Elevate Your Fitness Career: Transition to Medical Exercise Training

Are you a fitness professional seeking to elevate your career and impact? Transitioning from personal training to Medical Exercise Training (MET) could be the transformative step you need. For those passionate about aiding individuals with chronic conditions and looking beyond the confines of general fitness services, the shift towards a medical exercise practice offers a fulfilling and lucrative career path.

Since its inception in 1994, the Medical Exercise Training Institute has led the charge in educating fitness professionals to evolve into medical exercise specialists. This transition is not merely about changing titles but about establishing a practice that addresses the long-term, specialized exercise management needs of an aging population. The baby boomer generation, facing healthcare cutbacks, is in dire need of functional exercise programs that cater to conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and osteoarthritis. After physical therapy and other professional rehabilitation...

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Medical Exercise Training Documents......8 You Must Have!!


In our latest Medical Exercise Specialist podcast, we delve into the critical role of Medical Exercise Training (MET) forms in transforming client management and operational efficiency within your practice. These forms are not just paperwork; they are essential tools that bridge the gap between healthcare and fitness, ensuring that every client receives personalized and effective care. There are 8 essential forms every medical exercise professional must have:

  • Client Intake/Demographic Form
  • Medical History Form
  • Release of Information Form
  • Release of Liability Form
  • MET Progress Report
  • MET Referral/Medical Clearance Form
  • Training Agreement/Contract

These 8 forms are the minimum necessary to effectively document and communicate your training session outcomes with medical professionals as well as your record. Incorporating customized MET forms into your practice is more than an upgrade; it's a transformation towards more effective client management and enhanced professional...

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Webinar Friday is Coming - 6-Point MET Management System

Exciting Opportunity for Medical Exercise Professionals!
As the landscape of Medical Exercise Training (MET) evolves, the complexity of managing MET clients has significantly increased since the inception of the Medical Exercise Specialist certification in 1994. Today’s MET clients require a more sophisticated and standardized approach to ensure effective and safe outcomes.
Introducing the METI 6-Point Medical Exercise Training Management Program  

This groundbreaking 6-point system is designed to streamline the process of managing clients with various medical conditions, focusing on the most critical factors in their exercise regimen. Whether you’re new to MET or looking to enhance your skills, this program is your key to unlocking a higher level of client management proficiency.
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When: Friday, March 8th, at 1:00 PM Central Time 
Duration: 35-45 minutes of invaluable insights

This exclusive webinar will unveil...

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Minimizing MET Liability - MET 101 Tip 13


In "MET 101 Ebook Tip 13," Dr. Mike delves into the critical aspects of liability and client screening within the realm of medical exercise training. He underscores the importance of ensuring clients are suitable for exercise programs through comprehensive medical history assessments and screenings. This approach is not only a matter of best practice but a crucial step in mitigating liability and enhancing client safety. Dr. Mike revisits the concept of red flags identified during client assessments, which may necessitate referrals back to medical professionals, emphasizing the legal and ethical responsibilities of fitness and medical exercise professionals.

Key points from the video include:

Thorough Client Screening: Essential for identifying any red flags that indicate a client may not be suitable for exercise without further medical evaluation.

Understanding of Medical Stability: Dr. Mike explains the importance of ensuring a client is medically stable, meaning their symptoms...

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The Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist Workshop is HERE!!

As healthcare continues evolving, so does the demand for medical exercise professionals with advanced skills and knowledge. Recognizing this crucial need, we are thrilled to introduce the Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist Onsite (AMESO) workshop – a transformative 2.5-day onsite program designed to catapult your expertise and practice to the forefront of the medical exercise field. 

Why AMESO? The AMESO workshop is meticulously crafted for medical exercise and fitness professionals like you, aiming to deepen your competencies in managing chronic medical conditions through exercise. This hands-on workshop directly responds to the growing demand for highly skilled medical exercise professionals capable of delivering exceptional care to an aging population. 


What Sets AMESO Apart? 

