zshepherd

About me

I'm a new trainer, but don't let my lack of training experience deter you from my services, I have been active and exercising my whole life, learning about fitness and health for years, I just finally decided to pursue it as a career and got my qualification in 2014.

I have been through ups and downs in my own fitness pursuits, when I was 17 I had begun playing Australian rules football, it was a sport I picked up very quickly and had natural ability for, it quickly became my favourite sport and I was extremely passionate about it. But unfortunately injrury struck me and I tore my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in my right knee, one of the most important ligaments in the body for sport and exercise. I was out of action for 18 months, being a young person I didn't do very much rehab, I though it would all come back if I just let it heal over time, what a mistake that was... I returned to my footy clubs pre-season and completed it all until the first practice match when I re-injured my right ACL again, I'm now 21 years old and just over 12 months post surgery from the second tear. These injuries have stopped me from playing sport, running around with my friends, and doing my leg exercise for the past 3 and a half years... It has been extremely tough for myself, sport has always been one of the biggest joys I found in life and it has been taken away from me. But amongst it I found out how important exercise is to health, I became unfit in my recovery, became underweight and unhappy with myself physically because of lack of exercise. Now I exercise at least 4 days a week, and look forward to it every time, it has changed my life for the better, I feel better about myself, I'm more confident in every aspect of life because of the benefits of exercise. Health & strength wise. And these are the benefits I wish to share with everybody else!

Services

Expertise

  • Body Transformation
  • Fat Loss
  • Fitness
  • Interval Training
  • Sport Specific Training
  • Strength and Conditioning

Articles

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Mental health habits to promote in your kids

Michael Grose

It seems strange to talk about promoting good mental health in children. Shouldn’t all children naturally have good mental health habits? After all, childhood is supposed to be a pretty relaxed time of life, free from the pressures and stresses that can come hand in hand with adulthood.

Sadly, it doesn’t seem that way. A survey of 10,000 primary-aged students published by Australian academic Michael Bernard in 2007 debunked the myth of childhood being a free and easy time for many kids. He found that 40% of children reported low levels of social and emotional problems; 31% reported feeling very stressed and 20% reported feeling sad or depressed for a week or more. 

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