Get to Know Our Exercise Physiologists: Courtney Maher

At Longevity we understand the importance of feeling comfortable with your Exercise Physiologist. In today’s blog we find out all there is to know about our AEP, Courtney, who is based at our Edgecliff location inside Regenesis Fitness.

Courtney started with Longevity Exercise Physiology in August 2018 and hasn’t looked back! She has completed a 4-year Bachelor degree in Exercise Physiology at UNSW and has gained a wealth of experience with mental health conditions, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and intellectual disabilities.

Now let’s really get to know Courtney with these juicy questions!

What is your favourite exercise?

I love the Lat pulldown. It’s a great exercise for building strength in my back and it helps me to maintain good posture for day-to-day activities and for dance.

What do you do for exercise?

I walk, dance, gym and stretch. I aim to walk for at least 60 mins 5 days a week. Some of my favourites are around Centennial and Coogee/Maroubra. I do a long stretch about 3 times a week for around 20-30 minutes. I train upper and lower body strength using a mixture of machines, free weights and body weight at the gym at least 2 times per week. I also take a casual dance class once a week which goes for 60 minutes!

Do you follow any sport teams?

Not really! I try to stay in the loop via my clients, but I haven’t been able to achieve the same level of passion that some people have for team sports.

What is your favourite healthy snack?

Can’t beat Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and some mixed nuts.

What is your best client achievement?

Tough question! There are weekly rewarding moments being an EP. My favourite always is seeing people who had previously never stepped foot in a gym, start to use the gym independently, with confidence and make exercise a part of their lifestyle. I also love helping older people regain mobility and prevent falls as well as helping people overcome injury and the psychological tool it can place on them.

What’s your number 1 tip to someone getting started with exercise?

Seek help and think of it like any other habit. When our tax is due or our car needs servicing we seek help. If you’re new to exercise, have a condition, injury or lacking accountability, see an Exercise Physiologist to help you start on the right track. Exercise needs to become like brushing our teeth- regular and we don’t have to think too hard about it. Here’s 2 ideas for helping form the habit:

-Write out your exercise plan for the week- when, where and how long.

-Leave your exercise clothes out ready or keep them in your car/at work.

3 Fun Facts:

  • I grew up in Eleebana, Lake Macquarie. I’ve been in Sydney for about 8 years now.
  • I have 2 siblings and I’m an aunty, soon to be an aunty again!
  • Favourite chocolate is Lindt Sea Salt.

Interested in a FREE 15-minute gym tour? Come and see the gym, walk around and chat to Courtney and our team of Exercise Physiologists about your exercise options. For more information call 1300 964 002.

Written by Courtney Maher

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