Frequently Asked Questions

What is an exercise physiologist?



An exercise physiologist is someone who can perform fitness assessments, prescribe exercise, provide exercise supervision and counseling in healthy lifestyle education in both healthy individuals and those with medical conditions.
In addition to completing a 4-year university degree in exercise science, exercise physiologists must complete:

  • 100hrs of volunteer practical experience in health and performance related fitness applications
  • 200hrs of clinical co-op, volunteer or work experience with people who have various medical conditions, limitations or disabilities in each of the following areas:
    • Musculoskeletal Conditions
    • Cardiopulmonary Conditions
    • Metabolic Conditions
    • Neuromuscular Conditions
    • Aging Conditions
  • Current CPR and Standard First Aid
  • Written and practical examination
  • Mandatory continuing education to maintain skills and proficiency

For more information, visit the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology to read about the CSEP-CEP Scope of Practice.

What kinds of clients do you work with? What if I am a complete beginner or have not worked out in years, have you worked with people like me before?

Most definitely! In fact, most of my clients are new to the gym or have not been active for many years. We will start slowly and progress the type of exercises that we do so not only are they safe, they are achievable and enjoyable.

What makes you different from other personal trainers?



  • 4 year degree in exercise science, Certified Exercise Physiologist, CancerSmart Rehab Training


  • 6 years experience in various settings including private fitness club, commercial fitness club, small fitness studio, clinical settings (Hospital for Sick Children, Wellspring Cancer Support Centre)

Service – Coach VS Trainer

  • Trainer will provide fitness assessment and write training programs
  • In addition to what a trainer provides, a coach will uncover what motivates you, build rapport and earn trust and educate through meaningful dialogue

What if I have an injury (such as back or knee) or can’t do a certain exercise?”

Exercise selection will be based on your individual needs and abilities. It is not uncommon for me to work with clients who are recovering from an acute injury or have many chronic and/or old injuries. I will choose exercises that are pain free and suitable for you.


Will you yell at me? Will I be sore?

I would never yell at you or speak to you in such a way that would ever make you feel uncomfortable. I use verbal encouragement to help you push through mental barriers to achieve more physically than you may have thought possible. This is done in a positive manner and at appropriate times. You may be a little sore following an exercise session, but not to the extent that you are unable to function for days afterwards.

How often should I train with you?

Since each person has different goals, exercise history, exercise ability and medical concerns or injuries, it is difficult to give an exact answer. Typically clients will initially train 2-3X/week until they meet or exceed their original goal. Afterwards many people continue to train 1X/week for maintenance (in addition to working out on their own).

What should I expect at the first session and beyond?

The first session is an opportunity for me to have you do some basic movements, exercises and stretches so I can informally evaluate where your current level of fitness is and what area may need the most attention. A formal assessment and goal setting usually happens at the second or third session once you are feeling more comfortable and I have a good sense of what we need to work on.


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