Training at Cultivate Wellness!

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Cultivate Wellness is a small intimate functional training studio. There are several options when it comes to training at the studio. We offer group classes, one on one personal training sessions, couple’s sessions and our buddy sessions. Functional fitness to us is using our bodies the way they were created to be used. Using the seven primal movements such as push, pull, squat, lunge, twist, walk and hinge we create fun exercises to do in a group or private session. There is an option for everyone, and every exercise has alternatives from beginners to the more experienced. You have the option to have measurements and photos taken however we appreciate that this is not for everyone so there is absolutely no pressure for this to be done.

Below is a brief outline of how each session is run. Each class or session lasts between 45-60 minutes. They consist of strength, conditioning, cardio and body weight exercises using several training styles such as circuits, HIIT, tabata and EMOM. 

Group classes are capped at a 12 people per session.

One on one sessions are for those wanting to exercise in private. These sessions are tailored around your goals and fitness level.

Couples sessions are available for those that want to train with their partner, family member or friend.

Our buddy sessions are for three to five people. They are a semi-private session aimed at allowing small groups of friends and/or family to train together.

No matter how you like to train, or who you like to train with, we cater for everyone’s individualised needs.

To find out more call me now on 0427751148 or DM us on Facebook or Instagram as well. https://www.cultivatewellness.com.au/contact/

WOW! What a week!

We were extremely busy this week at Cultivate Wellness. We had 2 new members join our family. Welcome to those new members. I’ve had so much fun helping people work towards their fitness and life goals. It gives me so much pleasure to see people grow and knowing that I have been a part of that. To have a client tell me that until now they have never really enjoyed exercising and now they love it is so heart-warming. It reminds me of watching my children grow and experience new things and how much joy that bought me. Cultivate Wellness is now my baby and brings me the same level of joy.

Family sessions

Back in September the first of our beautiful daughters was married. Sarah married her childhood sweetheart Cody. They have been together for 10 years and have grown together. Cody has been by Sarah’s side for the past 10 years and was a massive support to her during her surgery 5 years ago. They have such a beautiful and fun loving relationship. Their wedding day was amazing. Everything was just perfect including the weather. Three weeks prior to their wedding they told their families that they were having their first baby. We were all so happy. Three months prior to their wedding we started what we call ‘family sessions’ at Cultivate Wellness. These sessions are done 4 times a week and they are for both our family and Cody’s family. The banter and fun at these sessions is so much fun. Michelle, Codys mum, just loves them. She especially loves wall sits -NOT. We have a lot of fun and not everyone turns up every day but for the most part it is a full house on Monday and Thursday nights. Cultivate Wellness is all about family and we pride ourselves on making everyone feel like part of the Cultivate Wellness family.

Introducing Cultivate Wellness

Cultivate Wellness | Motivate, Move, Grow

Welcome to Cultivate Wellness! Now that you know a little bit about me, it’s time to get to know Cultivate Wellness and what we can do for you! I am so excited to share the launch of my new website for you to stay in touch and stay up to date with what Cultivate Wellness offers each week in personal training, couple sessions, group sessions and classes. Cultivate Wellness is here for you to learn more about the health & wellness journey that’s possible for you. 

Located in North Dubbo, we are designed to create the workout that best suits you and your goals. Whether you’re a seasoned trainer, returning after a break or brand new to working out, we have a training session that is the right fit for you. 

My passion for health and wellness began about 10 years ago when I experienced first-hand the improvements, both mentally and physically, that training and good nutrition had on my life. Since then I have not only travelled my own health and wellness path, I have also gained knowledge and skills to help others travel theirs. Through continued education, my goal is to empower and motivate others to live their best lives whilst offering them support, knowledge, guidance and skills to obtain not only their fitness goals, but their life goals. 

As a certified fitness trainer, I carry the following qualifications to help you on your fitness journey. 

– ZUU Bronze Certification

– Certificate III & IV in Fitness

– Fundamentals of Functional Fitness

– Fitness Australia registration number 153721

I believe in a balanced approach to health & wellness, with my qualifications in Levels 1, 2 & 3 in Wellness Coaching indicative of my holistic approach to helping you achieve your goals. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions or for more information, as anything is possible at Cultivate Wellness. I can’t wait for us to start to work together on your journey to a fitter, healthier you.

Get to Know Me – Part Two

My logo for Cultivate Wellness incorporates the lotus flower, which symbolises growth,  potential, health and beauty. The conditions that produce a lotus flower are adverse and muddy, and this is an appropriate metaphor for Cultivate Wellness. A beautiful life and growth are not always from ideal circumstances, and like the lotus flower, I have grown through adversity to be who I am today.

After Dad passed away, Annette’s cancer returned and this began genetic testing within the family. I tested positive for the BRCA 1 gene putting me at a much higher risk of getting breast and/or ovarian cancer than the average woman. I went straight into survival mode. I made appointments with doctors that specialised in the gene to gather information about my options. With information overload, the question was, “Do I or don’t I have my breasts and ovaries removed?” After all, I had finished with them, but they were a part of me. They were what made me a woman. 

