Nordic Walking


Nordic Walking – For any fitness level

Nordic walking is a great low impact all over body workout. It allows you to use your arms to take weight out of your lower body. In effect this strengthens your upper body whilst relieving a bit of tension from knees.

Nordic walking is conducted at Fairfield park which has a great mix of terrain, inclines and stairs. We show you the various ways to approach these environments to make the most out of your poles to assist you in each situation.

An account from a long time See Change Nordic Walker:  Judy Stanton


Nordic walking with Judy and Jen

“What are you doing?” asks one passer by
“Where’s the snow?” asks another.

Little do they know how much fun we are having and what a good workout “walking with sticks” is giving us.

Every Friday morning Jen and I set off with our imaginative and ever patient Trainer, Maree, to explore the wonderland along the banks of the Yarra. We walk along a myriad of different paths through Fairfield Park, so we can workout up hill down dale and across grassy lands. First it was for forty minutes, then an hour now an hour and a half – we’re addicted – because it gives us such a good work out in the fresh air! Jen and Maree have amazing navigational skills and an intimate knowledge of the territory, ensuring that we can always venture further and be inspired by the countryside and our skills to walk competently.



Poles make up hills a “possibility”

When I started I was apprehensive about how I would manage – what with the extra weight I was carrying, the knee problems, poor fitness and overall lack of coordination-but this style of exercise looked interesting and promised to take “some of the weight off my knees” if I could learn to propel myself with skill, using the sticks. I briefed Maree at length-age, physical limitations etc etc. Then I had to learn to be coordinated and not “trip over my sticks”-round and round the oval we went – with chants to memorize the routine and “engage the core” – miraculously after about three sessions I was powering along – much less presure on my knees and an amazing zing of coordination and power and overall exercise.

An absolutely fabulous way to exercise.





Discovering the many tracks of Fairfield Park



Be absorbed by nature

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MCG Stadium Stomp with See Change team

stadium stomp with dateNothing like facing a challenging challenge with a group of team mates to get you going!

We are putting a team together for the MCG Stadium Stomp on Sunday June 26th.  We have chosen to do the 7300 stairs category with an 8:15am start.

In the leadup to the challenge, we will be running a number of FREE Sunday training sessions which will involve lots of stairs both locally and in the city.  A great way to meet other See Changers and get your fitness levels up with a fabulous goal in mind.  I will send out a training schedule to those who will be joining us.

To join our team, select the 8:15am timeslot, register yourself, choose the team name See Change PT.  The team password is peach01 (That is peach zero one).  Make your $70 payment and you are in the team.

Team Name: See Change PT
Team Password: peach01
Course: Full Course 7300 stairs
Wave time: 8:15am
Registration link: Click here to register

This year our costume will be simple and not too embarrassing.  Wear black with red shorts or undies over the top.  We will provide red See Change super hero capes.

We look forward to having YOU on our team.

Maree and the See Change team.

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Mega Garage Sale for Lexi Gem

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Spring cleaning your house but can’t be bothered organising your own garage sale. Join ours and help raise funds to support Lexi-Gem.

Have your own stall, drop off unwanted things, bake some goodies or donate something for the silent auction OR JUST COME AND BUY STUFF!! To stay in the loop about what is on offer, join our facebook event.

Stall holders can donate any percentage of their sales to Lexi-Gem. Contact Maree or Jess to organise stall / donations.

Garage sale items (lots of baby clothes, furniture and toys with lots more to come)
Silent auction
Sausage sizzle
Baked stall

Saturday 7th Nov
9am – 1pm

at See Change PT studio
445 Heidelberg Rd,

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When Hell freezes over!

flamingos  Now that the dust (mud) has settled, we can look back and remember the good times of the Muddy Hell obstacle race.  We have compared bruises and reflected on the highs and lows of what was one of the coldest days of our lives.

