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Adrian Barei - Clinic Owner and Principal Physiotherapist


Adrian completed his Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia in 1994. He then spent 2 years in the public health system before entering the world of private practice.

Early in his career Adrian worked in a sports physio clinic and provided physio services to the South Australian Cricket Team, SANFL and AFL footballers, Australian Team Track and Field athletes and provided team physio sponsorship to the St Peters Old Collegians Football Club and the Burnside Rugby Union Club.

In the late 90’s he started a hobby business from his spare room selling swiss balls to other physio clinics and gyms. This hobby blossomed into “SmartBall”, a company which provided high quality exercise balls and other exercise equipment and ran clinical exercise workshops and tailored exercise programs throughout Australia.

After SmartBall, Adrian took over Peak Physiotherapy, which was part of a multidisciplinary occupational health clinic. Here he gained an intimate knowledge of the Workers Compensation system and how to best help injured workers recover and return to work. During this time, he developed and provided Manual Handling Training Programs and Ergonomic Assessment Protocols to many individual workers and organisations.

In 2017, shortly after selling Peak Physiotherapy, he returned to the University of South Australia for post graduate study. Late in 2018, after many long nights finishing assignments, he completed his Masters in Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Sports). Armed with this specialised knowledge and new skills, he founded Podium Physio; a sports-focused, full-service physio clinic.

Adrian Barei - Professional Bio


As a primary school student, Adrian enjoyed many team sports, but mostly liked running. From the simple pleasure of playing “chasey” at lunch times, he developed a love for athletics and joined the local Little Athletics club where he excelled at middle distance and jumping events. When starting high school, he was introduced to the Pole Vault, and focused his attention on this event for the next 13 years.

He competed at numerous junior and senior national championships, winning the U/20 national pole vault championship in 1990, and went on to represent Australia on 4 occasions in his event. The highlight of his athletics career was competing in the pole vault at the World University Games in Japan in 1995, against some of the best vaulters in the world. He retired in 1998 with a lifetime personal best of 5.30m.

After many years without a competitive outlet, Adrian began to get out his old steel mountain bike for a bit of 2 wheeled fun on weekends. As is often the case with new cyclists, the glorious freedom that riding a bike provides, proved to be the catalyst for a new fitness hobby, which eventually transformed into a regular rigorous training regime. Within a few years he bought a carbon frame bike (or two), adopted cleated shoes, lycra, chamois shorts, and developed a mild (moderate?) coffee addiction. The metamorphosis to a full MAMIL was complete.

Now Adrian is an avid cyclist, and particularly enjoys riding in the Adelaide Hills. He has participated in numerous amateur events such as L’etape Australia, BUPA Challenge, Amy’s Ride, Coast to Coast and local Bike SA Grand Slams.

In 2017 Adrian and his wife set out to tick off some bucket lists dreams, by cycling the iconic mountain passes in Italy. In preparing for this trip, he was able to find out first-hand how people without a sports background (i.e. his wife) sometimes struggle with the demanding training that comes so naturally to athletes. It gave him a true appreciation for how he can assist clients to achieve their health and fitness goals.

Both Adrian and Vivien experienced an unforgettable week in the Dolomites and Italian Alps, conquering the mighty Stelvio Pass, the Mortirolo, the Gavia, the Giau and the Sella Ronda.

View from the top of the Stelvio Pass

View from the top of the Stelvio Pass

In 2019 Adrian and Vivien returned to Europe, following week 2 of the Vuelta a España and climbing some more glorious mountains. While the super sharp Machucos and the never-ending Alto de la Cubilla were highlights, nothing compared to the fearsome Angliru, 13 kms of vicious, quadriceps burning inclines. Reaching the top of this beast was reward in itself.

On top of the Angliru

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