I remember the moment I made the decision. I was home alone playing out a conversation in my mind, telling my girls that I had cancer. It was at that moment I saw my situation as a gift.
A gift of never having to have that conversation.
A gift to make choices that Margy and Annette could not.
A gift to see my children and their children grow up without the constant worry of getting cancer.
Who wants to live with that over their heads forever? I sure didn’t. 

In December 2009 I had a full hysterectomy and in March 2010 a double mastectomy with reconstruction occurring over the next six months. Whilst going through my surgery was a very emotional time for me, nothing could have prepared me for the fact that Sarah and Vanessa, at 19 years old, decided to be tested to see if they carried the mutated gene. Nessie tested negative whilst Sarah tested positive. Sarah decided at 21 years old to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction. I initially had very mixed feelings, but given both Margy and Annette were so young when diagnosed, the reality soon set in that it could one day be my daughter. To say I was extremely proud of the way my family rallied in support of Sarah and her decision is an understatement.

Sarah a few days post surgery
My brothers and sisters with me a few days post surgery

Navigating my own health concerns, and those of the people I loved most inspired me to pursue my own health & wellness journey. In 2012 I took up running and would run up to five mornings a week. Over the next four years I tried outdoor fitness groups, crossfit and personal training. I changed the way I cooked and what I ate. I started to feel and see results both physically and mentally. I loved learning how to move my body through functional training.  

I gave up my administration job in 2016  to help take care of my elderly in-laws. This change allowed me the time to start studying. I obtained several health, wellness and fitness certificates and I continue to study to increase my knowledge and develop my skills as a trainer.

In July of 2017 I become a nanny for the first time to my beautiful granddaughter Olivia (or Olly as we call her). It is amazing how much joy someone so small can bring to a family. She is the apple of my eye and is surrounded by so much love. Olly is an absolute treasure and has such a beautiful soul. It is my wish that with five daughters I am surrounded by a tribe of grandchildren. I love my children so dearly but to love a grandchild adds another dimension again.

Isn’t Olivia just the cutest? She is the apple of my eye.

I began Cultivate Wellness in late 2019. It is my goal to create a community environment for people of all ages, fitness levels and walks of life to train and exercise in. An environment where clients will feel safe, secure, comfortable in their own skin and supported by those around them – removing any intimidation they may otherwise have felt. 

Making positive lifestyle changes takes time and discipline. I am still making changes. Progress takes time. Changing habits takes time. Falling off the wagon is normal. What matters is that you get back up, dust yourself off and continue on. Stay positive, consistent and be patient with yourself and great things will happen. 

Get to Know Me -Part One

For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Kathy McAneney and I am 52 years old. I have a passion for health and wellness. I love functional fitness training and have a passion for cooking and eating healthy food. I am a mother, a wife, a nanny, a daughter and a sister. Family is everything to me. 

I was born and raised on the northern beaches of Sydney. I am the second youngest of five. I have three older siblings, two brothers and a sister. There is a seven year age gap between me and the next eldest, then an 18 month gap between myself and my baby sister, Margaret (or Margy as we call her). Margy and I have always been very close as we grew up together. By the time we were approaching high school, our three older siblings were off doing their own things. I was a typical teenager; I knew everything and couldn’t be told otherwise! My mother will tell you that I was her worst teenager but I think my second oldest brother takes that award. The jury is still out!

I was working in Grace Bros (now known as Myer) when I met and married my first husband in 1991. We moved to Warren in Central NSW two weeks after we were married and stayed for five years. What a culture shock for a northern beaches girl! In 1994, whilst living in Warren our beautiful IVF twin girls, Sarah and Vanessa, were born. My kids are my world. 

We left Warren and moved to Dunedoo for six years, and then onto Dubbo in 2002 where I have lived ever since. Sadly, in 2004 my marriage ended, but we have remained great friends. I chose to stay in Dubbo so I could still be the hands on mum that I love to be. I had always worked in retail or office administration and I knew I wanted to do something more, I just didn’t know what that something was.

My sister Margy and my cousin Annette have both had to fight their individual battles with breast cancer. Watching people you love go through such a struggle is extremely difficult. Annette was in her late-twenties when first diagnosed and Margy in her mid-thirties; both far too young. As a big sister I always felt it was my job to protect Margy, however I soon realised that I was helpless in this situation other than to provide support and a shoulder when she needed it. 

Annette, myself and Margy

My Dad was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma at 61 years old and sadly we lost him in 2009. Losing him absolutely devastated me. Shortly before losing my Dad, I met my now husband, Brian. I am so pleased that my Dad and Brian had the opportunity to meet before Dad died. Brian has always been a constant support and rock for me. We married in 2015 and I now have five beautiful daughters.

 I love this photo of my dad taken 18 months before he died. That smile just melts my heart.

I love this photo of my dad. That smile just melts my heart.

To be continued…