MANSFIELD HEALTH & FITNESS CENTRE owner Steve Ward has a degree in Physical Education and Outdoor Education and years of experience assisting people, from first timers to Olympians, attain their goals in health, fitness and wellbeing.
OUR FACILITY aims to cater for all fitness and rehabilitation needs regardless of age or body type.
OUR TEAM is committed to providing meaningful exercise regimes which promote participation for life. Experience has proven quality is far better than quantity and we emphasise training smarter not harder
OUR EXPERTISE is conducting evidence based fitness classes and programs, whether that be small group training sessions, one on one or one on two.
OUR BELIEF is “lifestyle” fitness is about putting you in a position where you can participate in activities that present themselves rather than having to say “I don’t think I could do that” or or "I don’t think I'm fit enough for that".
"Mansfield Health & Fitness Centre was conceived through a lifelong interest and involvement in Physical Activity.
As the youngest of 7 children born in the Ovens Valley, some of my earliest memories are virtually running through the bush to keep up on hikes through the nearby hills and mountains. On reflection we were encouraged to get out and explore our surroundings. Playing tennis on the highway seemed the "norm", probably because it was the flattest surface! The nearby Ovens river occupied many summer hours, although I spent far more time climbing trees to jump from than developing my swimming skills.
A passion for skiing was the catalyst for my interest in training for an activity. I quickly realised that with a relatively limited season, it was important to be able to "go hard" and make the most of each day. Running on the nearby railway line seemed the obvious choice to improve my balance and concentration as any mistake ended in bruised ankles! The discarded grocery boxes provided an ideal tool for various forms of lateral jumps to mimic the action of skiing (later I would learn I'd been doing plyometrics). Although I didn't know their names, Tricep Dips and various forms of pull-ups seemed to mimic the action of race starts.
Secondary school at Myrtleford provided an opportunity to try various other sports but skiing remained the main passion.
A degree in Physical Education and Outdoor Education seemed the logical choice, so it was off to what is now Deakin University. During my time in Melbourne I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work part time in a corporate health centre. This gave me valuable insight into the importance of remaining active throughout life.
An offer to establish an outdoor education program and live near the snow seemed to good to be true. The downside was it meant leaving my position in corporate health which was another growth area.
Being young and idealistic, an offer to teach Physical Education at Mansfield provided a great opportunity to develop a lifelong interest in Health and Fitness in adolescents! It is an underestimated honor to be involved in the development of so many lives, most of whom have gone on to make positive contributions to the communities in which they live.
During this period I was very fortunate to work with students who were keen to develop their fitness for various sporting pursuits, many of whom are still actively involved. Some chose to pursue their sport to elite international level. Aaron Place in mogul skiing, Josh Fraser in AFL, Simon Gerrans in cycling, Victoria Mitchell in athletics and Chumpy Pullin in snowboarding. Each of these elite athletes have demonstrated what is achievable from a relatively isolated area.
It is a pleasure to work with a very broad cross section of the community who are recognising the importance of maintaining their fitness to ensure they can enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle."