Harriet (Harry) Daly;
"Martin was recommended to me through
a colleague who had been training with him for a couple of years
already. My initial aim was weight loss – I was out of shape and
probably my heaviest. But after a few months, while the weight did
begin to drop off, my priorities totally shifted and I was more
interested in boosting my fitness and building some muscle! Every
session was different, and Martin was great at gauging my mood and
adapting the session accordingly. I had never really been exposed to
weights before, and am now in a position where I feel I have the
experience and technique to be able to use them in a gym on my own.
I thoroughly enjoyed training with and chatting to Martin three
times a week, and would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking
to improve their fitness, whatever their level!"
(Harry after beating
her PB with the Push and Pull Challenge)
Smith; "I started
running some years ago in order to improve my fitness, all was going
fine until 8 months ago when I suffered an injury to my left knee. I
was given a crutch to hobble about on until it healed & a diagnosis
that I would never run again.
This news just made me utterly miserable until a friend encouraged
me to contact Martin with the words "I guarantee you will be running
again if you do as Martin says".
He has shown me how to improve my posture, my running technique and
core strength. Last month I completed the Tewkesbury Half Marathon
in 2 hours 4 mins and am now training for the Cheltenham Half in
September. My aim is to improve on my time and hopefully finish
under 2 hours, Martin assures me this will happen.
If you too have a similar story or simply wish to start running then
I would highly recommend you give Martin a go."
(Debs and myself -
Westwood; "Early one
Sunday morning back in October 2014, I watched the Yorkshire
Marathon on TV and thought “that’s the one for me”, but was
extremely nervous and completely doubted myself. Martin suggested
that I pre-register and make a decision once the race entries opened
- no pressure and plenty of time to think about it. In January 2015
I registered and got my place.
Martin started at the beginning with my fitness, looking at my
running style and overall condition. I soon found out my legs were
all over the place due to tightness in the hips and glutes and I had
very little core/body strength.
Martin spent a few months working on my getting my body into shape.
Each week my training session was different, although working the
same muscles, there were so many different exercises Martin got me
to do, it never got to be routine and you never knew what he had
planned for you.
family, we had some devastating news at the end of June, my 20 year
old nephew Jack, lost his core vision over night and was diagnose
with Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON) which is an
inherited form of vision loss and is now registered blind. Jack is
also being tested for MS. I decided to run for 2 charities and this
would be my motivation throughout my training and 26.2 miles.
July, Martin started me on my marathon training. Week 1 consisted
of running 2 miles 4 times a week. On my 2nd run my achillies was
sore, by the 4th run I was in agony. Quick trip to a chiropractor
who diagnosed ‘Acute Achillies Tendinopathy’ – rest for 3-6 months!
Running would not snap the achillies, but it would not heal until I
rested it. In a flood of tears I told Martin, who was calm and
reassuring that he would find a way to get me through this, as he
knew this was not just about me running for me, but I was running
for my nephew.
take the pressure of the achillies, but maintain my fitness, Martin
set up a training plan of cycling and walking. Each week would
consist of 3 rides, Martin started me with 2x10 mile and 1x20 mile
ride (my average for a normal week is 4 miles!) and steadily built
to 20/10/40 miles. In total I covered 230 miles in 4 weeks. When
not cycling I was walking, keeping to 4mph. Again Martin set
realistic distances and slowly increased the time/distance. The
longest walk was 12 miles in 3 hours. After every activity it was
the faithful ice bucket to keep the inflammation down. I still
continued a weekly gym session with Martin, who carefully
constructed all exercises not to aggravate my achillies.
now August and my marathon is in October - let’s start running!!
Martin set up a fantastic programme of running for a certain period
of time and then walking to take the strain off the achillies. He
slowly increased my running time and listened to my feedback after
every run, until we found a comfortable routine: 16min run and 8min
walk. My furthest run/walk was 22 miles in 4hr 20min – this was the
realisation that I was actually going to finish my marathon.
was no normal run of the mill marathon programme and Martin got it
spot on - on 11 October 2015 at 9.30am I started the Yorkshire
marathon. Without Martin’s vast knowledge of running, body
condition and the awesome training programme I would not have made
it to the start, but I did and I also finished it with the biggest
Martin is such a positive and highly motivated personal trainer and
truly believes in you and your goals."
