What does an AEP do?

Are you confused as to what AEP’s do or what conditions we treat? I have found this is often brought up in conversation. Well, to put it simply we use exercise as medicine! Therefore, we personalise all exercise &/or rehabilitation to one’s condition or injury. Injuries or conditions are not always the same; not all exercises work here as there may be other underlying conditions, which changes the way we treat someone.

We hold a University Degree & are accredited with ESSA (Exercise & Sport Science Australia). We specialise in graded exercise therapy and lifestyle interventions for persons at risk of developing conditions and injuries, or with existing chronic (long term) and complex medical issues (i.e. ‘specific populations’).

So how do we differ from a Physio’s? Physio’s specialise in physical therapy techniques to help reduce and rehabilitate acute (short term) musculoskeletal pain and injury. They can diagnose injuries and conditions whereas an AEP cannot.

To make it simple, here is a list of examples which we treat:

  • Injuries – all forms including workers compensation
  • Back Pain
  • Women’s health
  • Joint replacements
  • Chronic pain
  • Cancer patients – who are going through treatment & post treatment
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid & ankylosing Spondylitis (AS)
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) & Fibromyalgia
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Asthma
  • Osteoporosis
  • Mental health & much more!

If you are unsure whether or not we can help you, just give us a call & we can then advise you either way, or point you in the right direction!

To contact us please call (08) 9401 3395!


The Exercise Pill

The Exercise Pill is the second part of the Insight series – see link below for the 60 minute show. This explains how exercise is and can be used as actual medicine. There is soIt's all about correct technique! much research to support the use of exercise with Chronic Disease, Mental Health and Injuries.

What we have to remember is exercise is not “one size fits all”!

Everybody is different, that is why Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEP’s) will personalise exercise to your condition, no matter how simple or complicated!

To book an appointment with Lee please call 08 901 3395. We also do online consults as well!


How To Exercise

I recently watched a program on “How to Exercise”, which is a 2 part series by SBS’s Insight. This has great explanations from our top professors and research scientists. There is a lot of information to gain from this 60 minute program, which I highly recommend watching!_mg_4417

If you want to know:

  • what to do,
  • how to get motivated
  • and why it’s NEVER too late!

Then this show is for you!!!

Click on the link below and happy watching!


If you’d like to get started on incorporating exercise into your life, but not sure how to do it, then give us a call on 08 9401 3395 and schedule an appointment 🙂

July Newsletter

Well it’s NEWSLETTER time again! We have a new 12 week challenge starting for our Curves ladies. However, if you’re not a Curves member but would like to do it, just speak with Lee. It’s a great way to get you ready for Summer!!

We also have health checks and fitness testing available at Exofit! So, there is something for everyone 🙂

Enjoy your reading!

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For those of you who might be interested here is a little information piece on our friend at Transitions Physiotherapy:
TransiTransition Physio logotions Physiotherapy is a mobile physiotherapy service based in the northern suburbs of Perth. We provide home-based physiotherapy for the management of stroke and neurological conditions, falls management and prevention as well as older adult rehabilitation.
Transitions Physiotherapy focuses on regaining wellness and independence for everyday living.
Neurological physiotherapists differ from other physiotherapists in that they have special knowledge about neurological conditions such as stroke or Parkinson’s disease and have physiotherapy experience specifically in these areas. Home-based physiotherapy allows for rehabilitation to be tailored to your living environment and gives greater confidence to practice exercises and tasks within the comfort of your own home.


Newsletter – March 2018

Here is our first newsletter – March 2018. This has been created for our ladies from Exofit & Curves respectively, however the guys will get some info out of it too. If there is anything you’d like to see in our next one please let us know and we’ll endeavour to get it in there 🙂 We hope you enjoy!

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Why Does Our Health Come Last?

The question above often puzzles me! I always hear people say things lisometime for illnesske ‘I only went to the doctor because I was sick or I hurt myself’ or ‘I didn’t think it was that bad’. Your HEALTH IS EVERYTHING as it determines your quality of life, what you do and how you do it!

