Meet Gary Wagner, Trainer at Sage Institute of Fitness

There are some people you meet that are just great to be around. Sage Institute of Fitness’ Gary ‘Gaz’ Wagner is one of them. Enthusiastic, positive, energetic, and with an inspiring story to tell, Gary himself is a convincing argument to study Fitness at Sage! We caught up with him recently to have a chat…

Gary, what originally inspired you to work in the Fitness industry?

The idea of positively changing people’s lives through physical challenge first inspired me to become a personal trainer. I was able to turn my life around using exercise as my ‘rock’ by finding direction and passion to overcome a severely debilitating back injury. When I hurt my back, for six months I was unable to stand, sit, or do anything other than lie still on the floor, trying to find some measure of relief. This sparked my desire to help others to do the same and more.

Are there any particular perks about the Fitness industry that you’d like to share?

There are so many perks!  If Fitness is something you are passionate about, the perks are endless! From being in an environment that enables you to learn constantly, to using your creativity in both programming and business planning, to earning a great income – all while rocking up to work in your shorts! The best thing by far though is the people you meet, work and train with. Trust me, you’ll make some great friends.

 “…the perks (in the Fitness industry) are endless! … learning constantly… using your creativity in both programming and business planning, to earning a great income – all while rocking up to work in your shorts!” 

What is your role at Sage Institute of Fitness?

 I am the head of our Fitness programs here at Sage. I’m responsible for the Diploma of Fitness Coaching course content and application including the coaches’ and students’ development.

 Who is in your team?

The Sage Institute of Fitness coaches are my primary team. The coaches work closely together with many departments, including the career agents, who ensure our students get practical placement in the industry and help gain employment after the course, and admin who help with all of our day to day work processes.

Do you have any good tips for students learning anatomy?

Use several methods of learning:  read through your textbook, often students don’t use this primary resource to its full effect; listen carefully to the little tips in lectures that your coach will drop in to remember key anatomy points; re-read your notes and textbook; write out anything that you still feel unsure of; and finally, when you are working out, think and make note of the muscles you are engaging.

How fit do you have to be before commencing a Fitness Course at Sage?

There is no minimum level of Fitness, but you must be willing to work on your own goals. The best personal trainers are not always the most ‘shredded’!

What do you think is most exciting about Fitness training at the moment?

I’m excited by the rising level of professionalism in personal training today. There is definitely a top level of Fitness professionals now that can work alongside allied health professionals, getting their clients even better results from training intelligently!

What makes you really happy?

Regular exercise; good food; working in a field that is my passion, not just my profit; being surrounded by good people that I care about; and helping others to succeed.

 If you could come back in another life and in another form, what would it be? 

 To be honest, I love being Gaz! My life, for all its challenges, is one I’ve made my own. I am truly proud of all my successes. And I’m excited for the future. Still, if I were reborn I’d love to see life as an action movie star in Hollywood…. Either that or come back as Batman!

Where can we find you on Sunday morning?

Hmmm…in no particular order, they would be:

  • Sleeping In
  • Having a ‘tasty brekky’ morning at a cafe
  • Running a training  course for PT’s
  • Taking part in an obstacle course race 

 Sage Institute of Fitness – it’s more than a job, it’s a rewarding career.

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan is the Academic Director at Sage Institute of Education. She oversees learning processes, teaching outcomes, resources and course development. A passionate advocate for bettering standards of training in Australia, she is currently writing her PhD thesis on defining quality training in the Australian vocational education sector.
Vicki Tuchtan

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