a completely different exercise to work around knee pain, poor balance or a sore back.
Group Exercise is ready to go.
You just have to show up with a positive attitude, participate and have fun, we do the rest. This is great for people with limited knowledge about safe and effective exercise programming. When people exercise on their own, they often skip portions of a workout they know less about or they find very difficult. These are often the exercises they need most! So rather than you sticking just to your favourite exercises, we ensure all aspects of physical conditioning are covered.
Group Exercise is at the right intensity.
We factor in your goals, medical history, injury status, fitness, strength levels and personality to create an environment where you will be suitably challenged. We have clients that will train significantly harder under our supervision whilst others may need to slow down at times, get the technique right before they can step up their intensity. Generally speaking, most clients train harder under our supervision when compared to training independently. This equals RESULTS.
regular access to an Exercise Physiologist.
We can act as a weekly resource for you. If you have any questions about suitable exercises or stretches for home we can help you. And with the regular encouragement in group training, we find our clients tend to engage in other healthy behaviours outside of class. Our group exercise programs offer a workout for people of all levels and all ages. With a large variety of classes, we can suggest the right program for you to maximise your improvement.
Contact our office to enquire about classes near your practice or residence, for more information or to book your initial appointment – 8707 0830.
Active One join forces with the team at Peninsula Private Hospital to educate patients about exercise for recovery and longevity. Weekly exercise rehabilitation sessions fast-track recover and reduce the risk of future cardiac events.
Cardiac Rehabilitation is an essential component to recovery in patients who have had a "cardiac event" or procedure.
Early resumption of regular exercise after heart attack can increase the amount of blood pumped out by the heart by up to 34%, and patients who exercise regularly are over 30% less likely to experience further heart attack, stroke or death.
Put plainly, patients do far better in the short and long term if they attend Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Our team of Exercise Physiologists have been working with Peninsula Private to facilitate the exercise component of the program for over 15 years. We are experts in this area.
In addition to working with Peninsula Private Hospital, we also consult at our private clinics for patients who would like additional assistance during rehab or after they have completed the program.
call now to book in your initial cardiac rehabilitation assessment or to join our Group Exercise Programs – 8707 0830.