I’m not saying you need to go to your doctor each week or month, don’t get me wrong. However, why don’t people take a more proactive approach to their health?

For example, aim to participate in daily physical activity, and make sure you are eating nutritious foods. Get a blood test done once a year or every six months. Check your skin for any usual spots. Take your resting heart rate. Feel for any unusual lumps.

These are all preventive measures and small things that can keep us in tune with our body. You may have thought: ‘why is physical activity and nutrition important?’

There is a simple reason for that. Physical activity and nutrition help keep us healthy – by maintaining a healthy weight range, it makes our heart, lungs and circulatory system work in the best way possible, as well as keep our bones strong and our muscles working.

Blood tests are a great way of checking our vitamin and mineral levels as well as the functionwealth is health of vital organs. Skin checks are usually for visible signs of skin cancer and feeling for lumps is also checking for other possible cancers.

Taking our resting heart rate daily can also give us a good indication of fatigue, or provide a warning that you may be getting sick.

Also, by taking note of how you are feeling in general, you can be across any patterns or issues to raise with your Doctor when required.

If you want to take a more proactive role in your health, then make an appointment with Exofit Training Systems and we can teach you how!

Stay Fit and Healthy!



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Would you like to know how old you really are?

How old are you really?

Did you know that your lifestyle has a huge impact on your health, well-being and longevity? Not sure what we are talking about? Well we actually have two different ages, these being chronological – our ‘real’ age since we were born, and our biological – the age our body is. Our lifestyle habits have a massive influence on how our body ages, and whether we are causing any damage to vital organs.

For example: a client has a chronological age of 28 years, and with poor lifestyle habits ends up with a biological age of 42 years – an additional 14 years of biological aging! On the other hand, we have a 40 year old with great lifestyle habits, who has a biological age of 35 years, meaning their body is actually 5 years younger!

Extensive health assessments (which include metabolic, physical and behavioural evaluations) help us to determine your biological age. The assessments are between 30-45 minutes long, and you will also receive a comprehensive report to keep. However, it is recommended to make an extended appointment so that you can receive a personalised lifestyle plan, to help you reduce or maintain your biological age.

So – given the info above, would you like to know how to lengthen your biological age – or that of your family or friends? If so, Exofit are willing to implement these assessments for interested patients. E-mail or contact us today for more.


Exercise at home with NO equipment!

Getting fit doesn’t have to be hard, you don’t even need a gym or equipment! Below we have a list of exercises that don’t need equipment. However, before starting any of these, it is best to get expert advice. You want to ensure you are using the correct technique to avoid injury/ies. If you currently have an injury, illness, are pregnant or just had a baby then you need seek expert advice, whether that be from your Dr, AEP or physio, as some of these may cause further injury, illness or complications etc.

Here at Exofit Training Systems we can customise a fitness program or plan for you, depending on what you like and enjoy. We can also write up sport specific programs too.

For the mum’s out there, we have a new program just released call “Baby On Board”, so be sure to check it out. Always remember, if you aren’t looking after yourself then how can you to look after your dependents? Plus, this is a fantastic way of being a good role model for your children!

So here are some exercises that don’t need equipment:

  • Squats
  • Push-ups
  • Lunges
  • A-frame push-ups
  • Reverse lunges
  • Bulgarian spilt squats
  • Plank
  • Planks with an arm lift
  • Side plank
  • Plank with a leg lift
  • Bridge
  • Bridge with a foot tap
  • Bridge with leg extension
  • Sliders
  • Wall sit
  • Tricep dips
  • Burpees
  • Turkish get-ups
  • Walking lunges
  • Single leg squats
  • Going for a walk or run
  • High knees on the spot
  • Abs
    • Sit-ups
    • Crunches
    • Cycling
    • Ankle taps
    • Leg lowers – single leg
    • Leg lowers – both legs
    • Knees to chest
    • Table tops
    • Table tops with an alternate leg lower
    • Opposite elbow to knee – stationary
    • Opposite elbow to knee – moving
    • Spider planks
    • Russian twists
  • Plus loads more!