On Saturday 4th July, a team of 9 See Changers set out dressed as Flamingos.  We have found the brighter we dress, the easier it is to spot each other on these obstacle races.

muddyOn reflection there were certain obstacles that were a highlight – the Tower of Tyres was one!  Climbing inside a tower of 20 tyres, climbing over a cargo net and down a tower of tyres on the other side.  This was physically and mentally challenging.  Tom, who is not a fan of heights, managed to calmly convince Rose that climbing out of the tower was “not so bad”.  His words and encouragement and Rose’s belief in herself are the moments that keep me coming back to do these events.

There are certainly times where you have a “moment” in these courses.  Michelle’s “moment” came just after she had to back track and find her shoe that had been sucked off in the mud.  Again a friendly team mate, Sarah, shouted some kind words that inspired Michelle to put her shoe back on, throw the sand bag over her shoulder and continue running over slippery mud mountains.


Special mention in this Muddy Hell event goes to Emma who was the only one to have her tutu in tact at the end.

Also Rose who had the most amazing bruises on her knees.  The skull shaped bruise on her right knee is very tough!bruises

Obstacle courses are a great way to amaze yourself at your own abilities. I would thoroughly recommend giving one a try. The See Change team is a great group of people. We range in fitness levels with a variety of phobias that are faced, challenged and overcome on the day.

Our next course will be in November, make sure you let us know you are interested!  You know you want to!

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Muddy Hell 2015

Your chance to enter an Obstacle Course with us.

Would you like to put your hard earned fitness to the test and work towards a challenge this winter? 

Crazy costume yet to be decided, but we are taking recruits for Muddy Hell Obstacle Course July 4th (Mornington Peninsula).  Declan and Maree are taking on the Muddy Hell Obstacle Race this July 4th and would love to get a team together. If you haven’t done one yet, now is your chance!

Runners will get the opportunity to face the most brutal and challenging winter obstacle course event Melbourne has seen so far. You will witness the unveiling of stage two of Peninsula Obstacle Racing Course, Melbourne’s very own world class obstacle racing training facility.

Join the See Change Team and enjoy a bit of fitness and a few laughs with friends – we really don’t take it too seriously!

Contact Jess for details on how to sign up!

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Run Melbourne for MPAN

Community News: Join the Run Melbourne Fun run to support Missing Persons charity.

One of our new community members, Leigh Mathews is taking part in The Age Run Melbourne to support her dear friend Loren. Loren’s brother went missing in 2011 and she has been working to find him, and help other families in the same situation since.

We would love for you to get involved! Please take a moment to read about the great work Loren is doing, or if you’d like to take on the challenge sign up to the team! Trainers Jess and Maree will be taking part in the 5K.

Sunday July 26th.  5km / 10km / Half Marathon / 3km for kids

Details on how to sign up are at the end of this article.

“Run Melbourne is a poignant tradition for MPAN.

In 2011, brother and sister Dan and Loren O’Keeffe registered to run and raise money for Lifeline; a service helping him through his battle with depression and anxiety. Dan went missing two days before the event. His disappearance spurred a campaign imploring the Australian public to help the family to learn if Dan was okay. With unprecedented public support, consistent traditional media and a captivated social media audience, Dan Come Home became the biggest campaign of its kind in the world (

In 2012, family and friends marked the anniversary of Dan’s disappearance by running in Run Melbourne, and raised $10,000 for Lifeline.

The Dan Come Home campaign continued to grow, and a viral social media post led to a confirmed sighting in Queensland. Dan had lost a significant amount of weight, and was very unwell. The time is took for the information to reach the family proved too long, and Dan had moved on and still remains missing.

Families with missing loved ones began contacting Loren seeking advice, which prompted her to found Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN) – a registered charity that provides practical support to the families of the 100 Australians reported missing every day.

In 2013, MPAN ran its inaugural fundraiser – Run Melbourne – and the $18,000 raised built the foundation project: Missing Persons Guide ( The world-first resource has been accessed by over 10,000 people from 117 countries to resounding appreciation from the broadest range of users.

