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Understanding Movement: Exercise Physiology

Energy Systems and Cardiorespiratory Response

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$150 + HST


This course is part of our Understanding Movement series. Physiology is a branch of biology relating to the function of organs and organ systems, how they work and respond to stimuli. Exercise physiology is the physiology of physical exercise. This course focuses on the acute responses and chronic adaptation of the energy systems and the cardiorespiratory system to exercise.


The purpose of this course is to introduce Manual Therapists, Kinesiologists, and Personal Trainers to the biochemistry of the human body associated with exercise. The aim to assist the healthcare professional to obtain a clearer understanding of movement and exericse, a tool often prescribed or used as therapeutic intervention with patients.


7 hours

Delivery Model:

In-class or Live Stream 


Module 1: Substrate Metabolism

  • Bioenergetics

  • Calorie

  • Energy Sources

    • Carbohydrates, Fat, Protein

  • Energy Systems

    • ATP-PC​

    • Anaerobic Glycolysis

    • Aerobic Glycolysis

    • Fat Oxiation

    • Protein Oxidation

Module 2: Expenditure and Fatigue

  • Measuring cost of exercise

  • RMR

  • Oxygen uptake and utilization

  • Lactate Threshold

Module 3: Cardiovascular System

  • Anatomy and Physiology

Module 4: Respiratory System

  • Anatomy and Physiology

Module 5: Acute Cardiorespiratory Response to Exercise

  • Heart Rate

  • Stroke Volume

  • Cardiac Output 

  • Blood Pressure

  • Blood Volume

  • Blood Composition

  • Pulmonary Ventilation

  • Ventilatory Equivalent

  • Ventilatory Threshold

  • Regulation of pH

Module 6: Cardiorespiratory Adaptation to Anaerobic and Aerobic Training

  • Heart Size

  • Stroke Volume

  • Heart Rate

  • Cardiac Output

  • Blood Flow

  • Blood Pressure

  • Blood Volume​

  • VO2max

  • Respiratory Adaptations

  • Metabolic Adaptations

  • Muscle Adaptation

  • Anaerobic and Aerobic Training and Performance

Visit the Course Calendar page for information on course dates and location

Read what past participants had to say...

Great review of energy systems and exercise adaptation. I will be going back to school next year and this course has refreshed my memory and allowed me to get on track for studying.

Mariam Korea, Kinesiologist

Hamilton, Ont.

Good refresher. New way to think about client rehabilitation.

C.G., RMT.

Kitchener, Ont.

Great refresher and reminder to apply to our practice.

L.F., RMT.

Grafton, Ont.

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