For more information about what we can do for you, then please contact us via email lee@exofit.net or phone 0416 011 166.

Difference between Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Personal Trainers

The difference between an AEP and PT:

I’m often asked about the differences between an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), and a Personal Trainer (PT). So here they are:

  1. You may have heard of the term ‘ExerLogo with TMcise is Medicine”, and that’s because exercise is being used in the treatment for many chronic conditions and injuries. It’s highly essential that exercise is being prescribed in the correct manner, and is appropriate for the client and their condition.

So I ask you this: “Would you go to an unqualified doctor?” Would you trust them?

You wouldn’t trust someone who isn’t qualified – so why place your life, body and health in an unqualified trainer to prescribe exercise?

2.  An AEP has a 4 year University Degree, meaning they are allied health professionals           who tend to work with clients in the prevention and management of chronic                       diseases and injuries.

We prescribe exercise and provide support for clients / patients with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, pregnancy, osteoporosis, arthritis, pulmonary disease, mental health problems and many more. We are eligible to register with Medicare Australia (for our provider number), Department of Veteran Affairs, WorkCover and are recognised by most private health insurers such as HBF, HIF, Medibank etc.

3.  AEPS’s work in many different environments such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Private clinic or practice
  • Rehabilitation companies
  • Gymnasiums
  • GP offices
  • Mining companies and many others.

As AEP’s we are able provide training in areas such as safe manual handling; provide lifestyle education to help people manage their conditions, carry out sub-maximal and maximal fitness tests; perform functional assessments; perform body composition tests and musculoskeletal assessments.

                                    So how does the above differ from Personal Trainers?

  1. Personal trainers can gain a Certificate IV in Personal Training in less than 6 weeks of training.
  2. They are only qualified and insured to design and deliver fitness programs to low risk (“apparently health”) clients.


So, we need to remember that AEP’s are allied health professionals with Medicare Provider numbers who work in the health and medical sector.

Personal trainers are members of the sport and recreation sector, and can only work with low risk ‘apparently healthy’ clients, due to qualifications and insurance.

How and Why “Baby On Board” Was Developed

“Baby On Board” was developed through my own personal struggles with wanting to start a family with my husband. It just wasn’t happening for us. So, being an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Preventive Medicine Specialist, I decided to undertake some extensive evidence-based research in the ways that health and fitness could help.

This was the beginning of the pre-conception program of “Baby On Board”.

As it was, we had to seek medical help and eventually IVF, where we were extremely lucky to then receive a positive test – excitement plus!!

I then had to establish which exercises and foods were safe or unsafe during pregnancy. Being a former professional athlete, I was already fairly fit and healthy. However, questions arose:BOB Image 7

  • Could I continue to train and eat in the same way?
  • What exercises could I do?
  • What exercises should I avoid?
  • What foods did I need to stay away from?

So began the next part of the “Baby On Board” program of Pregnancy.

We welcomed our beautiful little girl into the world and boy, did my body feel different! My body had just been through so much in the past year with growing and delivering a new life, in where major changes had occurred.

I had already researched what type of exercise could be done in postpartum, and it was now time to put them into place. This was where the “Baby On Board” postpartum started.

I was back to my pre-baby weight after just 3 weeks! However, I credit much of this to what I did both before and during my pregnancy, as I had only gained 8kg. I also allowed my body to heal, and gradually started with an exercise program.

We must remember that every woman and their circumstances are different – some things work for some Mothers, but not for others.

That is why “Baby On Board” is such a great program as it is designed for YOU and YOUR circumstances! Every part; whether it be pre-conception, pregnancy or postpartum; is individualised, so that a generic fitness or pregnancy program will ever be given out. Generic programs can be dangerous in such a specialised and specific area, especially where pregnancy and postpartum are concerned.

Always ensure that you seek professional advice from University qualified personnel, not just a personal trainer (please see our blog coming soon for the differences).

For more on our “Baby On Board” program please contact us via email, call 0416 011 166 or complete the registration form.

We look forward to looking after and helping you!