Zazen Fitness

Get Started with 3  sessions for $97

We encourage listening to your body & a balanced approach to exercise

1on1 Personal Training
Nutrition Coaching

About Us

In English, the word Zazen translates to “Meditative Discipline” and originates from the ancient practice of Zen Buddhism 🙏
Exercise is a discipline and also requires a lot of discipline 💪
We offer a solution to those who feel overwhelmed by exercise 👌
By trusting us you will feel confident, be engaged and enjoy the time you spend exercising 🙌
You’ll know that you are in safe hands with a knowledgeable and experienced trainer 🙋‍♂️
And you will be gently guided in the direction you need to go, whilst being slowly educated over time so you can become a master of your own body 🏃‍♀️

We love what we do 💚

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Thank you for supporting this local family business 🙏

Ash Bedford (CEO and Founder)


My name is Ash Bedford and I’m a Fitness Professional with over 10 years experience. I created Zazen Fitness to provide exceptional services to those who feel overwhelmed by exercise and confused about how to manage their wellbeing. I am currently taking on new Personal Training clients. I lived and worked in Melbourne for 10 years before moving back home to Ballarat in April 2019. I am available for consultation regarding fitness, nutrition and well-being, so please send me an email if you’d like to have a chat.

My philosophy is to make exercise enjoyable, teach people how to master the basics, learn to breathe correctly and efficiently and teach people what good posture is and what that feels like.

The outcomes I have seen from my clients in the last decade are an enormous increase in vitality, wellbeing, strength and balance with a decrease in physical aches and pain as well as improved mental health capacity and mental clarity.

I find my work extremely rewarding and am extremely passionate about all things fitness, health and wellbeing.

When I am not at work I enjoy getting outside in nature and spending time with my family, I have 2 young kids (1 x age 4 and 1 x newborn) and a beautiful wife. We live on a small-scale urban permaculture farm on the outskirts of Ballarat, where I grow a large amount of organic produce, which feeds my family. I love getting down the surf coast when I can to get a few waves, and simply spending time caring for my garden. In between all of this, when time permits, I love being social and catching up for coffee with like minded people, partaking in regular volunteer work in the community, lots of reading and setting some time aside for yoga and meditation.


  • • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
  • • Cert III and IV Fitness (Personal Training)
  • • Cert IV Allied Health Professional
  • • Qualified Yoga Teacher (270hr)
  • • Qualified Nutrition Coach (Precision Nutrition)



1on1 Personal Training

An Individualised training service focusing on your specific goals.

Semi-Private Personal Training

Great value, train with a friend.

Nutrition Coaching

Private Nutrition Coaching to help you eat, feel and live better.

Book Your Limited time special offer Today

This offer is  just what you need to regain control over your fitness, health and well-being. When we meet you’ll be given an opportunity to be heard. It’s your chance to let us know exactly how you feel and what you’d like to change.

This is a powerful place to start. From here we will introduce you to the studio in Wendouree, Nexus Personal Health, and take you through a brief introductory workout so we can further assess your needs. The remaining 2 sessions (30 minutes or book them back to back for a 1 hour session) are your chance to get to know us and start building the foundations. There will be plenty of time to answer any questions that you may have and we will provide our recommendations about training going forward, keeping in mind your schedule, budget and current fitness levels to determine whether it’s the right fit for you.

We encourage you to use these sessions within 2 weeks of starting to get the most out of this offer.

