Tanya Cates is an exercise physiologist, she also conducted research into the concept of ‘engagement’ and children’s participation in physical activity. Beginning with a degree in physical education and a fondness for health promotion this lead her to Sydney to deliver corporate health programs. She returned to Melbourne to complete a postgraduate diploma in exercise physiology, during this time combining a health promotion role for Arthritis Victoria and teaching at Penola Secondary College. Tanya successfully attained a role as a Lecturer in Anatomy in the School of Human Biosciences to many allied health and bioscience degrees and, patient evaluation for students studying Prosthetics and Orthotics. She has since taught at a number of universities developing traditional and online flipped classroom educational design.
During her 15 years of University Lecturing, Tanya Cates simultaneously maintained instructing group exercise in the fitness industry, work as a Pilates practitioner and the completion of a PhD.
Tanya Cates’ fitness industry career as a practitioner, trainer, educator has spanned over 20 years. In an attempt to reduce the musculoskeletal impact of years of fitness instructing Pilates became a part of her weekly routine. Her evolving intrigue of the Pilates method lead her to train as a fully certified Pilates instructor, she has now been teaching over 12 years. Seeking out the origins of the Pilates method Tanya sought further Pilates training in LA and NYC.
The combination of Tanya’s experience as an educator, exercise physiologist, and Pilates practitioner has culminated in numerous work invitations in multidisciplinary clinics and practices. Additionally this presented opportunities to design bespoke professional development workshops for a multitude of allied health practitioner to link anatomical structure to varied forms of movement. Tanya has a passion for movement exploration and helping clients with mobility and strength for high performance and everyday living. She enjoys helping clients understand and be pleasantly surprised by the movement potential they possess.
Research / Publications
Professional Conference Presentations
- Keynote presenter, Austswim ‘Soak it up series’ , 2017
- “Peeling Back the Layers” La Trobe University Innovation & Technology Faculty of Health Sciences Lunchtime Seminar Series (May 2012). Co-Presenters – Sherrie Wentworth, Jenny Corbin and Katie Wiese.
- “A Qualitative Thematic Analysis: Identification of factors related to the engagement of children in physical activity”. Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Poster Presentation (2011) Awarded “Best Health Promotion Poster Presentation”
- “Peeling Back The Layers” La Trobe University Curriculum Learning and Teaching Centre (December 2011). Co-Presenters – Sherrie Wentworth, Jenny Corbin and Katie Wiese.
- “Effects of an exploratory physical activity program on motor skill quality and self-perception in overweight and non-overweight children” 7th National Physical Activity Conference, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport (2009)
- “Preliminary evaluation of an exploratory physical activity program in Victorian Primary Schools”. 7th National Physical Activity Conference, Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport, Poster Presentation, (2009)
- “Physical Performance, Self-concept and Mood in Primary School Children: The Effects