Medical Exercise Training is NOT THERAPY

I received this comment this morning on our Medical Exercise Specialist “Facebook” page. This is a long-time concern I have with the fitness industry since we started the MES in 1994. As the industry promotes more collaboration with medical professionals, we should also be very cognizant of the laws related to the use of terms and titles in the medical community.


This is the initial comment: “Doc, you should change the title of your Medical Exercise Specialist to Medical Exercise Therapist, instead.”


My response: "The use of the title - Medical Exercise Therapist would be inappropriate. In the majority of states here in the US, the use of “therapist” in a title is illegal without passing a state licensing exam. It is also unethical because "therapist" denotes a medical treatment being provided. The Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) nor any other fitness-based certified professional provides any aspect of medical treatment. The MES...

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Medical Exercise Specialist Masters Training Series is Here!!


CALLING ALL MEDICAL EXERCISE PROFESSIONALS!! I know you're seeing more medical exercise training (MET) clients and receiving more referrals from medical professionals. All is well with your medical exercise training practice and you’re looking forward to building referral relationships in 2023. But many of your new MET clients are far more challenging than you expected. Let’s be honest, you aren’t fully prepared to manage and train some of these clients?

That's why we established the Medical Exercise Specialist Master's Training Series! The MES Master's Training Series starts January 5th, 2023. The Masters is designed to help you learn to better manage these complicated and challenging MET clients. The Masters will use a series of “medical exercise case studies”. The case studies are presented by medical exercise professionals (MedXPROs) and medical professionals from around the world. The MedXPRO will share their most challenging clients'...

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The Medical Exercise Specialist Masters is Coming!!


The Medical Exercise Training Institute (METI) is excited to announce the "Medical Exercise Specialist Masters Training Series". The MES Masters is for medical exercise professionals committed to building a profitable practice and our new profession – “medical exercise training” (MET). The MES Masters offers a unique approach to MET education – “client case study presentations”.

The Masters brings together MET experts to share their expertise, strategies, and techniques by presenting challenging "client case studies". Case studies allow Masters participants to see the client and practice management skills and techniques needed to build a successful MET practice. To register or for details go to

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

The Medical Exercise Training Institute wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. We give thanks for the many blessings we have received including your support. Have a great day giving thanks and enjoying the turkey and dressing. All the best for the holiday season.

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Thanks for all the birthday well-wishes!! I am very thankful for another year. Just a few thoughts to share my love with those important people in my life.

Thank you Vera Martin-Jones - my beautiful and fantastic wife; to my great parents - Cornell and Lila Jones; two fantastic brothers - Cornell Jones and David Jones and to all the students that have been part of my journey.

I am thankful for 61 years and I hope I can be a better man, a kinder individual, and a more positive person. Thanks again for your kind words and well wishes.

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Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist Virtual Workshop - Day 2

The Advanced MES Virtual workshop starts in 4 days - October 20 - 23, 2022. Day 2 of the AMES will go deep into a number of areas. These areas require a much greater understanding for a medical exercise professional than a personal trainer.


Histology or the science of tissue healing and maintenance is now am important component for all medical exercise professionals. Also, a new and growing area for MedXPROs is neurology. Managing post rehab stroke, MS and Parkinson's clients, to name a few conditions, will continue to grow over the next 20 years.
Arthrokinematics, the science of joint movement is a must to understand for all MedXPROs working with total joint replacements and arthritis. And finally, "if you can train must document it and communicate what you did". Documentation/communication are the future of medical exercise training.
Histology, neurology, arthrokinematics, documentation and communication are next level MET skills and knowledge needed...

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Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist Virtual Workshop - Day 1

The Advanced MES Virtual workshop starts in a few days - October 20 - 23, 2022. The first day of the AMES will go deep into a number of areas. These areas require a much greater understanding for a medical exercise professional than a personal trainer.

As a medical exercise professional taking a medical history is not as simple as having the client complete a PARQ. Taking and understanding vital signs is a must to determine if the client is appropriate for exercise that day and possibly beyond. FOMs or functional outcome measures are essential in determining if the client is progressing and are understood by both medical and fitness professionals as indicators of client progress. Both manual muscle testing and goniometry are both necessary to communicate to medical professionals the status and progress of the client. These are all skills and knowledge every medical exercise professional must possess to build a strong practice.

None of this is designed to take the place of...

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Meet the Medical Exercise Specialist Podcast Host - Darwin Ruiz, BS, MES-A

Uncategorized Oct 13, 2022

Hello everyone. We are back with our latest episode of the Medical Exercise Specialist Podcast. In this episode, I interview our host, Darwin Ruiz, BS, MES - A. Watch in as Darwin shares his journey to become an MES-A. This is the video post. To listen in to the audio podcast go to

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MET 101 eBook - The Medical Exercise/Fitness Practice Building Resource

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2022

If you want to start and grow a medical exercise/fitness business get your free copy of the MET 101 eBook at We review 101 tips and topics to help you start, build and grow a MET practice in any setting.

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Personal Trainer to Medical Exercise Professional Transition...The Mindset


Medical Exercise Specialists, I know making the transition from personal training to medical exercise training is challenging. But you don.t have to terminate all your personal training clients. The transition is more a mindset than establishing a new client base. In this video we discuss the MET mindset necessary to build a successful and profitable MET practice. The Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist Virtual Workshop will help you make the transition. Go to for details and to register.

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