Brendan gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education through Otago University and went on to gain a Masters degree in exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation at Eastern Illinois University, USA. In 2005 he received an award as one of the 50 outstanding graduate alumni in the past 50 years of the graduate school.
As well as his Exercise Physiology Masters qualifications, Brendan has completed a number of international courses to make sure that he is up with the latest thinking in health and wellbeing.
He has continued ongoing study throughout the past 30+ years and gained additional qualifications through the CHEK Institute based in San Diego. He gained its CHEK Level II qualification in musculoskeletal corrective exercise in 1999. In 2006, he also gained a Level III status in anthropometry (human measurement) through the ISAK programme.
Brendan also has a strong interest in occupational physiology and gained qualifications in Quantitative Job Demand Analysis in 2005 and Physical Work Performance Evaluation in 2007. Both qualifications were provided by Ergoscience in the United States.
Most years Brendan goes back to the USA to attend the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual conference to keep in touch with the latest developments and equipment.
Brendan is currently studying towards a qualification in Functional Nutrition through the Functional Nutrition Alliance Lab in the USA. Good nutrition is a critical part of achieving and maintaining good health, says Brendan.
“When it comes to nutrition, people get very lost in what approach to take. There’s a lot of nutrition advice around of varying quality. I look at the common ground that reputable professionals agree on and put people on that path. I can give clear guidance and direction in an area that is often very confusing for people.”
Brendan is keen to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for healthy living. His approach is holistic, focusing on the whole body, rather than just a symptom of the problem. Everyone’s physiology is different – Brendan is careful to tailor a programme to what a person can handle.
Success requires more than knowledge and assessments. Brendan is an excellent communicator and encourager, with great interpersonal skills. He creates a programme and an environment that energises people and motivates them to make health and wellbeing a top priority.
Brendan’s passion for healthy living
“I’ve always had a personal passion for health and exercise.”
“An exercise training regime has been a regular part of my life since I was 14. I would never stop doing that because it makes me feel good and it helps me perform my job at a very high level. Working on my fitness and health is not just something I talk about. I do it.”
“I love helping people with complex problems that have not been able to be resolved over a long period of time. My goal is to support people to be healthy and enjoy their lives.”
“I’m always looking for new knowledge in areas that impact on health. It’s a relentless drive in me. I’m always pushing for current knowledge and the best of what’s available internationally.”
“For me, it’s always about looking at the whole-body system.”
“My main mission is to always help my clients or businesses/orgainisations achieve a higher level of function, health, and fitness than they could without my help.”