(Sarah and myself
at the finish of the Cheltenham ˝
at the finish of the Yorkshire Marathon 2015)
Holguin; "I have been
going to see Martin for 2 years and I find that he is great at
adjusting my training plans to my individual goals. He is really
good at knowing how far he can push you, and is good at motivation
you to keep going. The biggest impact Martin has had on me had been
with my running. I have always done 5k and 10ks but have always been
really slow and found I could never progress because I would always
get injured. I was once told by a physiotherapist that due to my
hyper mobility I would never be able to do any form of long distance
running. Martin has taught me more about running and about proper
technique. He has put me through a lot of strength training
specifically designed for running so that my joints are protected
and my form is correct. Over the past year he has helped me drop 4
minutes off my 5k time, 6 minutes off my 10k time and got me to a
place where I was able to compete in two half marathons in the space
of a month, my first sprint triathlon, an aquathlon, three 10ks and
a 5k. His training has given me the confidence in my running that I
never had before, I feel strong and able to go longer distances and
because of that I have now signed up for the Paris Marathon. I am
confident that with his help I will get there.”
(Hayley - Birmingham ˝
(Hayley and myself
- Cheltenham ˝
"About 8 months ago, my wife
and I started seeing Martin in order to try and get back in shape.
We had not been doing any regular exercise for a number of years and
our fitness levels were pretty low, so the first few sessions were
quite hard work! After a few weeks of training I decided that I
needed a target to work towards and decided to train for a
half-marathon. I have never done any long distance running before,
and so asked Martin to see me through the process. He set me a
personalised training programme each week, gradually building up my
core strength and fitness levels, as well as examining my running
style and technique in order to iron out any potential problems.
Each week he monitored my development and adjusted the programme
accordingly, ensuring that each week was always challenging but
manageable. He was very effective at adapting the programme even
when I was unable to do my training due to illness. Having just
successfully completed the half marathon, in a much better time than
I anticipated, I can happily say that Martin’s training programme
really enabled me to meet my goals and I would certainly not have
been able to do it without his guidance and encouragement.
Throughout the whole process he has been extremely encouraging and
motivating, and I am looking forward to working with him again to
meet my next challenge!"
(Jonny and myself - Cheltenham ˝
"Back in September last year I
had hurt my knee running and was putting up with terrible tension
aches and pains in my shoulders. I was sleeping badly and felt
completely sluggish and unfit. My running friend kept suggesting I
went to see Martin because he had really helped her overcome her
knee problem and got her running again. I resisted, presuming that
there was little anyone could do for me in the fitness realm. I
would just have to accept my aging body was reminding me that the
years were knocking on!
After a few months of putting up
with my hurts I decided to take the plunge and see Martin. I would
tell him that I just wanted to reach 50 being flexible and firm in
parts (!), even if I couldn’t shake the aches and pains. Doing
something rather than nothing had to be a positive step in the right
direction, I told myself.
What happened in a matter of
weeks was extraordinary. Martin talked through my knee injury and
shoulder pains and discussed what I hoped to achieve by going to see
him. To my surprise, he said that before we could do anything else,
he would have to fix my knee and back aches. Was this possible?
That very first session he got me doing a few exercises and quickly
worked out the sorts of things we would need to be doing. The first
session went so fast. It was nothing like I imagined being in a gym
would be – lots of short, sharp exercises using a variety of
equipment and lots of discussion about how the body works and how we
need to wake up sleepy muscles (who knew?!).
It turned out that I was
lopsided! One shoulder higher than the other and all the time I had
been carrying myself awkwardly and putting pressure in all the wrong
places. My knee was not the problem at all either – to fix the pain
I needed to strengthen my core and my glutes to take the strain away
from my knee. After the first 2 sessions and a few exercises in
between, my burning shoulder pains began to subside and for the
first time in ages I began to sleep better. Bizarrely, I found that
my outlook changed and I was actually feeling fitter.
Suddenly I found that I was
excited about my weekly hour at the gym. No two sessions of
exercises are the same and yet they all work to build me up and
strengthen me. Turns out I LOVE boxing and can now hop off a box
onto one leg without my whole body collapsing beneath me! I can
thwack a heavy rope against the floor, hurl a 4kg ball against the
wall and over my head and endure interval sprints on the exercise
bike without collapsing. I am no longer lopsided – my shoulders are
perfectly aligned. My knee doesn’t hurt and when my back starts
twinging I know it is time to think about my posture and revisit the
exercises I first did with Martin. In no time the pain is fixed.
So here’s the thing…..not
only has this new way of exercising been good for my body, it’s been
great for my mind too. Of course I wake on a dark morning and
lament the fact that I have to get out of bed and head to the gym
but it only takes an hour of exercise to change my whole perspective
on life and give me a lift to start the day. Why go to Martin? Why
not? What have you got to lose? Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
You won’t know unless you try and you might discover that he can fix
bits you didn’t know were wonky! And my running friend? She’s
completed 3 half marathons to date and is planning her next
(Jo enjoying her new
Claire participated in my 10
Week Fitness Programme (click
here to read about the programme).