Last year, an even bigger team of committed Australians joined in what is now truly an MPAN tradition, and helped this charity maintain its momentum as it continues to harness people power and embrace innovation in a space that had been long neglected and shrouded in taboo.

In 2015, we’re hoping to reach a target of $25,000 so that we can expand the 100 A DAY ( and Help Find Me ( campaigns, launch a webseries, update the Guide, and continue giving hope to thousands of Australians missing a loved one.

Be awesome, and support a charity that is consistently producing ground-breaking work on a shoestring.”

Signup page to join the MPAN Run Melbourne team is here:

More info on Run Melbourne here:

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Recipe of the Month – June 2015

Poached Ginger Chicken with Spicy vegetables

Serves 2
A very quick and easy dinner to whip up after work.Poached ginger chicken v2

2 cups Chicken stock
1 tbspn Fresh Ginger thinly sliced
1 Chicken breast
1 ½ tbspn Red Curry paste
½ Red Capsicum thinly sliced
Approx. 10 Green beans, trimmed and sliced.
1 bunch Broccolini trimmed and into 5cm lengths
150g low fat Coconut milk
½ tspn Brown sugar


  • Combine stock and ginger in a medium saucepan and bring to boil.  Add chicken breasts and reduce heat to simmer for 10-12 minutes until meat is cooked through.  Remove chicken and set aside to cool.  Shred using 2 forks.
  • Heat oil in wok or large frypan on high heat.  Add curry paste and stir fry for 1 minute or until fragrant.  Add capsicum and beans.  Stir fry for 1 minute.  Add broccolini and stir fry for 1 minute or until vegetables are tender.
  • Add coconut milk and sugar and simmer for 1 minute.  Divide vegetables between 2 bowls.  Top with shredded chicken and spoon over sauce from pan.
  • Can be served by itself or on Cous cous or Quinoa.
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Have You Met Jess?

This months interview is with Jessica Trowbridge, one of our lovely See Change Trainers.

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I have known Jess since I was 12 years old, so I know pretty much everything about her. Basically she’s awesome, and I’m excited for you to get to know her better too!

Jess talks about some tough issues surrounding self acceptance and health, and I think she’s incredibly brave to put herself out there.

Thank you Jess for being so open and honest.

1. Why is health and fitness important to you? 
I’ve been active for a lot of my life. Dance, cycling, running, swimming etc etc. Apart from the obvious physical health benefits, I get a great deal of mental and emotional health benefits from being active. As cliché as it sounds, being active and focusing on my fitness and health goals has really helped me learn more about myself and grow as a person.
Training is my “me time”.

2. What made you decide to become a personal trainer? 
I have been very passionate about dance my whole life, but disliked the seemingly common attitudes surrounding the industry and the ideals and pressures put on young people. I completed a dance teaching course and through that became even more dissatisfied with the whole industry. I took a beat and went back to a “normal” job. I’d been going to the gym for around five years, personal training, boxing, bootcamp, group classes – all the fun stuff – when I decided being a personal trainer was more my style. I felt my passion return for wanting to create something POSITIVE in peoples lives and that hasn’t gone away. I love what I do!

3. What is something not many people know about you? 
I grew up with terrible self esteem. I was always within healthy weight ranges but I never felt good enough, I was angry, I was bitter and cynical and I honestly hated myself. I have struggled with anorexic tendencies, anxiety, depression, and bulimia since my early teens.

My whole self worth was tied up in how I compared myself to others and how I looked and that damn number on the scales. I felt guilty about what I ate, I had panic attacks about what people thought of me and what I said, I would have insomnia and anxiety over how my “life was ruined” or “wasted” because I was a complete failure as a woman because I couldn’t attain this ridiculous ideal of perfection I had put upon myself. It was a vicious cycle I couldn’t get out of.

The scariest thing was, because I had such low respect for myself and my body I also believed that these thoughts and behaviours were normal.

In 2012 some circumstances in my work life changed and suddenly I wasn’t busy anymore. I had time to think and be still and things emotionally and mentally took over. I got to the point where it would take me at least 20 minutes to leave the house because I had to check everything compulsively, my body was in such a state of anxiety and panic I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t eating and I was crying all the time.

