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Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Exercise Physiologist

Aaron King

“Remember, give to receive, find your passion, create a goal and plan the steps to achieve it.”

Aaron King has been an accredited exercise physiologist for 10 years. But what is this discipline? Exercise physiology is the study of the acute responses to a wide range of physical exercise conditions. Exercise physiologists' work in a range of areas. As basic scientists, to clinicians, to sports trainers.

They may study the effect of exercise on pathology, and the mechanisms by which exercise can reduce or reverse disease progression.

After working in a local gym and completing his SIS40210 Certificate IV in Fitness, Aaron was able to apply his newly learned skills, and three years ago, set up his own business, Fit Clinic, providing exercise physiology as well as a diet clinic.

Working on a one-on-one basis, Aaron passionately helps those with medical conditions such as diabetes, obesity, arthritis or an injury, to take ownership of their own health; working with clients from residential aged care homes, corporate health programs and sports teams or individuals. He also teaches and trains others in the fitness industry, so they can help make these important changes to people’s lives too.

1 Can you tell us about your career journey in fitness and how it has progressed?

I have been a personal trainer and exercise physiologist for 12 years. During my career I have spent time in health clubs, worked in aged care homes and have helped return injured workers back into the workplace.

I currently run my own private exercise physiology business 'Fit Clinic', in Sydney, in addition to working as a trainer and assessor with online education provider, Open Colleges.

2 What's the most rewarding thing about being an exercise physiologist?

I find that it’s seeing my clients’ results! The life change you create in someone is always the most satisfying thing.

When you see someone change from a low confidence, poor health type to taking ownership of their life and making long-term changes, it keeps me coming back. This can happen through direct contact with myself, others in the Fit Clinic team, or teaching and training health professionals to create changes.

3 What's the difference between an exercise physiologist and personal trainer?

Both areas focus on the same goal of lifelong improvement in health through physical activity. However, a personal trainer would generally train people considered 'apparently healthy', whereas an exercise physiologist can work with those that may have medical conditions that need a different approach, such as for injury rehabilitation, or people with asthma. However, referring to each other can work quite well.

4 What advice would you offer students who are looking to gain an advantage in the fitness industry job market?

Network and learn. Think about the type of trainer you want to be and the skills you want to acquire. Then find the people to help you learn those skills and grow. Completing your certificate is only the start of your learning.

5 What are your top tips for avoiding injury in the workplace as a fitness professional?

It sounds quite clichéd, but listen to your body and learn about its limits. While we aim to challenge ourselves and others, we need to consider pausing, thinking and then acting. I always think, “is there a better way to do it?”

6 What are the main groups of clients you work with and how have you built up a client base?

The main groups of clients I work with are people wishing to lose weight that have had (or currently have) some form of injury, such as lower back pain or a condition like diabetes.

I have chosen to practice in South West Sydney as this is the area where I'm passionate about making a difference. My advice would be to find the area you're most passionate about and focus on finding the type of people that you can help.

I have built up a client base through networking strongly in the area and focusing on how I can be of benefit to them. Remember, give to receive, find your passion, create a goal and plan the steps to achieve it. People will see your passion and will want you to help them. But most of all, be genuine.

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