Q&A: Exercise Physiologist Stacey Pine

Published on April 18, 2018
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Stacey Pine is an exercise physiologist with a background in Pilates who understands that people with children want to be able to get stronger and fitter but don’t have a lot of free time. Her fitness business Progressive Motion perfectly suits the lifestyle of busy parents and people on-the-go. 

Sharon went to a session and chatted to Stacey about her exercise philosophy while she was there. 

I went into my session with Stacey focused on one thing – building strength in a safe way. I have been through several different exercise programs and each time ended up quitting because my body couldn’t handle it. At one point I ended up with bursitis and tendonitis from overdoing weights.

Additionally, I have Pyrroles Disorder (a zinc and B6 deficiency), so I need to avoid high-intensity exercise. Let’s just say I was apprehensive about how Stacey could help me after so many failures.

We started on a high note when my kids spotted the exercise room, which doubles as a playroom. I didn’t hear a peep out of them the rest of the time we were there. I have heard that during Stacey’s regular mums and bubs classes she is regularly juggling at least one little one around so everyone gets a chance to work out.

Stacey’s fitness advice was very practical and time effective. The exercise sequence, which she emailed me afterwards, could be completed in just 10 minutes per day. It’s such a doable amount of time for a busy mum.

Since I started doing these exercises, I have felt much stronger, and I look forward to doing them each day. Even though I miss a day every so often, I am building a good foundation for my strength training. I have even created a pull-up bar outside the house so I can do some additional exercises that she suggested.

After feeling out of my depth for so long, with this program, I felt like I could master the basics and then move on to more complex skills. Stacey even followed up to make sure I knew what I was doing and that I wasn’t facing any challenges.

Stacey was kind enough to answer some questions about her exercise philosophy and how she helps people with their fitness goals during our session:

Why do you do what you do?

It brings me so much joy to empower people with knowledge and movement skills that can make them better. I think I got into this field as a natural “caretaker” that wanted to help take away people’s pain and suffering, but the magic is in helping people heal themselves.

What is your background?

I have a Bachelor of Science in Human Movement from the University of Alberta in Canada and am accredited in Australia as an Exercise Physiologist. I am also a certified STOTT PILATES instructor, and have studied chronic pain management, perinatal exercise, fascia and fitness, and more!

What about your work makes you smile?

Watching people have “lightbulb moments” or doing something they didn’t think they would be able to do. Seeing people progress and bringing more movement into their lives.

What is the biggest challenge facing your clients?

Modern life means finding ways to improve movement throughout the day, every day, has to be the biggest challenge for most of us. I only see people for an hour, sometimes two in a week. They might exercise for 10 minutes or an hour every day. But that leaves a lot of time to do things the human body was most likely never designed to do; sit in chairs, drive cars, stare at computers, and live in a constant state of stress and busyness away from our “natural habitat” (nature).

What makes you different to a physio or a fitness instructor?

There is some overlap with other health and fitness professions, but some distinct differences as well. As Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs), we do not clinically diagnose injuries and conditions, or employ “hands-on” therapies like a physiotherapist may use. With a University degree and a thorough accreditation process, we have the knowledge to treat a wide range of conditions with exercise. Most of our clients come to us with a known condition looking for specialists in exercise rehabilitation. There are some amazing personal trainers out there with vast amounts of knowledge, but in general, PTs and fitness instructors stick to “healthy bodies” and we deal more with pain, injury, disease and chronic conditions.

What advice would you give our readers?

That you are more than just a bunch of body parts. The rehab field is changing radically to a model that looks at you as a whole being with biological, psychological, and social aspects. Please make sure you have a healthcare team that really listens to and empowers you. And of course, the best exercise is one that brings you joy!

Stacey is based in Attadale and also offers mobile private and small group consultations for people looking to improve their strength and fitness. She also offers a 30-day online program which you can access here so you can start to get on track in your own home.

Download Stacey’s free movement cheat sheet and activity log to help you start building a more movement rich lifestyle without needing any extra time in your day!

Sharon Pegrum

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