To read Claire's testimonial at the end of the programme, click
(Claire and myself at
the end of my 10 Week Fitness Programme)
"I had been enjoying running but
my knee started to hurt. Having to stop that meant that I was
feeling unfit (and a bit fat!). I started training with Martin
hoping to regain a little fitness and keep toned. Working with
Martin achieved that and more. Each week Martin brings something new
for me to try, which means that training is never boring and keeps
me feeling challenged. In addition Martin looked at what was causing
the knee pain and we have been doing lots of different strengthening
exercises to straighten everything out. I am over the moon to not
only be able to go running again, I have now completed my first half
marathon and am about to do my second. Martin has written me weekly
running schedules for each day whilst meeting with me once a week to
check strength and progress, and to set achievable realistic
targets. And its all actually been a lot of fun! Whatever your
goals, obstacles or your starting point I cannot recommend enough
that you go and see Martin. It doesn’t feel like he’s doing this
just because it’s a job either, Martin makes you feel like your
goals matter to him too. If it wasn’t for him I’m pretty sure I’d
still be sitting on the sofa, wishing I was fitter!"
(Alice Gould - Stroud ˝
(Alice Gould, Matt
Caine (see below) and myself -
Cheltenham ˝ Marathon 2014)
(Alice Gould - Bath ˝ Marathon 2015)
(Alice Gould and myself
- Cheltenham ˝
with Martin to increase my fitness levels and ultimately lose
weight. After only 6 months I have reached my goal weight and
increased my fitness. Martin comes up with different exercises
all the time and always keeps me motivated. He has a great
attitude and makes the sessions fun. I definitely could not
have achieved all that I have done without Martin. I fully
recommend Martin to anyone, he is a fantastic personal trainer!"
and after - 35lbs
Sarah & Mark Wilson;
"Martin trained myself and my
husband ahead of Berlin Marathon 2013. Being able to run a marathon
has been a lifetime ambition for both of us, however for a long
while through the training I don't think either of us was fully
confident in achieving our goal of running the whole way. Martin
gave both of us confidence and focused on strength and conditioning
training as well as helping us with our running technique. His
positive attitude and well planned sessions meant that as we got
closer to the big day we felt more prepared and became more
convinced that we could do it! We both ran the whole way in 4 hours
28 mins. Thank you Martin!"
and Sarah Wilson - Berlin Marathon Finishers 2013)
makes training really interesting by coming up with new exercises
all the time and motivating me when I'm struggling. Instead of
feeling like a chore, it's actually really fun
and is definitely keeping me healthy!”
experience as a Personal Trainer helped me with my training for
Ironman UK 2013. Martin has completed numerous Ironman events
himself so his own experiences helped me to get in the best shape
possible for each discipline for the event. He took a lot of the
pressure off by sorting out bike routes, swim sets and run distance
so I could just concentrate on my training. If you are looking to
complete an Ironman or just start taking part in triathlons then
Martin is definitely the right Personal Trainer for you. Eight
months ago I started my Ironman training and with a lot of hard work
with Martin’s help on August 4th 2013 I crossed the finish line at
Ironman UK in a time of 15hrs 29mins archiving my life time ambition
of being able to call myself an Ironman."
Fairs - Ironman Finisher
planned on running a half marathon. Having never run any distance I
came to Martin with the goal of running my first one.
planned my training schedule, corrected my
running technique, kept me motivated, and created fun and varied training sessions. I finally fulfilled my dream and ran my first
half marathon, which I believe I wouldn’t have achieved
without Martin coaching me.”
(Chris and myself - Stroud ˝ Marathon)
in my late 50s and started to put on weight and felt very
unfit. I walk my two Dalmatians daily but these days this is
not enough to keep the weight off. I joined a gym but this
didn’t work out either - I felt intimidated by all the very fit
people working around me. So I contacted Martin and
have now worked with him for two years. When I first started I
was overweight and not very fit. I used to do the odd run but
did not have the motivation to run alone. Martin came every week
and I soon built up the confidence and technique I was lacking.
So I booked some sessions with Martin and I have to say soon
started to feel better and lost the weight. One of the things
that Martin taught me is breathing techniques which help me when
running up hill. This is a picture of me in France this year
after I had just climbed a very steep mountain in the Rhone Alps
! It was 30 degrees at the foot of the mountain and as you
can see I am stood on snow looking very pleased with myself!
Thanks Martin! and if any
one reading this feels they can’t get fit they can! Just
(Jill Kearsley - Rhone Alps)