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The Difference between a Kinesiologist and a personal trainer

What is a Kinesiologist?

A kinesiologist is a health professional who focuses specifically on correcting human movement through exercise. In order to become a kinesiologist, you need to have completed a four-year university degree in kinesiology or a related exercise specialty degree. Then, you are eligible to become registered with British Columbia Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK).

What’s the difference between a Kinesiologist and a Personal Trainer?

Whereas a kinesiologist is required to possess a four-year bachelor’s degree, a personal trainer is required to attend several workshops and courses, which typically are of much shorter duration than a typical university degree. This difference in education level leads to differences in clinical practice. The in-depth training a kinesiologist possesses allows them to:

  • conduct a thorough assessment
  • have a greater ability to detect flaws in exercise technique
  • develop a more detailed exercise plan that takes into account a variety of variables such as a patient’s unique anatomy, and previous injuries

As a result of these differences, many extended health plans will cover visits to registered kinesiologists (see details below). Currently, no such coverage exists for personal training visits under any major health plan in Canada.

Kinesiology Thrive Now PhysioWhat does a kinesiologist do?

A kinesiologist will work with you to help you achieve your goals through physical exercise. In this regard, the kinesiologist will work with you to develop, monitor, and progress an appropriate exercise plan. Your kinesiologist will focus first and foremost on ensuring you are completing your exercises with appropriate technique. This will help ensure you are staying free of injury and gaining the most possible benefit from each exercise.

Why should I see a kinesiologist?

All of us have felt the urge to get healthier at one point or another, and that often leads us to start exercising. It is easy to think, “how hard can it be?”. However, usually within a period of a few weeks or months, one of several things happen – you develop an injury, you don’t see results, or you fall off the bandwagon and lose motivation. This is where people often realize they need help. That’s where the kinesiologist comes in to help…

  • create a realistic and safe exercise PLAN
  • find any muscle imbalances through a detailed assessment
  • provide accountability by monitoring your progress
  • ensure your safety by correcting any faulty exercise techniques
  • continually motivating you by progressing your exercise plan, and


  • ensuring you are having fun and getting the results you want!


We are lucky to have the very talented kinesiologist Katherine Anderson working for us!

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