PT v EP? Boot Camp or Individualised session?

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know

  • the difference between a Personal Trainer & an Exercise Physiologist,
  • when you should sign up for a Boot Camp or Individualised session
  • what different levels of experience can mean

And that’s ok, because for most people it won’t make a difference.

But, if you’re looking to improve your health, fitness or just to lose some weight then it’s probably a good idea to understand the differences.


Personal Trainers typically have a Cert IV in fitness (around 6 months and often online) awhile an EP has a degree (4 yrs with plenty of face-to-face).

Boot Camp v Individualised Training

Cost is a big one.

Boot Camps are way cheaper!

So if you’re young (e.g. under 30), healthy (no injuries, risk factors, don’t drink, etc.) Boot Camps can be ideal.

However, if you’re starting out, a bit older, have a history of injuries or niggles then it’s probably best to start off with more dedicated guidance.

Think: I want to improve over the long term (not the “Big Improvement -> Injury” Cycle most follow).


Think about your first few years in your profession.

Think about how many mistakes you made.

Think about how much you thought you knew.

Advice: Choose someone who has at least 10 years experience.

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