Unveiling the MET-Myth: Elevating Medical Exercise Training in Healthcare


Exploring the risks posed by the Medical Exercise Training (MET) myth and emphasizing the urgent need for the fitness industry to transition from personal training to a specialized medical exercise approach, aligning with evolving healthcare perspectives.”


There seems to be a misconception moving through the fitness industry that “simply exercise”, without an understanding of the detailed effects of exercise and its application, is not needed when developing an exercise program for a client with a medical condition. This misconception I’ve termed the “Medical Exercise Training Myth” or MET–Myth”.  The phrase emphasizes the urgent need for the fitness industry to transition from personal training to a specialized medical exercise approach, aligning with evolving healthcare perspectives.


The MET-Myth represents a prevalent misconception within the fitness industry, particularly among fitness professionals...

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Happy 2024!!

Best wishes to you and yours for 2024!! 2024 will have great opportunities for medical exercise professionals. Make sure you have the necessary education to produce outcomes for your clients. Check out our MET CEC courses at METI CEC Courses and use the coupon HAPPY2024 to take 50% off the registration for any METI CEC course. Special rate available until January 3rd. 

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Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist Training Series Early Bird Ends Soon!

Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist Training Series (AMEST)

The moment you've been waiting for has arrived! Unlock the benefits of the Advanced Medical Exercise Specialist Training Series (AMEST) and register today for a transformative journey in the dynamic field of medical exercise.

In an ever-evolving healthcare landscape, the demand for highly educated medical exercise specialists has never been greater. Our AMEST series is designed to equip you with advanced skills and critical thinking abilities for managing MET clients with complex medical conditions.

AMEST Training Series Offers:
 Mastery of Advanced MET Assessment Skills
 Strategic Medical Exercise Practical Application
 Enhanced Practice Revenue and Referral Network Development
 Expert MET Client Management Protocols
 Comprehensive Education in ALL Aspects of Medical Exercise



3 AMEST Primary Learning Components:
1. AMES Client Management...

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Medical Exercise Client........What Types of Conditions Will I Train??


Navigating the World of Medical Exercise Training: MET 101 - Tip 4

In the fourth tip of the MET 101 series, fitness professionals are guided through the diverse landscape of client types they may encounter in their practice, emphasizing the critical role of comprehensive assessments and the importance of experience in medical settings.


Key Insights from MET 101 - Tip 4:

  • Diverse Clientele: Fitness professionals may work with clients having a range of conditions, from neurological disorders like strokes, MS, and Parkinson's to cardiovascular issues and musculoskeletal disorders.
  • The Importance of Observation: Gaining experience through observation hours in sports medicine, physical therapy, chiropractic settings, or rehab facilities is crucial.
  • Comprehensive MET Assessments: Before initiating any exercise program, conducting a thorough medical history interview and assessment is vital. This includes evaluating strength, function, flexibility, endurance, stability,...
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Medical Exercise Practice Management Systems


Elevate your medical exercise practice with the implementation of 10 essential practice management systems. These systems are designed to ensure a smooth, efficient, and effective outcome-oriented enterprise. 

  1. Operations: This system covers all aspects of practice maintenance, equipment, IT/computers, and physical plant. Operations ensures a well-maintained and equipped practice. 
  2. Assessment: From initial assessments to reassessments and assessment procedures including functional scales, range of motion, and muscle testing, this system manages every aspect of the MET assessment from forms used to documentation to step-by-step procedures. 
  3. Client Management: This covers the direct delivery of medical exercise training services and assessments to clients, as well as lifestyle education, group training, and auxiliary services offered. 
  4. Scheduling: This system efficiently manages client appointments both online and via phone, allowing...
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Medical Exercise Training is All About Function - MET 101 Ebook Tip 3


In the third installment of the MET 101 ebook series, Dr. Mike brings to light an essential aspect of Medical Exercise Training (MET) - its focus on function. This video is a crucial watch for professionals in the medical exercise field, offering deep insights into the evolving landscape of healthcare and the role of MET in enhancing functional recovery.

Understanding the Focus on Function in MET

Addressing Residual Functional Deficits: With insurance carriers reducing the number of physical therapy sessions, many clients are discharged before reaching optimal functional levels. MET steps in to manage these residual functional deficits.

The Function Wheel: Dr. Mike introduces the 'function wheel,' which encompasses nine key components of function, including range of motion, flexibility, strength, coordination, power, joint stability, endurance, proprioception, balance, and cognitive capabilities.


Impact of MET on Various Conditions: The video highlights how exercise can...

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Role of Medical Exercise Training in Healthcare - MET 101 Tip 2


In the second tip of the Medical Exercise Training 101 e-book series, Dr. Mike, a physical therapist with over 30 years of experience, addresses a crucial aspect of Medical Exercise Training (MET) – its understanding and utilization by physicians, physical therapists, and chiropractors.

Key Insights from MET 101 Tip 2:

  1. Understanding of MET by Healthcare Providers: Dr. Mike points out that most physicians may not fully understand the specifics of physical therapy or how to prescribe exercise effectively. This gap is attributed to the lack of exercise prescription education in standard medical school curricula. However, it is incumbent on the medical exercise professional to acknowledge to healthcare providers they are not physical therapists nor provide any aspect of therapy or medical services. MET is about utilizing exercise once therapy services have concluded or in conjunction.
  2. Roles in Healthcare: The video delineates the distinct roles of physicians, physical...
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Can You Define Medical Exercise Training.....MET 101 Tip 1


Discover the Essence of Medical Exercise Training with MET 101 Ebook - Tip 1

In the first tip of the MET 101 Ebook series, Dr. Mike delves into the core concept of Medical Exercise Training (MET). This insightful video is a must-watch for professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of MET and its distinct role in the health and fitness industry.


Key Takeaways from MET 101 Tip 1:

  • Defining MET: MET is distinctly different from personal training, physical therapy, or any healthcare treatment. It focuses on developing safe and effective exercise programs for clients with medical conditions.
  • Components of MET: The approach includes strength training, flexibility training, cardiovascular training, aquatic training, balance training, functional conditioning, lifestyle education, and MET assessments.
  • Functional Outcome Measures (FOMs): MET utilizes FOMs like blood pressure, blood glucose values, range of motion, muscle strength testing, and cholesterol levels to gauge the...
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Medical Exercise Case Study....Can You Manage This Client?


Case Study Friday

Medical exercise training is managing medical conditions using ONLY exercise. It's not just giving a client with a medical condition(s) an exercise program. As a medical exercise and medical fitness professional are you simply giving the client exercise or are you developing, managing, assessing, and progressing the client based on your assessment? Medical exercise training management is about the client intake, assessment, forms, exercise program, progression, reassessment, documentation, and communication. 


Our case study client is Mrs. Jacobs. She is 79 y.o. and underwent a left hip replacement via anterior approach 4 months ago. She can use a walker independently and climb stairs independently. She has a history of knee arthroscopy, hypertension, high cholesterol, and congestive heart failure. She becomes SOB after 20 minutes of standing due to fatigue. She has follow-up appointments with an orthopedist in 10 days and her cardiologist at the...

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