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Gary’s background is in personal training. He graduated with a first class honours degree in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Wales and then moved into training personal trainers and coaches and developed a successful nutrition and weight management course, including assessment of behavioural readiness.
This course formed the basis of his doctoral research which he was awarded a PhD for in 2006. His research included specialisation in the multi-dimensional treatment of overweight and obese males.
Gary’s other area of expertise is sports nutrition. He was previously programme leader for both sports nutrition and advanced sports nutrition at Massey University in New Zealand and trained with Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA).
He lectures in nutrition for sport and exercise at Bath Spa and Cardiff Metropolitan Universities and is an Academic Associate member of the SENr.
Gary is also co-director of ‘The Nutrition Academy Ltd’ and delivers the applied nutrition and supplementation course (AfN certified) well as their behaviour change workshop, which has more recently been enhanced by the addition of motivational interviewing (MI).
As an academic practitioner with a wealth of experience, Gary is passionate about raising the standards of nutrition and behavioural change education in the health and fitness industry. He wants the industry to move to a more evidence-based style of behaviour change and nutrition education.
The one-day workshop is delivered by Dr Gary Mendoza.
The days runs from 09:00 to 17:00 and it will be very interactive and practical with all content explained and demonstrated. You will complete and score psychometric tests through the day learning how to score and interpret each test.
On completion of the workshop, you’ll have a full array of psychometric tests at your disposal that will allow you to assess an clients’ behavioural readiness.
Not only that, you’ll also possess a toolbox of techniques you can apply to initiate, change and run a successful weight-loss programme.
All tests and techniques are based on evidence-based research.
If ONE of these 3 component is missing the chances of achieving long-term, permanent weight-loss are very low.
Do you understand how to asses if a client is ready to change and the actions that will help them grow from being in a state of ‘contemplation’ to a fully confident and self sufficient client?
If a client is not in the correct stage of change they will ultimately not succeed in a weight-loss programme. Working with a client who is unsure or carries self doubt is a difficult task, but there are researched, effective and simple techniques to build your clients self efficacy, confidence and knowledge, making your job and their success come far easier.
This NEW one-day workshop will teach you how to psychometrically test a client in order to assess their readiness to lose weight and understand their cognitive and emotional state, allowing to better tailor your lifestyle approach. By assessing a client before they enter your weight-loss programme you avoid inevitable failure. This means clients achieve their desired outcome and your reputation as a trainer is enhanced.
Many clients are in greatly different stages in their journey to better health and these can be categorised.
In conjunction with the psychometric testing skills learnt in the workshop trainers will now be able to track their clients psychological progress as well as their physiological progress. The workshop will give you all the components that a successful weight loss programmes requires and will maximise the client’s chances of succeeding.
Using the techniques taught in the behaviour change workshop the weight-loss system developed in Gary’s research (LEAN Man System) achieved an 86% success rate both in the UK and New Zealand (NZ).
This programme has since been adopted by the Manawatu Public Health region (NZ) for use in the community.