I took myself off the the doctor and a psychologist and I was diagnosed with OCD, anxiety and situational depression.

I took some time off work and found out what “not being able to get up” meant. Suddenly everything was difficult and tiring. Getting out of the house, making it through the day, shopping, feeding the cats, going back to work. Funnily enough the only thing that kept me wanting to get up and leaving the house was my personal training sessions. In that 40-60 minutes my anxiety disappeared, I felt light, I could breathe, I felt somewhat happy and my trainer helped me feel like myself for a bit.

The more I learnt about OCD the more I understood where a lot of my previous issues had come from and how to avoid falling back into old routines, vicious cycles and unhealthy mindsets.

All I cared about during this recovery time was getting back to feeling “normal” instead of being constantly stressed and anxious. So I ate. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!!!

If you had have told 21 year old me that I was going to put on so much weight I think you just might have caused a breakdown back then. But now it doesn’t affect me like that. Hitting rock bottom and putting on the weight has actually helped me let go of a lot of those thoughts and attitudes.

I was at my heaviest 8 months ago and also at my happiest. A concept that is foreign but welcome and has continued as I have been losing weight very slowly. I don’t want to fall into old emotional and mental unhealthy ways again and while I still struggle some days, I no longer feel the need to meet a ridiculous ideal.

I’m no longer ashamed of myself, or hate myself. I believe in myself and I understand who I am now and what sort of person I want to be in the world.

I like who I am now :)

4. What do you love about training at See Change? 

The atmosphere and the people. It’s such an awesome place to work and I’m so lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing people!

5. What is your training philosophy?
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY! Get to know yourself.
Train for the love of it and train for yourself!

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Community Spotlight – Clara Davies

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Clara Davies, who has been a part of the See Change community practically since day one (that’s 6 years!).

I remember when I started working as a trainer at See Change I felt a little intimidated by her. She took on every challenge thrown at her, and always with a smile.
She made being fit and healthy look look very easy.
The thing is though, in the last four years of getting to know Clara I have learnt that just like you and me, she has dealt with her fair share of struggles.
It’s been amazing getting to know her as the welcoming, generous and positive person that she is.
In this interview Clara talks about why fitness is so important to her, finding motivation to exercise with a high stress job and dealing with injuries.

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The Annual See Change Christmas Party – Movie Night

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Sunday 14th Dec – Starting at 6.30PM

Come and join the See Change community for a night of Christmas celebrations!

Book HERE! Invite open to family and friends too. 

After the wonderful success of last year’s fundraising outdoor movie night we’re doing it again – just even better this year!

We are getting into the spirit of Christmas to help out one of our clients. Dino’s daughter Lexi has Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and needs intense physio and medical help. We invite our clients to have a fun night out and also help out a local family.

Read about Lexi HERE.

Donate to Loving Lexi Gem by clicking the donate button below. You can also support Lexi by liking her Facebook Page.

Arrive from 6.30PM: This year we are going to do BYO BBQ picnic (we will be providing some BBQ’s for cooking, vegetarian BBQ’s will be available)

Movie to start at dusk: The Lion King – $10 adults, $5 kids 
Come for dinner or movie or both! Make a night of it!

Extra activities: DRESS UP as your favourite Lion King character. Prizes for best dressed.

Face painting, family games, Silent Auctions (donations welcome).

What to bring: BYO Picnic, a picnic rug, cushions or bean bag. Drinks.
Some spare change for popcorn and movie snacks.

As we had last year, alcoholic beverages will be available with the purchase of a raffle ticket (where everyone’s a winner!).

All money raised from the event will go directly to the Loving Lexi-Gem fund.

Bookings at
You can also book through your trainer or email for further details.

One of our client’s has generously allowed us to use her amazing block of land that leads down to the river – perfect for an outdoor cinema – a beautiful place for a wonderful cause.

We hope you can join us! This invitation is open to your family and friends too.

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