Gracyn Bower

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Gracyn Bower is a personal trainer at Weight Management Psychology. She is a member of Fitness Australia and has her Certificate III & IV in Fitness from the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers. Growing up exercise was never one of Gracyn’s favourite things to do and it was never a big part of her life until recently when she started her own fitness journey in 2014 completely transforming her life (and loving about 10 kilos in the process). She fell in love with the fitness lifestyle and the enjoyment she found in exercise and healthy living. Gracyn found a whole new level of confidence and happiness and just knew that she had to share it with others. It is this enjoyment and happiness that Gracyn wishes to share with others and is why she loves being a personal training, to help others transform, to grow stronger, healthier and happier and to achieve goals that others once thought were not possible.

Gracyn has been a personal trainer for Goodlife Healthclubs for one year, as well as running her own local boot camps, providing her with experience in a range of settings. Working in a fast paced gym gave Gracyn a first hand look at the benefits and downsides to supposed “quick fix” diets and exercise routines. While many people choose to focus on the positives of such programs, Gracyn continues to believe that focusing on long-term lifestyle changes is far more important then focusing on something that is a quick fix in the short-term.

Gracyn is also an aspiring psychologist, completing her final years of her undergraduate degree in Psychological Science at the University of Queensland. Studying psychology alongside personal training has allowed Gracyn to gain a new insight into why people engage in exercise. Gracyn has always understood the physiological changes that accompany physical activity, but studying has gifted her with new knowledge of the human mind and how various psychological factors interplay with physical activity. Working together Gracyn and Glenn hope to change the future of weight management, to transform the minds of not only individuals wanting to lose weight, but also the trainers who work alongside them, to understand that working towards a long-term lifestyle changes is the key to achieving and maintaining a successful holistic transformation.

Wendy Burke

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Wendy is a personal trainer at Weight Management Psychology. She holds a Cert 3 and 4 in personal training, is a qualified boxing for fitness coach, and holds an Advanced Diploma of Nutrition. She is also in her last year of studying Naturopathy and is a member of Fitness Australia and the Australian Natural Therapies Association. She qualified as a PT in 2013 and embraced it straight away with her philosophy of safe movement with some fun as well – laughter is the best exercise!

Wendy loves working with Weight Management clients as she firmly believes in the connectedness of the mind, the body and the spirit to be happy and healthy in life. She is married with 2 young boys as well so gets the juggle that life can be sometimes.

Previously in a corporate life, Wendy’s change of direction was driven by her own health journey. She was a larger child and became an unhealthy adult. Not because of her size but because of habits (both physical and mental!). The birth of her first son prompted her to begin the journey that has resulted in her changing 5 dress sizes, having a different outlook on life and herself and having a love of activity. She still trains with the same trainer that she started with 9 years ago and regularly checks in with Glenn to make sure her own journey is on track.

Wendy has experience in:

  • Group exercise
  • One on one
  • Family group exercise

Her emphasis when training is to moving in natural ways and focusing on things that will make everyday life easier. She aims to find what exercise you like to do (or sometimes at least the ones you don’t hate!) and this has resulted in her great retention rate. With clients permission she touches base with Glenn so that we truly work as a team to help our WMP clients. Her greatest joys is witnessing clients gain confidence and strength as they see the changes in themselves that movement can bring them.

 

Amanda Stoner

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Amanda Stoner is a personal trainer at Weight Management Psychology.  She is a member of Fitness Australia and has a Certificate III & IV in Fitness from the Southbank Institute of Technology.  Amanda is also a TACFIT Level 1 Field Instructor, and Team Chopper boxing coach.  Being a “chubby” child and bigger teen, since 2013 Amanda has undertaken a life-changing personal health transformation, including releasing over 60 Kilograms, and throughout this process has developed a love for physical activity.

It is this love she wants to share with others, and she finds her satisfaction in helping others achieve their goals, watching them grow, and learn to move in ways they had forgotten or not thought possible. For Amanda, the job is it’s own reward.

For Amanda, movement is therapy and beneficial in so many ways, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. Amanda trains regularly, plays often, and eats well (most of the time). And trys her best to live by Mahatma Ghandi’s adage “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

Amanda has worked in a range of settings, including:

  • One-on-one, couple, and family settings
  • Group personal training
  • Multidisciplinary groups

For us at Weight Management Psychology, Amanda’s gift is in her lived understanding of the challenges of bigger people, and how they become holistically healthier. We also love that, while she has made such a significant personal transformation, she continues to acknowledge the ongoing journey towards greater health, self-acceptance, and life improvement. Whilst, trying to enjoy the present as much as possible, Amanda is excited about the future, and we are happy to have her on the team!

Specifically, Amanda has developed a special interest in physical activity, and:

  • Weight management
  • Enjoyment, motivation, and mastery
  • Social wellbeing
  • Strength and resistance training
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Functional and natural movement
  • Spiritual wellbeing

Amanda is incredibly dedicated to helping people successfully manage their weight and incorporate physical activity into their lifestyle so they can live happy healthy lives at any size.  Since graduating as a Personal Trainer, Amanda has, and has had regular supervision with Glenn, helping her understand physical activity behavior change from a psychological perspective as well as a physiological perspective, and this understanding we believe makes all the difference in creating lasting change for our clients.  Having a personal trainer who understands how to identify relevant exercise psychology issues, listen and work collaboratively with you and the rest of your professional support team, and provide recommendations that are psychologically minded and sustainable for the long-term is key to having a successful experience with your personal trainer, and the effectiveness of our revolutionary psychology-based approach to physical activity is evidenced by her extremely high client retention rate!  With clients’ permission, Amanda and Glenn speak regularly about each client, working as a team with each person to develop a unique approach most likely to succeed for them.