Health and Medicine

Uni supports Jarred on his wellness journey

Now a CQUni Mackay Certificate IV Fitness student, Jarred Baggow tests his strength on a seated bench press. Image supplied by CQU

When CQUni Fitness student Jarred Baggow looks in the mirror these days, he almost can’t recognise himself.

“This time in 2016, I was battling depression and alcoholism and I was more than 30 kilograms heavier,” he admitted.

In 2016, a scare from the doctor left Jarred with only one option: To turn his life around.

“My health had deteriorated and the doctor said if I don’t make positive lifestyle choices, I may not be alive to walk my daughters down the aisle or see any grandchildren,” he said.

The fourth generation South Sea Islander/Aboriginal credits his family and his CQUni Certificate III and IV in Fitness studies in helping him with his health and wellness journey.

“Studying Fitness has ignited my life-saving passion for physical exercise,” he said.

“My family have been an incredible support base; they’re doing the hard yards right alongside me; enabling me to postpone working so I can study right now and get my health back on track.”

“Since coming to CQUni, both my mental and physical health have improved.

“I’m now pro-active and positive; I’m no longer that person who expects others to feel sorry for them.”

Due to complete the Certificate IV Fitness in 2017, Jarred wants to use his newfound knowledge and skills to help others turn their lives around, just like he did.

CQUni Mackay Fitness teacher Linda Nugent believes Jarred is ‘destined for great things’.

“Jarred is positive and passionate; he attends class motivated and ready to learn more about fitness, exercise, and how he can assist others to realise and achieve their health and fitness goals.”

“It’s a real credit to him that he has not only improved himself but that he wants to use his story and experiences to inspire and motivate others to greatness too.”

Face-to-face Fitness courses in Mackay take place in CQUni’s $250,000 state-of-the-art gym at the City Campus on Sydney Street.

Jarred offers the following tips on where to start in the gym:

Workout without wearing out

Before rushing into a new gym routine, make you’ve received adequate instruction on how to use each piece of equipment.

Exercise Example: Using a bench press

  • Adjust the height of the machine so your legs are at a 90-degree angle to your hips.
  • Choose a manageable weight: don’t let ego get in the way!
  • Keep your feet firmly on the ground for back support.
  • Maintain the natural curve of your spine to avoid unnecessary stress on other parts of your body (don’t flatten your back against the rear pad).
  • Activate your core, put your chest out proud.
  • Place arms at a 90-degree angle to your chest.
  • Keep your elbows soft (don’t lock them) when you push through, and return.

Source: CQU

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