Definition of a Kinesiologist
"The practice of Kinesiology is the assessment of movement, performance and function and the rehabilitation, prevention and management of disorders to maintain, rehabilitate or enhance movement, performance and function, in the areas of sport, recreation, work, exercise, and activities of daily living."
Differences in Education
Many beginner levels of Certified Personal Training (CPT) programs, are limited to training those "who are apparently healthy." That is no known medical conditions or injuries. The biggest difference between a Kinesiologist and a Certified Personal Trainer is the base level of education.
A Practicing Kinesiologist has a minimum of a 4 year degree in Exercise Science, Kinesiology or Human Kinetics and often multiple other related health, fitness and certifications where as the CPT courses include a very basic introduction to anatomy and kinesiology throughout a couple of weekends and limited practical evaluations.
To gain a 4 year Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, individuals are required to have training in core courses that include anatomy and biomechanics and electives from related upper-level courses.
Kinesiologists' extended education and experience benefits, you because they will be able to provide you with safe, effective and current exercises/physical activity guidelines that account for your current fitness level and health conditions.
When to Choose a Personal Trainer
- If you have no known medical conditions, injuries or disabilities that are placing limitations on your ability to exercise, e.g. you are "apparently healthy."
- Main goal is weight loss, toning or general health conditioning.
When to Choose a Kinesiologist
- If you have an injury, disability or medical condition(s) and want to improve your health and fitness in a safe progressive manner.
- If you have or our undergoing medical treatment (Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, etc) and want to increase your level of fitness.
- Have a referral from a Doctor to begin active rehabilitation or work conditioning.
- Goals are better health (inside and out), better quality of life, improved movement ability.
- f you want to learn how to manage your condition(s) with physical activity and lifestyle changes.