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‘Training with Zazen Fitness has been a truly fantastic experience and I can safely say they are the best I have worked with. I was repetitively injuring myself through poor management until I started at Zazen.
My trainer worked closely with my physiotherapist to design a program that allowed me to build up a powerful strength base, leaving me feeling fitter and more confident in my body than I had been since my early 20's. My sessions were always dynamic and interesting and would always leave me feeling uplifted and satisfied. I highly recommend their services.
Nick Gawler
Project Manager, NAB
"Zazen Fitness was extremely important for my sanity when I first moved to Australia 2 years ago. Originally from Brazil, I started doing 1on1 training in the first month I arrived. I was a little bit down because of the relocation and lots of change. I had no family here and no support and it was hard with just me, my 6 month old baby and my husband. My trainer had such great energy and positivity which helped me to balance myself and stay calm during stressful times. I am so grateful that I found Zazen Fitness when I did. With my next move to New York it’s going to be really difficult to find trainers who live up to the same high standards."
Graziela Gulin
"I have been training with Zazen Fitness for approximately 8 months now. From the very first session my goals were very carefully considered and my abilities assessed thoroughly. And as a result I'm already seeing a huge difference in my strength and control. Every session is specifically planned for me but also flexible to how my body is on that day, and it's fun! My trainer constantly assesses how I'm feeling during and after sessions. They are so positive and encouraging- I love it! Never pushy, just calmly guiding me in the direction my training needs to go. As a physiotherapist, I can highly recommend Zazen Fitness for their expertise and knowledge, calm but fun attitude to training and specific attention to the mind-body connection."
Janetta Macfarlane
“I teamed up with Jack to initially recover from an ankle injury which had immobilised me for a few months - Jack took into account my overall fitness, mobility levels and my goals. He worked up a great plan to get my ankle mobile again and start to push towards my first full marathon. This gave me the confidence to complete it.  Jacks guidance on my overall posture/strength and form has transformed my everyday and keeps me focused on smashing PB’s.  His overall motivation and keen eye to every detail makes each session as unique and engaging as the next, always taking into account my training/racing and work schedules.  Jack has helped me realise the true value of PT and the overall benefits it brings to mind and body.”
Duncan Ross
Marathon Runner
"I have been training with Zazen Fitness for a number of years now and I really enjoy it. I love the flexibility that the sessions provide. The ability to go with the flow and to spin on a dime. I love it when I need a session that is a bit more restorative, instead of intensive, my trainer is able to adjust the way he sees the session running. Attention to form and technique is extremely high. As a chiropractor, someone who is interested in form and wellbeing assurance, I love the Zazen Fitness approach.
Damian Kristof
"Working with Jack helps with my self confidence, lifts my mood, makes me accountable & gives me purpose on days when it’s hard to find motivation. He is a truly amazing trainer! Some recent mental health challenges have made life hard, however, Jack would always manages to give me a great session and bring back my forgotten smile."
Karli-Anne Culling
"Since training with Zazen Fitness twice a week, my overall strength has significantly improved! My sessions are always varied so I never know what to expect and I don’t get bored. My trainer is always mindful of my abilities, however each session brings something challenging! My trainer is also mindful of my wellbeing and tailors each session accordingly. I would highly recommend Zazen Fitness, especially if you’re looking for a kick start and motivation. I leave each session feeling upbeat and positive! I now supplement my training with aquatic exercise and pilates, and compared to a few months ago, have more energy and self-awareness."
Helen Johansen


What is Zazen Fitness?

This video explains who we are, what we do, our values, our philosophy and our mission.

10 Minute at Home Workout

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From Our Facebook

2 weeks ago

Zazen Fitness

Hello Everybody,

We hope your 2020 is going well for you so far.

Sometimes it takes a while to get back in the swing of things and that’s ok.

If you have been committing to some regular training sessions then well done, and if not, well done also.

Our suggestion as you probably know, is always to listen to your body and what it needs.

So, if you feel like you need a bit of a push when it comes to some exercise and need help getting motivated or creating some positive momentum please check out some of our online availabilities at The Woodshed using the link below.

Happy training or Happy whatever else you are doing.

Reach out if you need to chat.

Warm Regards

Team Zazen 😃
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2 weeks ago

Zazen Fitness

Valentines Day is nearly here 💕

It’s Feb 14th if you forgot 😂

And, if you’d like to give the gift of wellbeing to your loved one then please register below 👇

3 x Holistic 1on1 Personal Training sessions for only $97 👌

Location: The Woodshed, Brighton East 💪

Gift cards will be received within 24 hours of purchasing 🙏

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1 month ago

Zazen Fitness

Jack Hancock – Bio 👌

My name is Jack (that’s me on the left) and I’m a Melbourne born and raised Personal Trainer with a large amount of passion, knowledge and experience in the fitness industry.

I thoroughly enjoy working out of The Woodshed where each day I assist my amazing clients to easily and efficiently move their bodies in ways that makes them healthier, more balanced and optimises their performance.

The Woodshed is a great space that caters for regular Mums and Dads, athletes, young kids, elderly clients and everyone in between.

Clients of mine who have children love to make use of the FREE child minding we offer Monday to Friday between 8:30am – 10:30am.

In my sessions you will learn how to move well, with good posture, alignment and technique. You will be guided towards an effective way of staying in shape over a long period of time.

I have extensive experience in pre, peri and post natal clients as well as rehabilitation from injuries, such as ACL, lower back and shoulder. I work closely with your doctor or therapist to manage any specific concerns or imbalances that you may be experiencing.

Outside of the gym, I enjoy spending time with family, playing basketball, being in the ocean and travelling.

Book a session with me online using the link in our Bio.

Bachelor of Exercise Science and Human Movement & Certificate 3 & 4 in Allied Health

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0417 502 309


Nexus Personal Health
3/5 Caravan St
Wendouree 3355

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