Shawn has been working as a Personal Trainer since 2006. During his 10+ years in the industry he has continually upskilled himself by completing Degree's at Victoria University; a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Human Movement as well as a Masters in Clinical Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, and undertaking multiple short courses that include both Level 1 & 2 ASCA Strength & Conditioning qualifications.
Throughout those 10+ years of training Shawn has worked with elite and junior elite AFL and rugby athletes in both a team and individual capacity, he has also helped people manage a range of chronic conditions and improve their functional capacity and strength.
Shawn’s passion is helping athletes reach their goals, whether it be rehabbing to get back to competing in their desired sport, or take their performance to new levels. He does this in personal training sessions and group training sessions. All his sessions have a strong focus in lifting weights. He also enjoys helping to pass on knowledge to others, having done some teaching at Deakin University and supervised students on placement.
Mason has a strong education background, having completed two degrees; a Bachelor of Physical education (majoring in Sports science), and Bachelor of Science (majoring in Human Nutrition) from Otago University. Upon completing his university education, Mason made the move to Melbourne in search of a role to apply his knowledge, where he found a role as a personal trainer in 2012.
After a few years of putting into practice his education by training clients Mason, decided to focus on himself and competed in Natural Novice Bodybuilding in 2014, only to realize it wasn’t for him. Not all was lost however, the experience was life changing as he learned the struggles related to weight loss, which many of people face. Having experienced this first hand, he knows what it takes to drop weight and maintain a leaner physique. Mason has helped many clients lose weight and keep it off; to have the body they’ve dreamed of.
Mason relishes the opportunity to help clients to reach their goals, whether it be performance or physique orientated goals. His passion and determination for clients to succeed is matched by his knowledge and experience in the industry. Over the coming year Mason is looking to complete his Level One Strength and Conditioning certification through ASCA, and work with young athletes in strength and conditioning role.
Steven has been a Personal Trainer since 2009. In that period of time he has worked abroad including the U.S. and Europe accumulating experience and knowledge over many years of coaching with various populations and multiple courses and conferences ranging from ASCA, nutrition, periodization of training for sports (Tudor Bompa) and trigger point therapy. He has also had formal education at Macquarie University in psychology & philosophy as well as Swinburne University in the field of nutrition. Steven has also worked in the corporate sector for a number of years within information technology as a manager and coordinator.
Since 2014 Steven has been a registered Powerlifting Australia Coach and has been specialising in developing special strength in athletes as well as dedicated individuals with the patience to become stronger, more durable and able bodied. Steven has coached and continues to coach national speed paddlers, junior high level soccer players, equestrians, powerlifters, young athletes and non-athletes.
An avid reader Steven has a crowded collection of Strength and Conditioning books on athletic performance as well as the development of general strength. He is an extremely passionate individual about making people better, stronger, faster and has spent tens of thousands of hours sharpening his skill set through reading and applying knowledge in practical settings with himself and those he coaches. He firmly believes that theoretical models and practical application need to be integrated for success. Having a structured methodical approach that is adaptable to change is the key to success in any field; strength & conditioning is no different.
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