  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Dive into advanced assessment techniques for all body regions and joints, complemented by hands-on learning experiences. 
  • ...
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7 Steps to Start Your Medical Exercise Training Practice


This is the first of our FREE METI Webinar Series. This first webinar looks at "7 Steps to Building a MET Practice in Any Setting" led by Dr. Mike. This session goes in-depth into how to begin the process of starting a MET practice in any setting. 

Key Webinar Highlights: 

  • Introduction to MET: Learn about Medical Exercise Training, a pioneering approach that fills the gap between healthcare and fitness, focusing on safe, effective exercise programs for individuals with medical conditions. 
  • 7 Steps to Success: Dr. Mike will outline the "7 Steps to Starting Your MET Practice in Any Setting," derived from over 30 years of experience. Key steps include identifying medical referral sources, acquiring specialized training, and developing marketing strategies. 
  • Referral Relationships: Strategies to connect with medical professionals for referrals. 
  • Training and Certification: Insights on acquiring the necessary MET training...
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Obtaining Medical Referrals - MET 101 eBook Tip 12


In MET101 Tip 12 Dr Mike reviews the guidelines and importance of obtaining a referral when you begin training a client with a medical condition(s). Remember, as a MedXPRO we are not licensed medical professionals, but we can easily identify red flags as outlined in the Medical Exercise Specialist and Post Rehab Conditioning Specialist workshops. These red flags may save a client's life. 


Key insights from the video include:

Critical Referral Timing: Emphasizes the importance of referring clients to medical professionals within the first year of their injury, surgery, or condition for optimal recovery and management.

Red Flags for Referral: Identifies specific red flags such as radiating pain, numbness, tingling, loss of range of motion, swelling, and night pain, which necessitate caution and potentially a medical referral.

Monitoring Vital Signs: Stresses the importance of monitoring clients' temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, especially in the context of the...

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The Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist Workshop is Coming!!


Elevate Your Career with the Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist (AMES) Workshop

Join us for an immersive 2.5-day workshop designed exclusively for experienced medical exercise/fitness professionals eager to elevate their expertise. The Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist (AMES) Workshop is your gateway to mastering the art of managing chronic medical conditions through precise exercise programs. The AMES Workshop is the hands-on segment that compliments the Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist Training Series


Why AMES Workshop?

As the demand for medical exercise training surges, the need for highly skilled professionals is more critical than ever. The AMES workshop is meticulously crafted to advance your capabilities, offering deep insights and hands-on experience in assessing and applying exercise techniques tailored to chronic conditions. This workshop sets the stage for you to become a leader in the medical exercise field, ready to meet the challenges of...

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The Opera and Medical Exercise Training - Tip 11


In this MET 101 eBook Tip 11, Dr Mike uses opera to explain the complexity and depth of knowledge required in the medical exercise field.  


5 Key Highlights from MET 101 Tip 11: 


Introduction to Complex Medical Concepts: Dr. Mike emphasizes the importance of understanding medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and pathology to navigate the healthcare field effectively. 

Scope of Practice for Medical Exercise Professionals: The video outlines the wide range of services that can be offered within the scope of practice, stressing the importance of not infringing on other professionals' scopes. 

Comprehensive Client Assessment: It highlights the need for a thorough assessment coupled with cardiovascular, flexibility, and strength training, along with functional conditioning and balance training, to aid clients in returning to their daily activities after therapy services have concluded. 

Lifestyle Education and Small Group...

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Corrective Exercise vs. Medical Exercise Training: MET 101 Tip 10


"MET 101 Ebook Tip 10," delves into the critical distinctions between medical exercise training and corrective exercise, highlighting the importance of each in the fitness industry. This video serves as an insightful guide, particularly focusing on the tenth tip or concept from the eBook on medical exercise training. This tip emphasizes the necessity of using exercise as a sole modality for managing medical conditions and the crucial role of collaboration with medical professionals.

Key points from the video include:

Corrective Exercise vs. Medical Exercise Training: Corrective exercise focuses on managing postural and muscular imbalances, while medical exercise training is designed for clients with medical conditions, utilizing exercise as the primary modality to restore function.

Importance of Medical Collaboration: For clients with a medical history, it's vital to work in conjunction with doctors, therapists, or chiropractors to ensure the exercise program addresses the...

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