Finding the right exercise specialist to help you achieve your goals

By Jarah Breese BAppSc (Ex&SpS) MSc High Performance Science

Elements For Life Director and Exercise Scientist



Knowing where to start when looking for the right person to develop and guide you through an exercise program that’s right for you can be difficult. Anyone can become a personal trainer within just a few short weeks which is not nearly enough education to be able to prescribe an appropriate exercise program, especially for anyone with injuries or other health issues. There is no doubt some fantastic personal trainers out there who dedicate a lot of time to self-education and up-skilling, however, they can be hard to find. If you do decide to engage a personal trainer, make sure you do a solid background check on their client history and further qualifications.


Word of mouth is a great way to find a good trainer but many people seem to over inflate how great their trainer is because they have become friends, so be cautious.


One of your best option is to find an Exercise Physiologist or Exercise Sports Scientist who has a solid history in working with various clients and injures. One who is continually upskilling and educating themselves so they can be better for their clients. These University educated specialists have to pass many practical examinations and engage in many  hours of work placements before they can get their qualifications, ensuring a solid base of knowledge is obtained.


Physiotherapists are a great point of reference as they regularly communicate with personal trainers and exercises specialists after their patient is ready to return to exercise. They’re  very particular on who they refer you onto and rightfully so! Most good trainers will have a solid referral network. From this communication Physio’s get a good feel for which trainers are knowledgeable and which ones are not.  


When working with clients, especially ones with injuries experience is everything. Make sure you discuss your current goals and any medical issues/injuries you have to make sure the trainer you’re looking to hire has experience in these areas. This will ensure you get safer and faster results.


In summary. Hiring a trainer is one of the best things you can do for your health. You not only get a safe and structured workout but absorb are large amount of knowledge enabling you to better manage your own health. Take your time when choosing the right trainer for your goals. Get to know them to see if you feel comfortable. Find out their qualifications and experience and if you’re stuck you can always send us a message and we can put you in touch with a great trainer to help you achieve your goals.